Thursday, 18 March 2010


Ken Berwitz

In case you don't know, or have forgotten, what kind of  programming is shown to impressionable young Palestinian Arab children, I thought I would provide another of the examples which I periodically blog about.  This comes to us from the invaluable web site

Hamas' Al-Aqsa TV Children's Puppet Show: 'We Must Rise Against the Zionist Criminals, the Enemies of Allah, and Liberate Jerusalem and All the Holy Places'


The following are excerpts from a Hamas TV puppet show, which aired on Al-Aqsa TV on March 11, 2010.

         To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit

         To view the MEMRI TV page for Al-Aqsa TV, visit

         To view the MEMRI page on Indoctrination of Children, visit


Ibrahimi Mosque "Is Turned Into a Synagogue and an Archeological Site And the Jews Come to Defile It" 

'Alloush: "Uncle Hassan! Uncle Hassan!"

Uncle Hassan: "My God, why are you so happy, 'Alloush?"

'Alloush: "I am like the grown-ups, watching the news."

Uncle Hassan: "Good, I hope it will be a good day to watch the news."

'Alloush: "I've heard a very good report. Very good."

Uncle Hassan: "That good?! This report will make us happy?"

'Alloush: "Yes! Do you know the Ibrahimi Mosque [in Hebron]?"

Uncle Hassan: "Who doesn't know it? We all do."

'Alloush: "Well, they have turned it into a museum."

Uncle Hassan: "What?!"

'Alloush: "So the people all the Jews and the Christians can visit it."

Uncle Hassan: "Are you sure that's what you heard? Are you sure?"

'Alloush: "Yes."

Uncle Hassan: "And you are still happy?!"

'Alloush: "Yes, this way they will protect it and stop destroying it. People will be able to see it, but not to touch it."

Uncle Hassan: "Are you out of your mind, 'Alloush?"

'Alloush: "Why? What's wrong?"

Uncle Hassan: "Do you know that this mosque, at the Cave of the Patriarchs..."

'Alloush: "What about it?"

Uncle Hassan: "It dates back to the days of Ibrahim. This is our legacy, and part of the Islamic waqf. How can you possibly be happy when a mosque where we would worship Allah and pray to Him night and day is turned into a synagogue and an archeological site, and the Jews come to defile it?"

The Jews "Want to Steal [the Mosque] and Make It Like Their False Temple"

'Alloush: "I didn't know this. What, they're making fun of us in the news?!"

Uncle Hassan: "No, they are telling the truth in the news, but as you can see, the whole world is in turmoil over this. This is sad news, a real catastrophe for the Arab and Islamic world, 'Alloush."

'Alloush: "Those Jews want to steal the Ibrahimi Mosque?"

Uncle Hassan: "Yes, they want to steal it, and then make it like their false temple. They want to add it to their legacy for their future generations, 'Alloush."

'Alloush: "Okay, so what should we do about this sad thing?"

"Dear Children... Each One Of You Must Tell His Father, His Grandfather, and the Rest of His Family That They Should All Arise as One... Against the Zionist Criminals the Enemies of Allah, and Liberate Jerusalem and All the Holy Places"

Uncle Hassan: "Unfortunately, 'Alloush and dear children, the Arab and Islamic nation is in a slumber. A deep slumber. We must stand up. We must awaken. 'Alloush and dear children each one of you must tell his father, his grandfather, and the rest of his family that they should all arise as one. They must rise up against the criminal Zionists, who are planning to destroy Jerusalem, and to turn the Islamic waqf into something bad. We must rise against the Zionist criminals, the enemies of Allah, and liberate Jerusalem and all the holy places. We should liberate them. Do you hear, 'Alloush?"

'Alloush: "Ah, now I get it. I thought the Jews wanted to enable people to visit the Ibrahimi Mosque, but it turns out that they want to steal it."

Uncle Hassan: "That's right, 'Alloush. It's a good thing that you got it. Did you tell this to anyone else, or just me?"

'Alloush: "Just you."

Uncle: "If You Said This in the Street... People Would Accuse You Of Being a... Zionist Collaborator"

Uncle Hassan: "Very good. You didn't make us look bad. Do you know what people would accuse you of, if you said this in the street?"

'Alloush: "Of what, Uncle Hassan?"

Uncle Hassan: "They would accuse you of being a collaborator. They would think that you are a Zionist collaborator. I would like to tell you two things, in conclusion: We must think before we speak. Get it? We should be familiar with all our Arab and Islamic holy places, okay?"

