Wednesday, 13 August 2008


Ken Berwitz

Yesterday I posted a video in which Tim Kaine, who may well be Barack Obama's running mate, credited Mr. Obama with the supposed "cease fire" in Georgia.  His exact words were....

" was a bad crisis for the world.  It required tough words but also a smart approach, to call on the international community to step in, and I'm very very happy that the senator's request for a cease fire has been complied with by President Medvedev"

While you're busy shaking your head in amazement that anyone - even a partisan politician like Kaine - could make such a ridiculous statement, let me post an excerpt from today's London Telegraph that fills you in on what actually is happening there, as opposed to the hagiographic BS about Barack Obama:

Russian tanks patrol Gori in defiance of Nicolas Sarkozy's peace deal

Russia has ordered an incursion into a frontline Georgian town in defiance of the terms of an overnight peace deal brokered by French president Nicolas Sarkozy.

By Damien McElroy in Tbilisi, Adrian Blomfield and Harry de Quetteville
Last Updated: 1:05PM BST 13 Aug 2008
Russian tanks patrolling in Georgia: Russian tanks patrol Gori in defiance of Nicolas Sarkozy's peace deal
A Georgian official has claimed that 50 tanks have moved into Gori Photo: REUTERS

As the EU announced plans to send peacekeeping troops to monitor the ceasefire, Russian troops destroyed an empty Georgian military base in Gori and set up a checkpoint on the road to Tbilisi.

In clear defiance of the spirit of Mr Sarkozy's peace deal, Russia appeared to be working to cement a buffer zone for South Ossetia.

A Georgian official claimed that 50 tanks had moved into Gori and South Ossetian snipers were also reportedly in operation in the town.

Georgian troops pulled back from the town of Gori earlier this week and its civilian population has virtually abandoned the streets.

Hmmnnnn, that seems to tell a slightly different story, doesn't it?

Let's see:  The cease fire was negotiated by Nicholas Sarkozy of France - he's one of those guys who actually can negotiate something.  That's because he's a head of state rather than a political candidate with a head as big as the arctic circle..
Then there's the fact that, despite Mr. Sarkozy's negotiations, there is no cease fire anyway.  Russia is going to do whatever the hell it wants.  And, believe me, there won't be any protests from moveon,org about it.
This is how people like Tim Kaine, and his patron saint Barack Obama, make complete fools of themselves. 
But a funny thing happened when I read the NY Times today.  Unless I missed it, tghere was not one word about Barack Obama being credited with the nonexistent cease fire. 
I did, however, see a front page article which severely attacked the new book by Jerome Corsi, "Obamanation", which will start at #1 on the Times' best seller list (it already is #1 on Amazon). 
Call it a pre-emptive strike.  After all, it's not nice to let people criticize your God, is it?


Ken Berwitz

From today's Washington Times:

Former CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson and her husband on Tuesday lost an appeal in their lawsuit against top Bush administration officials, but their attorney says another appeal is likely.

Mrs. Wilson, the wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV, sued Vice President Dick Cheney and others for violating her privacy, saying they leaked her name to the media. Syndicated columnist Robert Novak identified Mrs. Wilson in a July 14, 2003, column as "an agency operative on weapons of mass destruction."

I'll make this short and sweet: 

As you can see, the decision came down yesterday.  If reading this blog is the first you know about it, I strongly urge you to ask yourself why.

Have a nice day.


Ken Berwitz

I am, to say the very least, no fan of James Dobson or Focus on the Family.  I consider Dobson to be a cotton matherish human fart and the organization he heads to be about 50 times more intolerant and smug than I would ever be comfortable with even if I shared its religious beliefs (which I assure you I do not).

But when I heard about the "rain" video earlier today, I couldn't believe even this sorry bunch would put it out. 

I am here to tell you, however, that I was wrong.  They most certainly did.   

Here is the story, courtesy of ABC News.  But don't just read the words.  Be sure to watch the video and see/hear what stuart shepard, its Director of Digital Media, is praying for these days (if you have trouble seeing the video, just click here):

Focus On The Family Pulls Video (Jokingly) Asking Supporters to Pray for Rain During Obama's Speech

August 13, 2008 8:12 AM

"Would it be wrong to ask people to pray for rain?" asks Stuart Shepard, director of digital media the political arm of the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family, Focus Action, in this video.

