Saturday, 02 August 2008
ISRAEL PEACE PARTNER UPDATE
This comes to us from yahoo.com and the Associated Press:
Five Palestinians die in Gaza
02-08-2008 - 18:10
Five Palestinians were killed and 18 wounded in
a smuggling tunnel under the Gaza-Egypt border after Egyptian troops blew up
the entrance, an Egyptian security official and Gaza hospital doctors said
The destruction of the entrance deprived those
inside the tunnel of oxygen, said the Egyptian official, who is stationed at
the border and spoke on customary condition of anonymity. Gaza hospital
officials said the five died from lack of oxygen.
The tunnel entrance was destroyed late Friday,
near the Gaza border town of Rafah.
A wide network of tunnels runs under the border
and is used to bring supplies into Gaza. The territory has been virtually cut
off from the world since June 2007 when Hamas seized control by force. Both
Israel and Egypt have enforced the closure of Gaza.
Israel says Gaza"s Hamas rulers use the tunnel
to bring in weapons and cash, and has urged Egypt to do more to stop the
smuggling. In recent months, Egypt has begun cracking down on the smugglers.
In the past week alone, Egypt has destroyed 14 tunnels, the Egyptian official
Since the beginning of the year, 27 Palestinians
have been killed in tunnels, including the five killed late
Please note that Egyptian troops blew up the tunnel entrance, not
Israelis. Albeit for very different reasons, they're just as enamored of
palestinian Arab smuggling as Israel is.
But they do want peace, don't they? It's just a matter of ironing out a
few little matters in negotiations, right?
DRILLING FOR OIL: THE PROGRESS OF A WEDGE ISSUE (CONT.)
This comes to us from www.politico.com
and from www.sweetness-light.com,
which, as you will see, kept updating it during Friday's "session" of
Read it and see just how far the imperious, incompetent Nancy Pelosi will go
to a) deny us an opportunity to increase domestic oil supply and b) prevent you,
the voter, from knowing that she is doing it:
August 1st, 2008
From the Politico:
House Dems turn out the lights but GOP keeps
August 01, 2008
Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the
Democrats adjourned the House and turned off the lights and killed the
microphones, but Republicans are still on the floor talking gas prices.
Minority Leader John Boehner (R-Ohio) and other
GOP leaders opposed the motion to adjourn the House, arguing that Pelosis
refusal to schedule a vote allowing offshore drilling is hurting the American
economy. They have refused to leave the floor after the adjournment motion
passed at 11:23 a.m. and are busy bashing Pelosi and her fellow Democrats for
leaving town for the August recess.
At one point, the lights went off
in the House and the microphones were turned off in the chamber, meaning
Republicans were talking in the dark. But as Rep. John Shadegg
(R-Ariz..) was speaking, the lights went back on, and the microphones have
been turned on as well.
But C-SPAN, which has no control
over the cameras in the chamber, has stopped broadcasting the House floor,
meaning no one is witnessing this except the assembled Republicans, their
aides, and one Democrat, Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), who has now
Only about a half-dozen Republicans were on the
floor when this began, but the crowd has grown to about 20 now, according to
This is the peoples House, Rep,
Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) said. This is not Pelosis politiburo.
Democratic aides were furious at
the GOP stunt, and reporters were kicked out of the Speakers Lobby, the space
next to the House floor where they normally interview lawmakers.
Youre not covering this, are
you? complaing one senior Democratic aide. Another called the Republicans
morons for staying on the floor.
Update - The Capitol Police are
now trying to kick reporters out of the press gallery above the floor, meaning
we cant watch the Republicans anymore. But Minority Whip Roy Blunt
(R-Mo.) is now in the gallery talking to reporters, so the cops have held off
for a minute. Clearly, Democrats dont want Republicans getting any press for
this episode. GOP leaders are trying to find other Republicans to rotate in
for Blunt so reporters arent kicked out.
Update 2 - This message was sent out by Blunts
Although, this Democrat Majority just Adjourned
for the Democrat 5-Week Vacation, House Republicans are continuing to fight on
the House Floor. Although the lights, mics and C-SPAN cameras have been
turned off, House Republicans are on the Floor speaking to the tax payers in
the gallery who, not surprisingly, agree with Republican Energy proposals.
All Republicans who are in town are encouraged
to come to the House Floor.
Update 3 - Democrats just turned out the
lights again. Republicans cheered.
Update 4 - Republican leaders just sent out a
notice looking for a bullhorn and leadership aides are trying to corral all
the members who are still in town to come speak on the floor and sustain this
Also, Republicans can thank
Shadegg for turning on the microphones the first time. Apparently, the fiesty
Arizona conservative started typing random codes into the chambers public
address system and accidentally typed the correct code, allowing Republicans
brief access to the microphone before it was turned off again.