'Alloush: "Okay."



Enjoy the show?   That is what Palestinian Arab children are fed, day after day, in Gaza and Judea/Samaria (the west bank). 

And, believe it or not, it is one of the more benign examples.  It didn't have pre-schoolers reciting that Jews are the spawn of pigs and monkeys and should be killed through jihad - which also is a staple of children's programming there.

And in answer to the obvious corollary question?  No.  Nothing like this - not even remotely like this - is shown on Israeli television to Jewish children.

Now grow old waiting for the world to have any problem with it.  That's not happening.  The world is too busy with important issues, like preventing residential housing units from being built in Jerusalem.


Ken Berwitz

Hanging anyone in effigy is pretty sick.  Hanging a Black man in effigy is especially sick, given the history of lynchings in this country.  And hanging a President of the United States, who happens to be a Black man, in effigy is about as sick as it gets.

Excerpted from an Associated Press article:

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (AP) A teacher at a failing Rhode Island school where he and all his colleagues were fired hung an effigy of President Barack Obama in his classroom, apparently in reaction to Obama's support of extreme measures to ensure accountability in schools.


The teachers union on Thursday condemned the effigy, discovered Monday in the teacher's third-floor classroom at Central Falls High School, saying it was wrong and cannot be condoned under any circumstances.


FIRING TEACHERS: First step to reform or useless effort?


The effigy was found in the unidentified teacher's classroom by Superintendent Frances Gallo, Nicole Shaffer of the Rhode Island Department of Education told The Associated Press. Shaffer said the department would not have any further comment.


Gallo did not immediately respond to calls from the AP seeking comment, but she told CNN that the foot-tall Obama doll that she saw Monday was found hung from its feet from a white board and was holding a sign that said "Fire Central Falls teachers."


Obama had called the firings in Central Falls an example of holding failing schools accountable.

I hope you're every bit as irate over this as I am.  Like him or not, agree with him or not, Barack Obama is the President of the United States.

And I hope you are as irate as I am over the "no comment" regarding the teacher who had this sickening display in his/her classroom. 

It would be bad enough if a teacher - someone entrusted with educating children - had President Obama hung in effigy at home, or at some neutral place.  But in the classroom itself? 

Whatever the issues in Central High School, this particular teacher deserved to be fired.  Period.  Good riddance.

And if Superintendent Gallo and Nicole Shaffer can't do better than a "no comment" about it, they should be fired right along with the teacher.

All you can do is say "NO COMMENT" about a teacher who has the President, hung in effigy, in his/her classroom?  Take a hike.  And don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.


Ken Berwitz

How did Fox Newsman Bret Baier's interview of President Obama go?

Dave Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun - a supporter of ObamaCare, please note - nails it beautifully.  Here is his review:

March 17, 2010

Bret Baier, Barack Obama: Standoff on Fox News

There wasn't much of anything groundbreaking or new that came out of Bret Baier's interview on Fox News Wednesday night with President Barack Obama. But I wouldn't have missed it.

As much credit as I give Obama for taking his healthcare message to Fox News and staying on point, I also praise Baier for being thoroughly prepared and hitting a very difficult tone of being appropriately aggressive without being hectoring or rude. It was a textbook encounter of how the press should engage the executive branch of government. Think of it as the antidote to NBC anchorman Brian Williams' bow to Obama in his prime-time White House special last year.

Take a look:

And that video is just about the most favorable edit Obama could get on YouTube.

There was a basic disconnect in the session, which resulted in the standoff and the lack of new information: Baier wanted to talk about the process of trying to pass healthcare legislation, and Obama wanted to talk about anything but process. Baier was asking the hard questions of a journalist, while Obama was already directing his answers to the historians -- trying to craft their narrative for them. Baier was impressive, nevertheless, in pushing the president on the special deals that were cut for such states as Louisiana, Florida and Nebraska -- and the near-total lack of transparency about them.

When the president insisted that "everybody knows" which deals will be in and which will be out in the legislation that Democratic leadership seems likely to try and pass in the House without an actual vote, Baier started going through the states one by one and asking Obama, "In or out?" And the president himself couldn't answer with any precision on at least two states.

But as hard as Baier pushed on the down-and-dirty details, Obama remained just as resolute in trying to direct the conversation to the grander realm of history -- and societal change.

Speaking of transparency, I should acknowledge that I personally hope healthcare reform passes. A night in the ER at a Baltimore City hospital Monday made a believer out of me.