"Not just rain," Shepard clarifies, "abundant rain, torrential ran, urban-and-small-stream-advisory rain."

When would this rain come?

"The evening of August 28 right here at Mile High stadium in Denver," so as to ruin Sen. Barack Obama's plans to accept the Democratic presidential nomination.

"I'm talking-umbrellas-ain't-gonna-help-you rain," Shepard says. "Not flood-people-out-of-their-houses rain, just good ol' swamp-the-intersection't-see-the podium rain."


"I'm still pro life, and I'm still in favor of marriage as being between one man and one woman," Shepard explains. "And I would like the next president who will select justices for the next Supreme Court to agree."

After some members of the organization complained about the video, which was supposed to be humorous, the organization took it off their website.

Yeah, I see that it was portrayed as being "humorous" after they were embarrassed into pulling it from the web site.  But, while it's done with a cutesy-poo tone of voice the message is very clear.  And very obnoxious.  And very intolerant.  And very sickening.

In other words, very much like what I would expect from this group.


Ken Berwitz

I assume we are all sickened to our core by the ugly news that the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party, Bill Gwatney, died today after being shot at the party's headquarters.

Here is CNN's initial report (please keep in mind that initial reports often change substantially when all the facts become known):

The shooting suspect, a white male in his fifties, also died Wednesday afternoon after a police chase ended in gunfire, Hastings said.

Authorities are working to confirm his identity, but Hastings said there was no indication that he was a former employee. He said police were investigating possible motives, as well as why the suspect went into the Arkansas Baptist State Convention brandishing a gun.

CNN affilliates KARK and KTHV identified the gunman as Timothy Dale Johnson, 50, of Searcy, Arkansas.

The suspect walked into the downtown headquarters, near the state Capitol building, before noon.

The gunman said he was interested in volunteering, said Sam Higginbotham, a 17-year-old volunteer at the headquarters, The Associated Press reported.

"That was obviously a lie," Higginbotham said, the AP reported.

The man asked for Gwatney and spoke with another employee before pushing his way into his office and pulling a gun on Gwatney, Hastings said.

A woman in a nearby business told KTHV that Gwatney's assistant came in and asked her to call police. Video Watch witnesses describe the incident

"I thought maybe someone had gotten hit by a car," said Sarah Lee, who works at a florist's shop. "She was just shaking really bad." But then the woman said that Gwatney had been shot and that three shots had been fired, Lee said.

After the shooting, the suspect entered a nearby Arkansas Baptist State Convention pointed a gun at an employee.

The man was "white as a sheet," convention official Dan Jordan said.

"I've heard he said something do to about losing a job. ... He didn't threaten anyone." The man left through the front door shortly afterward, he said.

A vehicle description was provided to police, Hastings said, and officers found it. A chase involving Little Rock police, Arkansas State Police and the Grant County Sheriff's Office ended about 20 miles south of Little Rock, where the suspect was shot and taken into custody, he said. See a map of where the suspect was shot

Police said the suspect drove into a ditch and around a set of spike strips in an attempt to evade police.

Authorities from Grant County said they used a "precision mobilization technique" to hit the vehicle from behind and ram it into another unit.

The man then got out of his vehicle and began shooting at officers, who returned fire.

So far it does not appear that the shooting was politically motivated.  But, again, we do not have all the facts yet so let's wait and find out for sure.

What we do know is that, from all accounts, Bill Gwatney was an eminently decent man and a pillar of his community. 

May he rest in peace. 

And may his killer rot in hell.

Bill White Sounds like the gunman earned his place in Valhalla. Heil Hitler! (08/13/08)


Ken Berwitz

Human Events ( is running a series drawn from David Freddoso's book, "The Case Against Barack Obama".  I haven't posted some of the material because we've already covered it in this blog.

But the segment about Mr. Obama's relationship with slumlords is going up word for word.  Here it is:

Day 3: Obama the Slumlord Senator

During his time in Illinois, some of Barack Obamas most important donors and fundraisers were slumlords, including convicted felon Tony Rezko, who lined their pockets with taxpayers money from public projects Obama pushed through the legislature.

