Saturday, 12 January 2008

WHERE THAT ESTIMATED 650,000 IRAQI DEAD CAME FROM

Ken Berwitz

A little over a year ago, Lancet, the British medical journal, published an article which charged that about 650,000 Iraqi civilians had died during our action in that country.  No one else came even remotely close to that number.

How could it be that Lancet's estimate was so wildly above everyone else's?  Did they go crazy?  Were they just making it up?  Was someone who hated the USA paying to get these results? 

Here, courtesy of the London Times' Sunday edition, is your answer.  The bold print is mine:


BALKANIZED POLITICS: RACE VERSUS GENDER

Ken Berwitz

In recent years, much of the Democratic Party has moved towards balkinization of politics.  To this segment (and it is a large one), we are not people.  We are oppressed group versus unoppressed group. 

This philosophy pits Blacks versus Whites, women versus men, poor versus rich, illegals versus legals, etc.  And the Democratic segment, of course, advocates for the oppressed side.

But...what happens when one oppressed group competes against another oppressed group?  Uh oh.

This brings us straight to the battle between Senator Barack Obama and Senator Hillary Clinton. 

Based on actual job experience, neither candidate is qualified to be president (though Ms. Clinton keeps talking about her 35 years of experience...at what, nobody knows).  But it seems certain that one of them is going to be the Democrat's nominee.

If Obama is the nominee, is that a slap in the face of women?  If Clinton is the nominee, is that a slap in the face of Blacks?  In the world of balkanized politics, the answers are yes, and yes.

Here is a little tidbit from Robert Novak which addresses the consequences of this issue.  It's something I would bet you didn't catch in your newspaper or on the network news:

Women vs. Oprah
By Robert D. Novak
Saturday, January 12, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The absence of Oprah Winfrey from the frantic four last days of the New Hampshire primary campaign after her heavy schedule in Iowa backing Sen. Barack Obama may be traced to heavy, unaccustomed post-Iowa abuse of the popular entertainment superstar by women.

Winfrey did not publicize it, but her Website was swamped with complaints after she went to Iowa. The principal complaint was that she betrayed women by not supporting Sen. Hillary Clinton. The criticism was described as personal.

Several of these critics identified themselves as African-Americans, indicating that gender is more important than race for many people.

When Oprah Winfrey endorsed Senator Obama and went on the campaign trail for him, you couldn't turn on your TV set without seeing a story about it.  Nonstop media attention.  But when Ms. Winfrey is villified for her high crimes and misdemeanors, defined as supporting Barack Obama - a man -  against Hillary Clinton - a woman?  "And in other news........."

But media's inattention to this reality doesn't change the fact that it is real.

Remember that adage about living by the sword and dying by the sword?  It still rings true. A party that pits groups against each other can sometimes be in a war against itself, with one core constituency in opposition to another.  That is what we have here, and then some.

Maybe Oprah can do a show on it.


UNADULTERATED (AND UNADULT) RACISM

Ken Berwitz

Racism is bad enough by itself.  But do racists have to act like undisciplined children whose mommy and daddy aren't watching?

Please read this article, courtesy of Tim Graham at www.newsbusters.org, and see what I mean:

N.Y. Public Radio Donor Premium: A Bush 'White Trash' Can

By Tim Graham | January 12, 2008 - 07:05 ET

How left-wing is taxpayer-supported radio? WBAI-FM, the New York City home of the radical Pacifica Radio network that gets roughly $1 million each year in federal funds, is asking for contributions and offering a premium for $100 donors: a President Bush trash can that says "White Trash" on it.

For a short time only, WBAI offers a signed and numbered limited edition replica of New York artist, Robert Cenedella's "Basket Sculpture." This round metal construction is functional as a waste basket. Each measures 12" x 10".

For $100, which includes both shipping and a donation to WBAI, you can have the pleasure of trashing the President every day just as he has trashed the United States Constitution.

The WBAI website carries other little signs of radicalism here and there. How about their Sunday program "Equal Time for Freethought"? This Sunday, the topic is "Womens Reproduction, Christian Fascism, and Womens Emancipation: The Morality of Abortion and the Immorality of Those Who Want to Take it Away." They elaborate about an interview celebrating the abortionist Susan Wicklund:

As the 35th anniversary of Roe V. Wade approaches, it is appropriate to at the degree to which the rise of Christian fundamentalism in American politics and culture has brought with it an unprecedented assault on the most fundamental rights of women...