Still as a journalist and media critic, I salute Baier for putting the president to the test and respectfully challenging him on his contradictions and reversals -- and the subsequent flaws in the legislation he hopes to see on his desk in a matter of days.

This, folks, was a real interview.  With real questions - questions that President Obama sometimes did not like. 

Refreshingly, given a couple of earlier TV interviews, it was not a paean to the greatness of Saint Barack.  After this one, we knew more than we did before, and more than what he wanted us to know.

Thank you Mr. Baier.  And there's a lesson in how it's done for some of the others - including some people who look down on Fox News.

Think of it as a teaching moment.


Ken Berwitz

The question is mine, not Debra Saunders'.  But I think her column, which details the disgraceful actions of Conyer's corrupt, convicted wife Monica - and his willingness to let taxpayers pay for her ridiculous, unsupportable appeal - lead to it.

Read the column and decide for yourself.  The bold print is mine:

Conyers Is the Wrong Guy To Chair Judiciary Committee

by Debra J. Saunders


Another funny thing happened in what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi promised would be "the most ethical Congress in history." Monica Conyers, the wife of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers, pleaded guilty last year to a federal charge of conspiracy to commit bribery that prompted her to resign from the Detroit City Council last year. This month, she was sentenced to 37 months in prison.

One could argue that his wife's felony conviction should not reflect on Conyers' chairmanship of the committee that has jurisdiction over federal courts, in that U.S. Attorney Terrence Berg announced that the evidence in the case "offered no suggestion" that John Conyers "had any knowledge or role in Mrs. Conyers' illegal conduct." But now come reports that, despite her husband's $174,000 annual salary, Monica Conyers has obtained a taxpayer-funded court-appointed attorney to appeal her own plea-bargained deal.

When she entered her plea, Mrs. Conyers signed an affidavit that stipulated the "defendant waives any right to appeal her conviction or sentence" if the sentence does not exceed five years. The former Detroit council member also admitted to accepting "cash payments" before and after her tie-breaking vote to grant a $47 million sludge-hauling contract to Synagro Technologies in 2007.

Hmmm: 2007, that's when Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, tried to renege on his guilty plea to disorderly conduct after he had a too-close encounter with a police officer in a Minneapolis airport men's restroom. Many critics -- and I was one -- hit Craig for trying to go back on a deal that, as a lawmaker, he must have understood.

Well, surely the wife of the Judish chairman knew what she was doing when she pleaded guilty. Just as surely, Conyers can help pay his wife's legal bills. He makes too good a living to stick taxpayers with the tab for a bogus appeal.

Now, if there has been some gross miscarriage of justice, let John Conyers speak out and defend his wife. But at the moment, the chairman is not talking. His Judiciary Committee spokesman, Jonathan Godfrey, told me that the Monica Conyers case is "a personal matter."

A senior House Democratic aide dismissed any criticism of the chairman as "smears by the Republicans." What else can the Dems say? His wife was a crooked politician -- but he didn't know it? If this were four years ago, and the wife of a Judiciary Committee chairman beholden to GOP capo Tom DeLay were sentenced to 37 months on a bribery charge as prosecutors charged she pocketed some $69,500 in illicit cash as a public official, this would be a big story -- whether the cheap-o chairman tried to fob his better half's legal bills on taxpayers or not.

It should be a big story now. When Pelosi took over as speaker, she said, "There is no question that the ethics process in the last couple of years has lost the confidence of the American people." She promised reform. But she publicly stood by Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., until he resigned as Ways and Means Committee chair after an ethics committee scolding.

Last week her spokesman, Drew Hammill, said that Conyers' position as chairman "is based on his respected leadership in the House."

Maybe Conyers is respected in Pelosi's House. But that only means Pelosi should get out of the House more often.

Disgusting, disgraceful and dishonest.

And virtually ignored by our wonderful "neutral" media. 

But listen to them scream like stuck pigs if you call them biased.


Ken Berwitz

This is the beginning of an Associated Press article on how 38 of the 50 states (so far) are reacting to the prospect of ObamaCare:

Idaho first to sign law aimed at health care plan

By JOHN MILLER (AP) 15 hours ago


BOISE, Idaho Idaho took the lead in a growing, nationwide fight against health care overhaul Wednesday when its governor became the first to sign a measure requiring the state attorney general to sue the federal government if residents are forced to buy health insurance.


