Thursday, 27 November 2008

THE MUMBAI TERROR

Ken Berwitz

There is a major Islamic fundamentalist terrorism episode in progress.  This time it is taking place in Mumbai (formerly Bombay), India.

Two major hotels have been ravaged.  The death toll approaches (or by this time may have exceeded) 100, with many more injured.  Innocent travelers are hiding in locked rooms praying they will not be taken hostage, or worse.

Additionally, with the due diligence that is a hallmark of well planned Islamic terrorist acts, a Jewish venue was found (yes, in Mumbai) and there are deaths and injuries there as well

An entire country is terrorized, Jews in particular are reminded of the terrorist goal that they be singled out for slaughter and the western world is scared - with good reason - that Mumbai is only part of the current attack.

Yesterday's news reports told us there was a credible threat to Penn Station in New York City as well.  The indications pointed to a massive strike in that hub of transportation, supplemented with bombs to be detonated in train stations and on moving trains throughout the city.  So far it has not happened.  But that doesn't mean it wasn't about to, and it doesn't mean that it won't in the near future.

The lesson to be learned here is hugely frustrating, because it is at once so simple, and so easy for intelligent people to unlearn in a matter of months or just a few years. 

The lesson is that the free world, especially western civilization, is engaged in a war.  The war we are engaged in is ongoing.  It takes place every day.  The fact that weeks, or months, or years go by without a terrorist act like this does not mean the war is over, it means the next attack is being planned.

How fast do we forget?  Think about our awareness of this reality after 9/11.  Now think about the tiny number of voters indicating terrorism was a major issue in the last presidential election.  Do you have any doubt that the same poll would show different results today? 

My fervent hope is that the horror in Mumbai is an irrevocable wake-up call for people everywhere.  But especially for Barack Obama and some of the people around him in congress.  The ACLU and moveon.org are not going to protect us from radical fundamentalist Islam. Fighting it successfully is our only chance. 

For years, mainstream media have taken pains to assure us that fighting is not the answer, that we have to somehow "understand" the perpetrators of these attacks. 

I partially agree. 

I agree we have to understand that if we do not fight them they will eventually take over, eradicate our culture and put us under shari'a law.

That is the lesson we must learn from the Mumbai terror.  How I hope that we, as a country, learn it well, and - this time - don't quickly forget it.

BOB W DESPERATE TIMES REQUIRES DESPERATE. MEASURES-- IF I WAS GEORGE BUSH AND I WANT TO CHANGE WHAT HISTORY WILL SAY ABOUT ME- I WILL GO ON THE WORLD STAGE AND SAY THE FOLLOWING. "ANY ATTACK-ANY PLACE IN THE WORLD ON ANY AMERICAN OR ALLEY WIL RESULT IN THE FOLLOWING ACTION- WE WILL FIND OUT WHERE THE ATTACKERS CAME FROM AND WHO SUPPORTED THEM AND THEN TEST A FEW OF OUR NEW NUCULAR BOMBS ON THAT COUNTRY-- THE WORLD DOES NOT NEED ANOTHER LONG DRAWN OUT WAR- RIGHT- WE DO NOT NEED TO PUT IN HARMS WAY ANY MORE OF OUR YOUNG AMERICANS SO LETS JUST END IT NOW THE ONLY THING THAT TERRORITS WILL UNDERSTAND IS TERROR ITSELF SO WHAT IF A FEW MANUFACTURES OF SHEETS GO OUT OF BUSINESS AS LONG AS THE WORLD IS SAFER (11/28/08)


IS "ROSIE LIVE" PUSHING UP DAISIES ALREADY?

Ken Berwitz

When Rosie O'Donnell was on The View, and the audience enthusiastically looked forward to her angry left wing rants (as they do with Joy Behar's and Whoopi Goldberg's to this day), things were, well, rosey. 

But like other gigs in her strange, checkered career, Ms. O'Donnell managed to wear out her welcome and eventually was gone.

Too bad, because since her afternoon talk show (until she destroyed it by becoming abrasive and political that is), The View appears to be the only appreciable success Rosie O'Donnell has had in the entertainment business. 

You would think this might cause major networks to think twice before using Ms. O'Donnell for future projects.  But, then again, there's always NBC - no stranger to the left wing itself (think MSNBC).  Its brain trust, such as it is, decided that Rosie is still a star.  So they gave her a variety show.  "Rosie Live" debuted last night. 

Here's how it made out, courtesy of www.thrfeed.com:.