I love this, Shadegg told reporters up in the
press gallery afterward. Congress can be so boringThis is a
You dont expect the Democrats to cut into their
five week vacation do you?
What a circus.
What a disgrace the Democrat Party is to this
Every piece of research I have seen, bar none, indicates that huge majorities want this
drilling to take place (the latest, from CNN, puts the percentage at
about 7 in 10). But Pelosi has spent her entire career desperately
trying to prevent it. And nuclear. And increased
use of coal (despite the new technologies that dramatically lessen
its environmental impact).
And that's not all. Pelosi and many of her fellow Democrats have
demanded TAX INCREASES on gasoline to make the price even HIGHER. The
theory is that if the price is high enough we will use less gas and get more
serious about alternative energy.
As anyone who took introductory economics knows, there is validity to the
overall concept that higher prices eventually result in less
demand. But with energy, the alternative energy sources are not in
place and will not, cannot, be for a good many years. So what do we do in
the meantime? Make our cars into flower pots? Turn off our home
heating and air conditioning? Who do you know who would go along with
The bottom line: Nancy Pelosi is subverting the will of the
people. AND the will of the house of representatives. The
Democratic party holds a substantial majority in the house: if enough of
her own party members agreed with her she'd have allowed a vote, because
the legislation would have been defeated, The reason she didn't allow that vote
is because so many of them are against her dictatorial one-woman rule, right
along with the Republicans on the other side of the aisle.
Little wonder that Pelosi did everything she could, short of blowing up the
power supply, to prevent you from knowing that she summarily blocked a vote on
But you know now, don't you?
MORE ON THAT WEDGE ISSUE: THE OBAMA FLIP-FLOP
Can you believe it? As Nancy Pelosi prevents the house from voting on
offshore drilling, suddenly (with enough caveats so he can still show his face
at a moveon.org meeting) Barack Obama is in favor of it.
Now this is interesting.
Barack Obama has been adamantly against drilling. Until those data came
out showing how many votes it will lose him.
So, like he did with FISA, and meeting unconditionally with Iran, and keeping
Jerusalem undivided, and a hard timetable for withdrawing troops from Iraq, and
handgun ownership after the Supreme Court ruling, and public financing of his
campaign, etc. etc. etc., ad infinitum, ad nauseam, Mr. Obama has
Here are the particulars, courtesy of Johnathan Weisman, writing for
The Washington Post:
Obama Signals Support for Wider Offshore
Oil Search Would Be
Part of 'Comprehensive Energy Policy' Aimed at Lower Gas PricesBy Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer
2, 2008; Page A04
ORLANDO, Aug. 1 -- Sen. Barack Obama suggested on Friday that he could accept an expansion of
offshore oil drilling as long as it was part of a broader package of measures
that would free the logjam of energy bills in Congress.
"My interest is in making sure we've got the kind
of comprehensive energy policy that can bring down gas prices," Obama, the
presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said in an interview with the Palm
Beach Post. "If, in order to get that passed, we have to compromise in terms of
a careful, well-thought-out drilling strategy that was carefully circumscribed
to avoid significant environmental damage -- I don't want to be so rigid that we
can't get something done."
Republicans have consistently said they could
craft legislation that would expand oil exploration on the outer continental
shelf without jeopardizing delicate shoreline habitats. But Democratic leaders
in Congress have been ardently opposed. Environmental groups, a key
constituency, have been unyielding in their opposition.
Instead, Democrats crafted a rhetorical answer to
the GOP's drilling campaign, calling on companies to begin oil drilling on the
millions of acres both on- and offshore that have already been leased to them
but remain untapped. Obama has taken up that line as part of his standard stump
Flip flop, flip flop flip flop. Again.
Mr. "Vote for me because of my sound judgment" does it again.
How can you believe a word this man says? How can you believe he is
anything but a two-faced politician feeding you whatever you are gullible enough
How can you believe Barack Obama is anything but a standard-issue Chicago
Democratic machine politician?
THE LATEST OBAMA FLIP FLOP
More about Barack Obama's flip-flop on offshore drilling......
I'll let ABC news and Steve Gilbert of www.sweetness-light.com tell the
August 2nd, 2008
From ABC News:
Obama Attempts to Explain Shift on Offshore
August 02, 2008
Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., fought back
against the perception that hes shifted away from his opposition to
off-shore oil drilling by suggesting he softened his position as a
compromise toward a broader energy policy.