How deeply is patriarchy embedded within the Christian religion? Why is Christian fascism gaining so much momentum in American politics today? What is the future for womens most basic reproductive rights? And what is the profound morality in providing women with safe, unstigmatized access to full reproductive freedom?

But this Pacifica station is "free-form" enough for both God-spurning "humanists" and a "Gospel Idol Tour with a Civil Rights Twist." .

There you have it, folks.  Racist.  Childish.  And.....taxpayer supported.

I'm sure mainstream media will get around to telling its readership/viewership about this.....maybe the week after Louis Farrakhan's mother ship takes off on its next run.


ECONOMIC STIMULUS, HILLARY-STYLE

Ken Berwitz

Sorry to keep blogging about Hillary Clinton, but the stories keep coming and coming.  And this one is a beaut.

Ms. Clinton has unveiled what she bills as a $70 billion dollar "economic stimulus package".  Here, courtesy of Mike Allen at www.politico.com, are the specifics:

Clinton econ plan aimed at struggling Dems

By: Mike Allen
Jan 11, 2008 02:14 PM EST
Updated: January 11, 2008 02:14 PM EST

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) plans to propose a $70 billion economic stimulus package including emergency housing and heating assistance as part of an effort to reinforce her appeal to non-affluent Democrats.

Clinton is to announce her plan to jump-start America's ailing economy at a union training institute in City of Commerce, Calif., (part of Los Angeles County) Friday at 2:15 p.m. Eastern.

California, the nation's most populated state, is part of the huge round of Feb. 5 primaries, which could determine the Democratic nominee.

The Hillary Clinton for President event will include questions from the audience.

The plan is part of the senators appeal to voters who need a president, as opposed to the more upscale Democrats where Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has won substantial support.

As part of her leadership pitch, Clinton casts the plan as what she would do if she were president now.

The senator is releasing the plan at a time when both the White House and Democratic leaders in Congress are making moves toward passing a stimulus package amid signs the U.S. could be tipping into a recess.

As part of her successful closing argument in the New Hampshire primary, Clinton deliberately made news at one of her events by citing new unemployment data to declare Jan. 5: I think the economy is slipping toward recession."

Pocketbook issues are moving to the fore as gas prices go up and housing foreclosures increase. Indeed, strategists in both parties speculate that the economy could be a bigger issue than national security in next falls general election.

Hillary believes we need real action now, says a policy paper to be issued by the Clinton campaign Friday. While economists may still be debating whether weve met the technical definition of a recession, for hard-hit middle class families that question has already been answered.

That is why today Sen. Clinton called on the president and congressional leaders from both parties to enact an aggressive, fast-acting stimulus package based on common-sense economic principles.

The elements of the package, as described by the campaign:

Establishing a $30 billion Emergency Housing Crisis Fund to assist states and cities in mitigating the effects of foreclosures: Her $30 billion fund would provide immediate, time-limited resources to states, cities and community organizations to help prevent unnecessary foreclosures. States and communities could also use the funds to offset the costs associated with vacant properties by supporting efforts like community-level anti-blight programs and helping local housing authorities buy up vacant properties and rent them to working families.

Providing $25 billion in emergency energy assistance for families facing skyrocketing heating bills: The grants will the purchasing power of energy assistance to where it was five years ago. And they will ensure that hardworking families and seniors on fixed incomes will not have to choose between heating their homes, putting food on the table or purchasing prescription drugs this winter.

Accelerating $5 billion in energy efficiency and alternative energy investments to jump-start green collar job growth: The immediate actions that could be part of a 2008 stimulus could include a crash weatherization program to cut home energy costs by up to 20 percent this winter; expanded tax credits to encourage families and businesses to accelerate purchases of hybrids and other low-emission vehicles and to reduce energy costs by purchasing efficient appliances, new windows and other clean, efficient technologies; and acceleration of a Green Building Fund and green collar job training program to put tens of thousands of people to work making schools and other public buildings energy efficient.

