Monday, 21 April 2008

RANDOM THOUGHTS

Ken Berwitz

Here are some random thoughts, apropos of nothing and in no particular order:

-If Hillary Clinton wins Pennsylvania by more than a few percentage points, she's in it to the end.  And she should be.  No Democrat who wins the primaries in New York, California, New Jersey, Ohio and Pennsylvania should be expected to just hand it over to someone else.

-Can anyone give me a good reason why New Jersey remains the only state where you can't pump your own gas?

-For that matter, can anyone give me a good reason why New York City remains the only place in the United States where you can't make a right turn on red?  And don't tell me it's because of how much traffic there is.  Philly and Chicago and Boston etc. have tons of traffic too.  There's nothing magical or different about New York's.

-What happened to Bumble Bee tuna?  It used to be the gold standard.  But  now you buy a can of the solid-white and it's about as solid as lumpy oatmeal.  We shop at Wegman's, which has its house brand solid-white on perpetual sale at 69 cents a can, and it actually IS solid.  Thank you Wegman's and buzz off Bumble Bee.

-Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos are both accomplished TV personalities.  But for now and probably years to come, maybe always, they'll be indelibly associated with the questions they asked of Barack Obama during last week's debate.

-Hank Steinbrenner has proved that the crab apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  Assuming the New York Times got his comment right, Steinbrenner said the following about the Yankees' young pitching phenom Joba Chamberlain:  "You don't have a guy with a 100-mile-per-hour fastball and keep him as a setup guy.  You just don't do that.  You have to be an idiot to do that"

Nice going, Hank.  You've just cut the legs out from under manager Joe Girardi, who is using him as a setup man.  Now either Girardi does what you tell him to, which means he's nothing but a puppet on a string, or he doesn't, which means he is doing something that establishes him as an idiot to the man who can fire him.

If Girardi quit as Yankee manager over this I wouldn't blame him a bit.

-New Jersey being New Jersey, the construction on Route 18 south of East Brunswick will continue for months or years past when it should be finished.  I can only wonder how much corruption is involved in this shameful boondoggle. 

-Ed Rendell impresses me every time I hear him speak.  Yeah, I know he's a partisan Democrat and will support whoever gets the Democratic nomination, even if it isn't his candidate (Hillary Clinton).  But he brings a refreshing candor to his comments about all three of the candidates that is hard to find elsewhere. 

-Now that  Isiah Thomas has been fired as the New York Knicks' president and coach, what possible reason do the Knicks have for keeping him on other than the king's ransom they agreed to in his last contract?  They have to be praying that someone else offers him a deal so good that he'll forgo the Knicks' sinecure and move on. 

On the one hand, common sense tells me Thomas butchered his jobs so badly with the Knicks that such an offer is nearly impossible.,  On the other hand, isn't this the same NBA in which Latrell Sprewell signed a big contract after punching out his own coach?  If that can happen, anything can happen.

-I truly envy the metabolism of people who don't gain weight after attending two passover seders.  I wish I could say it about myself. 

-No matter how much pre-emergent crabgrass killer I put down I still get crabgrass.  Either I'm cursed or this stuff doesn't work.  I suspect it's a little of both.

-How come it's so hard to find a hotel room in Fire Island with a private bath?  Is that really so much to ask? (UPDATE :  We did find one and it wasn't as hard as I was initially led to believe).

-No matter how hard he works at it, Dan Abrams will never be as obnoxiously vicious as keith olbermann.  He tries and fails.

-My thanks to God for having most people prefer white meat turkey (which I find dry and not very tasty) to dark meat (which I love, and usually have plenty of due to the other people preferring white meat).

-How does the Pope keep that hat on straight?  There must be some apparatus underneath it that we don't know about.  Either that or he has amazing balance.

-David Ortiz seems to be a very good guy.  But every time I hear him referred to as "big papi" I want to toss my cookies.

-I wonder how Patrick Swayze is making out.  We don't hear much, which suggests to me things aren't looking very positive.  That's too bad, given his relative youth (I think he's 55) and the fact that he seems to be a really good guy.  I hope I'm wrong, but I have this bad feeling the end is coming soon.

-I saw the Gilbert Gottfried "Dirty Jokes" special on (I think) HBO.  I had no idea he had that foul a mouth.  And some of the jokes he told were so old that I remember them from my pre and early teen years.  That said, however, a lot of them were genuinely laugh-out-loud funny.

-The Aquagrill is the best fish house in New York. 

-I managed to finish yesterday's New York Times' Sunday crossword (which actually comes on Saturday) without knowing what the theme of the puzzle was supposed to be.  I don't remember that ever happening before.

-If John McCain proposes a flat tax (and there is reason to believe he will) I wonder if it will help or hurt him on election day.  My guess is that it will help him.


CARTER'S STUPIDITY IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Ken Berwitz

jimmy carter, the worst President of my lifetime (and the worst ex-President too), seems to have a limitless capacity for stupidity. 

