Sunday, 08 March 2009


Ken Berwitz

As a public service, I am posting this video from  It is an invaluable aid for those nice folks who want to boycott Israel.

I hope it's helpful to you all.




Ken Berwitz

What an amazing "coincidence".

robert mugabe, Zimbabwe's subhuman head of state who has personally destroyed his country and left his people literally starving in the streets, held an election last year.  He lost to MorganTsvangirai -  even after rigging it every way he could.

Being who and what he is, mugabe didn't relinquish power anyway for months.  He finally agreed to some kind of joint rule with Tsvangirai last month.

How has that worked out so far?  What happens when a man who will not give up his power suddenly agrees to?  BBC news has the story:

Zimbabwe PM's wife dies in crash

The wife of Zimbabwe's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has been killed in a car crash in which he was also slightly hurt, party officials say.

Susan Tsvangirai was travelling with her husband south of Harare when their vehicle was in collision with a lorry.

Mr Tsvangirai, leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party, formed a unity government with President Robert Mugabe last month.

Mr Mugabe and his wife have visited his former long-term rival in hospital.

Speaking outside the private clinic in Harare, Mr Tsvangirai's spokesman James Maridadi said of the prime minister: "I saw him. I spoke to him. He walked from the vehicle that brought him to hospital, he is fine."
Morgan and Susan Tsvangirai in Harare, March 2006
Morgan and Susan Tsvangirai had been married for 31 years

Finance Minister Tendai Biti, a senior MDC official, also told reporters that Mr Tsvangirai was "stable", adding that doctors would give further details in due course.

State television reported that the prime minister, who will turn 57 next week, had suffered some injuries to his head and neck.

The report quoted police spokesman Wayne Bvudzijena as saying that a lorry carrying freight had crossed into the lane in which Mr Tsvangirai's 4x4 was travelling and had side-swiped his vehicle, causing it to roll over three times.

The prime minister was on his way to his rural home in Buhera, where he planned to hold a weekend rally, when the crash occurred near Beatrice at about 1600 local time (1400 GMT).

The AFP quoted an MDC minister as saying the driver of the lorry had been asleep at the wheel.

The BBC's Peter Biles in Johannesburg says that given the fierce rivalry between Zimbabwe's political parties, there will - inevitably - be speculation about the cause of this crash.

So far, though, officials of Mr Tsvangirai's MDC party have said nothing to suggest that there may have been foul play, our correspondent says.

All Zimbabwe's roads are in a poor state of repair, after years of neglect and the collapse of the country's infrastructure, he adds.

'Source of strength'

The crash comes just two days after Mr Tsvangirai delivered his maiden speech to parliament after being sworn in as prime minister in Zimbabwe's power-sharing government.

It is a very sad day for me and for all Zimbabweans, whether they be at home or abroad
Thabitha Khumalo
MP for the MDC
He and his wife Susan, who married in 1978, had six children.

Thabitha Khumalo, a member of parliament for the MDC who is in Scotland for an international women's conference, told the BBC that the loss of Mrs Tsvangirai, whom she had known well, was a "huge blow" for the country.

"It is a very sad day for me and for all Zimbabweans, whether they be at home or abroad. She was a mother figure for the whole nation," she said.

"Few people knew about her work. Whenever they saw her she was accompanying her husband to court or to vote, but very few people knew she played a very crucial role behind closed doors...

"She was a pillar of strength to [her husband]. In a struggle like his, you need someone to lean on and she was always there for him."

The BBC's Andrew Harding in Johannesburg says that Mrs Tsvangirai was very discreet and stayed out of the limelight, but was a very important part of her husband's life.

She was a great source of strength to her husband when in the past he was charged with treason and assaulted for his opposition to Mr Mugabe, and sat through all his treason trial, our correspondent says.

She also made a point of visiting MDC members who were jailed while the party was in opposition, he adds.

Her death comes at a very challenging time for the fledgling power-sharing government, our correspondent says, and will only make matters more complicated.

Mr Tsvangirai still relied on his own security teams and used his own convoys when he travelled, he adds, in a sign that he was not entirely comfortable with the security provided by the new government.

Tense relations

The UK's Foreign Office expressed "deep sadness" at the news of Mrs Tsvangirai's death.

"We are deeply saddened to hear news of Susan Tsvangirai's death and we offer our condolences," a spokeswoman said. "We are monitoring the situation closely."

