Wednesday, 17 March 2010


Ken Berwitz

Believe it or not, according to, J. W. Hayworth actually said this over the weekend:

Former Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) said Sunday that the expansion of state laws allowing gay marriage could lead to people marrying horses.

Hayworth, during an interview with an Orlando, Fla., radio station explained: You see, the Massachusetts Supreme Court, when it started this move toward same-sex marriage, actually defined marriage - now get this - it defined marriage as simply, the establishment of intimacy.

Now how dangerous is that? asked Hayworth, who is challenging Sen. John McCain from the right in Arizonas GOP Senate primary.

I mean, I dont mean to be absurd about it, but I guess I can make the point of absurdity with an absurd point, he continued. I guess that would mean if you really had affection for your horse, I guess you could marry your horse.

The former Republican congressman then insisted that the only way to prevent men from marrying horses is to create a federal marriage amendment. Hayworth noted that he supports such an amendment.

Mr. Hayworth obviously has a point.  The proof?  His wife married a horse's ass.

I guess I'm rooting for John McCain again......

Zeke ..... Goldwyn was born Schmuel Gelbfisz in Warsaw, Congress Poland, Russian Empire. At an early age he left Warsaw on foot and penniless. He made his way to Birmingham, England, where he remained with relatives for a few years using the name Samuel Goldfish. ..... ..... In 1916 he partnered with Broadway producers Edgar and Archibald Selwyn, using a combination of both names to call their movie-making enterprise the Goldwyn Pictures Corporation. Seeing an opportunity, Samuel Gelbfisz then had his name legally changed to Samuel Goldwyn, which he used for the rest of his life...... ..... ..... Two wives : Blanche Lasky (1910-1915) Frances Howard (1925-1974) (03/18/10)

Ken Berwitz zeke - Actually, in that regard Hayworth has a point. I knew a woman who married a goldfish Irv Goldfish. Ok, bad joke, I admit. But did you know that the movie mogul Samuel Goldwyn's real name was Goldfish? I guess his wives (I think there were more than one) could have said the same. (03/18/10)

Zeke .... ..... Ken, can a guy marry his goldfish ? .... .... .... And, where does it say that marriage is between ONE human and ONE other .... .... ... Polygamy means buying fewer sheets. There must be other benefits to the arrangement, as well. (03/18/10)


Ken Berwitz

If you're wondering just how low John Conyers and his wife can go -- and how far will mainstream media go to protect them from scrutiny -- read this piece by David Freddoso of the Washington Examiner:

Rep. Conyers won't help his wife pay for a lawyer

By: David Freddoso
Online Opinion Editor

03/17/10 8:51 AM EDT


The National Law Journal reports that former Detroit City Councilwoman Monica Conyers, wife of House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers, D-Mich., has been declared indigent by a federal judge. That means she gets a public defender in her attempt to appeal her three-year prison sentence on a bribery charge to which she pleaded guilty.


[Conyers] says she can't afford a lawyer...despite the fact that her husband who is the second-longest serving current member of the U.S. House of Representatives makes $174,000 a year....The court said that Monica Conyers provided information that established her inability to pay for a lawyer, including "a detailed description of her financial resources in the presentence investigation report and [the information] that Mrs. Conyers was on her own so to speak as to such resources." Therefore, the court said, "Further inquiry was not appropriate and would have intruded on private matters."


The article notes that according to federal guidelines, a family member's wealth cannot be considered when determining a defendant's ability to pay, "unless the family indicates willingness and financial ability to retain counsel promptly."

John Conyers' wife is INDIGENT?  The TAXPAYERS have to foot her legal bills? 

Will you be seing this as one of the lead stories in the news - I'm not talking about cable talk shows but the evening news shows, and the morning shows, and the NY Times, Washington Post, LA Times, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc......?

And, if not, just what does it say about our wonderful "neutral" media? 

Let's see what, if anything, they report.  To be continued........


Ken Berwitz

First off, I salute my fellow citizens who are of Irish ancestry on St. Patrick's day. 

For those of us who are fortunate to share an Irish ancestry, we take great pride in the contributions that Irish-Americans...