Similar legislation is pending in 37 other states.


Constitutional law experts say the movement is mostly symbolic because federal laws supersede those of the states.

But the state measures reflect a growing frustration with President President Barack Obama's health care overhaul. The proposal would....... 

Wait a second.  What was that?  "constitutional law experts say....federal laws supersede those of the states? 

WHICH constitutional law experts?  And WHICH federal laws?

Is there any doubt that the lawsuits will test the constitutionality of forcing people to buy insurance and fining them if they don't?  Well, what happens if the US Supreme Court rules it is unconstitutional?  Do "federal laws supersede those of the states" then?

Trust me:  If dozens of states sue over this, it will be heard by the USSC.  And, though I have no way of knowing for sure, I suspect that it not only will be ruled unconstitutional, but that at least one or two of the more liberal judges will be part of that majority.

The reason is simple:  because it is unconstitutional.  How can you force someone to buy insurance?.

An ObamaCare supporter might say "Oh yeah, well you're forced to get a driver's license, aren't you?" 

The answer is:

a) No you are not.  You only have to get a driver's license if you want to drive.  You are not forced to get one if you choose not to drive. 

b) Besides, the terms and conditions of drivers' licenses are under state law, not federal law.

The tenth amendment states that "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people"  Look through the constitution and try to find the part that says compulsory insurance is delegated to the United States.  I dare you. 

This, of course, brings us right back to those 38 potential state lawsuits.

At this point the most likely answer from that ObamaCare supporter?  "Er,  uh......let's talk about creating and saving jobs instead."

Zeke ..... 10th Amendment : The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people. .... ..... ..... Income tax was unconstitutional, until the 16th Amendment was enacted. .... .... .... .... ... A driver's license is not needed to drive on your own land .... merely on public roads. Auto insurance is not required anywhere to protect YOURSELF .... only LIABILITY insurance is needed, to protect OTHERS from loses you cause. (03/18/10)

Ken Berwitz zeke - normally I would give you credit in the blog itself for citing the 10th amendment. But I alluded to the states' rights issue already and was intending to amend my blog by inserting the wording of the 10th amendment anyway. As you certainly know, I usually have no problem attributing information to other people... (03/18/10)


Ken Berwitz

This fits in either the "you can't make this stuff up" file or the Darwin Awards.  Probably both:

Little Debbie snack cake attack

Reported by: TCPalm
Last Update: 3/17 11:33 am

ST. LUCIE COUNTY, FL-- An 80-year-old man who accused his neighbors of swiping seven boxes of "Little Debbie Oatmeal Cookies" was arrested after beating their door with a garden hoe, according to recently-released St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office records.
When a deputy on Sunday arrived at the scene in the 4100 block of John Cook Way, Gene Edward Chambers had a garden hoe raised above his head "approaching the residence."

Chambers told investigators his neighbor came in his house during the night and pilfered seven boxes of "Little Debbie Oatmeal Cookies."
"He went to the residence and knocked on the door," a report states. "When they didn't answer, he started hitting the door with the garden hoe."
The neighbors said they were sleeping and heard a "loud banging at the door." Chambers was hitting their door with the hoe and alleging they stole his snack cakes. They used the living room couch to block the door, which was valued at $200 and "damaged beyond repair."
A deputy checked Chambers' home for signs of any theft, finding five boxes of Little Debbie snack cakes in a cabinet. They also turned up a receipt showing he bought five boxes of snack cakes the day before from Wal-Mart.
"Chambers was mistaken thinking he had bought seven boxes," the report states.
Chambers, listed as retired, was arrested on a misdemeanor criminal mischief charge.

Those must be some terrific oatmeal cookies......


Ken Berwitz

I have a lot of faith in the common sense of average Americans.  That is why I have not been surprised that, over time, support for ObamaCare has dropped like a rock.  The more people think about it, the more farcical they realize it is.

Now we have the Obama administration's latest, and probably final, scam.  It has concocted numbers for the CBO to crunch, which are designed to "convince" us that by giving something like 30 million more people health care, including a disproportionate number who cannot pay the premiums, we will save money.  

That's right.  They are telling us the inclusion of 30 million more people into the system (and who knows how many millions of illegals among them) will result in a savings of over $100 billion dollars in the first 10 years.

Forget the facts I am about to post:  Even before you see them, you would have to be a spud to believe this.  A world-class potato of the first order.  You would have to be denser than asbestos, blinder than a bat, more obtuse than Bill and Ted, and dumber than a half-cooked rutabaga.

