Wednesday, 13 January 2010


Ken Berwitz

Until recently I had never heard of J. Grant Swank Jr. but certainly had heard of Pat Robertson.

Evidently they are two peas in a pod --- a pod straight out of the Warner Bros. lot, Looney-Tune division.

This is their explanation of the earthquake that just utterly devastated Haiti:

Wed Jan 13, 2010


Years ago, Haitians told the Devil they would serve him if they could be severed from French rule.
They were severed from French rule and so now live under the curse.

You may believe that or not. Some conclude it is but a legend. Robertson considers it to be history.
There are some events regarded as legend that in fact were historical. When I attended Harvard Divinity School I was taught basically that biblical miracles could be traced back to legends and were not history.

I did not accept that. I believed just the opposite.

Who today was at the events referred to by Robertson? No one. So the debate will go on till the end of time.

Countless will discount Robertson as a hyper Pentecostal spokesman as they have in the past. Others will believe his conclusion as sound.

Whatever choice, the Bible states clearly that when a people turn away from God, divine curses come upon them.

Read Deuteronomy 28 at

When people live in total surrender to the Bibles God, divine blessings are bestowed upon them.

Those who despise the Bible as mythology then go spastic over others who claim the Bible as eternal truth. The anti-Bible crew turns into screeching hyenas blasting the Scriptures.

However, those who align their faith with the Bible as Gods Word believe with their entire beings such biblical teachings as Deuteronomys curses and blessings.

Mortals have free will. They can choose because God has formed them that way. Therefore, God permits mortals to despise Him or delight in Him. Their last breath then yields the consequences with eternal bliss in heaven or eternal damnation in hell.

Again, those who despise the Bible as so much rubbish go absolutely berserk when such statements are made. They dont believe in God. They dont hold to a heaven or hell. They believe all is morally relativistic. This existence is all there is and so forth.

However, those who confess the Bible as their guide for belief and lifestyle hold fast to the curses and blessings segments. They live their lives staving off the curses by obeying God. They witness that in obeying God they experience His blessings.

America is in dire shape. This country has committed sins that are abhorrent to the Bibles God. Two of them are killing womb babies in huge numbers and baptizing homosexual practice as morally legitimate.

There are other outrageous evils permitted openly by American citizens, some protected by law, others held to simply because sin is enjoyable for a season.

If our nation continues to turn its face against God, it will pay severely with divine curses.

There is an obvious, pressing need for a spiritual revival to engulf America; only then will divine blessings return to this country.

It is the curse. Or it is the blessing. Free wills determine which America will experience.

This nutcake went to Harvard Divinity School?  To do what?  Deliver pizza to the students?

The only thing missing here is Porky Pig saying th th th th that's all folks.


Ken Berwitz

I have two article excerpts for you.

The first is from the Associated Press, and describes how, if Republican Scott Brown is elected to the senate next Tuesday, Massachusetts' Democratic Secretary of State intends to hold up his certification, thus his being seated, long enough to prevent Brown from voting on health care: 

BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts's top election official says it could take weeks to certify the results of the upcoming U.S. Senate special election. That delay could let President Barack Obama preserve a key 60th vote for his health care overhaul even if the Republican who has vowed to kill it wins Democrat Edward M. Kennedy's former seat.

Secretary of State William F. Galvin, citing state law, says city and town clerks must wait at least 10 days for absentee ballots to arrive before they certify the results of the Jan. 19 election. They then have five more days to file the returns with his office.

Galvin bypassed the provision in 2007 so his fellow Democrats could gain a House vote they needed to override a veto of then-Republican President George W. Bush, but the secretary says U.S. Senate rules would preclude a similar rush today.

The potential delay has become a rallying point for the GOP, which argues Democrats have been twisting the rules to pass the health care bill despite public opposition. It's also prompted criticism from government watchdogs.

With me so far?  Ok, good.

Now here is Barney Frank's comment to the Washington Times, about the possibility that if Republican Scott Brown is elected to the senate next Tuesday, his certification will be held up:

"That is the stupidest thing I've been asked in a long time. That is insane, the suggestion could only come from a demented right wing source," erupted Representative Barney Frank (D - MA), when asked by The Washington Times about what he thought of assertions that Massachusetts Democrats would stall the certification process should Mr. Brown win. "There isn't the slightest possibility of it happening---a way of doing it. That is conspiracy theory at its most contemptible."AUDIO

Evidently, in the world of Barney Frank, Democratic Secretary of State, William F. Galvin, whose history has been to either hold up or not hold up certifications depending on which party wins, is a demented right winger. 

For years, Barney Frank's answer to just about everything is to go into hissy-fit mode and petulantly whine out insults, sprinkled liberally (very, very liberally) with references to the right wing bogeymen who seem to be behind all Democratic missteps, great and small.