Wait a minute.  I'm not Irish.  My grandparents came to the USA from eastern Europe.  So why did I say that? 

The answer:  I was just imitating John Kerry, who could have said every word I just did in the first two paragraphs, and in fact did say the second paragraph, verbatim, on the floor of the US Senate. 

Kerry spent years and years conning the electorate of Massachusetts into thinking that he was of Irish ancestry - a great benefit for him, since there is a higher percentage of Irish-Americans there than in any other state. 

But, in fact, Kerry's "Irish" grandparents were Jews from Czechoslavakia, who converted to Catholicism when they emigrated to the United States and changed their name from Kohn to the Irish-sounding Kerry. 

Simply stated, John Kerry is about as Irish as mahmoud ahmadinejad.

And if you think it was just his St. Patrick's Day statement, think again.  Click here to see a bunch of additional ways Kerry perpetrated this lie.  

So my blog has a dual purpose:  To celebrate St. Patrick's Day on behalf of Irish-Americans, and to show - just in case there's anyone left who doesn't already know it - that John Kerry is, and has for many years been, an unscrupulous fraud. 

free` So you could say that Kerry is a Kohn-man? (03/17/10)


Ken Berwitz

I admit that when I read this piece by Kathleen Farah about the Girl Scouts promoting casual sex - especially among young women who have the HIV virus, I assumed she was nuts.

So I did some checking and found the brochure being referenced, "Healthy, Happy and Hot", which you can read in its entirety by clicking here.  It turns out that not only is it all true, but Ms. Farah is barely skimming the surface:

Planned Parenthood brochure handed out at 'no-adults-welcome' event

Posted: March 16, 2010
9:04 pm Eastern

By Kathleen Farah
 2010 WorldNetDaily

What every girl should know about being "hot" now is being provided by Planned Parenthood in concert with the Girl Scouts.

This week, the World Association of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides held a no-adults-welcome panel at the United Nations in which Planned Parenthood distributed a brochure entitled "Healthy, Happy and Hot."

The distribution happened at the annual United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, which featured events for the "Girl Scouts and Girl Guides." In the United States, the organization is called Girls Scouts of the USA and promotes the traditional promise of "On my honor, I will try to serve God and my country, to help people at all times, and to live by the Girl Scout Law."

The organization, however, effectively has eliminated "God" from the equation by providing that, "The word 'God' can be interpreted in a number of ways, depending on one's spiritual beliefs. When reciting the Girl Scout Promise, it is acceptable to replace the word 'God' with whatever word your spiritual beliefs dictate."

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The brochure targets young people and contains graphic details on sex. It also encourages casual sex in many forms.

"Many people think sex is just about vaginal or anal intercourse But, there are lots of different ways to have sex and lots of different types of sex. There is no right or wrong way to have sex. Just have fun, explore and be yourself!"

It then makes some specific suggestions to "talk dirty."

"Improve your sex life by getting to know your own body. Play with yourself! Masturbation is a great way to find out more about your body and what you find sexually stimulating. Mix things up by using different kinds of touch from very soft to hard. Talk about or act out your fantasies. Talk dirty to them," it suggests.

The international organization boasts it reaches 10 million girls in 145 countries. And not only does it provide suggestions for promiscuous sex, it also defines as acceptable sex while high or drunk.

"Some people have sex when they have been drinking alcohol or using drugs. This is your choice. Being drunk or high can affect the decisions you might make about sex or safer sex," the brochure states.

So what to do?

"Plan ahead by bringing condoms and lube or putting them close to where you usually have sex."

The brochure also tells students that laws requiring HIV-positive people to disclose their status to a partner "violate the rights of people living with HIV" and calls for advocacy to "change laws that violate your rights."

The brochure explains to the young girls, "There are many reasons that people do not share their HIV status. They may worry that people will find out something else they have kept secret, like they are using injecting drugs, having sex outside of a marriage or having sex with people of the same gender."