Obama first indicated Friday in an interview
with the Palm Beach Post that he would be willing to compromise on his
opposition to off-shore drilling, and would consider expanding the current
drilling boundaries if it was part of a plan to make the country more energy
independent by developing more fuel-efficient cars and alternative energy
Today, at a press availability in Cape
Canaveral, Fla., Obama said that his comments werent a shift.
This wasnt really a new
position. What Im saying is that we cant drill our way out of the problem,
he told reporters. And if we can come up with a genuine bi-partisan
compromise in which I have to accept some things I dont like, or the
Democrats have to accept some things that they dont like, in exchange for
actually moving us in the direction of energy independence, then that is
something I am open to.
On Friday, the bi-partisan Gang of 10 group of
senators unveiled a compromise energy plan that would include opening areas of
the Gulf of Mexico and southeast Atlantic to drilling - in addition to
raising taxes on major oil companies. Part of the plan also includes oil
exploration 50 miles off of Floridas coastline - a state that is an
important battleground in the general election.
Obama said that while he hasnt
seen the Gang of 10s final legislation, he understood it has some aggressive
elements that could move America in the direction of energy
I think is [sic] a positive step,
so there are a whole bunch of good things that have been proposed by this
bi-partisan group, Obama said. I remain skeptical of some of the drilling
provisions, but I will give them credit that the way they crafted the drilling
positions are about as careful and responsible as you might expect for a
Obama said while he is opening the
door to a compromise, he will not support a plan that suggests drilling is the
answer to the nations energy problems
Obama said that in the end the shift on offshore
drilling shouldnt be a political one.
What Im interested [in], ultimately,
is going to be governing, he said. And what that means is that
were going to try to get things done. At some point, people are going to
have to make decisions: Are we going to keep on arguing or are we going to get
some things done?
Do they still run Dancing With The Stars? Mr.
Obama would be a shoo-in to win.
Hes got this two-step down perfectly.
I think is [sic] a positive step, so there are
a whole bunch of good things that have been proposed by this bi-partisan
group, Obama said.
He sure is articulate. And deep.
And just imagine the profundity of his analysis if
he had actually seen the proposal.
Yep, Mr. Obama is going to be a wiz at
Quick: name a major issue that Barack Obama hasn't changed his
position on. I dare you.
Flip-flop, flop-flip, flip-flop,
OBAMA AND REPARATIONS
This is BS even by the Associated Press's wholly pro-Obama standards:
Here is the beginning of today's Associated
Press article by Christopher Willis:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Democratic presidential
candidate Barack Obama opposes offering reparations to the descendants of
slaves, putting him at odds with some black groups and leaders.
The man with a serious chance to become the
nation's first black president argues that government should instead combat
the legacy of slavery by improving schools, health care and the economy for
"I have said in the past - and I'll repeat again
- that the best reparations we can provide are good schools in the inner city
and jobs for people who are unemployed," the Illinois Democrat said
Just curious: Do you see anywhere in that excerpt where Mr. Obama specifically
says he is against reparations? Or anywhere in the rest of
Now that you've answered "no", here is a statement of Mr. Obama's from just a
few days ago, during a speech to minority journalists (bold print is mine):
"I personally would want to see our tragic
history acknowledged... we've got some very sad and difficult things to
account for, I consistently believe that when it comes to whether it's Native
Americans or African-American issues or reparations, the most
important thing for the U.S. government to do is not just offer words,
but offer deeds."
Er, Mr. Willis....would you like to rethink your article a tad? And
maybe give us a paragraph or two on how far a news venue has to be in the tank
for Mr. Obama to present this kind of baloney?
And as far as Mr. Obama himself is concerned? All I can say
is.....flip-flop, flop-flip, flip-flop, flop-flip,
THE VICIOUS NASTINESS AND DISHONESTY OF KEITH OLBERMANN
Ok, I admit it. I could probably put that title up every
day and fill a blog with what keith olbermann said the
keith olbermann is a viciously nasty, vituperative partisan.
And he is regularly caught in dishonesties ranging from exaggerations
to intentional misunderstandings to outright lies. I have detailed a
number of them over the months - this is just the latest in an ongoing
It is a daily disgrace that MSNBC puts keith olbermann
on the air, and a blight on any claim it has to being a news channel.
No one on the right comes close to being as unprofessional, insulting and
negative as olbermann. And when one or another of them says even one thing
that sounds like the typical kind of bile tossed around by olbermann (e.g.
Michael Savage's disgusting comment about autistic children last week) media has
a collective excrement-hemmorhage.