But so what?  The good folks of Newton Massachusetts (not Massachusettes, Ms. Coakley) will dutifully elect him in November, like they have every other time.  Like robots.

So the only thing left to do is laugh.


Ken Berwitz

Don't you hate it when someone looks you in the eye and just plain lies to you?

Keep that in mind as you read these paragraphs, which I have extracted from an article in today's Los Angeles Times:

Reporting from Washington - The Obama administration, offering evidence that its much-maligned efforts to spur economic recovery have begun to take hold, said Tuesday that the $787-billion stimulus program saved or created 1.5 million to 2 million jobs last year.

"This is truly a stunning effect" of the Recovery Act, Christina Romer, chairwoman of the council, said in a conference call with reporters.

Even with the stimulus, the U.S. economy lost more than 4 million jobs last year, including 85,000 in December, according to the Labor Department. And the unemployment rate last month was 10% -- a figure that is widely expected to inch higher in the months ahead.

Romer acknowledged that it was hard to make employment-creation claims when the economy had shed about 8 million jobs in the last two years. But she noted that job losses had declined dramatically since the first quarter of last year, when they were approaching nearly 700,000 a month on average -- far more than the approximately 69,000 a month lost during the fourth quarter.

Without the stimulus, Romer said, the economy would be as many as 2 million more jobs in the hole today.

Yeah, Ok.  Right. Sure.  Employment is down 4,000,000, but you "created or saved" 2,000,000 jobs while it was happening.

This, of course, is from the same administration that told us the 8% unemployment rate would stop in its tracks if President Obama's "so-called" stimulus package" was enacted.....after which it went straight to 10% as the 4,000,000 jobs disappeared.

Let's put it this way.  If Mr. Obama's approval numbers were in the mid 60's - as they were when he foisted the "stimulus package" on us - he probably would be able to sell this mega-manure pile to the unsuspecting public.

But when his approval numbers are in the 40's - and the drop is largely because of how lousy the economy has been since the "stimulus package" was enacted - Mr. Obama is going to look like a liar who thinks the voting public is a bunch of idiots.

If I were a Republican, I would be praying every night that Democrats use this claim as the flagship issue of their 2010 campaign for house and senate seats. 

And if I were a Democrat, I would be praying that President Obama and his hack sycophant, Christina Romer, will just shut up.

Zeke .... .... .... Happy, Happy, Joy Joy ! ! We no longer need to doubt Mr. Obama's minions when they tell us about JOBS and the STIMULUS. Now, instead of a cumulative total, there will be a QUARTERLY report totaling Jobs that were Created, Saved or just Worked on with Stimultus Funding ! ! !..... The last category includes people who already have jobs, but are doing some government funded work. ... .... .... Hope this clears up any questions on what our $800 billion is buying ..... .... . .www [dot] propublica [dot] org/ion/stimulus/item/white-house-changes-stimulus-jobs-count-111... ..... (01/13/10)

Zeke ... .... Yeah, Ken ... .... Prove to me that you have ears ... .... ... .... and prove to me that the economy is better off NOW, AFTER mortgaging the future, than if Market Forces (GM, Chrysler continuing business under bankruptcy, same for AIG, investment banks) were allowed to operate. ... .... ... .... Despite all the hundreds of billions poured into the financial companies, loans and business expansion are not happening. Better to have used the money directly to provide loans made by SMALL, REGIONAL banks. . ... .... ... .... All the Stimulation Act has done is to pay off people who have already failed. Wait until the short term effects are over (Census workers, Road Construction) and existing jobs have soaked up much of the money. ... .... The Stimulation Act is NOT going for pump priming, it is just Cookies and Candy, instead of solid nutrition. ... .... ... .... The Obama Administration is as skilled in Economics as it is in Military Strategy. (01/13/10)

Ken Berwitz Oh yeah? Have you ever seen my ears????? (01/13/10)

Zeke ... .... The Stimulation Act saved six billion jobs, ... and gave our side 38% fewer cavities ... and kept elephants from rampaging 18 major cities in the United States ... ... .... You just hate Mr. Obama because his ears are bigger than yours. ... .... ... .... He is a wonderful title role actor in "The Emperor's New Clothes". (01/13/10)


Ken Berwitz

A commenter named "Wisoldman", who I used to discuss things with on IRC (a chatting site), read my blog about the scott roeder trial and asked me when I think that life begins.

Ok.  Here is my opinion.  Take it for what it's worth.

To me, life - meaning a human life as opposed to live tissue within a human's body - begins at the point when there is a beating heart and brain activity.

Before that time, I agree that what is growing inside a woman's body is alive, in the sense that it is live tissue.  But I do not consider it an individual human being.  It has the tools to become one but hasn't gotten to that stage yet.

To illustrate, let's think about a house.  If you had an empty lot, and placed all the materials needed to build a house on that lot, it would have everything necessary for a house to exist.  But neither you, nor I, nor anyone else would call it a house. 