The Girl Scouts also have worked in partnership with the YMCA on moderating a young women's caucus that included an "Intergenerational Conversation" side event on "universal access" and "reproductive health." One recent Girl Scout project "aims at securing the right of women, men and adolescents aged between ten and twenty-five, to better reproductive and sexual health."

The CSW finished with a "Joint Statement" from agencies ranging from the Population Fund and Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization to the Children's Fund that called for support for programs "that empower adolescent girls, particularly those aged 10 to 14 years."

The New York Times reported that the U.N. Population Fund had co-sponsored a controversial curriculum with UNESCO that taught children as young as five to be sexually active and trained adolescents to advocate for abortion.

Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women of America, told the Friday Fax, "Governments and NGOs should be aware of Planned Parenthood's insidious plan to work with U.N. agencies and girls' organizations in order to profit from encouraging kids to be sexually active."

If you read the brochure, you now know that everything Ms. Farah says about it is true.  And you also know that, if anything, she has underplayed the fact that, for the most part, it talks specifically about having sex with HIV (also known as the AIDS virus). 

Ms. Farah gives a couple of examples, but doesn't show how extensively HIV sex is promoted.  Illustratively, here is the "table of contents" page:

Young people living with HIV may feel that sex is just not an

option, but dont worry many young people living with HIV

live healthy, fun, happy and sexually fulfi lling lives. You can

too, if you want to! Things get easier (and sex can get even

better) as you become more comfortable with your status.


This guide is here to support your sexual

pleasure and health, and to help you develop

strong intimate relationships. It explores how

your human rights and sexual well-being are

related and suggests strategies to help you

make decisions about dating, relationships, sex

and parenthood. It explores the rights of young

people living with HIV to:



express and enjoy their sexuality (page 3)

decide if, when, and how to disclose their

HIV status (page 5)

experience sexual pleasure (page 7)

take care of their sexual health (page 9)

practise safer sex (page 11)

choose if, when, how many, and with whom

to have children (page 13)

access support and services that respect

their dignity, autonomy, privacy and

well-being (page 15)

Is this really what parents want their daughters to be taught by the Girl Scouts

Unbelievable.  But there it is.

And before I get the dismissive sarcasms about being against sex education, let me assure you in strongest terms I am not.  I strongly support sex eduction.  But not from a manual produced by Planned Parenthood, and shown when parents are intentionally shut out of the proceedings, which focuses so intensely on casual sex. 

How about you?

free` During the Bush years teen pregnancy dropped a lot due to abstinence only education. That cost planned parenthood a lot of money that they didn't get doing abortions. (03/17/10)


Ken Berwitz

From the Associated Press:

Gov. David Paterson's press secretary is resigning, making her the fourth top staffer to resign amid scandals that threaten the administration.

Press Secretary Marissa Shorenstein says she is quitting because her reported role in one of the scandals makes her unable to do her job effectively. She says it's been a privilege to work for Paterson.

The New York Times had reported that Shorenstein, at Paterson's direction, contacted a woman who had accused a trusted Paterson aide of abuse. The woman dropped her claim soon after.

Shorenstein says she has always performed her duties with integrity and based her actions "on what I believed to be true at the time."

Paterson's communications director, deputy public safety secretary and state police superintendent have also resigned.

How much longer do the people of New York State have to endure David Paterson? 

Zeke ... ... .... Ken, I don't see it that way. ... ... ... David Paterson is a pillar of NY State political integrity ... ... experienced, as greasy, corrupt and incompetent as most any other politician in Albany. ... ... Most of them have been living for decades off what they get paid and can steal from taxpayers, lobbyists and special interests. ... .... Paterson is no worse than most and probably better than many. .... From here, it looks like the Obama machine is looking to give his office as another payoff to a supporter (Andy Cuomo, it appears). .... .... ..... In the interests of government efficiency, a sign "Everything here for Sale" should be erected at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. ... ... ... Gov. Blogojevich seems to have run afoul of Obama's Justice Dept when he would not roll over on appointing Senator Obama's replacement.... .... Why, the Governor was charged with being cozy with Tony Rezko --- the guy who was an Obama supporter from Day 1. (03/17/10)

Ken Berwitz I don't disagree with almost anything you are saying. But it doesn't change the fact that Paterson is dirty - as, of course, was Blagojevich. The difference, as you point out, is what Obama thinks he owes (or doesn't owe) to each of them politically. Pretty dirty business..... (03/17/10)


Ken Berwitz

mike malloy is a racist, Catholic-hating pig.  And our wonderful "neutral" media are just fine with it. 