Relations between the MDC and Mr Mugabe's Zanu-PF party remain tense, with MDC ministerial nominee Roy Bennett still in custody, accused of links to an alleged plot to kill Mr Mugabe.

The MDC says the arrest - which happened on the day MDC ministers joined the power-sharing government - is a political manoeuvre by hard-line supporters of Mr Mugabe to destabilise the unity administration.

A magistrate who ordered the release of Mr Bennett was arrested on Friday.

Tsvangirai's people may be naive enough to think this might have been some kind of unfortunate coincidence.  But are you? 

A lorry (truck) veers into them, Ms. Tsvangirai is dead and the "Prime Minister" (as if mugabe would allow him any power) is alive only by dumb luck.  Sorry, but that way, way exceeds my capacity for believing in fairy tales.

And don't think mugabe is the only one at fault here.  WHERE has the UN been?  WHERE has the African Union been?  I wrote about this all last year.  This sorry pair has sat by and watched the utter devastation of Zimbabwe for years, without doing a damn thing about it.

If the UN and African Union would not act against mugabe, who would they act against?  What is their function, besides having a bunch of useless trash sitting around in their suits, having philosophical discussions, and then going out to wine and dine on their countries' budgets? 

This is especially true of the African Union.  At least the UN has UNICEF.  What does the AU have?  If they won't protect the people on their own continent, who will they protect?


Ken Berwitz

Read this excerpt from today's article in the New York Times.  Then you can wonder, as I am wondering, if President Obama and his administration are the dumbest and/or most naive people on the planet:

March 8, 2009

Obama Ponders Outreach to Elements of the Taliban

WASHINGTON President Obama declared in an interview that the United States was not winning the war in Afghanistan and opened the door to a reconciliation process in which the American military would reach out to moderate elements of the Taliban, much as it did with Sunni militias in Iraq.

Mr. Obama pointed to the success in peeling Iraqi insurgents away from more hard-core elements of Al Qaeda in Mesopotamia, a strategy that many credit as much as the increase of American forces with turning the war around in the last two years. There may be some comparable opportunities in Afghanistan and in the Pakistani region, he said, while cautioning that solutions in Afghanistan will be complicated.

Barack Obama is going to attempt "reconciliation" with "moderate elements of the taliban"?

WHAT moderate elements of the taliban?

Has he gone brain dead?  Does he have any idea of what the taliban is and what it does?  Does he think it is some kind of big-umbrella entity with different wings to it?

Maybe Mr. Obama can take time out and emerge from his fantasy world long enough to read this bone-chilling account of what the taliban is from the Chicago Tribune.  It was written 8 years ago and absolutely nothing has changed about the taliban since then:

Minority Afghans tell Taliban atrocities

Details emerge of mass executions

DU OB, Afghanistan - Cupped in a pristine river valley and surrounded by peaks that seem to glow with pale fire at dawn, Du Ob would fit many people's idea of paradise. Its tidy almond orchards are fenced with rows of golden-leafed poplars. Its rich brown fields await turning for winter wheat.

But there are no plows at work today--just the clink of spades on bone.

"They didn't interrogate them or give them a trial," said Sayed Sher Agha, a villager searching for the bodies of eight relatives, including his son, left in a mass grave by the Taliban. "They just shot them just because they were Hazaras."

The stoic farmer pulled a rotting turban out of the pit. Next came a human rib and some foot bones. When he spotted a pen cap, clearly a loved one's belonging, he stared at it hard, not breathing. Then, after placing it reverently in his coat pocket, he set grimly back to work.

The taliban is an abolutist radical islam cult that destroys what it does not believe in and kills the people who stray even slightly from its insane strictures. 

These are the people who closed a soccer stadium to sports, but then used it for public executions, so that their adherents (and who would admit not to being their adherents) could sit in comfort and watch the fun.

If the taliban kills women who are seen in public without a burqa, what would the moderate stance be?  Just to cut off their arms and legs? 

This is INSANITY.  Insanity that apparently is the position of the administration we elected this past November.