But, hey, if most of olbermann's views are in synch with major media, I
guess that isn't about to happen. So he goes on his way, adding new
dimension to the term "farbissoner" on every show.
Here is an article which lays out a couple of (the seemingly countless)
examples of olbermann's vile mouth in action. It comes to us from Brad
Wilmouth of www.newsbusters.org.
The bold print is mine:
Olbermann Mocks the Elderly as
'65 to Dead'
On Friday's Countdown, during the show's "Worst
Person in the World" segment, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann tried to characterize
the ratings of his show as more admirable than than those of FNC's highly
watched O'Reilly Factor by narrowly citing viewing figures among younger
demographics. Olbermann, who regularly cites the viewing figures for
those 25-54 years old -- citing their value to advertisers -- to make himself
appear more competitive with O'Reilly, on this occasion dismissively referred to
older viewers as "65 to dead." Olbermann: "But don't worry, Bill, you're still
dominating that important demographic, 65 to dead."
And, although Olbermann vaguely claimed
that Bill O'Reilly "crows about the ratings and then gets them wrong again," the
MSNBC host in no way contradicted O'Reilly's numbers as Olbermann merely cited
the statistics for the specific younger demographics, which did not disprove
anything FNC hosted stated.
Although O'Reilly typically draws twice as
many viewers as Olbermann, the Countdown host referred to O'Reilly's ratings
being "down" as he plugged the segment: "And Bill-O, the Clown gets caught with
his ratings down."
In another plug, Olbermann claimed O'Reilly got
the ratings "wrong": "Bill-O crows about the ratings and then gets them wrong
again in 'Worst Persons.'"
During the "Worst Person" segment, Olbermann
quoted O'Reilly's words about the July ratings for CNN, MSNBC, and FNC,
informing viewers of their performance in relation to all cable channels.
Olbermann, quoting O'Reilly: "'The ratings for July are in. The TV ratings
causing a true reality check for CNN and MSNBC. Fox News ranked number six in
prime time. That's among all cable channels. CNN, 22, MSNBC 30, right behind the
tomato channel. Since I was off for a few days in July, I want to thank Laura
Ingram, John Kasich and E.D. Hill for keeping the numbers up.'"
Although O'Reilly seemed to be talking generally about all
primetime shows in citing the numbers, conveying the cable news rankings' place
among total viewers of all cable channels, Olbermann switched to talking
exclusively about his own show versus O'Reilly's, only citing numbers for
younger viewers, and comparing cable news shows only instead of including all
cable shows -- presumably to make the numbers sound as different as possible
from those O'Reilly used without explicitly contradicting
Olbermann: "I've got your reality check right here,
goober. In July, Countdown was the number three rated show in all of
cable news, adults 25 to 54, behind Bill-O and Hannity. We were the number two
rated show in all of cable news adults 18 to 49, and we were the number one
rated show in all of cable news, adults 18 to 34. And Bill-O was third. Since I
was off for two weeks in July, I want to thank Rachel Maddow for kicking the
asses of Laura Ingraham, John Kasich and E.D. Hill. But don't worry,
Bill, you're still dominating that important demographic, 65 to
Below is a transcript of relevant portions of the
Friday, August 1, Countdown show on MSNBC:
OLBERMANN, DURING COMMERCIAL BREAK AT 8:17 P.M.: And Bill-O, the
gets caught with his ratings down. You are
watching Countdown on MSNBC.
OLBERMANN, BEFORE COMMERCIAL BREAK AT 8:34 P.M.:
Bill-O crows about the ratings and then gets them wrong again in "Worst
OLBERMANN: But first, time for Countdown's number two
story, tonight's "Worst Persons in the World." Number three, Bill-O
the Clown ventured into the audience estimates again, and, in the process,
caught stepping on his loofah. (NOTE - THE REST
OF THIS PARAGRAPH IS O'REILLY SPEAKING, NOT OLBERMANN)
"Finally, finally the ratings for July are in.
The TV ratings causing a true reality check for CNN and MSNBC. Fox News ranked
number six in prime time. That's among all cable channels. CNN, 22, MSNBC 30,
right behind the tomato channel. Since I was off for a few days in July, I
want to thank Laura Ingram, John Kasich and E.D. Hill for keeping the numbers
your reality check right here, goober. In July, Countdown was the number three rated show in all of cable
news, adults 25 to 54, behind Bill-O and Hannity. We were the number two rated
show in all of cable news adults 18 to 49, and we were the number one rated
show in all of cable news, adults 18 to 34. And Bill-O was third. Since I was
off for two weeks in July, I want to thank Rachel Maddow for kicking the asses
of Laura Ingraham, John Kasich and E.D. Hill. But don't worry, Bill, you're
still dominating that important demographic, 65 to
Let me repeat what I said earlier: keith olbermann is
a viciously nasty, vituperative partisan. And he is regularly caught in
dishonesties ranging from exaggerations to intentionally misunderstanding things
to outright lies. I have detailed a number of them over the months - this
is just the latest in an ongoing series.