Why?  Because of who he is being a racist pig about and which religion he hates.

Tim Graham of explains (the bold print is mine):

Radio Host Mike Malloy Rips Clarence and Ginni Thomas and Says Their Marriage Will Inflame Racist 'Teabaggers'


By Tim Graham (Bio | Archive)
Wed, 03/17/2010 - 16:13 ET

Media outlets from CNN to NPR to the Washington Post have picked up on the Los Angeles Times story suggesting there could be conflicts of interest for Virginia Thomas to start her group Liberty Central while she's married to Justice Clarence Thomas. But none have attacked the couple like leftist talk-show host Mike Malloy did on his syndicated radio show Monday night.

Malloy called Justice Thomas a "Nazi" and a "house negro" who slavishly imitates Antonin Scalia and his wife was "an ignorant son of a bitch." At his strangest, Malloy claimed Justice Thomas has never authored a majority opinion for the high court. (In truth, he's written at least 140.)

He seemed race-obsessed as he claimed the "teabaggers" were racist, that they would object once they discovered "Shes a very, very, very, very, very white Omaha, Nebraska woman married to a very, very, very, very black South Georgia man." He began:

The latest from the crazy people in the tea bag movement is, uh, a story about, um, Virginia Thomas, she is the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas; and shes setting up a teabagger nonprofit group. Now this will be interesting because the teabaggers are essentially racist; and how are they're going to deal with a very dark Clarence Thomas and a very white Virginia Thomas setting up subdivision of their crazed tea bagger party; how they're going to deal with that will be great fun to watch.

Now Clarence Thomas has always adopted the attitude of the House Negro, so perhaps he'll do it this time also. Clarence Thomas, in all the years he's been on the United States Supreme Court, I don't think has ever, ever written an opinion that became the rule of the court; he has never been the lead author.

He has - I don't think he's even spoken for the past six years! He just looks at fat Tony Scalia; and if Fat Tony farts, Uncle Clarence farts; if Fat Tony burps, Uncle Clarence burps! This is the guy who George Herbert Walker Bush said was the most qualified man in America to be on the Supreme Court.

Malloy read from the Los Angeles Times that Mrs. Thomas aims to stop Obama's "hard-left agenda," which set him off:  "You ignorant son of a bitch! Hard-left agenda! Oh my God."

He added her new group would "accept donations from various sources, for new Liberty Central, including corporations, as allowed under the campaign finance rules recently decided by the Supreme Court, her husband being one of the right-wing Nazis who made the decision. See how quickly this works? The wife of a goddamn filthy Supreme Court Nazi justice of the United States, taking advantage of her husbands decision well, not his decision, he just sucks along with whatever Tony Scalia tells him to do, he does."

He added: "This has never happened before, of course, where the wife of a Supreme Court justice, and I say 'wife' because most of them have been males, has decided to something this insane."

After a commercial break, he picked up where he left off:

Shes in for a big surprise, when the inherently racist nature of the teabagger movement slams her in the face. Shes a very, very, very, very, very white Omaha, Nebraska woman married to a very, very, very, very black South Georgia man. And when the pictures of the two of them together get out, you can almost hear the squealing right now from the real teabaggers."

He went into a second commercial break asking "Isnt it time maybe to begin thinking about impeaching Clarence Long Dong Silver Thomas?" (For rookies, this is a reference to a porn movie Thomas was alleged to have discussed with Anita Hill as part of her never-proven sexual-harassment allegations.)

There was some anti-Catholic hatred tossed in later in the hour, as he noted a listener informed him Virginia is Justice Thomas's second wife, and his first marriage was annulled by the Catholic Church. Malloy first wondered if this made Thomas's son Jamal (from his first marriage) a "bastard."