And please notice the dispassionate straight-news coverage of this insanity by the Times. Maybe "Pinch" Sulzberger would enjoy meeting with a few taliban "moderates" too. Believe me, it wouldn't be a long meeting.

been there uh, actually, it's pretty well known by anyone who has spent time in-country that there are many, many different factions within the taliban movement. just ask any US platoon commander who's been deployed in eastern or southern afghanistan. the taliban is riven by tribal and political tensions much as the insurgents in iraq were--only more so. (which brings its own strategic problems.) this fractiousness breaks along the 60-plus clan sub-divisions within the larger pashtun community. there are vendettas, power struggles, bad-blood, and differing degrees of radicalization by the precepts of international jihad. the recent flap between mullah omar and baitullah mehsud is just the latest example. nice try, tho. (03/09/09)


Ken Berwitz

Frankly, I'm surprised that Chris Matthews isn't generating more viewership on MSNBC.  He is every bit as obnoxious and snarky as keith olbermann and Rachel Maddow, both of whom do far better than he does.

Here, courtesy of Tim Graham at, is the latest example of how low Matthews can go, as he plays "can you bottom this" with the foul matthew taibbi of Rolling Stone Magazine:

Matthews Laughs at Limbaugh the 'Fat, Pill-Popping Idiot,' But Margaret Carlson Says Rush Show 'Intellectual'

By Tim Graham (Bio | Archive)
March 8, 2009 - 08:36 ET

For those who remember MSNBCs Chris Matthews kicking Michelle Malkin off his show in 2004 for daring to question John Kerrys Vietnam heroism on his show, that his show wouldnt allow smear specialists, he certainly disproved that on Friday by bringing in Rolling Stone writer Matt Taibbi, the author of the infamous 2005 New York Press article "52 Funniest Things About the Upcoming Death of the Pope." (So much for Chris Matthews, Respectful Catholic.) Matthews asked why people dont like Rush Limbaugh, and Taibbi promptly dismissed Rush Limbaugh as a "fat, pill-popping idiot," to which Matthews laughed and replied "Im glad I asked."

His other guest, Margaret Carlson of Bloomberg News (formerly of Time), is a liberal whos listened to Limbaughs show, and provided a counterpoint: "Hes beloved. And hes more entertaining and more intellectual than the other talk show hosts. He has a conservative philosophy. Hes not dumb." That may not be music to the ears of intellectual hosts, from Hugh Hewett to the lawyers Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, but at least there was a counterpoint. (Video here.)

A few minutes later, Matthews professed "Matt, youre amazing." Heres the Limbaugh exchange.

CHRIS MATTHEWS: Why don't people like Rush Limbaugh?

MATT TAIBBI: He's abrasive, he's divisive, he's a fat, pill-popping idiot. [Matthews laughs] He's completely abrasive to, you know, the centrist people in this country.And the Democrats would love to make him the public face of the Republican Party. He would automatically win them, you know, hundreds of thousands of votes in every election.

MATTHEWS: "Well, I'm glad I asked. Ha! Fat, pill-popping, what was the last adjective you had on him?

TAIBBI: I dont know, buffoon

MATTHEWS: Idiot, I think, you chose there. Margaret, do you want to add to this line of thinking here? Ha! What Im asking you is why dont people like him in the polling?

MARGARET CARLSON: I dont think hes as unlikable as he was just described by Matt. To those who like him, they love him, unlike any of the other talk show hosts. Hes beloved. And hes more entertaining and more intellectual than the other talk show hosts. He has a conservative philosophy. Hes not dumb.

Carlson then shifted to the subject of how RNC chairman Michael Steele appears to be a media spokesman whos not involved enough in the nitty-gritty.

I guess Matthews just has to try harder.  He certainly has the capacity to wallow in the gutter.  And we all know that practice makes perfect.  So it's a good bet that he'll be practicing as much as possible.  Can't leave those higher ratings to keith and Rachel, can we?

Besides, since he has little or nothing bad to say about Barack Obama, there's plenty of time on each show for him to get his obnoxious, juvenile, vicious attacks worked out.  And guests like the foul-mouthed, snide Matthew taibbi are sure to be a great help.


Ken Berwitz

Let me start by saying I have the greatest regard for Charles Johnson, the man who gives us  He writes beautifully.  He provides useful, well researched information about things that mainstream media will not report.  We agree on most issues.

That is why it pains me to see Johnson again showing the remarkable blind spot he has about Barack Obama's birth certificate.

First, let me put up what Johnson said in yesterday's blog:

'Birth Certificate' Links Not Welcome

Blogosphere | Sat, Mar 7, 2009 at 8:45:42 am PST

Ive posted this several times, but apparently its still not getting across to some people. So here it is again.

Any posted spinoff links that try to promote the Obama birth certificate nonsense will be deleted. If you insist on continuing to post such links, Ill block your account.