Investing $10 billion in extending and broadening unemployment insurance for those who are struggling to find work: By strengthening our unemployment insurance program and extending unemployment insurance for workers who are laid off for extended periods, this effort will empower more Americans to re-enter the labor market in good-paying jobs.

 All are new proposals. Clinton is billing it as a five-point plan, including this previously announced plan for mitigating the housing crisis: "Sen. Clinton has called for a 90-day moratorium on subprime foreclosures and an automatic rate freeze on subprime mortgages of at least five years or until servicers have converted the unworkable mortgages into loans families can afford.".

Take a good look at what is being characterized as an "economic stimulus package" and see how much of the money actually stimulates the economy.  Me?  I count $5 billion out of the 70 (for "green collar jobs, so even that tiny amount of the total is, in reality, a PC nod to the environmentalist constituency).

A $30 billion dollar housing fund.  $25 for emergency energy benefits. $10 in more unemployment benefits.  There is $65 billion of the $70 billion right there.

We can argue over whether that money would be allocated wisely, and that's fair enough.  But please, please, do not tell me you are stimulating the economy by creating new ways of giving money to people.  That is ludicrous.  And insulting to the intelligence of anyone who has intelligence or is paying attention, or who is concerned about stimulating the economy for real.

This, of course, leads us straight to the people Ms. Clinton is aiming her proposal at:  People who are incapable of figuring out it is giving money away rather than stimulating economic activity, people who turn off to this stuff and don't know how ridiculous the claim of economic stimulus is and people more interested in getting the money than whether it does a thing for the economy.

These are the people she seems to be defining as her core constituencies.  Which, if any, are you?


THE 20 MOST OBNOXIOUS QUOTES OF 2007

Ken Berwitz

At the beginning of the year I posted Michelle Malkin's "notable quotables" of the year, part 1 (January to June) and I promised to post the other half too.  But somehow I never found it on her website

I don't think she ever put it there, odd though that may seem, or maybe I just missed it.  In any event I didn't see it so I didn't post it.

But not to worry.  I found another list - the 20 most obnoxious quotes of 2007 (Actually there are 40, but that's too long for this blog).  It was compiled by the conservative blogger John Hawkins, so it isn't hard to assume which direction it takes.

Here they are. 20 mind-boggling examples of hate-drenched left wing idiotica.  Enjoy them:

20) "That we have collectively failed to halt and repudiate the war in Iraq makes us even worse than the Germans." -- Scott Ritter

19) "I propose a limitation be put on how many sqares [sic] of toilet paper can be used in any one sitting. Now, I don't want to rob any law-abiding American of his or her God-given rights, but I think we are an industrious enough people that we can make it work with only one square per restroom visit, except, of course, on those pesky occasions where 2 to 3 could be required." -- Sheryl Crow at the Huffington Post

18) "Now I believe, myself, that the secretary of state, the secretary of defense and you have to make your own decision as to what the president knows: that this war is lost, that the surge is not accomplishing anything." -- Democratic Senator Majority Leader, Harry Reid

17) "I used to have violence fantasies about Scott McClellan because of the inpenetrable wall of idiocy and supposed ignorance, some of which was probably not supposed, that behind which he used to hide at every press conference. All those feelings are being shifted now to Dana Perino, violence fantasies." -- Liberal radio host, Mike Malloy

16) "Al Qaeda really hurt us, but not as much as Rupert Murdoch has hurt us, particularly in the case of Fox News. Fox News is worse than Al Qaeda worse for our society. Its as dangerous as the Ku Klux Klan ever was." -- MSNBC's Keith Olbermann

15) "America needs to follow the policies it has introduced in Germany. We have to go through a certain de-Nazification process." -- George Soros

14) "Impeach the President and the Vice President, they are traitors to America, and so are all of their supporters. Impeach! Anyone in congress who refuses to save our union from these traitors by doing nothing needs to be recalled." -- Roseanne Barr

13) "Now the people in the Administration of George Bush better remember their Miranda rights, because when I'm elected President I'm going to see that they are arrested. I'm not kidding here!" -- Democratic Congressman Dennis Kucinich

