Tuesday, 28 July 2009

ANTHEMS & WHAT THEY TELL US

Ken Berwitz

National anthems are supposed to tell us what is in the heart and soul of the countries/territories which take them as their own.

Below are two anthems which do just that.  One is "Hatikvah" (The Hope), Israel's national anthem.  The other is the Palestinian national anthem.

Read the words and you will understand where each side is coming from -- and why peace is so hard to accomplish:  

The Israeli National Anthem (Hatikvah)

 

As long as deep in the heart,
The soul of a Jew yearns,
And forward to the East
To Zion, an eye looks
Our hope will not be lost,
The hope of two thousand years,
To be a free nation in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

 

 

The Palestinian National Anthem:

 

My country , my country
My country, the land of my grand fathers
My country, my country
My country, my nation, the nation of eternity
With my determination, my fire and the volcano of my revenge
The longing of my blood to my land and home
I have climbed the mountains and fought the wars
I have conquered the impossible, and crossed the frontiers
My country, my country, the nation of eternity
With the resolve of the winds and the fire of the guns
And the determination of my nation in the land of struggle
Palestine is my home, Palestine is my fire, Palestine is my revenge and the land of eternal
My country, my country, the nation of eternity
I swear under the shade of the flag
To my land and nation, and the fire of pain
I will live as a guerrilla, I will go on as guerrilla, I will expire as guerrilla until I will be back
My country, my country, the nation of eternity

Notice any difference in outlook between these two anthems?  I thought you would.


MICHELLE MALKIN AND THE HATERS

Ken Berwitz

If you've been led to believe that the only people who hate are "rightwingers/wingnuts/rabid right/etc. etc. etc.", this latest blog by Michelle Malkin should be quite a revelation:

E-mails of the day

By Michelle Malkin    July 28, 2009 12:01 AM

 

My appearance on FNCs Hannity show last night (vid at Hot Air) to talk about Culture of Corruption prompted many bitter e-mails from Obama-bots, but this one takes the cake:

 

from Del Hughes delhughes@suddenlink.net
to writemalkin@gmail.com
date Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 9:42 PM
subject Book
mailed-by suddenlink.net

 

How do you, an Oriental, get on national TV and say and write such hard things about the President and several of his staff without being sued for slander? If you wrote about me like you have written about all these other people, I would sue you for slander in heartbeat.

 

Orientals on TV! Appalling!

 

Guess what? Del Hughes was not alone in his/her dismay over a brown-skinned critic of Obama on the TV.

Look:

 

from barou yoplo yoplo54@yahoo.com
to writemalkin@gmail.com
date Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 10:27 PM


subject Dont Forget Where You Coming From
mailed-by yahoo.com
signed-by yahoo.com

 

Miss,

 

I follow your steps since the election and apparently you forgot where you coming from.

I will be glad to have a debate with about your book, your vision, and you being an Asian who forgot where she is coming from.

 

You and your friends are not in a good position to judge anyone, nor having the right to assume someone is corrupted without a concrete proof. So be careful for what you wish for.

 

And heres yet another race-based missive that landed in the in-box tonight. This one earns special recognition for creative spelling:

 

from Chatora8@aol.com
to writemalkin@gmail.com
date Mon, Jul 27, 2009 at 9:43 PM
subject (no subject)
mailed-by aol.com

 

Michelle Malkin you are a stupid asian BITCH.The only reason you are on t.v is because americans feel so so sorry for you.

 

It is obvious that you have no idea what you are talking about.

 

So go and sell your body some more.

 

So that you can send money back home to support your slummish asian family.

 

Michelle A.K.A undercover HORE.

 

Hey, so much for post-racial America! Why dont we all just have a beer and stop racial profiling, hmmm?

I have nothing to add here.  That little sampling should bring it home pretty clearly. 


JOHN CONYERS ON READING LEGISLATION BEFORE VOTING

Ken Berwitz

This gem was picked up by www.cnsnews.com.  It quotes John Conyers, the long-time, near-unremovable congressperson from Detroit (the one who illegally used his staff for his personal needs and whose wife just resigned from the Detroit City Council in disgrace after admitting that she accepted bribe money).