Enough is more than enough. This lunacy is embarrassing and sad, and I wont allow LGF to be used to promote it.

UPDATE at 3/7/09 10:05:58 am:

Just for the record, once again, the State of Hawaii issued a formal statement vouching that they do indeed have Barack Obamas real, honest-to-goodness birth certificate in their files.

HONOLULU The states Department of Health director on Friday released a statement verifying the legitimacy of Sen. Barack Obama birth certificate.

The state has received multiple requests for a copy of Obamas birth certificate. State law does not allow officials to release the birth certificate of a person to someone outside of the family. ...

There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obamas official birth certificate. State law (Hawaii Revised Statutes 338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record, DOH Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said.

Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawaii, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Sen. Obamas original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures. No state official, including Governor Linda Lingle, has ever instructed that this vital record be handled in a manner different from any other vital record in the possession of the State of Hawaii, Fukino said.

What Johnson can't get past is the fact - and it is a fact - that Barack Obama can have a legitimate birth certificate in Hawaii and not be a natural born citizen.

There are many web sites which address Mr. Obama's birth certificate.  The best I have seen is  Here is the key excerpt from that site (though I urge you to read it all):

Barack Obama, born in 1961, has shown the world his short form birth certificate, or Certification of Live Birth:

For comparison, heres an example of the more-detailed vault copy of a Certificate of Live Birth:

A very important point to note is that a Certification of Live Birth is an abbreviated version of the birth record on file with the Hawaiian Department of Health. The root document(s), could be: a) a true Certificate of Live Birth; b) a Late Birth Certificate with or without modifications; or c) a Certificate of Hawaiian Birth.

A Certification of Live Birth may reflect data that had been changed over time, and does not provide corroborated testimony such as dates, locations, change in paternal identification, and witnesses. Any record that amendments had been submitted and information changed is not shown on the Certification of Live Birth, which is laser printed on special green stock paper, and lacks detailed information that would be expected from a true Certificate of Hawaiian Birth, or Certificate of Delayed Birth.

Recent Statements Regarding Obama's "Birth Certificate"

Knowing the intricacies of the Hawaiian birth certificate adds mystery instead of resolution with Obama birth record critics, especially when applied to statements provided by Hawaiian officials before the Presidential election.

On Oct. 31, after being inundated by requests for more details about Obamas birth records, Department of Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said she and registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, had personally verified that the Health Department possesses Obama's original birth certificate.

"Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawaii, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Sen. Obamas original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures," Fukino said.

The cryptic and carefully-worded statement offered no true details of the birth certificate, and leads to more questions than answers among critics. In July, when Barack Obamas Certification of Live Birth was first distributed publically on the internet, Hawaiian Department of Health spokeswoman Janice Okubo simply asserted to the St. Petersburg Times, its a valid Hawaii state birth certificate.

Although officials are on record that there is an original birth certificate held by the state, and that it is correctly filed according to Hawaii state directives. However, the specifics of the type of birth certificate records on file, with modifications, as well as the details and accounts of witnesses, is still unknown at this time.

Credibility of the " Certification of Live Birth"

The computer-generated Certification of Live Birth was first used in November 2001 to allow the State of Hawaii to pull up birth records quicker for people requesting a birth certificate in person. At the very bottom of the form are the words, This copy serves as prima facia evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding. [HRS 338-13(b), 338-19]."

However, despite this written notice on the form, some Hawaii state agencies do not accept the Certification of Live Birth as irrefutable verification of Hawaiian birth. There have been numerous cases when the Hawaii Family Court System required more detailed data for paternity suits. Additionally, the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands provides the following guidelines to Hawaiian natives applying for Hawaiian Home Lands homestead:

The primary documents used to show you are of age and a qualified native Hawaiian are:
- A certified copy of Certificate of Birth;
- A certified copy of Certificate of Hawaiian Birth, including testimonies; or
- A certified copy of Certificate of Delayed Birth.

In order to process your application, DHHL utilizes information that is found only on the original Certificate, which is either black or green. This is a more complete record of your birth than the Certification of Live Birth (a computer-generated printout). Submitting the original Certificate will save you time and money since the computer-generated Certification requires additional verification by DHHL.
(emphasis added)

Additionally, the Certification of Live Birth is not recognized by many Federal agencies.
DoD 5220.22-M, the "National Industrial Security Program Operating Manual," provides baseline standards for the protection of classified information released or disclosed from the military, Department of Energy, and other agencies, to industry. Section 2-208states that acceptable certificates must show that the birth record was filed shortly after birth. If a Delayed Birth Certificate is on file, it must be supported by secondary evidence of birth, such as baptismal or circumcision certificates, hospital birth records, or affidavits of persons having personal knowledge about the facts of birth.