In his new book, The Case Against Barack Obama, journalist David Freddoso exposes Rezko and other Obama cronies who financed Obamas political career, contributing several hundred thousand dollars to his campaigns, while Obama helped funnel government subsidies to these Chicago slumlords to help them build low-income housing.

So what did the Illinois taxpayers get out of these deals?

* Allison Davis, Obamas former law firm boss, built several slums which were famous for the chronic plumbing failures that caused sewage to back up into residents sinks.  Obama actually wrote letters to city and state officials supporting a bid by Rezko and Davis to get $14.6 million from the taxpayers to fund housing for seniors.

* Cecil Butler, another Obama donor, had one of his apartment complexes confiscated by the government when city inspectors found over 1,800 code violations.

* Valerie Jarrett, an Obama fundraiser and advisor, was the chief executive of a company that managed a housing complex that became so run-down it was seized by the federal government.

* Tony Rezkos housing company, Rezmar, raked in more than $100 million in loans from the city, state and federal government to fix up 30 Chicago buildings for low-income housing.  All of the buildings have failed financially:  As of 2007, 17 have gone into foreclosure, and 6 have been boarded up.  Meanwhile, the city of Chicago has sued Rezmar at least a dozen times for failing to heat its buildings.

Obamas support for slumlords and corrupt developers proves once again that his claim to be a reformer is, as author David Freddoso points out, a great lie.

This is extremely important on several levels:

-It blows the cover off of Mr. Obama's clean and pure image - an image that has been propagated by the candidate but mightily helped along by an adoring media;

-It lays out the specifics on what scum Mr. Obama consorted with (and presumably still does consort with) in Chicago;

-Most importantly, it suggests that Mr. Obama, whose rsum extols his years as a "community organizer" (whatever that is) was aiding and abetting damage to the very people he claims he was helping.  And he was doing it for money.

I admit to having an especially jaundiced view about politicians who try to build their careers as "community organizers" and/or other such lofty titles. 

I applaud the people who really are involved with these activities.  Most do it out of love and concern for their neighborhoods - they are sincere and dedicated.  I wish them every success. 

But the politicians who exploit community activism as a springboard for their own ambitions?  Are they dedicated and sincere?  If they were, would they ever in a million years be in bed with the slumlords described above?

Think about it.


Ken Berwitz

I'm not exactly sure where to go with this one, but I think it's entertaining enough to post here.  See if you agree:

Cheeky carver coins Homer euro

August 12, 2008 - 11:28AM

A one euro coin has turned up in Spain bearing the face of cartoon couch potato Homer Simpson instead of that of the country's king, a sweetshop owner said.

Jose Martinez was counting the cash in his till in the city of Aviles, northern Spain, when he came across the coin where Homer's bald head, big eyes and big nose had replaced the serious features of King Juan Carlos.

"The coin must have been done by a professional, the work is impressive," he said.

The comical carver had not taken his tools to the other side of the coin displaying the map of Europe. So far, no other coins of the hapless, beer-swilling oaf have been found in circulation.

"I've been offered 20 euros for it," said Martinez

Well, the dollar has come back about 7% versus the euro recently.  So maybe in the near future all of those coins will look like Homer....with maybe a few Krusty the Klowns thrown in....and a keith olbermann just for the similarity.


Ken Berwitz

The media are right.  There is extensive voter fraud in the USA. 

Now, when are most of those media going to report where the majority of it comes from?

In this regard, let's look at today's edition of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, which reports on voter fraud in that city.  I don't know whether the paper did so out of fairness, moral outrage, or just because Milwaukee was such a hotbed of fraud in 2004 that they can't avoid it.  Regardless, it is in the paper.

But I have problems with how it is reported.  Big ones.

One such problem is that Larry Sandler, who wrote this story, appears to be buying the premise that the organizations in question are sincerely trying to do things correctly.  To read his account, you'd swear those nice folks at ACORN and the Community Voters' Project are being victimized by a few bad apples who they are working hard to eliminate from their midst.

In reality ACORN - an organization with strong ties to Barack Obama, it should be noted - is ongoingly cited for voter fraud and is about as dirty as dirty can be.  I don't know about the other groups, but it wouldn't surprise me at all if they were no different.