And what does Mr. Conyers have to say?  Well he is discussing whether or not he should read legislation before voting on it.

Huh?

Nope, that is no misprint.  That is what he is discussing.  And here's what he has to say:

 

Conyers Sees No Point in Members Reading 1,000-Page Health Care Bill--Unless They Have 2 Lawyers to Interpret It for Them
Monday, July 27, 2009
By Nicholas Ballasy, Video Reporter

 

(CNSNews.com) - During his speech at a National Press Club luncheon, House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers (D-Mich.), questioned the point of lawmakers reading the health care bill.

 

I love these members, they get up and say, Read the bill, said Conyers.

 

What good is reading the bill if its a thousand pages and you dont have two days and two lawyers to find out what it means after you read the bill?

. If you didn't see this you wouldn't believe it.

His answer to not having anywhere enough time to read monumentally expensive and important legislation before voting on it is to be given enough time to read it through and know what is being voted on to just not read it because, after all, what good would that do.

Oh, in case you're wondering:  This genius, who has been in congress since first being elected in 1964, is chairman of the house judiciary committee. 

God help us.


DOING CHAVEZ' WORK FOR HIM

Ken Berwitz

Ever vigilant to make hugo chavez happy, here is the latest favor President Obama has accorded his proteg, ousted Honduran President manuel zelaya:

WASHINGTON (AP) The State Department says it has revoked the diplomatic visas of four Honduran officials working in its interim government.  

The announcement comes as the United States has been pressing for Honduras to allow the return of exiled President Manuel Zelaya.

State Department spokesman Ian Kelly did not specify Tuesday the names of the four officials, who he said are not in the United States. Kelly said that the department is reviewing the visas of all members of the interim government.

He said the revocations was in keeping with the U.S. policy of not recognizing the interim government

When chavez stops laughing, I'm sure he'll be smart enough to send a thank-you note. 

Now, when will President Obama be smart enough to support the people who followed Honduras' constitution, rather than the guy who proactively trashed it so he could become a dictator?


BARACK OBAMA'S ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE: DR. FUKINO'S NEW STATEMENT

Ken Berwitz

"One of these days in your travels, a guy is going to show you a brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken. Then this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the jack of spades jump out of this brand-new deck of cards and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, do not accept this bet, because as sure as you stand there, you're going to wind up with an ear full of cider":  Guys & Dolls:  Sky Masterson, relating his father's advice about making bets.

When there were a bunch of going-nowhere lawsuits, but no likelihood that any of them would result in Barack Obama's original birth certificate being made public, the Director of Hawaii's Department of Health, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, issued this statement:

"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"

 

"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"

As you can see, Dr. Fukino said that Barack Obama's original birth certificate is on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.  She did not say that it shows Barack Obama is eligible to be President of the United States.  

Since Mr. Obama's eligibility was the only reason anyone was clamoring for a look at his original birth certificate, I conclude Dr. Fukino intentionally worded her response to make it seem as though this issue was addressed, without actually saying one way or the other.  

If so, it certainly worked.  Countless talking heads have claimed her statement ended the eligibility issue, even though it clearly did not.

But now that mainstream people are increasingly insistent (have increasingly been embarrassed into acknowledging) that the issue remains unresolved, and are wondering out loud why the birth certificate is being hidden at all costs, Dr. Fukino has made another statement:

I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barrack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago ...

Based on this new statement, I no longer believe there is any value to seeing Barack Obama's original birth certificate.  Because as sure as you stand there, the document Dr. Fukino produces will say exactly what she is now claiming.

I will wipe the cider from my ear and move on.

=======================================================

ADDENDUM:  It just hit me:  I am not predicting this. But:

-If in the near future Barack Obama - who spent a fortune over the past year to hide his original birth certificate - comes out with something along the lines of "Look, I've tried not to do this because I know I'm natural born and the whole thing was so silly, but since it isn't ending I'm instructing Dr. Fukino to release my original birth certificate, then I don't want to hear about this again"...