I am posting the latest demonstration of said stupidity below, via excerpts from today's Associated Press account of carter's visits with hamas.  You can read the entire article by clicking here:

Carter: Hamas is willing to accept Israel as its neighbor
Apr 21, 7:19 AM (ET)
 

JERUSALEM (AP) - Hamas is prepared to accept the right of Israel to "live as a neighbor next door in peace," former President Jimmy Carter said Monday.

Carter said the group promised it wouldn't undermine Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' efforts to reach a peace deal with Israel, as long as the Palestinian people approved it in a referendum. In such a scenario, he said Hamas would not oppose a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

Hamas, a militant Islamic group that both the U.S. and Israel consider a terrorist organization, calls in its charter for Israel's destruction. It has also traditionally opposed peace negotiations with the Jewish state.

Sami Abu Zuhri, a Hamas spokesman, later said Carter's comments "do not mean that Hamas is going to accept the result of the referendum."

"There's no doubt that both the Arab world and Hamas will accept Israel's right to exist in peace within 1967 borders," (carter) said, referring to Israel's frontiers before it captured large swaths of Arab lands in the 1967 Mideast war.

Israel has been negotiating directly with Abbas, who heads a moderate government based in the West Bank. Abbas lost control of the Gaza Strip last June, when Hamas violently seized control of that territory.

Could this man be more stupid?  How could he be more stupid?

Let's start at the beginning.  Israel and Mahmoud Abbas have been "negotiating" (if you can call it that) for peace since Abbas became the palestinian Arab leader.  Throughout this entire period hamas has never for one second changed its position that Israel must be destroyed through jihad. 

So now jimmy carter meets with hamas (thus giving a terrorist group an international propaganda coup) and he concludes that hamas will approve a peace deal that is acceptable to palestinian Arabs -- in other words, exactly what hamas has been rejecting all along.

And just in case that doesn't sound stupid enough, after carter makes the statement a hamas spokesman announces that he doesn't know what he's talking about, because carter's conversations with hamas... "do not mean that Hamas is going to accept the result of the referendum.".

Is that stupid enough for you?  I would think so.  But just in case you have any lingering doubt, there is more.  carter then says that "There's no doubt that both the Arab world and Hamas will accept Israel's right to exist in peace within 1967 borders,"    .

That so?  Well, how did those borders expand beyond what they were in 1967?  The borders expanded because Israel successfully fought off simultaneous attacks by Egypt, Syria and Jordan.  

Let me say that again:  Arabs made war on Israel in 1967, when Israel was WITHIN the 1967 borders.

So let's see here.  jimmy carter says there is "no doubt" that Arabs will accept Israel's existence and live in peace with it, if Israel goes back to the exact borders that existed when Arabs attacked Israel and tried to annhiliate it.

Is THAT stupid enough for you?

Simply stated, jimmy carter is to stupidity what the Great Salt Lake is to salt. 

NOTE:  I was just reading through some comments about carter at the www.littlegreenfootballs.com site, and one of the commenters, who uses the name "shug", said:

"Billy was the smart one"

I'm still laughing.


ANOTHER HATER ON OBAMA'S STAFF

Ken Berwitz

I suppose there is a silver lining in this story;  that this is one member of Barack Obama's staff who is not notable for hating Israel (that I know of, anyway).

The story comes to us from www.newsbusters.org, which got it from www.redstate.com.  Its disgustingly offensive subject matter is provided by Obama's senior campaign staffer.  The bold print is provided by me:

Obama Tech Advisor Introduces Video of Gay, Singing Jesus Who Gets Hit by a Bus

By Warner Todd Huston | April 21, 2008 - 02:21 ET

Video Below the Fold

Erick Erickson over at RedState tells us all of an anti-Christian video recently introduced with great frivolity by Internet philosopher and Obama technology advisor Larry Lessig. The video introduced at a Google Author series seminar shows Jesus singing the Gloria Gaynor tune "I Will Survive" in a very effeminate, theatrical way. As the song ramps up, Jesus throws off his robe and strips down to a diaper-like covering, then he sashays through a modern city until he gets hit by a bus in an intersection.

The worst thing about this is that this is also another scandal involving a Barack Obama campaign associate showing his disdain for the American mainstream, this time a disdain of Christianity. It turns out that Lessig is a somewhat secretive Obama campaign advisor, serving to assist the campaign on Internet and technology policies. As Erickson points out, Lessig hosts Obama's tech policy on his own lessig.org website.

At the conference, the Google employees can be heard laughing and enjoying the show. The clip ends with Lessig claiming that we shouldn't worry because a sequel shows that Jesus survives being run over by the bus. How comforting, eh?


Again, as Erickson points out, "Barack Obama's campaign has regularly cited Lessig as a key supporter on technology issues (see here too) and made sure Lessig was quoted when listing Obama's technology endorsers."

Aside from his attacks on Jesus, Lessig is also an advocate of the concept of digital communism, a belief that there should be no such thing as intellectual property rights, that all creations of art or technology should be free for the taking.

So, what we have here is another close Obama supporter and advisor that seems to hate the things that the average American holds dear. The list of America hating Obama associates is getting longer every day, and now we can add a Christian hating, communist to that list.

It's really hard to believe that any real American can support a man for president of the United States of America who surrounds himself with people who so hate this country and all it stands for.

