Saturday, 04 July 2009


Ken Berwitz

From today's Jerusalem Post (the bold print is mine):

Ambassador to US: Iranian nuke could wipe Israel out in seconds

Jul. 4, 2009 Staff , THE JERUSALEM POST


Recently appointed ambassador to the United States Michael Oren warned over the weekend that an Iranian atomic bomb could "wipe Israel off the map in a matter of seconds," and that the Iranians could "accomplish in a matter of seconds what they denied Hitler did, and kill 6 million Jews, literally."


Oren was speaking to The Atlantic journalist Jeffrey Goldberg in a forum at the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado.


Oren said it was "very important" that the world keep its eyes open to what happens in Iran, referring to the post-election riots there and the possibility that a political shift might give birth to a more moderate and more accommodating regime in the country, but warned: "Everyone is waiting to see what will come out of this, but while we're waiting, while we're watching, the [nuclear] clock is ticking."


Asked about the current US policy on Iran, Oren said he wouldn't "second-guess" US President Barack Obama's next move, but expressed satisfaction that Obama's last statement was "very clear, very adamant" on the Iranian election, in his scathing criticism of the regime's crackdown against the civilian Iranian population following the contested election.


The ambassador pointed out there was a silver lining to recent events in Iran, in that "the events have unmasked to the world, to anybody who ever doubted, the true nature of this regime," which, he said, "would have no compunction about killing its own people, Jews, or Sunni [Muslims] alike."


Oren said he was certain Obama had "the best interests of the US and the interest of Israel at heart" when confronting the Iranian nuclear program but added that Israel was concerned mainly about the "timing and timeline" of such action.


Asked why it was so important for Jews to live in their own state, with Goldberg, himself an American Jew, musing that US Jews seem to enjoy a safer existence in America, Oren said that for the first time in 2,000 years, "Jews take responsibility" for both their successes and their failures. The establishment of the State of Israel, he said, transformed Jews "from passive actors in their history to active actors in their history."


He proudly remarked that statistically, Israel enjoys the second highest longevity rate in the world, bettered only by Japan, and urged US Jews: "Come to Israel and live long."


Oren jokingly added "you may have a Kassam rocket being launched once in a while but you'll be watching them for a long time."


Oren also tackled the current hot potato in US-Israel relations, Jewish settlements in the West Bank.


"I never said settlements are not an issue but they're not the issue." He said Palestinian education was undermining any efforts Israel could make to bridge gaps between the sides. "Palestinians have to begin to end hatred, on their TV and in their textbooks," otherwise Jews and Palestinian Muslims will never be able to reach a middle ground.


Oren said Israel and the US were "working earnestly, ardently" to find a solution palatable to both sides regarding the settlements.

Yes, I know Barack Obama has expressed his outrage about Iran (after letting the protesters twist in the wind long enough so that they failed and their leaders have been jailed, with reports that several have been executed). 

And I know that Barack Obama has expressed his unwavering support for Israel (while acting so non-supportively that the latest nationwide poll, conducted just last week, shows only 6% of Israelis believe he is pro-Israel).

But does he actually care? 

Frankly, Mr. Obama seems more concerned with overturning the legal process in Honduras which ousted its rogue President (NOT a coup, as our wonderful "neutral" media have claimed for the past week) than in supporting Israel and thwarting Iran's efforts to obliterate it.

Does he still think he can talk things out with ahmedinejad and the mullahs?  Can he possibly still be that naive?


Ken Berwitz

The people who are trying to sell us on government-run universal health care, invariably reference the "success" of the UK and Canada as a basis for us to follow in their footsteps. 

Here's a story most of them won't be showing you.  But I will.  I got it from Steve Gilbert at, via London's Daily Mail:

UK Patient Cleans Her Hospital Room


From the UK's Daily Mail:


Colchester General Hospital

Hospital patient so shocked at dirty ward she climbed out of bed to clean it herself

By Andrew Levy
3 July 2009


By Andrew Levy
3 July 2009


After 12 years cleaning care homes and private houses, Tereza Tosbell has a keen eye for a dirty room.

But the last place she expected to need her skills was in hospital where she was a patient.


The sick 48-year-old was so disgusted at the conditions after three days on a filthy ward that she grabbed the antibacterial fluid dispenser at the end of her bed and some hand towels from the bathroom.

