Thursday, 30 October 2008


Ken Berwitz

As I've noted before, there has been a major epidemic of people, presumably Obama supporters, stealing McCain signs.  One Obama supporter who owns a pizza shop in Chicago actually put a bounty on them (bring in a McCain sign, get pizza). 

Well, here is a story of a 9 year old McCain sign-stealer getting some on-the-spot justice for it:

CHAPEL HILL (AP) - Shawn Turschak of Chapel Hill was tired of someone stealing McCain-Palin campaign signs from his yard.

So the man with a degree in electrical engineering hooked up a third sign to a power source for an electric pet fence Monday. Turschak also put up a surveillance camera.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Tuesday, a 9-year-old boy with an Obama-Biden sign grabbed the McCain-Palin sign and got a jolt.

The boy's father, Andrew Noble, then showed up at the Turschak's door, upset his son had been shocked. Soon an Orange County sheriff's deputy also showed up at the Turschak's home.

Noble says his son just wanted to see how the sign was put together. Turschak says the boy intended to swap out the signs.

Sheriff Lindy Pendergrass said he doesn't plan to file charges.

I'll say this;  it takes a special dose of chutzpah for this kid's father to complain that he got shocked while in Shawn Turschak's yarde trying to steal the sign he put up ---, oh, excuse me, the sign he was just looking at to see how it was put together, while coincidentally holding an Obama-Biden sign at the time.

You have to wonder if andrew noble, the boy's father, sent his 9 year old out to do the dirty work for him.  Or maybe you don't have to think much at all to come to that conclusion.

I'm sorry the 9 year old was shocked.  But at least he learned that sometimes you pay for your actions.  I doubt his father learned a thing.


Ken Berwitz

By now just about everyone knows what ACORN is.  It is a hard-left organization, one of whose main activities is registering voters in vastly Democratic areas (they claim to be non-partisan, but they are obviously, blatantly lying about that).  Just about everyone also knows that where ACORN goes, fraud is bound to follow.

But there are other ways to commit voter fraud as well.  And here, courtesy of the Sarasota, Florida Herald-Tribune, is one of them:


Published: Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 1:00 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 1:25 a.m.

Elections officials and party leaders are warning voters to beware of people who have gone door-to-door in Sarasota and Manatee counties, offering to help deliver ballots and taking votes on the spot.

Offering help with ballots but likely
stealing identities

They might look helpful, and their shirts and political flair might suggest they are on your side, but almost certainly they do not have voters' best interests in mind.

Instead, they are likely stealing identities to commit other crimes or trying to keep people from voting, officials said.

A Sarasota County woman called the sheriff's office to report two people were walking through her neighborhood, off Riverwood Avenue north of Proctor Road, soliciting for Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain.

But they were asking people to complete forms with their names, Social Security numbers, driver's license numbers and signatures.

In the Greenbrook community of Lakewood Ranch, a man reported that people in Republican garb were telling residents they could help them, Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Bob Sweat said.

Sweat said voters should never give an absentee ballot to anyone at the door. Instead, send it through the U.S. mail or hand-deliver it to the elections supervisor's office.

The Republican Party of Sarasota County sent out a warning Wednesday morning that said fake ballots are being presented and voters are being told they can vote on the spot in their own doorway. These groups are then telling voters to tear up and discard their absentee ballots.

In one instance, a voter was told her absentee ballot would not be counted because it was fraudulent, the Republican Party said.

Nice twist.  Fake workers are going through a Republican area, pretending to support the Republican, but in reality are obliterating Republican votes by lying to the people they speak with.

Don't expect to see this on the national news tonight, folks.  It's only fraud against Republicans.  No problem.


Ken Berwitz

My pal Russ, who, ironically enough, I met through my co-author, member Barry Sinrod, just sent me an explanation of the Obama tax plan.

I don't know if he wrote it or is just passing it along, but I think it's both funny and illuminating.  See if you agree:

Barack Obama discovers a leak under his sink and calls Joe the Plumber to come and fix it.

Joe drives to Obamas house, which is in a very nice neighborhood where its clear that all the residents make more than $250,000 per year.

Joe arrives and takes his tools into the house. Hes shown the room that contains the leaky pipe under the sink. Joe figures its an easy job that will take less than ten minutes. Obama is standing near the door and asks Joe how much it will cost.

Joe immediately says, $9,500.

$9,500? Obama replies stunned. But you said its an easy job!

Yeah, but what I do is charge a lot more to my clients who make more than $250,000 per year so I can fix the plumbing of everybody who makes less than that for free, responds Joe.