Here is the article.  Please pay special attention to the segment I've put in bold print:

Workers from Community Voters Project implicated in voter fraud

Posted: Aug. 12, 2008

Workers from a second activist organization have been implicated in falsifying Milwaukee voter registration forms, bringing to 15 the number of voter registration workers who could face scrutiny for trying to sign up dead, imprisoned or fictitious voters, according to the Milwaukee Election Commission and the organizations that paid the workers.

For two of the workers, managers at the Community Voters Project caught much of the fraud, fired the workers and reported the problems before the registration cards were turned in, said Sue Edman, the election commision's executive director, and Ayodele Carroo, the organizations national director. That involved 15 or 16 cards, Carroo said.

In a third case, the Election Commission staff found problems with cards turned in by a Community Voters Project worker who already had been fired for unrelated reasons, Edman and Carroo said.

Last week, Edman and the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now said ACORN had found potential fraud in 200 to 300 cards turned in by ACORN workers. ACORN caught the problems and fired 12 workers before handing the cards over to the commission, ACORN state political director Carolyn Castore said.

Carroo and Castore said the problems involve a tiny fraction of the hundreds of workers who have signed up tens of thousands of new voters in Milwaukee. ACORN and the Community Voters Project are among five activist groups, all from the liberal side of the political spectrum, that have launched massive voter registration drives in advance of the Nov. 4 presidential election.

Those developments have revived partisan debate over whether Wisconsin should require voters to show photo identification to prevent fraud or whether such measures would dampen turnout among poor and minority voters. During the 2004 election, problems arose with voters using invalid addresses and felons voting illegally, but an investigation by U.S. Attorney Steve Biskupic found no evidence of widespread fraud.

In the current case, the Election Commission referred four workers at least two from ACORN and at least one from the Community Voters Project to the Milwaukee County district attorneys office for possible criminal prosecution, Edman said. She was not sure which group employed the fourth individual.

Commission staffers plan to refer two other Community Voters Project workers for prosecution, Edman said. The staff is still reviewing cards submitted by ACORN to determine whether others also should be considered for prosecution, she said.

Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf confirmed he is working with Milwaukee police to decide whether criminal charges are warranted, but he declined to say how many individuals are under investigation. Castore said investigators contacted her about one former ACORN worker, and Carroo said investigators contacted her Milwaukee staff about two of their former workers.

It was a Community Voters Project worker who turned in a card for a voter who had been dead for 10 years, Edman said.

Carroo said one worker was fired for turning in cards with drivers license numbers that did not match the voters birthdates, and another was fired for turning in cards that were all in the same handwriting. The third worker was fired for bringing in too few cards, she said.

By contrast, the most common problem with the ACORN cards was that workers were turning in cards for voters who were already registered, Edman and Castore said. In some of those cases, the workers falsely told voters they had to re-register every year, Castore said.

Overall, the Community Voters Project employed about 350 paid workers who have brought in 21,000 Milwaukee voter registration cards since May, Carroo said. ACORN employed more than 220 paid workers who have turned in 35,000 cards since December, Castore said.

Quality control

Both organizations say they have extensive quality-control procedures to check whether the voter forms are complete and accurate.

Were about bringing new voters into the political process, and its in our interest to run the tightest program we can, Carroo said.

The Community Voters Project is a joint program of two national organizations, the Progressive Future Education Fund and the Fund for the Public Interest. Carroo said it has registered more than 100,000 new minority voters nationwide this year, topping its 2004 total of 93,000.

Well, at least Mr. Sandler acknowledged that these are all "liberal" groups.  That's fine as far as it goes.  But how does he then report the absurd claim that "We're about bringing voters into the political process" without noting that the ONLY place they are doing so is where Democrats get the vast majority of votes?

If groups such as these are about bringing voters into the political process they will be trying to generate new voters throughout the city, not just where Democrats command over 90% of the voting totals.  Therefore the claim that they are "about bringing voters yada yada yada" is fraudulent on its face --but apparently not a problem to Mr. Sandler.

And what about the part I put in bold print?  Can anyone explain to me why proving you are legally able to vote will "dampen turnout among poor and minority voters"?  What does their income or skin color have to do with whether they are legally able to vote?  Why would even one poor or minority voter who is legal be deterred for even one second?