He then called the Catholic Church "A sick nest of son of a bitches." He started talking about the "Nazi pope" and the "pedophilia he allowed, if not encouraged. Isnt it time for the Nazi Pope to resign? I hope he stays right where he is. I mean, this whole thing is such a goddamn farce, its just insane. Im sure Uncle Clarence and Sammy the Fish Alito and the rest of the good practicing Catholics on the Supreme Court will figure out a way to defend or ignore what is developing into the worst church scandal in a least a millennia, a millennium and a half, dont you think?"

If Rush Limbaugh, or Sean Hannity, or Laura Ingraham, or Monica Crowley, etc. etc. etc. had said a small fraction of what this racist, anti-Catholic barroom loudmouth said about anyone - especially a multi-racial couple -  the screams for their firing would be deafening.  And mainstream media would have been happy to report those screams and add their own to the chorus.

But as I write this, it is almost two days since malloy's sick filth was aired.  Did you even know he said it?  I'll bet this is your first inkling.

Media's double standard for racism and group hatred is breathtaking - and sick beyond belief. 

malloy belongs in a a sewer.  And so do the people who facilitate him.


Ken Berwitz

Nathaniel Adams Coles, better known as Nat "King" Cole, was born on this date in 1919.  He died, way, way too early, in 1965.

I go back and forth between Cole and Frank Sinatra as the greatest male pop singer this country has ever produced (on the female side there is no issue to me:  Ella Fitzgerald; end of story). 

A 91st birthday is not usually considered a milestone.  But, for some reason, Scott Johnson at has put together a brief, but very nice tribute to Mr. Cole.  I thought you might like to see it:

Cool Cole

March 17, 2010 Posted by Scott at 6:59 AM


Today is the anniversary of the birth of the great Nat "King" Cole. Cole was born on St. Patricks's Day, though until Daniel Mark Epstein did the research for his biography of Cole, we weren't entirely sure that the year was 1919. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama and grew up in Chicago after his father moved the family there in 1923 to pursue a career in the ministry.


Cole first made his name as a jazz pianist. He developed an intensely loyal jazz audience with the King Cole Trio (Oscar Moore on guitar and Wesley Prince on bass), the outfit that established the piano/guitar/bass format as a formidable jazz vehicle. It is almost unbelievable, given Cole's talent as a vocalist, that the Trio in fact began as an instrumental combo. You can see a little of Cole's grace on the piano in the video of "Route 66" below with the Trio (plus one):


Cole was a child prodigy on the piano. He took it up at age 4 and played by ear until he was 12, when he began taking lessons. By age 15 he had dropped out of high school to become a full-time professional musician. William Ruhlmann tells the rest of the story here.

Earl Hines was Cole's original inspiration: "Everything I am I owe to that man, because I copied him." Like Louis Armstrong, Cole must have been a man of incredible inner strength to withstand the racial indignities of the era and convey nothing but ease and joy in his music.


"Sweet Lorraine" was one of Cole's favorite songs. Indeed, Cole recorded it with the Trio in 1941 at the group's first Decca session. I don't know whether Cole's version of "Sweet Lorraine" charted, but 118 of his recordings did, placing him in the company of Crosby (368), Sinatra (209), Elvis (149), Glenn Miller (129) and Louis Armstrong (85) in the empyrean of American popular music. In the video below, Cole performs "Sweet Lorraine" with Oscar Peterson on piano, Ray Brown on bass, and Herb Ellis on guitar. Coleman Hawkins joins in for a solo on the instrumental break.



Cole's career with the Trio was sufficient to allow England's Proper Records to compile the wonderful four-disc set Cool Cole, which ends in 1950 and consists entirely of Trio recordings. It comes with an informative booklet and costs all of about $25. (First posted in 2007.)

How great was Nat "King" Cole?  Very and then some. 

And how much of a trailblazer was he for other Black musicians/singers?  He was huge.   Cole was the first Black performer I am aware of who ever hosted a weekly variety show on TV .  It ran on NBC in 1956 and 1957, but was dropped for lack of a national sponsor (why do you suppose?!!).  But - all credit due to the courage of NBC at that time - the precedent was set.

