Tuesday, 10 November 2009


Ken Berwitz

As the house revels in its vote for ObamaCare/PelosiCare,  and the senate considers it, I thought I would post the latest health care data from Gallup -- with last month's data included for context:

Gallup Poll. Nov. 5-8, 2009. N=1,008 adults nationwide. MoE 4 (for all adults).








"Thinking about health care legislation now being considered by Congress: Would you advise your member of Congress to vote for or against a health care bill this year, or do you not have an opinion?"






No Opinion

























Any questions?


Ken Berwitz

Here is the latest whining put-down by Barney Frank. 

Not that a whining Barney Frank is anything special: he whines to other politicians, to constituents, to any Republican and/or conservative he can find and to media.  In this case, however, the media is Ed Schultz, a hard-leftist of convenience (i.e. he was to the right until he decided he had a better selling niche on the left) who usually agrees with Frank.

From www.freedomslighthouse.com:

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


Barney Frank Gets Angry with MSNBC's Ed Schultz: "Ed, don't condescend to me" - Video 11/9/09


Here is video of Democrat Rep. Barney Frank on MSNBC with Ed Schultz where he got angry with Schultz's attitude toward him and told him, "Ed, don't condescend to me."


                       (CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO)

Ed Schultz told Frank that he should just admit that the Congress was wrong to give bailout money to many Wall Street firms, who now are giving out large bonuses. The exchange happened at the beginning of the video.

Barney Frank tried to put it off on "the Republicans," and later Ed Schultz told Frank "you can talk about 06, 05 and everything else" but now you have "the White House, the House and the Senate."

It appears that even some on the Left are getting weary of the Democrats and Obama blaming everything on "the Republicans" or "George W. Bush." Barney Frank really appeared shocked he was getting some push back from anyone on MSNBC.

How has Frank gotten away with this pathetic, stale act for so many years?

Personally I think it is because, since he is gay and has a speech impediment (which is probably self-created because he doesn't appear to have teeth and declines to wear dentures), media are deathly afraid to call him on his behavior.  They probably figure that, if they do, they will immediately be condemned as homophobic (and maybe denture-phobic too).  In other words, they are afraid of having the same BS pulled on them that they regularly pull on others - usually among Republicans and/or conservatives.

So don't worry, Barney.  You don't have a care in the world, no matter how whiney and pathetic you are and no matter how incompetently you perform.

Your single greatest talent seems to be that you have made yourself into a protected species.


Ken Berwitz

nidal malik hasan was the Army major who started contacting al qaeda, wearing traditional Muslim garb, who gave out korans on the day of his killing spree and who shouted ALLAH AKBAR before starting to shoot.  The result was 13 dead and dozens wounded.

Here is President Obama's comment about him:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: "Well, look, we -- we have seen, in the past, rampages of this sort. And in a country of 300 million people, there are going to be acts of violence that are inexplicable. Even within the extraordinary military that we have -- and I think everybody understands how outstanding the young men and women in uniform are under the most severe stress -- there are going to be instances in which an individual cracks. I think the questions that we're asking now and we don't have yet complete answers to is, is this an individual who's acting in this way or is it some larger set of actors? You know, what are the motivations? Those are all questions that I think we have to ask ourselves. Until we have these answers buttoned down, I'd rather not comment on it."

Summing up:  According to the President of the United States, this was inexplicable.  hasan might be an outstanding man in uniform who was under severe stress and just cracked.  We can't tell what the motivations were.  So he would rather not comment.

Repeating:  hasan started contacting al qaeda, started wearing traditional Muslim garb, gave out korans on the day of his killing spree, and shouted ALLAH AKBAR before starting to shoot.   And Barack Obama can't figure out the motivations?

Mr. President, ask any average person what the motivations were.  Ask any schoolchild.  Heck, why not just ask your own two daughters.  They can you what the motivations for this act were.  So can their friends.  So can their friends' younger brothers and sisters.

If you voted for Barack Obama, and this pathetic answer doesn't give you buyer's remorse, you're beyond hope.


Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from the page 1 story in today's New York Times:

U.S. Knew of Suspects Tie to Radical Cleric


Published: November 9, 2009


WASHINGTON Intelligence agencies intercepted communications last year and this year between the military psychiatrist accused of shooting to death 13 people at Fort Hood, Tex., and a radical cleric in Yemen known for his incendiary anti-American teachings.


But the federal authorities dropped an inquiry into the matter after deciding that the messages from the psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, did not suggest any threat of violence and concluding that no further action was warranted, government officials said Monday.


Major Hasans 10 to 20 messages to Anwar al-Awlaki, once a spiritual leader at a mosque in suburban Virginia where Major Hasan worshiped, indicate that the troubled military psychiatrist came to the attention of the authorities long before last Thursdays shooting rampage at Fort Hood, but that the authorities left him in his post.