It is a daily disgrace that MSNBC puts keith olbermann on the
I will conclude by showing you the July, 2008 ratings. Note
where Fox News Channel is and where MSNBC is (I've put them both in bold print),
and see who is telling the truth:
NETWORK RANKINGS FOR JULY 2008:
NIELSEN MEDIA RESEARCH (NHI)
TOP 30 NETWORKS RANKED ON
PERSONS 2+PRIMETIME (M-SU 8PM-11PM)* TOTAL PROGRAMMING DAY
29 VH115 DISC
Oh, one other thing:
-The average July viewership for olbermann's "Countdown" was 959,000, with
347,000 aged 25-54.
-The average July viewership for The O'Reilly Factor was 2,252,000, with
444,000 aged 25-54.
Game. Set. Match.
Earlier today I accidentally reversed the
25-54 viewership for O'Reilly and olbermann. Because of this I
erroneously indicated it was olbermann with the greater
Sorry about that. And tough noogies, keith. Better luck
WHO IS PLAYING THE RACE CARD?
In the past few days, accusations about racism have passed back and
forth between the Obama and McCain camps. Do any of them have merit?
Yes. Barack Obama pre-emptively raised the issue of race.
He did it by ridiculing his opponent on racial grounds, saying things
like "they're going to tell you I don't look like you" (this week's
variation was "he doesn't look like all those other presidents on the
This is nothing new for Barack Obama. It is exactly the strategy he
used against Hillary Clinton during the primaries. He raised
the issue of race, and then when Clinton said anything at all about him it
was funneled into a complaint that she was race baiting.
Illustratively, former Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro, a
Clinton supporter and a lifelong champion of racial equality.
was attacked as racist for telling the simple truth that Mr. Obama's race
was an advantage in the primaries (which is was - just look at the turnout,
and voting patterns, of Black Democrats during those primaries).
Since it worked so well for Mr. Obama against Hillary Clinton who, until
then, was considered a great friend of Black people, it
certainly would work against a Republican -- because we all "know"
Democrats love Black people and Republicans hate them, don't we?
At this point you may be saying to yourself "Hey, wait a
minute. How does Berwitz know that this line about not looking like other
people is racial? There is no specific mention of "race", or "White"
or "Black" in it".
The answer is that this has been a tactful way that Black
people communicate "they're going to hate you because you are Black" for
many years -- long before Barack Obama brought it into the presidential
In the 1990's, WLIB 1190 AM was a Black oriented AM radio
station out of New York City***. In those days, I often listened
to "The Morning Show with Mark Riley", also known as "The GBE (Global Black
Experience"), which aired from 9:OOAM to, I believe 12 noon on weekdays.
Mr. Riley regularly used the "people who don't look like us" terminology,
both to describe Whites he considered racist (which is to say just about every
one of them) and to warn Blacks not to be taken in by White storeowners,
And he wasn't the only one who did so on, or outside of, WLIB. Not by a
So, believe me, I know whereof I speak when I call the expression racial in
Now let's look at the McCain "Paris Hilton" ad, in which Mr. McCain,
through quick, almost subliminal, visuals compares Barack Obama to Ms.
Hilton (and to Britney Spears as well).
The thrust of the ad is that Barack Obama is a celebrity without any
substance. You may or may not agree with that characterization, but I'm
reasonably certain we can agree that this is what the ad is trying to say.
I challenge you to name anyone, White or Black, male or female, with a
more recognizable image as a celebrity without substance than Paris
Is that image true, or fair? I don't know. But I do know that if
you are doing an ad to communicate these "attributes", Paris Hilton is probably
the single best symbol there is.
Yes she is White and female. But what does that have to do with
anything? What would the Obama people have liked John McCain to do, change
the lighting to make her look Blacker? Give her a moustache?
She is what she is, folks.
The bottom line here is that, yes, race has been injected into the 2008
political campaign, starting with the primary season and continuing through
to today (and, I'm sure, beyond).
The person who has injected it is Barack Obama.
***In 2004, WLIB replaced much of its Black oriented programming with
the Air America, expecting to be its flagship station. But the
ratings were awful. So, in 2006, WLIB dumped Air America and
went back to its Black orientation.