I have no doubt that Barack Obama will tell us he finds this video repulsive and offensive.  He might even remove Lessig from his campaign (or at any rate make him less visible to the public).

Hey, why wouldn't he?  This certainly has worked before:

-Barack Obama has already told us how odious jeremiah wright's anti-White, anti-USA and anti-Israel ravings are, after attending his congregation and looking to him for spiritual succor for almost 20 years. 

-He has already told us how offensive he finds Louis Farrakhan, who is a hero of the church he attends and who he respectfully calls "Minister Farrakhan". 

-He has already told us how much he supports Israel as he stacks his campaign with Israel haters. 

-He has already told us how much he loves the USA, as he refuses to wear an American flag pin or even put his hand over his heart during the pledge of alliegiance. 

-He has already told us that he would be a uniter when his voting record in the U.S. Senate is entirely to the left side.

Barack Obama is nothing if not obvious.  His game plan - and it is the same game plan every time - is that when he's caught in a situation like the ones above, he immediately addresses it and assures you that he is the exact opposite of what you are seeing with your own eyes and hearing with your own ears.

The sad, pathetic part is that there are still a good number (though a dwindling number, I think/hope) who swallow this hook, line and sinker.

Tomorrow we have the Pennsylvania primary.  If Mr. Obama wins, it is possible that Hillary Clinton will drop out. 

But if he loses to Ms. Clinton, it is near certain that this battle will continue to the convention.  And if it continues to the convention, that is more than enough time for the people who have been seduced by this fraud to wake up, wise up and turn away.

Too bad for them that the alternative is Hillary Clinton.


PALESTINIAN ARABS: THE CULTURAL SIDE

Ken Berwitz

Here, from the Jerusalem Post, is how the palestinian Arab powers that be look upon expanding the cultural hroizons of its prisone....er, people:

Hamas wants Ramallah festival cancelled


Hamas called on the Palestinian Authority over the weekend to cancel a dance festival that is scheduled to take place in Ramallah on the grounds that the event is an "insult" to the Palestinian "struggle."

The third annual Contemporary Dance Festival, which is scheduled to take place this week in Ramallah, features a varied lineup of modern and traditional performances from local and international dance troupes.

The festival is organized by the Sareyyet Ramallah - First Ramallah Group - a local NGO whose goal is to broaden the cultural landscape by introducing Palestinians to new and progressive forms of contemporary artistic expression through dance.

The festival's opening event will be a performance by the Trondheim Jazz Orchestra of Norway, one of Scandinavia's leading jazz ensembles.

Other performances will feature ensembles and dance troupes from the West Bank and a variety of European countries, including Italy, Serbia and Finland. Hamas is opposed to the event mainly because it would bring men and women together. The Islamic movement also maintains that it is "inappropriate" to hold such an event while Palestinians were still fighting against Israel.

Saleh al-Raqab, Deputy Minister of Waqf Affairs in the Hamas government, said the festival "distorted" the Palestinian "struggle" and harms the image of the Palestinians.

"Those who are dancing on the pain and wounds of the Palestinian people can't be part of our people," he said. "How can they be dancing while our people in the Gaza Strip are suffering under the siege?"

Raqab claimed that the organizers were spending millions of dollars to bring international dance troupes. "They are wasting the money of our people on trivial matters," he said. "This event has nothing to do with our people's culture and history."

He urged the Palestinians to boycott the "disgraceful" dance festival and distance themselves from the organizers. "This event is an insult to all Muslims," he added. "Is this the way to liberate Palestine?"

Nothing like a little circumspection, is there?

Yeah, let's protect our people from expanding their world view beyond jihad.  Hey, if palestinian Arabs become interested in (gasp!!) other cultures, who knows what might happen next?  Maybe they'll demand that money be spent building infrastructure so there could be jobs and prosperity, instead of using it on ways of vaporizing Israel while whining about how mistreated they are.

The truth is, there are a good many palestinian Arabs yearning for more than war and hatred.  The existence of this event itself is a demonstration of this yearning. 

If it shuts down or is severely underattended because the ones with the guns demand that nothing other than violent jihad is acceptable, that will be a tragedy.  And it surely looks like the tragedy is going to happen, doesn't it?

As a Jew and a strong supporter of Israel, it is sometimes hard for me to remember this, but palestinian Arabs are victims:

-They are victims of a government which offers them nothing but hatred and killing

-They are victims of a government that teaches this to their children via government-controlled textbooks and TV programming;

-They are victims of the violent terrorist haters among them, who occupy the time they are not threatening and killing Israelis by threatening and killing fellow palestinian Arabs who dare to want more for themselves and their families.

I can't help but think there are many palestinian Arabs in Gaza and Judea/Samaria (the west bank) who would be happy to lay down their arms and just try to carve out a decent existence -- maybe even with the cooperation and assistance of Israel, which is in exactly the same place and has become an eminently prosperous democracy.  Who better to learn from?

Lamentably, however, there are even more palestinian Arabs who do not want any such thing, which is why they have elected terrorists to govern them. 

I wish I could see an end to this awful mess in the forseeable future, but I can't.


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