Let's flash back to 9/11/01.  Radicalized Islamic lunatics have taken down the World Trade Center, attacked the Pentagon, and been thwarted from an attack on the capital building at the cost of every person in the plane they were going to use.

Almost immediately, there were attacks by media and by hard-left groups against then-President George Bush.  He must have known about this, because intelligence agencies had information about the attackers.  It was there, plain as day. 

They went after the intelligence agencies too, but Bush was clearly the main event.  He was characterized as either a blithering idiot or an accomplice ("9/11 was an inside job").  The attacks on Bush have continued to this day.

Ok, now flash forward to 11/5/09.  A radicalized Islamic lunatic has screamed ALLAH AKBAR (or, as some reports say, ALLAHU AKBAR, not that it makes any difference), then shot and killed 13 of his fellow military personnel at Fort Hood, Texas (so far) and injured 38 more, some gravely.

Have you seen one attack on President Barack Obama regarding 11/5?  Have you seen one media venue or hard-left group insisting that he must have known about this, because intelligence agencies had information on the attackers for the entire time he was Presieent, and it was there, plain as day?  Have you seen or heard one analysis concluding that Obama is either a blithering idiot or an accomplice?

Me neither.

Fascinatingly, less than a year after leaving office under some of the lowest popularity numbers ever seen in political polls, recent data indicate that George Bush is making a comeback in popularity.  That's pretty quick for someone as reviled as Bush was.

Two of the main reasons Bush's numbers dropped so low last year were the attacks on him by Barack Obama & Co., and by our wonderful "neutral" media.  How ironic that, if there really is a major Bush comeback, the performance of Barack Obama and media will probably be the major factor.


Ken Berwitz

Jack Welch is the former CEO of General Electric.  He is also very smart and very blunt. 

Here, from Thomas Grillo of the Boston Herald, is what Mr. Welch has to say about the legislation that President Obama, Barney Frank (the guy who was so instrumental in facilitating the Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac disasters) and their pals are so ecstatic about - with special attention to the last part, which I've put in bold print:

Jack Welch blasts President Obama, BarneyFrank

By Thomas Grillo
Thursday, November 5, 2009 - Updated 4d 20h ago


Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, blasted the Obama administration and Congressman Barney Frank this morning telling a banking audience that the Democrats actions to restructure the entire economy are insane.


I hope that the New Jersey and Virginia governors race will put some realism into this administration, Welch told an enthusiastic crowd at the Bank Administration Institute convention at Bostons Convention and Exhibition Center. I hope it will cause them to pause and not just jump into anything they encounter.


Welch was referring to the races on Tuesday where Republicans bested Democrats, a sign some say that voters are unhappy with President Barack Obamas handling of the country.


I desperately want more thought so we dont throw out some of the great things we have in this country, Welch said to more than 1,000 bankers who watched the 73-year-old via video hookup. Right now, Barney Frank has the floor. He can send us down paths that might be bad for us. Thats frightening. I hope the elections in those two states will slow the speed at which we are attacking climate change, financial regulations and health care. We cant just pile up deficits and restructure the entire economy in 12-18 months. Its not doable. Its insane.


Jack Welch knows whereof he speaks.  Unlike Mr. Obama or Mr. Frank, he has actually run something in his life, and run it damn successfully too.  Ulike Mr. Obama and Mr. Frank, he has also met payrolls, instead of spending other people's money without worrying about where it comes from. 

Maybe, just maybe, he's worth listening to.

But are Mr. Obama and Mr. Frank listening?  Or, economically speaking, are they much more invested in drinking Kool-aid than taking Welch-aid?


Ken Berwitz

Well, President Obama didn't show up in Germany for the 20th anniversary celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall.  But that doesn't mean he couldn't promote himself, does it?

From Scott Johnson at www.powerlineblog.com:

A Berlin footnote

November 10, 2009 Posted by Scott at 5:47 AM

Introduced by Secretary of State Clinton, President Obama made a surprise appearance by video at yesterday's festivities celebrating the fall of the Berlin Wall twenty years ago. The White House video of Obama's remarks is below; video of Secretary Clinton's address together with Obama's remarks as broadcast at the festivities is posted here, where we learn that FOX News was the only cable network to carry Obama's address live.

Both Secretary Clinton and President Obama emphasized Obama's world-historic story. Clinton likens Obama's election to the fall of the Wall. Obama draws the moral of the story. "Few would have foreseen ... that a united Germany would be led by a woman from Brandenburg or that their American ally would be led by a man of African descent. But human destiny is what human beings make of it."

Obama's brief remarks are an exercise in bowdlerization, circumlocution, evasion. Omitted from the remarks, among other things, is any mention of the Soviet Union or Communism, Harry Truman or Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher or Pope John Paul. Obama neither decries the villains nor salutes the heroes of the story. Rather, Obama celebrates himself. He is an agent of destiny. He is the fulfillment of history.


When is it ever about anyone or anything but him?


