Friday, 07 March 2008


Ken Berwitz

Early Thursday morning a bomb went off in front of the army recruiting station in Times Square.  No one was hurt (pure dumb luck) and the damage appears to be relatively minor.  But then we have this, er, "coincidence".  

March 07, 2008

Law enforcement: Letters unrelated to Times Square blast

Letters and photos of a Times Square military recruiting station received by members of Congress in recent days were unrelated to an explosion at the Manhattan facility Thursday, law enforcement officials say.

The letters -- which were sent to eight House Democrats who represent the New York City area and possibly to other members as well -- reportedly included the words "We did it," a photo of someone standing in front of the recruiting station and what one source called a "20-page rambling rant."

Capitol Police alerted congressional offices about the missives Thursday night, asking that any members who received one to "immediately contact the USCP Command Center" as part of an "ongoing criminal investigation."

But as the Associated Press is now reporting, law enforcement officials believe the person who sent the letters to members of Congress is an anti-war activist from the Los Angeles area who seems to have had no connection to the explosion at the military recruiting facility.

"It was just an incredibly unbelievable coincidence," one law enforcement official tells the AP.

Capitol Police said Thursday that, while the letters sent to members of Congress contained "a reference to the military recruiting office in New York City," they did not make "any threat to the congressional community or members of Congress."

According to the AP, law enforcement officials do not intend to file charges against the man who sent the letters.


I believe in coincidences.  They happen.  I believe you can run into someone you hadn't seen in years while you're shopping in the supermarket, or that you can buy a random stock just before it goes way up or way down.

But do I believe that it is a coincidence that a recruiting office is bombed the same time that 8 congresspeople get an anti-war rant, accompanied by a picture of a guy standing in front of the same recruiting office and the words "we did it" below?

Yeah, sure.  Right.

There isn't enough LSD in this hemisphere to make me believe something like that. 

How about you?


Ken Berwitz

I suppose a fusion ticket with Mr. Obama and Ms. Clinton is still possible.  Hey, anything is possible.

But I just read the following excerpt of an article published in and - call me a cockeyed pessimist here - I just don't think these are the kind of interchanges that will move it forward:

'Hillary Clinton's a monster': Obama aide blurts out attack in Scotsman interview


HILLARY Clinton has been branded a "monster" by one of Barack Obama's top advisers, as the gloves come off in the race to win the Democrat nomination.
In an unguarded moment during an interview with The Scotsman in London, Samantha Power, Mr Obama's key foreign policy aide, let slip the camp's true feelings about the former first lady.

Her comments came as Mr Obama, whose defeats in Texas and Ohio on Tuesday were largely attributed to a series of negative attacks on him, vowed to turn up the heat on Mrs Clinton over her claims to be the more experienced candidate.

Yesterday, the Obama camp went on the offensive, pointing out that Mrs Clinton has still not released her tax return and casting doubt on her experience.

In response, a Clinton adviser said the attack reminded him of the witch-hunt led by special prosecutor Kenneth Starr, which led to the impeachment of her husband, Bill, when he was president.

And they talk about John McCain's temper?  These two make The Bickersons look like Brangolina.

Fasten your seat belts, folks.  We have a months-long ride to the Democratic convention.  And it ain't gonna be a smooth one.


Ken Berwitz

How do you feel about judges who make up the rules based on their personal attitudes about things?

If you're not particularly taken with them (and I hope you aren't) you won't be particularly taken with this story either.  it comes to us courtesy of

Report: Anti-War Judge Rejects Foster Teen's Bid to Join Marines

Friday , March 07, 2008

A California judge rejected a foster teen's request for early enlistment with the Marine Corps and a $10,000 signing bonus reportedly on the grounds that the judge didn't approve of the Iraq war.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Marilyn Mackel denied 17-year-old Shawn Sage's request to join the military last October, according to a report in the Los Angeles Daily News.

"The judge said she didn't support the Iraq war for any reason we're over there," Marine recruiter Sgt. Guillermo Medrano of the Simi Valley U.S. Marine Corps recruiting office told the paper.

"She just said all recruiters were the same that they 'all tap dance and tell me what I want to hear.' She said she didn't want him to fight in it."

Sage, a Simi Valley, Calif., resident, begged the anti-war judge for permission to join, according to the Daily News.

"Foster children shouldn't be denied [an] ability to enlist in the service just because they're foster kids," Sage told the paper. "Foster kids shouldn't have to go to court to gain approval to serve one's country."

Sage plans to join the Marines when he turns 18 in June and his case has prompted a Republican lawmaker to introduce a bill that would allow foster teens to enlist in the military without the express permission of a judge.

Click here to read the full story at the Los Angeles Daily News.


Got that?  Judge mackell is against the war, so Shawn Sage has to give up a $10,000 bonus he would have gotten to join the marines -- which he will join anyway in three months, when mackell no longer can impose her personal belief system on him.

Since mackell is so gung-ho against the war in Iraq that she feels justified in ruling by personal fiat, maybe she'd like to give Mr. Sage the $10,000 she just lost him from her own resources.  That would certainly prove her dedication, wouldn't it?

But don't expect the money to be forthcoming.  It's much more fun to play god for nothing.  I wonder what other personal attitudes she indulges when ruling from the Superior Court bench.

If ever a judge deserved impeachment, this is the one.


Ken Berwitz

Yesterday a palestinian Arab snuck into a rabbinical seminary near Jerusalem with a gun hidden in a box.  He took out the gun, killed 8 young unarmed students and wounded something like 10 others (the ultimate death toll may be higher).

This action will almost certainly cause a massive Israeli response. 

Given the fact that it is just one week after a major Israeli incursion into Gaza, the slaughter of these students might be the straw that breaks the camel's back and causes Israel to re-occupy Gaza. - which, in turn, could escalate hostilities throughout the Middle East. 

Simply stated, this story is huge, and has major international implications.  

But the heart of it is that Jewish rabbinical students were slaughtered.

This morning the Today show started with their news headlines.  The rabbinical slaughter was not among them.  At 7:09, however, they did about ten seconds on it.  Over and out.

Draw your own conclusions.


Ken Berwitz

Today's New York Times has a front page story about the slaughter of rabbinical students at a seminary in Jerusalem.  You can read the article by clicking here.

On its front page the Times - which rarely has a problem attacking Israel - does a reasonably creditable job of reporting the incident.  But go to the jump page and the paper's true position comes out.

Here is the map of Jerusalem published in today's New York Times:



See that orangey-beige part?  It is Jerusalem. 

See that border?  It cuts through Jerusalem and lops off the northern, eastern and southern part - more than half of the entire city.

Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.  Not less than half of it, all of it.  There have been negotiations about co-ownership with palestinian Arabs in the past,.  But not one square inch of Jeruslalem has ever been given to them. 

Jerusalem, IN ITS ENTIRETY, is part of sovereign Israel.  But not at the New York Times.  The New York Times has handed it over to palestinian Arabs.  Maybe they'd like to hand some of Tel Aviv over too.

If you ever wonder why so much of the Times' Middle East coverage usually seems so slanted, maybe this mindset has something to do with it.

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