Thursday, 14 August 2008


Ken Berwitz

I'll let Michelle Malkin do the talking on this one:

Woo-hoo: Judge lets Kwame come to Denver without monitoring bracelet

By Michelle Malkin    August 14, 2008 10:44 AM

Look out, Barack. Your old friend and pledged superdelegate, corruptocrat Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is coming to Denver for the Democrat National Convention.

A judge in Michigan is not only allowing him to travel, but has freed Kilpatrick from his electronic tether. The judge believes its important for the city of Detroit for the embattled Kilpatrick to appear at the convention. Seriously:

As the Wayne County Prosecutor rushes to the the Michigan Court of Appeals trying to overturn a judges ruling allowing Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick to attend the Democratic National Convention, the Free Press has just learned that the judge who approved the trip has imposed stricter travel restrictions on Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

Wayne County Circuit Judge Leonard Townsend earlier this morning ruled that the mayor may attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver later this month and may take off his electronic tether, but in a decision that may surprise even Kilpatricks attorneys, Townsend said the mayor otherwise may not leave Wayne County.

Townsends unexpected move set off a furious objection by assistant Wayne County Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey.

Were going to strenuously object, she said, adding that Thomas request broke a private deal Kilpatricks lawyers struck with prosecutors.

Townsend rejected all of her arguments, saying the mayor arrived in court before he did and was not a flight risk.

He wants to be here as much as the people want him here, Townsend said, adding that it was important to Detroit that the mayor attend the convention.
He then went further, ordering the removal of the tether the mayor has worn since Friday.

As Lindsey continued to argue, Townsend said I think youre losing your composure.

Flashback: The Kwame Obama used to know doing an outstanding job of gathering together the leadership at every level in Detroit to bring about the kind of renaissance that all of us anticipate for this great city.

This couldn't be better for Republicans if Karl Rove was running the Democratic convention.  A thoroughly corrupt philandering liar who used Detroit's revenues like his personal piggybank, and there he'll be.

I wonder if Judge Townsend is on the short list to be McCain's AG.

And how do you like that video of Barack Obama singing Kilpatrick's praises?  Since he has no record to run on, we're supposed to vote for Mr. Obama based on his "sound judgment".

Is this an example of it?


UPDATE:  Sanity has prevailed - at least for now.  Judge Townsend's decision has been overturned and kwame kilpatrick will not be going to the Democratic convention.

Let's see if this holds.


Ken Berwitz

I saw this AP story yesterday, and wasn't sure what to do with it.  I waited a day to see how mainstream media would handle it.

Well, mainstream media didn't handle it.  The AP put it out and I didn't see it on the news or find it in today's NY Times or hear about it on the Today show this morning.,  So here's the story (bold print is mine):

Photo from AP Photo by Tatan Syuflana

This registration document, made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiskus Assisi school in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry Soetoro into the Catholic school made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. The document lists Barry Soetoro as a Indonesian citizen, born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows his Muslim step-father listed the boy's religion as Islam.(AP Photo/ Tatan Syuflana) From AP Photo by Tatan Syuflana.
18 months ago: This registration document, made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiskus Assisi school in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry Soetoro into the Catholic school made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. The document lists Barry Soetoro as a Indonesian citizen, born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows his Muslim step-father listed the boy's religion as Islam.(AP Photo/ Tatan Syuflana)
Fascinating, wouldn't you say?
If this is a legitimate document, it resolves the issue of Mr. Obama's qualification to be President.  If he was born in Honolulu of a mother who was a natural citizen, he is qualified - regardless of whether his stepfather said he had Indonesian citizenship.
However, if you accept this as being legitimate you also accept the fact that he was brought up a Muslim. 
Ok, there it is.  Make of it what you will.  And be amazed at how little coverage it has gotten. 
Remember, this was made available in JANUARY, 2007!!!  That is a year and a half ago!!!. 
If the AP or whomever else it was presented to made it public at that time, or at any time early in the primary season, is there any doubt that Mr. Obama would have lost the nomination to Ms. Clinton?

