Sunday, 02 August 2009

RAISING TAXES ON THE MIDDLE CLASS

Ken Berwitz

Barack Obama lies about so many other things, why wouldn't he lie about this as well?

From George Stephanopoulos' blog at www.abcnews.com:

To get the economy back on track, will President Barack Obama have to break his pledge not to raise taxes on 95 percent of Americans? In a This Week exclusive, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner told me, "Were going to have to do whats necessary.

Geithner was clear that he believes a key component of economic recovery is deficit reduction. When I gave him several opportunities to rule out a middle class tax hike, he wouldnt do it.

We have to bring these deficits down very dramatically, Geithner told me. And thats going to require some very hard choices.

We will not get this economy back on track, recovery will be not strong and sustained, unless we convince the American people that we are going to have the will to bring these deficits down once recovery is firmly established, he said.

While Geithner told me, There are signs the recession is easing, he warned that, We have a ways to go.

I wonder if there are middle class folks who actually believed they were immune to higher taxes because Barack Obama promised they would be. 

I can hear it now "It's George Bush's fault.  Things were much worse than we thought they were.  So don't blame us for raising your taxes after promising we wouldn't, blame Bush" 

The fact that federal spending was dictated by a Democratic congress since 2006, and everyone saw the same data?  Irrelevant'n'immaterial.  It's Bush, period.  Don't blame us.

Oh, and if cap and trade is passed by this Democratic congress, then signed into law by the Democratic President, and your energy costs go through the ceiling?  That's Bush's fault too. 

Honest.....


UNFUNNY PEOPLE

Ken Berwitz

Apropos of nothing......

Some time ago I blogged that, if you were willing to forgo most of your IQ for a couple of hours, Adam Sandler's movie "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" was riotously funny.

Last night my wife and I, along with another couple, saw Mr. Sandler's newest movie, "Funny People". 

You do not have enough IQ to forgo to make this disaster worth seeing.

It is not at all funny.  The story line is preposterous.  There is so much gratuitous profanity throughout the movie that you get the impression Sandler was trying to set some kind of a record.  Plus, several of the scenes are just plain disgusting in their content and message.

Adam Sandler is a genuinely gifted writer, actor and comedian.  With "Funny People" he struck out looking on all three.

Save your money.  I wish I had saved mine.


THE IRANIAN SHOW TRIALS

Ken Berwitz

Remember the people who took to the streets and protested Iran's fake election in June?  The ones who got no support from President Obama because he didn't want to upset the possibility of having unconditional talks with the government which ran that fake election?  Remember his deafening silence as they were jailed, beaten and even killed, until the protests could no longer be sustained?

Well here is the latest chapter in that story, excerpted from today's article in Reuters:

Iran tries 100 moderates over election unrest

 

By Parisa Hafezi and Zahra Hosseinian Parisa Hafezi And Zahra Hosseinian Sat Aug 1, 10:01 am ET

 

TEHRAN (Reuters) The trials began on Saturday of 100 prominent moderates arrested shortly after Iran's disputed June presidential election and charged with trying to overthrow the clerical establishment, Iranian media reported.

 

This is the first time since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution that dozens of senior officials, including former ministers, vice-presidents and lawmakers, have been put on trial.

 

The official IRNA news agency quoted the indictment as saying the charges against the defendants also included acting against national security by planning unrest, participating in the "Velvet Revolution," attacking military and state buildings and conspiring against the ruling system.

 

"The trial of some of those accused of being involved in post-election unrest started this morning," IRNA said. "Some 100 people were put on trial in a Tehran Revolutionary court."

 

Velvet Revolution was used to describe the non-violent 1989 revolution in Czechoslovakia which overturned communist rule.

 

Under Iran's Islamic law, acting against national security, a common charge against dissenting voices in Iran, could be punishable by the death penalty.

 

This is the same President Obama who jumped to action in no time flat when manuel zelaya, the President of Honduras, was legally removed from office by its supreme court for trashing the country's constitution and trying to implement a dicatatorship.  Mr. Obama immediately demanded that zelaya be reinstated, presumably to continue his efforts to dismantle Honduras' democracy.

It is also the same President Obama who jumped to action when a Jewish entrepreneur announced his intention to tear down a hotel he owned in East Jerusalem and build apartments.  Mr. Obama  wasted no time in demanding that East Jerusalem had to be Jew-free.  Just like Germany had to be Jew-free under a different regime. 

And it is the same President Obama who demands that no more housing be built in existing Jewish settlements in Judea or Samaria (the west bank). 

But to stand up for Iranian citizens protesting the country's phony election and lack of freedom?  No can do.  Why, if we said anything about that, ahmadinejad and the ayatollahs might be miffed. Why they might not even sit down and talk with us.  What a disaster that would be.

Whose fault is this?  Frankly it is ours.  We elected a President with exactly no executive experience, only a record of being unfailingly hard-left in his social attitudes and congressional votes.  And a man who was intimately tied to an anti-White, anti-Jewish, anti-Israel, anti-American clergyman for almost two decades. 

I hope the people who voted for him are happy with what they got.  I assure you I am not.


REPUBLICANS & DEMOCRATS

Ken Berwitz

This little story is something of an oldie, so you may have seen it before.  But apparently it has been revised and updated.