Patient Tereza Tosbell was so disgusted at the cleanliness at Colchester General Hospital that she got out of bed and cleaned the ward herself


She set about cleaning her four-bed ward, even going down on hands and knees to sanitise the floor as she dragged her drip trolley behind her.


The divorced mother-of-one said during her four-day stay there was just one brief visit from a cleaner who left dusty curtains, dirty bedframes and a messy floor.


It was shameful to see how sloppy the cleaners were while I was there. I was not prepared to put up with such conditions, said Miss Tosbell, who was admitted to Colchester General Hospital in Essex with an abscess in her neck.


I reckon in total I was cleaning for about an hour. I could hardly move my neck because of the abscess behind my left ear and my left hand was bruised from the cannula but I had to do something.


The nurses and other staff saw what I was doing but just left me to get on with it.


She added: My 22-year-old son Liam came to see me on the first night and the first thing he said was "Have you seen how filthy the lift is?" before complaining about the room I was in.


Hes a typical university student, so coming from him it must have been bad.


A spokesman for Colchester General Hospital said staff took hygiene responsibilities seriously

Miss Tosbell, from Stanway in Colchester, was admitted to the hospital on June 15 after her GP became concerned at the lump on her neck. Doctors decided to keep her in to run tests before lancing the abscess.


On the first day of her stay, she said a cleaner turned up for less than two minutes to wipe the sink with tissues and a spray.


On the second day a male nurse raised a patients bed and briefly wiped it down using tissues from the bathroom and tap water.


That evening the same nurse and a female colleague cleaned a recently vacated bed, again using water not antibacterial fluid.


Miss Tosbell, who cleans private houses but used to work as a carer in a home for those with learning difficulties, said: I never saw the ward Hoovered or a mop and bucket during my stay.


The radiator was filthy, there were cobwebs on the curtain rail round my bed and you could write your name in the dust on the windowsill.


The Patients Association yesterday said what Miss Tosbell had experienced was nothing unusual.

Its director Katherine Murphy said: Where there should be round-the-clock cleaners there will be one who is going round three or four wards and can only skim the surface.


A Colchester Hospital University NHS spokesman said: In the annual health check ratings for 2007-2008 we scored maximum marks for safety and cleanliness and we have also been praised for our very low levels of infections such as C. difficile and MRSA.


Coming to a hospital near you.


 And this is by no means the only such report in the UK.  I have blogged in the past about hospitals not changing their bed sheets and patients being encouraged to bring their own. 

It is a simple propaganda trick.  If you report the good parts and ignore the bad parts, your viewers/readers will only see the good parts.  And if they are gullible enough to believe that you are reporting neutrally, they will conclude that everything is good and nothing is bad. 

Do yourself a favor and don't be one of the gullible ones.


Ken Berwitz

Since I've made a point of how little coverage there is about the tidal wave of frivolous lawsuits aimed at Sarah Palin, and what effect those lawsuits may have had on her decision to resign, I would like to point out two exceptions. 

One is CNN.  The other, ironically, is the hard-left, Palin-hating blog  

This is currently posted on

July 4, 2009

Palin aide: People are focused on bringing her down

Posted: 08:50 AM ET

From CNN Political Producer Rebecca Sinderbrand

WASHINGTON (CNN) A spokeswoman for Sarah Palin blamed the swarm of ethics complaints that have dogged the Alaska governor for Friday's surprise announcement that she would be leaving office by the end of the month.

When the former Republican vice presidential candidate returned to Alaska after the campaign and pressed her agenda, "she foundresistance, and she found as she looked up more and more that state time and resources were being just wasted with just frivolous ethics complaints coming in, and FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) requests and lawsuits but to an extraordinary extent, and from literally those doing opposition research," spokeswoman Meghan Stapleton told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux on The Situation Room Friday. "And so she said really, is this good for Alaska? Is this what a governor is supposed to do, sit and watch money going down the drain?"

Palin's return to her home state has been a rocky one. Beyond a flood of ethics complaints most of which have been dismissed the governor was forced to backtrack on her decision to reject federal stimulus funds, her pick for attorney general was rejected by an increasingly hostile legislature, and her personal life has continued to grab headlines.

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I doubt that most of the folks at CNN care for Ms. Palin, and I know they don't at  So I commend both for at least letting their viewers/readers in on this part of the story. 