NBC's Rosie ODonnell variety show disappoints

Nup_133193_0455 Rosie O'Donnell gave NBC a real turkey.

The network's attempt to revive the primetime variety show failed to draw an audience Wednesday night, tying for the evenings lowest-rated program.

A mere 5 million viewers tuned in for the 8 p.m. premiere of Rosie Live, with the program earning a 1.2 preliminary adults 18-49 rating. The telecast matched ABCs recently canceled Pushing Daisies as the night's lowest-rated program on a major broadcast network.

NBC had high hopes for the special and planned to expand the program into a series should viewers re-embrace the decades-old  variety format. Other networks, too, were watching closely since several are developing variety shows of their own.

Theres a notion that the climate is right for the genre to make a comeback, emailed one executive at a rival network. I guess we now know what not to do, thanks to Rosie.

Segments included Kathy Griffin impersonating Nancy Grace, Alec Baldwin hitting Conan O'Brian with a pie, O'Donnell singing "City Lights" with Liza Minnelli and Jane Krakowski doing a striptease while showing images of product placement.

Critics were not kind. The NY Times described it as "hokey comedy with an enemies list." TV Guide called it a "ghastly ego trip."

Networks have been chasing variety show programming as a low-cost option to revive the genre. But the idea has been sought by executives due the formats rock-bottom low cost, cross-promotion possibilities and advertiser-friendly format rather than being a genre that's bursting from the creative community or demanded by viewers. In other words, the neo-variety show is a product designed to solve financial woes rather than an inspired act of programming creativity and therefore had the odds stacked against it drawing large numbers. 

NBCs variation in particular, starring ODonnell with appearances by Alannis Morrisette, Ne Yo, Griffin, Rachael Ray, Harry Connick Jr., Clay Aiken and Gloria Estefan seemed pretty niche, skewing heavily female for a show broadcast the eve of a family holiday, and some observers thought the lineup was better suited for daytime than primetime.

Given the holiday week, programming was lower rated last night than average. One special that did perform well was Barbara Walters interview with president-elect Barack Obama (11.6 million, 3.0 rating), which nearly matched "CSI: NY" in the 10 p.m. hour and gave ABC its highest non-awards show rating in the time period in more than a year.

How ironic that "Rosie Live" equaled a show called "Pushing Up Daisies" as the lowest rated among major broadcast offerings. 

Since "Pushing Up Daisies" now is pushing up daisies (ABC recently cancelled it) Rosie has the honor of being #1 - albeit from the bottom, not the top.  And she did it right from her first show. 

How long do you figure it will be before "Rosie Live" is pushing up daisies too.  Maybe they should rename it "Rosie Dead".

When a fawning media were still calling Ms. O'Donnell "the queen of nice" (yep, so help me that's what they called her) she was a huge success. 

Maybe nice would still work today.  She should reinstall some and find out.

BOB W WELL- MAYBE- JUST MAYBE- THE WORLD IS GETTING TIRED OF FAT-UGLY LOUD MOUTHS THAT ARE NOT FUNNY AND HAVE NOTHING TO SAY. THE NETWORKS KEEP DRAGGING UP SLUDGE FROM THE BOTTOM OF THE WELL- HELLO- GUYS- IT DOES NOT WORK I FOR ONE RATHER PEEL A GRAPE THAN WATCH-FAT ROSIE (11/28/08)


IT COULD HAVE BEEN WORSE. HE COULD HAVE....ER, NEVER MIND

Ken Berwitz

This article is, uh, passed along, without further comment (or further anything else):

Florida boy, 12, arrested for farting in class

 
Causing a stink ... a 12-year-old boy has been arrested in Florida for "deliberately passing gas".
  • 12-year-old "deliberately passed gas"
  • Also shut down computers of classmates
  • Arrested, charged with disrupting function

A 12-YEAR-old American schoolboy has been arrested for farting in the classroom.

Police were called when the boy became disruptive, shutting off the computers of classmates and "deliberately passing gas" at his school in Florida,
The Smoking Gun reports.

The 150cm offender was also accused of shutting off the computers of classmates at Florida's Stuart's Spectrum High School.

Busted by school authorities for disruption of a school function, the boy was taken to the County Sheriff's Office.

Police said the boy, who name was suppressed due to his age, admitted the offences and was released into the custody of his mother.

I love the source of this story:  "The Smoking Gun".

To say the least, that's not all that was smo...ah, forget it.  You can't say anything about this story without some kind of double entendre, can you?

Audrey Everyone knows that when you hold in a fart it goes to your brain, and that's where the shitty ideas come from. (11/27/08)


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