Now we'll add in some facts, as presented by Ed Carson of Investors Business Daily:

Five Reasons the CBO Figures Are Phony

By Ed Carson

Thu., March 18 '10    12:20 PM ET

The Congressional Budget Offices preliminary score says the health care overhaul will cost $940 billion over the first 10 years, saving $138 billion over that time. But the CBO must assess legislation as written, rather than whether it will actually be carried out. Or, as the Economist put it, The CBO is required to pretend to believe many impossible things before breakfast.

1. Medicare cuts

 The Senate health care bill relied heavily on unprecedented cuts in Medicare spending increases. If implemented, this would have a huge impact on seniors care. But Congress has always balked at Medicare cuts. (See No. 3).

2. Delayed start

To make the budget math work, Democrats plan on delaying the start of subsidies and other costly provisions for several years. The true 10-year cost is far higher.

 3. The doc fix is excluded

The Sustainable Growth Rate imposes automatic cuts in Medicare payment rates to doctors.

For several years, fearing a revolt by doctors and seniors Congress has suspended those cuts. The original draft of the House health care bill included a permanent doc fix. But that ballooned deficits, so Democrats dropped it, even though everyone knows Congress isnt going to slash doctors rates. The CBO has estimated a doc fix would cost $247 billion over 10 years.

4. Student loans are included

Doctors payments are excluded from the health bill, but major student loan program changes are included? Yep. The reconciliation bill will end student loan subsidies to lenders. The CBO says this will save $19.4 billion over the first decade, accounting for virtually all of the $19.8 billion in deficit reduction from the health care reconciliation bill. Reconciliation bills must cut the deficit by at least $1 billion. So, without the non-health care items, the health care reconciliation bill would not pass muster.

5. Its a CLASS act

In the Senate health bill, a new, voluntary long-term care insurance program called CLASS accounted for some $72 billion of the deficit reduction.  The Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program is supposed to be deficit-neutral long-term. But Democrats are counting the upfront premium surplus in the short term and ignoring the significant operating deficits after 2029.

But wait, theres more! Lets assume that the cost savings materialize as planned. It still makes the long-term fiscal outlook worse. Why? Democrats are using up a lot of tax hikes, spending cuts and upfront payment just to get barely better than deficit-neutral. That leaves future lawmakers less scope to bring the nations finances into order.

On a related note, Democrats continue to maintain the health bill would extend Medicares solvency by several years. But they plan to use those as-yet-unrealized Medicare cost savings for a huge new entitlement and to reduce the overall deficit.

Let's clearly understand something:  these people do not respect you.  They do not respect your intelligence or your powers of logic and reason.  They disdain you as idiots who will believe what they tell you.  They look down on you.  Otherwise they would not be trying to pull this unbelievably fraudulent crap right in front of your eyes.

The one silver lining here is that, as noted in my previous blog, this atrocity will almost certainly be tested on its constitutionality.  And there is genuinely good reason to believe it will be struck down on that basis.

The 2010 elections cannot come fast enough.

And that goes double for 2012.

Zeke .... ..... TEN years of revenues ..... SIX years of costs ..... truly an innovative way to balance the budget ! ! .... ..... ..... If cost overruns are true to form, the costs will be twice what is estimated, and entitlements and buyoffs will reduce revenue. ... ... (03/18/10)


Ken Berwitz

Is this more pathetic, more funny or a tie?  You decide:

WASHINGTON (AP) - Vice President Joe Biden asked for God's blessing for the late mother of Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen during a White House celebration of St. Patrick's Dayexcept the elderly lady is very much alive.


"God rest her soul," Biden said Wednesday night as he introduced Cowen and President Barack Obama. He quickly caught himself and noted that it's Cowen's father who is no longer living. Of the prime minister's mother, Biden said, "God bless her soul."


Biden then cited the Irish proverb that "a silent mouth is sweet to hear" and yielded the podium to the president.

Suppose Dick Cheney said that last night, and it went out on the AP wire.  Would our wonderful "neutral" media have ignored it the way they did for Biden?

Sure.  And there was a run on snowmobiles last week in Borneo.


Zeke ... .... Jackass Joe ... the gift that keeps on giving. ... ... .... No question - the dude is way below Sarah Palin in terms of leadership, intelligence, competence ... .... Not saying that Sarah is ready for the White House .... but Lord ! ! Biden would be worse than a disaster. (03/19/10)

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