Obama tells Joe theres no way hes paying that much, so Joe leaves.

A week later the leak gets so bad that the Obamas have had to put a bucket under the sink, and it fills up every two hours, so they call Joe back.

Joe goes back to the Obamas, looks at the leaky pipe, and says Itll cost you about $21,000.

Obama immediately says A few days ago you told me it would cost $9,500!

Joe explains, Well, a lot of rich people are learning how to fix their own plumbing, so there are fewer of you paying for all the free plumbing were doing for the people who make less than $250,000 and I refuse to charge the lesser income people for plumbing work.

Obama tries to straighten out Joe. But dont you get it? If all the rich people learn how to do their own plumbing and you wont charge the poor people, what will you do for money?

Joe immediately replies, Run for president, apparently.


Ken Berwitz

In the past three days I have gotten e-mails from "Myra" and "Ray" - both very common names.  Just about everyone knows a "Myra" and a "Ray".

Both e-mails start with:

"Your friend (NAME) sent you the following video from CNNBC: "Obama's Loss Traced To Ken B."

When I got the first of these two identical e-mails, I clicked on the link and watched a very professionally done video featuring a "newscaster" accusing me of single-handedly causing Barack Obama to lose the election because I didn't vote. 

It also contains a pseudo-newspaper headline blaming me for Obama's loss, a foul-mouthed woman cursing me for not voting and a goat herder from an indeterminate country telling me John McCain is crazy. 

Then the "newscaster" assures me that because Mr. Obama lost (therefore John McCain was elected) we would be nuking Iran. 

The final screen shot tells me this came from  Thus is who lied about the e-mail coming from an acquaintance, so I would open it and they could push their support of Obama and hatred of McCain on me.

My job?  I'm supposed to laugh delightedly at this, make a mental note that I absolutely have to vote for Barack Obama and then send it along to everyone I know so that they can laugh and vote for Obama too. 

Well, guess what:  I'm not laughing, I'm not voting for Barack Obama and I'm sending it to you so that, if you didn't get the same e-mail, you can understand the kind of crap is pumping out during the last week of this campaign.


Ken Berwitz

Listening to Chris Moutthews and keith olbermann discuss Barack Obama is a bit like listening to proud grandparents discuss their beloved grandson.  He can do no wrong.

And that would be fine if they were proud grandparents and Mr. Obama were their grandson. 

But they purport to be news journalists and Mr. Obama is running for the presidency.  So their nonstop two-man cheering section is a little unseemly.  Ok, maybe a lot unseemly.

Here, courtesy of Brent Baker at, is how Mr. Moutthews reacted to olbermann's set-up question about the Obama informercial that aired simultaneously on just about every network last night:

Matthews on Obamamercial: 'Fabulous...Just Right...Realism'

Chris Matthews came aboard the shortened Countdown after MSNBC, unlike FNC and CNN, aired the Obama campaign's half-hour infomercial on Wednesday night, and oozed over how it was romance. It was realism and most important, the connection with the average person in the economic turmoil we face right now I thought was fabulous. Plus, the setting reminiscent of the Oval Office demonstrated he's comfortable and we should be comfortable and will be with him in such a setting. Bottom line for Matthews: I thought everything was just right.

The initial reaction from Matthews when prompted by Keith Olbermann:

I thought it was Hollywood. It was romance. It was realism. The technical quality of it, the production values were perfect, the way they timed going to live, the biographical material. But most important, the connection with the average person in the economic turmoil we face right now I thought was fabulous. Of course, there we see the setting, which is very much like an Oval Office setting, showing that he's comfortable and we should be comfortable and will be with him in such a setting. I thought everything was just right.

I thought, the most important part of it, I thought, was the biographical, showing him talking about his mom and talking about him taking a chance in history and not wanting to miss it having seen his mother die at a young age. It was very human and I think you'd have to be a tough customer not to be touched by it.

The infomercial also ran at 8 PM EDT/7 PM CDT (will run MDT/PDT) on CBS, NBC and Fox, as well as Univision, BET and TV One.

How's that for an on-the-spot hagiography?

In the real world, Mr. Obama's informercial did not go over anywhere near as well.  Reliably pro-Obama sources like CBS and the Associated Press found it laden with untruthful promises and missing explanations.  Even on the Today show this morning, Obama lover Matt Lauer characterized it as "sappy".

But to the man who gets "a tingle up my leg" when Obama speaks?  It was heaven on earth. 

Then he wonders why people see him as biased.  Even funnier, Moutthews, olbermann and Maddow wonder why MSNBC is seen that way.

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