One last thing:  In watching the accompanying videos, special tributes are owed to the incredible Oscar Peterson on piano for Sweet Lorraine (was there ever anyone better?), to the great Coleman Hawkins on sax, and to the magnificent, if deadpan, Oscar Moore on guitar for Route 66. 

Great is great.  And glorious music like this is at the upper limits of the category.


Ken Berwitz

I can't say I'm particularly taken with Orly Taitz, the California Dentist who seems to have made it her life's work to prove Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen.  It is pretty clear to me that, even if she is right, she will never be allowed the information to prove it.

That said, however, Ms. Taitz was a "guest" (I don't treat my guests this way) on the Joy Behar show.  And in the 9 minute video below, she made Joy Behar sound like an argumentative, unthinking, ignorant idiot.



Ok, ok, I admit it isn't very hard to make Joy Behar sound as dumb as she does here.  Behar is so used to blowing smoke on The View to an audience that would cheer pretty much anything she says, that she apparently has forgotten that sometimes it is important to be prepared and have facts instead of insults, interruptions and mindlessness.  But there it is, nevertheless.

Make of it what you will.

Zeke ... Dear Hannah ..... Yer POV is skewed .... The Republican Party has not adopted a platform questioning Obama's birth location. The Tea Party is a grass-roots movement, not linked to any party, but sorely pissed at government being non-responsive to the people ... Probably a reflection on over 80% of the electorate viewing Congress unfavorably. .... Harry Reid (D -NV) has taken the prize for "Most Dullard Leader" .... .... "Most Republicans" ..... ?? ? I assure you, there are Republican leaders more recent than 100 years ago (Teddy Roosevelt) , 145 yrs (Lincoln), over 200 yrs. (Hamilton). "Social Mobility" was hardly the issue with any of them -- curtailing policies that harm or threatened the nation, however, was a major concern. .... .... You might recall that the massacre at Waco was entirely the product of Mr. William Clinton and his AG ... Janet Reno. .... Both are Democrats. .... ... To reiterate, ad hominem rants do not constitute compelling logic. (03/18/10)

Montana In my opinion this is what the small portions of the republican party of “birthers, baggers and blowhards” have brought you. They are good at “Follow the Leader” of their dullard leaders, they listen to Beck, Hedgecock, Hannity, O’Reilly, Rush and Savage and the rest of the Blowhards. Are you surprise at what they do when you know what they think? The world is complicated and most republicans (Hamiliton, Lincoln, Roosevelt) believe that we should use government a little to increase social mobility, now its about dancing around the claim of government is the problem. Although most republicans are trying to distant themselves from this fringe they have a long way to go. And as they said in WACO "We Ain't Coming Out". (03/18/10)


Ken Berwitz

Aaron Goldstein at American Spectator ( has it 100% right, so I'll let him do the talking (the bold print is mine):

Blame Israel First

So let's see if I have this right.

The Israeli government announces plan to build 1,600 housing units in East Jerusalem and the Obama Administration springs into action sparing no effort to turn Israel into public enemy number one.

While still in Israel, Vice President Joe Biden said, "I condemn the decision by the government of Israel to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem. We must build an atmosphere to support negotiations, not complicate them."

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton read Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the riot act over the phone. State Department representative P.J. Crowley, speaking on behalf of Mrs. Clinton, described the announcement as "a deeply negative signal about Israel's approach to the bilateral relationship." Crowley went on to say that Israel "needed to demonstrate not just through words but through specific actions that they are committed to this relationship and to the peace process."

Committed to this relationship? Did Bibi take Hillary out to the movies only to ask her to go Dutch? As if that wasn't enough, Clinton subsequently told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that the Israeli government's announcement was "an insult to the United States." To White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod, the proposal to build new housing in East Jerusalem wasn't merely an insult. Axelrod told Tom Brokaw on NBC's Meet the Press this past Sunday, "This was an affront, it was an insult but most importantly it undermined this very fragile effort to bring peace to that region."