Zeke Well, personally, I'd look harder at whether B H Obama's birth certificate is legit. Parents tell all sorts of stories to get their child into a school they desire. WHO is going to lean on the state of Hawaii to validate the image of Obama's birth certificate that is seen on his website (low resolution) and on DailyKos (higher resolution). Questions have been raised as to its validity. Seems that his younger sister's name and gender can be made visible from 'artifacts' in the image. (08/14/08)


Ken Berwitz

The olympic competition is great theater.  People are watching it on TV in record numbers.

But what are they seeing?

Let's start with the swimming competition.  We've all heard about the new swim suit designs that enable competitors to swim faster.  But did you know that the depth the water in China is different than in previous olympics - that it is deeper which apparently is an aid to the speed of the swimmers because it results in less water turbulence?

I take nothing away from Michael Phelps and the other swimmers.  They are doing what they're supposed to do.  But let's understand that some, maybe most, of their new world records are the result of different, improved conditions -- and if swimmers in previous years had the same conditions their times would have been faster too.

Then we have what appears to be the most open secret in olympic history - that the Chinese women's gymnastic team is populated by illegal underage participants. 

And what about the officiating?  Olympic officiating is always suspect because judges tend to favor their countrymen and/or countries they are on favorable terms with.  But the extent to which this is happening so far (and you can bet it will continue) seems to be ridiculous even by olympic standards.

At this point I'll let Rick Moran of American Thinker take over and provide the particulars:

August 13, 2008

Massive Cheating by China at the Olympics

Rick Moran
There is absolutely no doubt - none, zero, zilch - that the Chinese "women's" gymnastics team featured several little girls no older than 14 years of age - two years younger than the international federation allows for competition. Online registrations of these girls list one age, their passports list another. This is blatant cheating - no other word for it.

Guess which one the federation is
taking as correct?

Half of the team - He Kexin, Yang Yilin, Jiang Yuyuan - would be under age, according to online sports registration lists in China. The international gymnastics federation, however, said those gymnasts were eligible and that the ages on their passports were correct...
Because China and the United States competed on the same events each rotation, it was easier to notice differences in their body types. The Chinese gymnasts lack curves, have an average height of 4 feet 9 inches and weigh an average of 77 pounds. Deng is the smallest, at 4-6 and 68 pounds. The women on the United States team, generally more muscular and shapely than the Chinese, are an average of 3 inches taller and 30 pounds heavier.

Allah at Hot Air calls it is reminiscent of the 1972 basketball finals where the eastern bloc referee gave the Russians three chances to win in the last seconds. He goes on:

The event in which the Chinese blew the U.S. team away? The uneven bars - perfectly suited, per NPR's reporter, for smaller, lighter girls. So egregious is this fraud, in fact, that even NBC's not shying away from it.

Check out the video of legendary coach Bela Karolyi making his case.

Meanwhile, the cheating has not been confined to the gymnastics venue -
not by a long shot:

Claims of questionable officiating and even cheating flared Wednesday with the Olympic gymnastics, shooting and boxing competitions coming under fire.

Australian veteran shooter Russell Mark alleged that Chinese judges, influenced by a boisterous home crowd, helped local hope Hu Binyuan win the Double Trap bronze medal.

Mark, 44, the Atlanta Games gold medalist who finished fifth in the event here, told Australian media those local judges had awarded a hit to Hu even though he missed the target.

"One of them clearly he missed," Mark was quoted as saying. "I don't think anyone out there thought he hit it. If that had been for a gold medal, I would have been protesting."

Judging controversies have also blighted the boxing tournament.

China's Gu Yu caused an upset by defeating Joe Murray, the bantamweight world bronze medalist, on Tuesday but afterwards his camp was adamant he had been on the receiving end of some questionable verdicts.

They implied that the home fighter had been favored.

"I knew what it was going to be like. I've been watching the scoring the past few days and I knew it was bad. So I was expecting it," Murray said.

"They were giving him points for anything but when I was hitting him they were not giving me points," he said.

British head coach Terry Edwards added: "I thought they were very generous to the Chinese lad. You expect a slight bias but you come to the Olympic Games and you also expect a level playing field."

The one outstanding thing about these Olympics I can report is that they are a massive dud as far as number of people showing up to watch. Most venues are half empty or worse.

Maybe people just don't like to see athletic contests that a rigged.

The air stinks.  The dissidents have been rounded up.  The internet is being censored.  At least one TV crew has been roughed up by the police.  And then we have what you just read about.