My sister sent the new version to me and I'm passing it along to you.  I promise you'll smile:

A woman in a hot-air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below. She shouted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am.."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied, "You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2,346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14..97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Republican."

"
I am," replied the man. "How did you know?"

"
Well," answered the ball oonist, "everything you told me is technically correct. But I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be an Obama Democrat."

"
I am," replied the balloonist. "How did you know?"

"
Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you are going.. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault

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ISRAEL PEACE PARTNER UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Here, from www.israelnationalnews.com, is the latest position of fatah, the Palestinian Arab's "moderate" faction:

Fatah to Back Violence, Reject Israel as Jewish State


by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

 (IsraelNN.com)

 

The Fatah party, which leads the Palestinian Authority, will meet in Bethlehem this week and call for controlled violence against Israel, the Saudi Arabian newspaper Al Watan reported. The French news agency AFP also confirmed an Al Watan statement that Fatah will reject the idea that Israel is a Jewish state.

 

The proposed Fatah platform in effect puts on ice any chance for negotiations over the establishment of a PA state. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has said that talks with the PA must be predicated on its acceptance of Israel as the home of the Jewish people, which would provide an obstacle to an Arab plan to flood Israel with foreign Arabs.

 

Instead, Fatah, headed by PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, is digging in its heels for a new PA state based on the 1949 Armistice Line borders that existed until 1967 as well as a just solution for several million Arabs living in foreign countries and claiming ancestry in Israel. It also demands that they be compensated.

The proposed document threatens a unilateral declaration of an independent PA country if Israel does not accept it through direct talks.

 

The encouragement of violence, which is a violation of the Roadmap agreement that calls for an end to incitement against Israel, is based on a claim that Israel wants a situation of no peace [and] no war.

Let's think about this.

-First off, what is "controlled violence"?  Does that sound moderate to you?

-Next, how is it that the people who declare Gaza and Judea/Samaria (the west bank) is a Palestinian state - with no Jews allowed in it, let's remember - simultaneously reject the premise that Israel is a Jewish state?  What reason is there other than that whatever they may say in front of cameras, they do not recognize Israel as anything other than the rest of their state?

-Then we have that fascinating demand for reinstating the 1949 borders.  In other words, they demand a return to the borders they rejected when Israel came into existence - just as they rejected the state of Palestine at that time.  The land Israel acquired defending itself against four wars which attempted to annihilate it?  Hey, that's a do-over, all of it has to be given back - with the improvements Israel made on the land of course.  Then we can negotiate the rest from there.

There's the "peace process", fatah-style.  Are you impressed?

steve schneider this is on obama. by pushing the no expansion or settlements anywhere under any circumstance he has given the saudis one more reason not to increase relations with israel and now fatah has a green light to continue their nonsense. this all would have happened anyway, which is something obama doesn't understand. steve (08/02/09)


JANEANE GARAFALO - UNHINGED (AND UNCENSORED)

Ken Berwitz

Ever wonder what's really on janeane garafalo's mind?

Well, here is a taste for you, courtesy of The Guardian, via breitbart.com's "big hollywood". 

Warning:  The language is profane and semi-rational, not necessarily in that order:

Todays Chapter of The Wit and Wisdom of Janeane Garofalo

by Big Hollywood

From an interview in todays Guardian. On getting her head blown off in Team America: World Police:

I didnt like that at all, says the actor and comedian. I didnt see it, but I know about it. The only upside to it was I was given far more credit for being famous that Ive ever been given in my life.

What am I getting my head blown off for? For speaking out against an immoral, illegal and unjustified invasion and occupation? What they did was cowardly. To try and get yourself off the hook by saying were equal-opportunity offenders, it doesnt mean shit to me.

On tea party activists:

Fucking redneck douchebaggery. Unmitigated douchebaggery. Why are they holding signs that say, Whatchoo talking about, Willis? These people are called racially sensitive, what they should be called is racist, backward motherfuckers.

Some thoughts on Fox News:

They only book people who are easy to mock and marginalise. I kind of thought, Someones got to do it. But talking to those assholes is a drag. Its a drag meeting the same assholes from high school when youre 40.

Why she took the job on 24″:

Initially when I was asked to do the show I had reservations about it because of the politics. And I thought further and realised, I dont have a job. So I put my reservations on the back burner. And I did enjoy working there, it was one of the most enjoyable jobs Ive had. There was nothing that made you go, Whoa there? Besides all the torture? Sure, that made me go, Whoa there. Luckily they allowed my character to voice her distaste for the violation of the constitution, but then theyd have Jack yell at her. Garofalo isnt bitter about it, but doesnt think shell go back. Objectively speaking, I dont think my character served any purpose. I dont think they needed Janis Gold.

More on Team America:

I ran into ["Team America" creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone] in the street, Trey and the other guy, and I said to them, The least you could do is send me a puppet. And they said OK, took my address down and never sent me a puppet! So while Team America bothered me, the fact they didnt send me my puppet, that bothered me even more.

Tune in again next time when Janeane answers the question, Bitter much?

It's always nice to read the wit and wisdom of a Hollywood middle-of-the-roader.......


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