At the other end of the spectrum, if those materials were used to build the house and it was complete except for, say, one of the attic windows, I assume we'd all agree a house was on the lot.

Somewhere between those two extremes, the materials to create a house became the house itself.  The question is when.

And that, to me, is the one and only issue in abortion:  when it is a baby.

Contrary to what some people may think, this is not a women's rights issue.  I say that because I am sure few, if any, people deny a woman the right to do whatever she wants with her body when they believe there is no baby within it, and few, if any, people feel a mother has the right to kill her child if/when they believe she is carrying a live baby. 

So the issue is not her rights, which - as I think I've shown - just about everyone agrees on.  The issue is whether there is a live baby.

Some people - certainly observant Catholics - believe there is a baby at the moment of conception (I don't know for sure, but suspect that's where Wisoldman is coming from).  I respect their belief, and concede that even one individual cell is "live".  But I disagree that one cell, or a grouping of cells, or anything until there is a beating heart and brain activity, equates to a live child.

Ok, there's my opinion.  What's yours?


P.S.:  Maybe I'll write another blog today in which I discuss my opinion regarding women's and men's rights regarding whether a pregnancy should be carried to term.  That's another issue entirely.

Derek (aka gumstick) I heard my baby's heartbeat (she'll be born in March) well before the first trimester was over (about eight weeks or so), and the ultrasound sure looked like a person to me... Personally, I think by the time most women figure out they're pregnant, and they have an abortion, they've killed a person. Man, I wish more women would just use the morning after pill if they had any doubt. (01/13/10)


Ken Berwitz

From Fox TV: New York:

Mother Faces Charges For Cursing At Principal

Updated: Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010, 11:37 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 13 Jan 2010, 11:11 AM EST


MYFOXNY.COM - A New Jersey woman is in court Wednesday for a disorderly conduct charge after she cursed out a middle school principal.

Cindy Schwalb says a boy pulled down her 13-year-old daughter's sweatpants in front of other students at Hasbrouck Heights Middle School.

Schwalb says she went to a school board seminar about bullying and got upset when her daughter's case wasn't given the attention she felt it deserved.

Schwalb says she became enraged when the district superintendent starting asking her questions, including one about whether her daughter was wearing a thong.

Superintendent Joseph Luongo says it was a fair question, "I had to find out what body parts were actually revealed."

She later cursed out school principal Edward Bocar in a hallway.

Schwalb calmed down and apologized and left the building without further incident.

Still, the district filed a complaint against Schwalb. Detective Sgt. Joseph Rinke, who also sits on the school board, filed the report. School officials said the meeting wasn't the place for Schwalb to express her concerns.

Luongo said, "Parents should be smarter than that."

A few observations:

-Joseph Luongo acted like a complete idiot.  And a pervert to boot.

He thinks it is necessary to know what kind of underwear a 13 year old was wearing when she was attacked and her pants were pulled down in public?  WHY?

Suppose she was wearing a thong?  Suppose she was wearing what my daughter in law calls "granny panties" (i.e. full coverage, no thong)?  Regardless of what she was wearing, would it make the behavior any less egregious?  Would it make the kid who did it any less culpable?  Did the kid ask what she was wearing before he decided to expose her to whoever was within viewing distance at the time?

Maybe Luongo gets his rocks off asking a question like that, but it has no place in the discussion and is unworthy of a school superintendent or anyone else.  Frankly it is what I'd expect from a pedophile;

-My compliments to Cindy Schwalb for standing up for her daughter;

-Shame, shame, shame on the district for filing a complaint against Ms. Schwalb, given the reason for her outburst.  Did it reprimand Luongo for asking about what underwear the 13 year old victim wore? 

-And, importantly, what has Luongo, and/or Bocar, and/or the district, done about the kid who pulled her daughter's sweat pants down?  Is there a complaint filed against him?  Has he been expelled from school?  Suspended?  Anything? 

Or was finding out how much of Ms. Schwalb's daughter's anatomy was visible more important (maybe more fun) than doing something about the kid who caused this?

My wife and I have two sons.  And if someone had done that to either of them at the age of 13, I'd be ready to go to war.  But if it were my daughter?  Forget it, you don't even want to know.