Bottom line:  At least the Journal-Sentinel reported that voter fraud is taking place.  So far, so good.  Maybe next time the paper will screw up enough integrity and/or courage to tell the whole story.


Ken Berwitz

It always happens.  Some Democrats support the Republican and some Repubicans support the Democrat.  And usually there is an overriding issue that brings them to the other side. 

So what is the overriding issue that is bringing Republicans to Barack Obama?

Here is an editorial in today's New York Sun that might give us the answer.  The bold print is mine:

Obama's Republicans

Editorial of The New York Sun | August 13, 2008

The Obama campaign's conference call yesterday on Republicans who back the presidential bid of the Democrat from Illinois showcased quite a crew. There was Rita Hauser, the PLO apologist whose law firm, Stroock & Stroock & Lavan, racked up millions of dollars in legal fees over the years as a registered foreign agent of Yasser Arafat's Palestinian Authority. Ms. Hauser met with Mr. Arafat as early as 1988, when America still considered him a terrorist and refused even to allow him access to the United Nations headquarters in New York. Though the meeting may have had the tacit approval of the State Department, Israel publicly objected at the time, though it too chose eventually to treat with Arafat.

Ms. Hauser helped fund the Edward Said chair at Columbia for Mr. Obama's pal Rashid Khalidi. "I made a contribution," Ms. Hauser told us back in 2003, describing the chair's namesake, Professor Edward Said, as "a friend of mine. I admire him." Ms. Hauser said she was happy with Mr. Khalidi's selection as a teacher there. "I like him very much. He's a splendid guy, a Palestinian intellectual, a first-class choice, and I think everybody's pleased," she said of the professor whose errors The Sun exposed in its August 5, 2004, editorial, What the UAE Bought."

Mr. Obama also is boasting of Lincoln Chafee, who, as a senator representing Rhode Island, was responsible for blocking Secretary Bolton from being confirmed as the American ambassador at the United Nations on the grounds that the Bush administration had been too pro-Israel. He was one of two Republicans to vote against repeal of the estate tax, even though he gained his Senate seat in 1999 by being appointed to fill the remainder of his father's term. He voted against confirming Justice Alito. He was one of only three Republicans in 2006 who voted against an extension of the Bush tax cuts on dividends and capital gains.

Back in 2006, a New York Sun article quoted a longtime pro-Israel activist in Washington, Morris Amitay, as saying Mr. Chafee "has one of the worst records of anyone in the Senate, definitely in the bottom 10% of class as far as pro-Israel initiatives are concerned." The Sun article noted that in 2003, Mr. Chafee was one of only four senators to vote against the Syria Accountability Act, a sanctions measure. In 2002, Mr. Chafee was the only Republican senator to vote against giving President Bush the authority to take military action in Iraq. According to at least one press report, Mr. Chafee left the Republican party in 2007 after losing his 2006 campaign for re-election.

The third "Republican for Obama" after Ms. Hauser and Mr. Chafee and the only other one who participated in the call was a former congressman from Iowa, James Leach. Mr. Leach took to the House floor in 2004 to deliver a speech titled "The Case for Restraint in Iran," warning against American or Israeli attacks on the mullahs's nuclear facilities. "It is hard to believe that outside military intervention would lead to anything except greater ensconcement of authoritarian mullah rule," Mr. Leach said, calling instead for America to agree to a comprehensive nuclear test ban. In 2006, when the House voted 397 to 21 to pass the Iran Freedom Support Act that toughened sanctions on Tehran, Mr. Leach was one of the 21 congressmen who opposed it.

Mr. Obama has made pro-Israel statements in his campaign. He spoke at the policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington and at a synagogue at Boca Raton, Fla., and at Jerusalem itself. What is one to make of it if he is then going to cart out Ms. Hauser and Messrs. Chafee and Leach? At the least, it exhibits a tone-deafness that weakens the argument that Mr. Obama deserves the benefit of the doubt on these matters. If these are the Republicans who are gravitating to Mr. Obama's campaign, it is an ill omen for the Democrats.

Add these three to the cadre of Israel hating Obama people such as Zbigniew Brzezinsky, Joe Circinione, Merrill "Tony" McPeak and you've got a lineup that jeremiah wright and his idol, louis farrakhan, would endorse enthusiastically.

Would you?

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