That's today's China.  Take a good look and remember what you see the next time someone tells you about how much progress it has made.

steve schneider the depth of the pool and the uniforms should not take away the signifcance of world records. new technology is why records usually get broken in all sports. i.e better running shoes, better golf balls and clubs to name a few. as long as the conditions are the same for all then the new world record is a significant achievement. blatent cheating is a different subject. steve (08/14/08)


Ken Berwitz

Do you own a shirt or other article of clothing from Rockmount Ranch Wear?  If so you have Jack Weil to thank for it.

Jack B. Weil founded Rockmount in 1946.  And, although he eventually turned the operations over to his son, Mr. Weil continued his daily, hands-on involvement right to the end.

This in itself is not particularly newsworthy, I suppose.  Lots of people build businesses, then retain a level of involvement after passing them on to their children.

But what makes this one different is that Mr. Weil, or "Papa Jack" as people called him, was born March 28, 1901.

That's right.  He was 45 years old when he founded Rockmount Ranch Wear and continued to the age of 107!

Mr. Weil died yesterday, surrounded by a loving family.  He will be missed by everyone who knew him.  And his spirit will be missed by everyone who values industriousness, love of life and love of family.

May he rest (or continue to work part time is more like it) in peace.


Ken Berwitz

So, did you hear the one about the Muslim guy from Somali who got into the United States through Canada and was found dead in a hotel room in Denver with about a pound of cyanide in the room?

Waiting for a punch line?  Ok.  The punch line is that everything I just wrote is true, it happened.  And if you don't know about this, it means that every one of the media you look to for news did not give it to you.  That, in its own way, is as scary as the event I just described. 

Here are the key excerpts from an article posted at

Police: Pound Of Cyanide Found In Denver Hotel

Canadian Man Had Been Dead For Days Inside Burnsley

POSTED: 11:11 am MDT August 13, 2008
UPDATED: 8:16 am MDT August 14, 2008

Police confirmed Wednesday that they found about a pound of sodium cyanide in a Denver hotel room where the body of a Canadian man was discovered earlier this week.

Police spokesman John White identified the white powder as sodium cyanide, the crystal form of cyanide. Fire officials say they found a bottle containing about a pound of the white powder, or between a pint and a quart by volume.

An expert told the Denver Post that the amount of cyanide is enough to kill hundreds of people.

The medical examiner's office said it is awaiting test results to determine whether cyanide killed 29-year-old Saleman Abdirahman Dirie, of Ottawa, Canada.

His body was found Monday inside Room 408 at The Burnsley Hotel, which is about four blocks from the state Capitol. White said Dirie had been dead for several days. Friends told The Ottawa Sun that he was dead six days before he was discovered.

Dirie's sister told CanWest News Service that her brother had been on medication for the past three years to treat his schizophrenia, but that he was not a terrorist.

The FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force is assisting in the investigation but FBI spokeswoman Kathy Wright said the incident has no apparent connection to terrorism.

"You have a suspicious substance that was found in a hotel room in conjunction with person being a foreign national, and we have a lot of questions and that is why we are assisting," Wright told the Post.

An online threat posted in July by a man with a similar name warned of death.

"Having the bible in one hand, and a bread in the other hand, is not a correct thing! Kill Them , Kill them, Kill them, that is my massage (sic),!" read the posting by Abdirahman Dirie on the 'Solmali's for Jesus' Blog.

It was not clear if Abdirahman Dirie and Saleman Abdirahman Dirie are the same person. .

There are several unbelievable parts to this article.  I suspect you already know what I'm talking about, but let's go through them:

-The first is that this story has been out there for THREE DAYS.  And - as pointed out earlier - if you didn't know about it until now, every source of news you count on has not provided it to you. 

-While it is true that the hotel Abdirahman Dirie stayed and died in is a few blocks from the state Capital, it is also just two miles from the Pepsi Center, which will house the Democratic National Convention in less than two weeks;

-Despite this, the FBI says there is no apparent connection to terrorism!!  A Muslim national with enough cyanide in his position to kill hundreds of people holes up just a short distance from the site of the Democratic national convention and there is no specter of terrorism?  Are you kidding me?

-Now add in the fact that, just last month, a guy with the same name posted an online message that said ".....Kill them, Kill them, that is my massage" (his misspelling, not mine). 