-...and an original materializes that confirms he is natural born, which he could just as easily have shown us all this time...

-...I will smell a rat from here to Seattle (and I live in New Jersey).

Jack Here’s Obama’s dilemma in a nutshell (READ VERY CAREFULLY AND DIGEST): If BHO shows his original long form birth certificate, indeed showing he was born in Hawaii, it will also show his father was American citizen, Frank Marshall Davis, not the Kenyan/British citizen, Barack Obama Sr. While that would allow Barack Jr. to be POTUS eligible as BOTH a “citizen”/“native born citizen” AND an Article 2 “natural born citizen” — that is, born to two American citizens on American soil — it would simultaneously show he is a fraud hiding his real father — an unacceptable political debacle. If, on the other hand, BHO keeps hiding his original long form birth certificate — while simply repeating, without showing, he was born in Hawaii — he can still CLAIM BOTH he was born in Hawaii AND his father was the Kenyan/British Barack Obama Sr. This would enable Barack Jr. to claim he’s a “citizen”/“native born citizen” but it would mean (if a federal court would ever get around to declaring and thus far no one has standing to bring the suit) that he’s NOT an Article 2 “natural born citizen” and thus not eligible to be POTUS — a legal/constitutional debacle since all acts under an illegal POTUS are void. So it seems, BHO has elected option one until forced to go option two because for now it looks like no federal court will ever find a plaintiff with standing. (Of course, there’s the additional issue of BHO losing American citizen status if/when he became an Indonesian citizen — that is, IF he returned and was naturalized he would be a legal citizen, but would lose both native and natural born status, and, IF he returned and was not naturalized, he would be an illegal immigrant unlawfully in this country — but we’ll leave that for another day.) (07/29/09)


CHRIS DODD: THE LIES JUST KEEP COMING

Ken Berwitz

Chris Dodd is a disgrace.  He has been a disgrace for a long time in many different ways.  And he has always been protected by the fact that he is a Democrat and, for the most part, a political liberal.  But how much can even a compromised media take?

It looks like the Washington Post is now off Dodd's wagon.  And it's about time.

Here is the beginning of yesterday's article, detailing one of the various examples of Dodd's misfeasance and fraudulence:

 

AP IMPACT:  Dodd, Conrad told deals were sweetened

By LARRY MARGASAK

The Associated Press
Monday, July 27, 2009; 9:52 PM

 

WASHINGTON -- Despite their denials, influential Democratic  Sens. Kent Conrad and  Chris Dodd were told from the start they were getting VIP mortgage discounts from one of the nation's largest lenders, the official who handled their loans has told Congress in secret testimony.

 

Both senators have said that at the time the mortgages were being written they didn't know they were getting unique deals from Countrywide Financial Corp., the company that went on to lose billions of dollars on home loans to credit-strapped borrowers. Dodd still maintains he got no preferential treatment.

 

Dodd got two Countrywide mortgages in 2003, refinancing his home in Connecticut and another residence in Washington. Conrad's two Countrywide mortgages in 2004 were for a beach house in Delaware and an eight-unit apartment building in Bismarck in his home state of North Dakota.

 

Robert Feinberg, who worked in Countrywide's VIP section, told congressional investigators last month that the two senators were made aware that "who you know is basically how you're coming in here."

 

"You don't say 'no' to the VIP," Feinberg told Republican investigators for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, according to a transcript obtained by The Associated Press.

 

The next day, Feinberg testified before the Senate Ethics Committee, an indication the panel is actively investigating two of the chamber's more powerful members:

 

- Dodd heads the Banking Committee and is a major player in two big areas: solving the housing foreclosure and financial crises and putting together an overhaul of the U.S. health care system. A five-term senator, he is in a tough fight for re-election in 2010, partly because of the controversy over his mortgages.

 

- Conrad chairs the Budget Committee. He, too, shares an important role in the health care debate, as well as on legislation to curb global warming.

 

Both senators were VIP borrowers in the program known as "friends of Angelo." Angelo Mozilo was chief executive of Countrywide, which played a big part in the foreclosure crisis triggered by defaults on subprime loans. The Calabasas, Calif.-based company was bought last July by Bank of America Corp. for about $2.5 billion.