Even to work at the Navy Ship Yard in Pearl Harbor, the August 2008 version of the, Unified Facilities Guide Specifications, section allows for a total of 18 different means to verify US citizenship, ranging from a military ID card to even a Hawaii certificate of foreign birth. The Certification of Live Birth is not on the list of approved documents acceptable for proof of Citizenship.

Persisting questions and Constitutional Problems

Although some vetting took place in summer 2008 after Barrack Obamas Certification of Live Birth, most media outlets and online bloggers failed to explore the unique aspects and varieties of Hawaiian birth certificates. Unfortunately, the birth certificate issue may cause a Constitutional crisis if Obama is determined to be other than a Natural Born Citizen, as Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the US Constitution requires.

One potential problem might involve a name change to Barry Soetoro when attending elementary school in Indonesia, which may have occurred if there was an amendment in Obamas birth record. Some accounts of Obamas youth indicate his name may have been changed to. A name change would also need to be legally registered in court.

Verbal accounts by some of Obamas family reportedly indicate Obamas birthplace was either Kapiolani or Queens Hospital in Hawaii on Aug. 8, 1961. However, no birthing records reportedly can be found in either of the two hospitals, and no records seem to exist that list Obamas mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, as a patient at either hospital. Also, no medical staff has come forward to offer affidavits of Obamas birth. A birth announcement appeared in the Aug. 13, 1963 edition of the Honolulu Advertiser, however, its not definitive if the announcement was placed by the Department of Vital Statistics or a family member. If the latter is true, its plausible that Obama and mother may not have been on the island at the time of birth.

I do not know how Charles Johnson, or anyone else, could read this and think there is no issue about Barack Obama's birth.

Even if you can somehow ignore the facts posted above, what about the simple, practical realities? 

Barack Obama is 47 years old.  Common sense tells you that whatever hospital he was born in would have had numerous people in it who are still alive today.  A 25 year old then is only 72 now.  A 30 year old then is only 77 now. 

What about the doctor.  The nurses.  The admissions people.  The food services people.  Etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.  Can anyone seriously believe they're all dead now, every one of them?

Is it in any way plausible to you that NOT ONE of these people has come forth to say that they were there and/or had some level of involvement, with the birth of our new President? 

Wouldn't the hospital itself be proud to publicize that it was "the birthplace of President Barack Obama"?   Wouldn't it have a plaque up by now?  Wouldn't it at least mention that he was born there?

And (this is added at about 8:35PM because I inadvertently left it out this morning) what about the fact that Mr. Obama has moved heaven and earth to avoid showing us the "vault copy" of his birth certificate? 

If the birth certificate is as he claims, then a telephone call and a $10 or so processing fee would have gotten the vault copy and ended this issue months ago.  Instead, Mr. Obama enlisted an army of lawyers and spent over $1 million dollars to fight every attempt to have his birth certificate see the light of day.

You don't have to be a world class detective to figure out that there is something on Barack Obama's birth certificate that he doesn't want us to know about.  What do you suppose it could possibly be?

So to the (genuinely) esteemed Mr. Johnson, I will repeat what they used to say in those old Starkist Tuna ads: 

Sorry Charlie.....

That is just too much smoke for you, or anyone, to imperiously conclude there is no fire. 

I respect you greatly.  I truly do.  But you have a terrible blind spot regarding this issue. 

free` What i don't like about lgf is that he posts all the anti-birth certificate stuff and made up a funny name for people who want to see the real document, but wont let anyone link to anything that goes against his theory. Seems like a double standard to me and i posted in his comments about it some time back. I think the fact Obama has spent so much money to keep it and his school records sealed is very suspicious. (03/08/09)

rtt You should listen to LGF. I suggest Lots of info there, so it's not always easy to find what you're looking for right away. But, the blogger is always happy to answer questions, and has the source docs to back up his statements. This Birth Certificate stuff really is nonsense. Else, Phil Berg would have scheduled that pro hac vice hearing the judge ordered him to. Why did Berg refuse to schedule the hearing the judge ordered him to that was to show he had legal basis for the suit? Thanks. (03/08/09)

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