And shame on the mainstream media venues which conveniently look the other way, while calling Ms. Palin "bizarre" for her resignation.  They don't deserve to be called journalists.


Ken Berwitz

Two days ago I posted a remarkable exchange between Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough and NBC Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd.  In it, Scarborough, apparently forgetting that Todd was his next guest (or knowing it and making his comment purposely) said the following: 

 "Yknow, Chip Reid, I love Chip Reid.I miss that guy, I wish we still had himsometimes I sit and I think about these historic times, how much better off this network would be if we had, y'know, if we had Chip Reid working at the White House"

Chuck Todd, of course, heard Scarborough.  He fired back:

 Uh huh.  Well, I know youre not the best in the business, Joe, so thats good

That, I would think, pretty much establishes that these two are not the best of buddies nor do they greatly respect each other.

With this in mind, please read the following report from Brent Baker of  It not only shows you the "quality" of Chuck Todd's reporting, but that it is identical to the "quality" of his fellow "journalists" at other networks:

NBC's Todd: Palin Will Attract 'Car-Wreck Watchers;' All Call Palin Decision 'Bizarre'

By Brent Baker (Bio | Archive)
July 3, 2009 - 20:46 ET


Sarah Palin's bombshell holiday announcement that she will resign as Governor of Alaska managed to trump Michael Jackson as the lead on the ABC, CBS and NBC evening newscasts Friday night as NBC's Chuck Todd predicted she will now make fundraising appearances for GOP candidates where she'll draw in car-wreck watchers. CBS reporter Nancy Cordes reflected the tone of the stories when she described a rambling, at times confusing announcement, while on all three newscasts Palin's decision was called bizarre.

NBC News White House reporter Chuck Todd, who suggested she decided to quit so she could make a lot of money on the speaking circuit free of ethics complaint hassles, also predicted she will bring in big crowds at fundraisers for GOP candidates which will also entice those not so impressed by her:


She may spend the next year campaigning for Republicans all across the country. She's probably going to be the person that can attract the largest crowds, some of it is car-wreck watchers -- you know, they just are coming, kind of curiosity-seekers. It doesn't matter. She can attract a lot of people.


Audio: MP3 clip (16 seconds)


Before Todd, NBC reporter Peter Alexander applied the bizarre label: It was just the latest bizarre twist for the self-described maverick...

ABC and CBS reporters refrained from using that description themselves and left it to others in their July 3 coverage. In the World News story by David Wright, ABC's own Cokie Roberts maintained:
It's mystifying. It was a bizarre statement. It didn't make a lot of sense and it doesn't seem to be the kind of thing someone would do if someone was running for President.


On the CBS Evening News, in the piece from Nancy Cordes, the Politico's Mike Allen, a veteran of Time magazine, declared:


This is very unusual, even bizarre. Governors just don't stop in the middle of their terms when there's no clear reason.


Following Cordes, CBS News political analyst John Dickerson, also a veteran of Time, told fill-in anchor Maggie Rodriguez:


It's bizarre and there's no good explanation. And if she were trying to do away with the kind of speculation that she says has so irritated her, this not the way to do it.

Whether you are a Sarah Palin supporter or detractor, I assume you've noticed that throughout the campaign, and virtually unabated afterwards, it has been journalistic open season on Ms. Palin and her family as well. 

There is a report that, since the campaign ended, people who hate Ms. Palin have besieged her with nuisance lawsuits.  They cost next to nothing to initiate, but require time and money (both state and personal) to successfully fight.  The story indicates that 15 such lawsuits have been filed.  Every one has been dismissed, because every one has been phony frivolous BS.  But defending Ms. Palin from them has drained millions from Alaska's coffers and, according to the Palins, about $500,000 of their own money as well.

Not one of these "neutral journalists" bothered to mention any of this, or speculate that it might have something to do with her resignation. 

But, then again, to do so would be to acknowledge that there are hate-filled lunatics on the left both in and out of media - maybe even (gasp!!) Obama supporters - who would behave this way to bring down one of their political enemies.  And we can't have that, can we?

This, folks, is the state of what used to be journalism in this country.  It is our wonderful "neutral" media in action. 

Depending on your politics, you might be sickened or elated by it.  If you are sickened, good for you.  You should be.  If you are elated, remember the old adage:  "what goes around comes around".  Have a nice day.

Finally, let me again agree with Joe Scarborough about Chuck Todd.

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