Ken Berwitz

In the classic animated movie "Shrek", Lord Farquaad tells his soldiers that  "Some of you may die, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make"

Based on our new position regarding Iran, if I were an Israeli I would be wondering if President Obama is a linear descendant of Lord Farquaad.

Excerpted from an article at Reuters:

VIENNA (Reuters) - The United States is willing to give Iran time to decide whether to accept a U.N.-brokered deal meant to allay suspicions it is after atomic bombs but which has drawn Iranian objections, a U.S. diplomat said on Monday.

The plan for Iran to part with stocks of potential nuclear explosive material in exchange for fuel to keep a nuclear medicine facility running has stumbled on Iranian calls for amendments and more talks, which Washington has rejected.

Addressing Iran's misgivings over sending low-enriched uranium (LEU) abroad before it gets reactor fuel in return, the U.N. nuclear agency chief has suggested Iran place the LEU in a friendly third country like Turkey, pending arrival of the fuel.

Iranian and Turkish officials discussed the idea on Monday on the sidelines of an Islamic states conference in Istanbul attended by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Turkish officials said. They did not elaborate.

Turkey, with good ties to neighbor Iran, has said it is willing to mediate in Tehran's long standoff with Western powers over its disputed nuclear energy programme.

A senior Iranian official has dismissed the idea of Iran parking its LEU in a third country.

The United States is willing to give Iran time?  That's nice.

What about Israel -- the country Iran is telling us all it wants to "wipe off the face of the earth" - the one that is actually at risk?  Did anyone ask the folks over there how much time they're willing to give Iran?

And Aren't we supposed to be Israel's staunch ally?  I know we were until January 20th of this year, around midday.  But what happened after that?

According to the exit polls, 78% of US Jews, most of whom presumably support Israel, voted for Barack Obama.  I hope they're happy with what they got.

Speaking as one of the other 22%, I can assure you that I'm not.


Ken Berwitz

This astonishing commentary from President Obama comes to us from ABC News:

During an exclusive interview with ABC News Jake Tapper today, President Obama said that penalties are appropriate for people who try to free ride the health care system but stopped short of endorsing the threat of jail time for those who refuse to pay a fine for not having insurance.

What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance and if you don't, you're subject to some penalty, that in this situation, if you have the ability to buy insurance, it's affordable and you choose not to do so, forcing you and me and everybody else to subsidize you, you know, there's a thousand dollar hidden tax that families all across America are -- are burdened by because of the fact that people don't have health insurance, you know, there's nothing wrong with a penalty.

The auto insurance comparative is absolute BS.  No one is forced to buy a car - insurance is only for those who own one.  Health care insurance is being forced on everyone.

But, building on that BS, the President of the United States is telling you that what HE thinks is "affordable" is all that counts.  If YOU don't think it is, and act accordingly, you will be penalized. Maybe even put in jail.

That is what I expect from chavez, or ortega or ahmadinejad.  Not from the President of the United States.

But since Mr. Obama is so worried that some people will subsidize others, and feels so strongly that the ones taking a free ride should be held to account, does he also propose penalties, maybe jail time, for people who take welfare?  Aid to dependent families?  Earned income tax credits?  Food stamps?

And that is before we get to constitutionality.  Can anyone show me what constitutional grounds there are to compel me, or you, or anyone to buy health care insurance at a price the government foists on us, or be penalized? 

Again, this is what I expect from chavez, or ortega or ahmadinejad.  Not from the President of the United States.

As proposed, this legislation is more than just a disgrace.  It is more than just the summary dismantling of a health care system that people from around the world come to instead of their own (already-nationalized) version. 

It is the end of any pretense that we live under constitutional rule.

Zeke Subject: ... “What I think is appropriate Time: 1257872174 ... “What I think is appropriate is that in the same way that everybody has to get auto insurance" ... ... Bullshitski, as they say in Russia. ... You do NOT need to buy auto insurance to repair YOUR OWN car. All that is necessary is to insure against you harming OTHER PEOPLE. ... ... Many people choose to self-insure for damage to their OWN vehicles. Others carry high deductible policies for catastrophic situations only. ()


Ken Berwitz

Some things just plain speak for themselves (besides, I've been talking about it for days anyway).

From National Review:

President Obama's Busy, Busy Monday

President's Obama's critics are being unfair and silly for complaining he didn't attend the ceremony to commemorate the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall .

Just look at the man's schedule: He had a 10 a.m. daily briefing from the intelligence community, a 10:30 a.m. economic daily briefing, an 11 a.m. meeting with senior advisers
. . . and then, right after that, at 6:45 in the evening, he had to sign an executive order about hiring veterans, and at 7 p.m. he had a meeting with Israeli prime minister Netanyahu (with preconditions).

In the interim, it's not like he was just sitting around the Rose Garden and enjoying the weather. Take a look at the White House web site, where you'll see he was . . . oh. He was sitting in the Rose Garden enjoying the weather.

Obama sitting alone and reading in the Rose Garden on Monday.

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