It has been almost seven years since 9/11.  Our vigilance - in the face of enormous obstacles from the left - is probably what has saved us. 

But if media are giving a story like this the no-news treatment and the FBI is downplaying the prospect that it could have terrorist implications, you can bet we'll be counting our dead again in the near future.

In closing, let me hypothesize that the FBI declaration might just be a ruse.  Its intention might be to convince the "people" ready to assist Dirie that they are safe, so they will drop their guard and maybe be easier to monitor and catch. 

God I hope that's true. 


Ken Berwitz

I just pulled this from AOL.  Read the article and by all means watch the video (if you have trouble doing so just click here):.

Professor's Mooning Video Becomes Hit

A video posted on YouTube Aug. 2 exposes the ugly side of competitive debate. And the backside of debate coach Bill Shanahan.
At the Cross Examination Debate Association (CEDA) quarterfinals last March, the Fort Hays State University assistant professor got into a screaming match with rival coach Shanara Reid-Brinkley from the University of Pittsburgh. The argument devolved into an ugly exchange of profanity and Shanahan pulled down his pants, mooning the audience.
Warning: Profanity

Fort Hays has launched an informal investigation into the events surrounding the fight. The video records a heated exchange between the two coaches regarding their involvement with the student debaters. Although the debate is not shown on the clip, the coaches describe a topic about racial issues that got out of hand.
Reid-Brinkley criticized Shanahan for his body language while the students were debating. Shanahan protested throughout the fight that he had a right to be involved in the course of debates.
"Sometimes people care so much that it bubbles over," Shanahan said in the video. "I'm not ashamed of my behavior... I'm not backing down."
The disagreement between the two professors erupted into screaming and visibly unsettled the students. One student, unidentified in the video, ended up in tears.
The two coaches had to be separated by a debate moderator, ML Sandoz of Vanderbilt University. She climbed onto a chair to address the students and professors and settle the crowd.
"I think most if not all of you want to build bridges," Sandoz said. "But if you want to build bridges you have to look at what tools you have and what material you're putting into them."
Sandoz said that when emotion gets involved in debate, people need to "stop and think about the consequences that they're having on real people."
The audience applauded when Sandoz finished her speech.
Fort Hays Provost Larry Gould told the Wichita, Kans., MSNBC affiliate KSNW that the school had just become aware of the video clip and that he is seeking more information about the confrontation. He said the video is not representative of Shanahan's conduct in the classroom.
"College campuses are the place to have thought provoking discussion, however we don't condone the behavior in that video, mooning the audience and use of foul language is just inappropriate in many ways," Gould told local ABC affiliate KAKE

How much do parents pay in tuition at these schools? 

I say it's too little.  Because in addition to an education they are getting a rechanneling of Sam Kinison and a segment from Def Comedy Jam.


Ken Berwitz

There is terribly sad news about Paul Newman.  It appears that he is fighting a losing battle with cancer and has just weeks to live.

Apart from being a great actor and having one of the most stable marriages you will ever find in show business (he and Joanne Woodward have been married for 50 years), Mr. Newman is one of the truly great philanthropists of our country. 

He built Newman's Own into a major food company and contributed all of its profits to a wide range of charities.  To date, this has come to something like a quarter of a billion (that's right BILLION) dollars. 

Mr. Newman is a cherished asset of the United States and humankind.  It is sad beyond words to hear of his situation.  I hope that he either beats what appear to be the virtually insurmountable odds against him.  But, if not, may he die peacefully with his family at his side.


Ken Berwitz

Talk about being damned with faint praise!

Here is a tiny little blog by John Hinderaker at, referencing the fact that Jesse Jackson - at least as of now - will not be speaking at the Democratic convention:

Silver Lining

The Hill reports that Jesse Jackson may not speak at this year's Democratic Convention. Good Lord, I should hope not, given Jackson's statement that he would like to "cut the nuts off" the Democrats' nominee!

What is remarkable, and I had not realized, is that Jesse Jackson has spoken at every Democratic Convention since 1984--six in a row. It seems unlikely that anyone else in American history can claim that distinction. It is a sign of progress, I guess, that the Democrats "may" no longer see a need to accord this honor to Jackson, about whom the best one can say is that he is not as bad as Al Sharpton.

Is it just me, or is that the racial equivalent of "for a fat girl you don't sweat that much"

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