So my congratulations and support to Cindy Schwalb for acting the way she did.   And I suspect there are a great many parents of Hasbrouk Heights middle school children who are on her side as well. 

mary c I think Cindy showed immense restraint. Bullying and harassment are out of control in the schools. I wish I could contact Cindy somehow to tell her about my experience and how parents can come together to end bullying by actually punishing the perpetrators and not the victims. (01/13/10)

Zeke ... ... School Administrators are professionals. They have lots of degrees and lots of certifications. They talk in opaque jargon, because they know best. ... ... ... ... Education Professionals know how to deal with problems: Unless you are a protected, deserving minority, they merely sweep the problem under the rug, so they can attend their next meaningless meeting. ... ... Make it worth their while to act: Get some legal advice, and file sexual assault charges. ... ... If you can organize it, put forward candidates for School Board. ... ... If you get several candidates elected, go after administrator salaries, and hold their feet to the fire. School Superintendents earn $200,000 - $400,000, plus VERY VERY generous benefits ... they have a LOT to lose. ... ... ... ... Above all, NEVER expect the School to do the Right Thing. (01/13/10)


Ken Berwitz

I don't even begin to know what to say about the cataclysmic earthquake that apparently has killed thousands of Haitians, injured countless others and destroyed most of what infrastructure the country had.

Contributions to any legitimate organization that might help the survivors of this immense horror would certainly be welcome.  Please, please respond.

Zeke ... .... The Salvation Army is both honest and efficient. Each member takes an oath of poverty. They squeeze each nickel until the buffalo screams.... The Salvation Army is very light on overhead; they wade in and tackle problems. I just heard on the radio that they are already at work in Haiti. (01/13/10)


Ken Berwitz

How desperate is it getting for Democratic senate candidate Martha Coakley?

This excerpt from a Boston Herald article should give you some insight:

Reporter roughed up outside Coakley fund-raiser

By Laura Crimaldi
Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - Updated 0m ago

A Weekly Standard reporter says he was roughed up last night outside a Washington, D.C. fund-raiser for Attorney General Martha Coakley by someone he believes is associated with her U.S. Senate campaign.


John McCormack, the magazines deputy online editor, writes about the incident outside the Sonoma restaurant in an online dispatch entitled: We Report, We Get Pushed.


According to McCormacks account, Coakley took two questions from reporters after the event, but declined to respond to his question. McCormack wrote he asked Coakley whether she stood by statements she made during Mondays debate about terrorists in Afghanistan.


McCormack wrote after Coakley finished her answer (to a different reporter) he followed her and asked her why health care industry lobbyists were supporting her at the fundraiser. He said she did not reply.


As he continued to walk down the street, he said a man who appeared to be associated with Coakleys campaign pushed him into a freestanding metal rail.


I ended up on the sidewalk. I was fine. He helped me up from the ground, but kept pushing up against me, blocking my path toward Coakley down the street, he wrote.


McCormack said the man asked him whether he was with the media and he responded he works for the Weekly Standard.


His online entry includes a YouTube video of the incident, in which you can hear a man ask McCormack if hes OK after he fell. The reporter then tangles with the same man, showing him a press credential as he tries to make his way around him.


McCormack wrote he eventually caught up to Coakley, who declined to answer his question.


He said Coakley staffers informed him they dont know who pushed him. In an updated blog post, McCormack writes he believes he was pushed by Michael Meehan, president of Blue Line Strategic Communications in Washington, D.C. The Associated Press also identifies the man as Meehan, based on photos and videotape of the incident.

Last week the Rasmussen poll had Coakley ahead by 50% - 41%.  Today it released a new poll in which she leads by just 49% -47%.

And thuggery like this, done on Ms. Coakley's behalf to prevent her being questioned by a reporter from a conservative magazine, isn't going to help matters.

Coakley may win and she may lose.  But there is little doubt that the outcome is in doubt. 

She's in real trouble.


Ken Berwitz

Three new presidential polls came out today:

-CNN:  51% approve, 48% disapprove;

-CBS:  46% approve, 41% disapprove;

Qunnipiac:  45% approve, 45% disapprove.

Make of it what you will.


Ken Berwitz

Our latest example of someone who needs to get a life comes to us from KCCI (Channel 8) in Des Moines, Iowa:

Woman Keeps Pet Snowball For 33 Years

Hunk Of Ice Stays In Bread Bag

POSTED: 2:37 pm CST January 12, 2010
UPDATED: 2:40 pm CST January 12, 2010

Prena Thomas has the usual things in the freezer of her home in Lakeland, Fla. Vegetables, pancakes and fish, she told a Tampa television station.


But she also has a snowball that she made in 1977.  


Thomas said that over the decades, she has never had a power outage that would destroy the cold hunk she says is precious to her.


"It's just like a little pet," she said.


However, she does sometimes take it out of the freezer, unwrap the bread bag that contains it and shows it to friends.

A 32 year old snowball that is "just like a pet"? 

She keeps her "pet" in a bread bag and sometimes takes it out to show friends?  I'll bet they're just busting with anticipation.

The only thing of interest here is that the source of this story is a Des Moines, Iowa TV station.  Maybe Des Moines is resentful that someone in Florida has managed to keep a snowball this long.  Unless, of course, there is a Des Moines resident with an older snowball to brag about......

To Prena Thomas, from the bottom of my heart:  GET A LIFE.

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