12) "I have zero doubt that if Dick Cheney was not in power, people wouldnt be dying needlessly tomorrow....Im just saying if he did die, other people, more people would live. Thats a fact." -- Bill Maher

11) "Drudge? Aw, Drudge, somebody ought to wrap a strong Republican entrail around his neck and hoist him up about six feet in the air and watch him bounce." -- Liberal radio host, Mike Malloy

10) "Its good (Michelle Malkin's) in D.C. and Im in New York. Id spit on her if I saw her." -- Geraldo Rivera

9) "I hear about Tony Snow and say to myself, well, stand up every day, lie to the American people at the behest of your dictator-esque boss and well, how could a cancer NOT grow in you. Work for Fox News, spinning the truth in to a billion knots and how can your gut not rot? I know, its terrible. I admit it. I dont wish anyone harm, even Tony Snow. And I do hope he recovers or at least does what he feels is best and surrounds himself with friends and family for his journey. But in the back of my head theres Justin Timberlakes "What goes around, goes around, comes around, comes all the way back around, ya." -- Charles Karel Bouley at The Huffington Post

8) "When doctors pronounced the Rev. Jerry Laymon Falwell Sr. dead at 12:40 p.m. EST Tuesday....my first thoughts were not of what to say or write. In fact, my very first thought upon hearing of the Rev. Falwells passing was: Good. And I didnt mean 'good' in a oh-good-hes-gone-home-to-be-with-the-Lord kind of way. I meant 'good" as in "Ding-dong, the witch is dead.'" -- Cathleen Falsani

7) "Through every Abu aib and Haditha, through every rape and murder, the American public has indulged those in uniform....We pay the soldiers a decent wage, take care of their families, provide them with housing and medical care and vast social support systems and ship obscene amenities into the war zone for them, we support them in every possible way, and their attitude is that we should in addition roll over and play dead, defer to the military and the generals and let them fight their war, and give up our rights and responsibilities to speak up because they are above society?...[T]he recent NBC report is just an ugly reminder of the price we pay for a mercenary oops sorry, volunteer force that thinks it is doing the dirty work." -- The Washington Post's William Arkin

6) "You don't have money to fund the war or children, but you're going to spend it to blow up innocent people if we could get enough kids to grow old enough for you to send to Iraq to get their heads blown off for the president's amusement." -- Democratic Congressman Pete Stark

5) "General Petraeus or General Betray Us? ...Today, before Congress and the American people, General Petraeus is likely to become General Betray Us." -- MoveOn

4) "General Pace - you have the power to fulfill your responsibility to protect the troops under your command. Indeed you have an obligation to do so.

You can relieve the President of his command.

Not of his Presidency. But of his military role as Commander-In-Chief."

...To be crystal clear - I am NOT advocating or inciting you to undertake any illegal act, insurrection, mutiny, putsch or military coup.

...In addition to relieving him of his command as Commander-In-Chief, you also have authority to place the President under MILITARY arrest." -- Martin Lewis at the Huffington Post

"3) A friend of ours said if the same laws were applied to U.S. Presidents as were applied to the Nazis after WWII, that every single one of them, every last rich white one of them, from Truman on would be hung to death and shot. And this current administration is no exception. They should be hung and tried and shot as war criminals." -- Zack de la Rocha, Rage Against The Machine

2) "O&A - "Condoleezza Rice"

Charlie - "I'd love to f--- that b*tch dude" (laughter)

Charlie - "She's the F---in man"

O&A - "yeah"

Charlie - "I'd F...that b*tch...."

O&A - "I just imagine the horror in Condoleezza Rice's face...."
- "(laughter) ..... as she realizes what's going on"
- "...as you were just holding her down and F'n her."

Charlie - "punch her all the F'n face, shut the F--- up b*tch"

O&A - "that's exactly what I meant" (laughter in background)

Charlie - "you know F--- it .... and George Bush wife? I'd F--- that b*tch to death" -- "Shock Jocks" Opie & Anthony talk rape & violence with their guest "Homeless Charlie."

1) "Over time, however, the endless war in Iraq began to play a role in natural selection. Only idiots signed up; only idiots died. Back home, the average I.Q. soared." -- Ted Rall .


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