 

Mozilo has been charged with civil fraud and illegal insider trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission. He denies any wrongdoing.

 

Asked by a House Oversight investigator if Conrad, the North Dakota senator, "was aware that he was getting preferential treatment?" Feinberg answered: "Yes, he was aware."

Yes, Dodd's fellow Democratic Senator Kent Conrad appears just as guilty.  But this particular blog is centering on Chris Dodd.

-He was neck-deep in the Enron scandal.

-He was neck-deep in the sub-prime mortgage disaster.

-He personally inserted language in the so-called "stimulus package" that enabled those AIG bonuses we were all so outraged over - and then lied about doing so before finally admitting the truth.

-He lied about the value (thus tax implications) of his property in Ireland.

-He lied about Countrywide.

-And this is before we get to the, er, benefits his position as chairperson of the senate banking committee appear to have provided for his wife, Jackie Clegg Dodd (read about it here).

If Chris Dodd were a Republican he would have been hounded out of office years ago - and rightfully so.  But he isn't a Republican, so there he is, like a bad piece of roast beef in your stomach at 3AM.

Maybe the voters of Connecticut will take care of this stain on the senate next year.  We can only hope.


THE NEXT MICHAEL JACKSON?

Ken Berwitz

Take a look at this 7 year old  (I initially read he was 7, but, to me, he looks no more than 4 or so years old) dance, and decide for yourself:

 

 


THE HAWAIIAN CANARY IN THE HEALTH CARE CAVE

Ken Berwitz

Steve Gilbert, at www.sweetness-light.com is amazing.  No other way to describe him.  Look at what he finds.  Look at the information he comes up with, all from credible sources - which our wonderful "neutral" mainstream media ever seem to be able to put together.

Today's subject is health care.  And Steve shows Hawaii's attempt at what President Obama would like - nationalized  health care (in Hawaii's case that would be "state-ized" I suppose) - and how it has worked out.

I'll let Steve take it from here:

Remember Hawaiis Health Care Lessons

July 28th, 2009

Just 16 years ago Hawaii was held up as a model for national universal health-care. Now it is broke and even its vaunted employer mandated coverage is not guaranteeing everyone is getting coverage.

From the archives of the New York Times:

Hawaii Health Care Is Called a Model for U.S.

May 19, 1993

Hawaiis universal health-care system, which insures 96.5 percent of the states residents and costs less than health care in other states and Canada, could serve as a national model, health officials from Hawaii say in a new report.

The report also says that requiring employers to provide insurance for employees who work at least 20 hours a week has not bankrupted small businesses, as some feared when the plan went into effect 19 years ago.

"In fact, some indirect indicators suggest that the effect may be positive," said the report, to be published on Wednesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association

Hawaiians rank at or near the top in health status compared with other Americans, the health officials said.

"We believe a considerable amount of this success is attributable to direct and indirect effects of Hawaiis employer mandate," they said, adding that the states approach receive serious attention as a task force headed by Hillary Rodham Clinton considers health-care changes

Hawaii was also held up as as a model during the recent debate about expanding the federal State Childrens Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), since it was the only state universal child health care program in the country.

But that didnt last too long.

From the Associated Press:

Hawaii Ends Universal Child Health Care 7 Months After Start

Saturday , October 18, 2008

HONOLULU Hawaii is dropping the only state universal child health care program in the country just seven months after it launched.

Gov. Linda Lingles administration cited budget shortfalls and other available health care options for eliminating funding for the program. A state official said families were dropping private coverage so their children would be eligible for the subsidized plan.

"People who were already able to afford health care began to stop paying for it so they could get it for free," said Dr. Kenny Fink, the administrator for Med-QUEST at the Department of Human Services. "I dont believe that was the intent of the program."

Hawaii lawmakers approved the health plan in 2007 as a way to ensure every child can get basic medical help. The Keiki (child) Care program aimed to cover every child from birth to 18 years old who didnt already have health insurance..