Amazing as it would seem, by all appearances the Obama Administration is angrier at Israel for building houses for Jews than it is at Iran for building a nuclear weapon intended to kill Jews. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is undoubtedly grinning from ear to ear. And why shouldn't he? When he and the Mullahs crushed the streets protests after last year's fraudulent Iranian elections; President Obama proclaimed it wasn't America's place to meddle.

Meanwhile, Israel doesn't need to fire a single shot. It doesn't even need to break ground. All Israel had to do was to merely announce plans to build new housing in East Jerusalem and the full force of the Vice President, the Secretary of State and the President's top advisor came crashing down on the Jewish state like stone. All with President Obama's blessing.

The Obama Administration (with Secretary Clinton taking the lead) is now apparently demanding that Israel not only cancel the housing project in Ramat Shlomo but has apparently made additional demands. They include Israel making a "substantial gesture" towards the Palestinians. This "substantial gesture" could mean the release of Palestinian prisoners, the lifting of roadblocks and/or transferring a greater portion of the West Bank to Palestinian control. Secretary Clinton is further demanding that any future negotiations with the Palestinians, even indirect ones, discuss matters such as Jewish settlements and the status of Jerusalem. Given that the Obama Administration has asked so much of Israel it begs this question. What has it asked of the Palestinian Authority?

Not much and if it has it certainly hasn't done so publicly. After Vice President Biden's visit with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian Authority saw fit to dedicate a town square to Dalal Mughrabi. So who is Dalal Mughrabi?

On March 11, 1978, Mughrabi and eleven others under her command hijacked a bus traveling on Israel's Coastal Highway near Tel Aviv and claimed the lives of 37 Israeli civilians including 12 children. An American photographer named Gail Rubin was also killed by Mughrabi's forces prior to the hijacking.

Fatah claimed responsibility for the attack and exactly 32 years later it was the Fatah led Palestinian Authority which saw fit to honor Mughrabi for her actions. General Adnan Damiri, chief of the Palestinian Authority's National Political Guidance Headquarters, addressed the gathering and stated, "This is part of our heritage that led to the peace process and agreements. There are not enough squares for all the martyrs we have." Tayeb Abd Al-Rahim, a top spokesman for President Abbas, said Mughrabi and her accomplices "all went to Paradise as they turned their blood into a bridge over which we pass on the way to our freedom, independence and national liberation from the burden of the occupation." The Palestinian Authority has in the past named schools and soccer tournaments after Mughrabi. Her actions have also been celebrated on Palestinian Authority state television.

To this day, it remains the deadliest terrorist attack on Israeli soil. For the Palestinian Authority to honor her would be akin to the Taliban in Afghanistan honoring Khalid Sheikh Mohammed for the attacks of September 11, 2001. Yet no condemnation of the Palestinian Authority was forthcoming from Vice President Biden. Secretary of State Clinton didn't declare an honor bestowed upon a terrorist responsible for the murder of an American civilian to be an insult to the United States. Where, I ask, is the Hillary Clinton that stood side by side with Palestinian Media Watch to condemn the incitement of hatred and violence against Jews in Palestinian school textbooks? For his part, David Axelrod could not be moved to call the glorification of Mughrabi an affront, let alone an insult.

Apparently, honoring a person who murdered Israeli civilians in cold blood doesn't complicate an atmosphere to support negotiations nor does it undermine the fragile effort to bring peace to the Middle East. Evidently, honoring a person who committed an act of terrorism doesn't send a deeply negative signal about the Palestinian Authority's approach to its bilateral relationship with the United States. A public condemnation of the Palestinian Authority for honoring Mughrabi would have been the honorable thing to do. Sadly, when it comes to holding the Palestinian Authority to account, there is no such honor within the Obama Administration.

That is the reality of what Israel is dealing with when it deals with the USA these days.  Little wonder that so many Israelis are so disillusioned with the Obama administration. 

And to the 78% of US Jews, most of whom presumably support Israel, who voted for Mr. Obama?  I hope you're happy with what you got.

Speaking as one of the other 22%, I can assure you I am not.

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