State health officials argued that most of the children enrolled in the universal child care program previously had private health insurance, indicating that it was helping those who didnt need it.

The Republican governor signed Keiki Care into law in 2007, but it and many other government services are facing cuts as the state deals with a projected $900 million general fund shortfall by 2011

Families with children currently enrolled in the universal system are being encouraged to seek more comprehensive Medicaid coverage, which may be available to children in a family of four earning up to $73,000 annually.

These children also could sign up for the HMSA Childrens Plan, which costs about $55 a month

Despite Hawaiis experience, the expansion of SCHIP was still rammed through Congress as soon as the Obama administration was sworn in.

Meanwhile Hawaiis hospitals have losing money for eight years and are going broke.

From the Associated Press:

Hospitals in Hawaii report $150 million in 07 losses

October 24, 2008

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii hospitals suffered operating losses of $150 million last year and expect the situation to worsen in the near future

Hawaii Medical Center, which operates two former St. Francis hospitals on Oahu, filed for bankruptcy this year and cut the number of beds it offers.

The states publicly subsidized hospital network, Hawaii Health Systems Corp., has had to request millions in emergency funding from the state to stay afloat.

Kona Community Hospital, part of the network, laid off 10 percent of its workers. Also on the Big Island, the privately run North Hawaii Community Hospital laid off 12.6 percent of its staff.

A Ernst & Young LLP report released Thursday, and prepared for the Healthcare Association, shows hospitals as a group have sustained operating losses for eight consecutive years.

Reimbursements from Medicare, which represent about one-third of Hawaii patient charges, only covered 77 percent of costs. Medicaid/ Quest payments covered about 71 percent of costs.

Payments from private insurers such as the Hawaii Medical Service Association cover slightly more than expenses, but they are not enough to make up for losses produced in providing medical services to Medicare and Medicaid/Quest patients

And, on top of everything else, it turns out that Hawaiis wonderful employer mandated health-care isnt working out so well, after all.

Strangely enough, businesses have found ways to get around it. Such as hiring fewer than 20 employees.

From the Honolulu Advertiser:

Isle health care law questioned

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

A law enacted in Hawaii in 1974 that requires employers to provide health insurance for employees working at least 20 hours a week is being cited by researchers who are skeptical of similar mandates being suggested in the argument for universal health care.

The result of Hawaiis Prepaid Health Care Act has been that businesses have relied more on employees who work fewer than 20 hours a week and thus arent covered under the requirement, wrote San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank research adviser Rob Valletta and co-authors Tom Buchmueller and John DiNardo, both University of Michigan professors.

The results of the research into health insurance coverage in Hawaii "imply that an employer mandate is not an effective means for achieving universal coverage," they wrote.

"Although overall insurance coverage rates are unusually high in Hawaii, a substantial number of people remain uninsured, suggesting a need for alternative approaches if universal coverage is the ultimate goal," they said

So the solution is obvious stricter mandates from the Federal Government.

By the way, the Heritage Foundation had challenged the idea of using Hawaii as a model for any national system back in 1994.

Here is the conclusions of one of their reports at the time:

A Critique of the Hawaii Health Care System

by Hellreich, Phillip D., Dr.
Heritage Lecture #496

August 4, 1994

In conclusion, Hawaii has had most of the components of the Clinton health care proposals in effect since the enactment of its Prepaid Health Care Act in 1974.

It has failed in its two major goals of 1) decreasing the number of Hawaiis population that were uninsured and 2) curtailing the ever-rising costs of health care delivery.

In order to control spiraling health care costs, it has just instituted its Health Quest Program, which will severely ration care and deprive most of the citizens of our state of their right to be treated by the physician of their choice. In light of this information, the American people and members of Congress should think long and hard before enacting a health care proposal which shares so many features of Hawaiis Prepaid Health Care Act.

Isnt it odd how we no longer hear about Hawaii being the model for a US system of healthcare?

Probably because it turned out to show us all too clearly where we will be headed under its favorite sons Obama-Care, after all.

There it is.  Right on the 50 yard line.

Don't say you weren't warned.


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