Monday, 29 March 2010

THE FUNERAL SERVICE

Ken Berwitz

My sister just sent this to me.  Since most of the news today is not good, I thought I would start with it.  I think you'll be touched:

THE FUNERAL SERVICE

 

As a bagpiper, I play many gigs. Recently I was asked by a funeral director to play at a graveside service for a homeless man. He had no family or friends, so the service was to be at a pauper's cemetery in the Kentucky back country.

 As I was not familiar with the backwoods, I got lost and, being a typical man, I didn't stop for directions. I finally arrived an hour late and saw the funeral guy had evidently gone and the hearse was nowhere in sight.

 There were only the diggers and crew left and they were eating lunch.  I felt badly and apologized to the men for being late. I went to the side of the grave and looked down and the vault lid was already in  place. I didn't know what else to do, so I started to play.

 The workers put down their lunches and began to gather around. I played out my heart and soul for this man with no family and friends. I played like I've never played before for this homeless man. And as I played 'Amazing Grace,' the workers began to weep. They wept, I wept, we all wept together. When I finished I packed up my bagpipes and started for my car. Though my head hung low, my heart was full.

 As I opened the door to my car, I heard one of the workers say, "I never seen nothin' like that before and I've been putting in septic tanks for twenty years."

 Apparently I'm still lost.....

Ok, maybe you'll be tetched....

Now back to politics.


WHICH DEMOCRAT WILL THE TODAY SHOW BLAME THIS ON?

Ken Berwitz

Since The Today Show (among numerous other media venues) is so hot to trot when it comes to blaming Sarah Palin's speeches against ObamaCare for violent threats against Democrats, I wonder which Democrat's speeches in favor of ObamaCare the show will blame for this.

It comes to us from Justin Elliott, writing for (the usually Democratic-oriented) www.talkingpointsmemo.com:

Man Charged With Threatening To Kill Rep. Eric Cantor

Justin Elliott | March 29, 2010, 12:22PM

sed The U.S. Attorney in Philadelphia issued this statement today. The text of an accompanying affidavit is also below. TPM's ongoing coverage of the story is here.

PRESS RELEASE

PHILADELPHIA - Today, a two-count complaint and warrant was filed charging Norman Leboon with threatening to kill United States Congressman Eric Cantor and his family, and threatening to kill Congressman Eric Cantor, who is an official of the United States, announced United States Attorney Michael L. Levy and FBI Special Agent in Charge Jan Fedarcyk. As set forth in the affidavit to the complaint and warrant, in or about late March, 2010, Leboon created and then transmitted a YouTube video to Google over the internet, in which he threatened to kill Congressman Cantor and his family. No harm came to the Congressman or his family as a result of Leboon's threats.

"The Department of Justice takes threats against government officials seriously, especially threats to kill or injure others," said Levy. "Whether the reason for the threat is personal or political, threats are not protected by the First Amendment and are crimes."

INFORMATION REGARDING THE DEFENDANT

NAME ADDRESS AGE
Norman Leboon Philadelphia, PA 33 years old

If convicted of all the charges, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 15 years imprisonment, 3 years supervised release, a fine up to $500,000, and a $200 special assessment.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Robert K. Reed.

And how, specifically, did norman leboon threaten Rep. Cantor and his family?

From the Department of Justice Affidavit (you can read the entire affidavit by clicking here):

4. On March 26, 2010, the FBI, San Francisco Division, received a copy of a video that had been removed from the internet website YouTube. The video included images of a white male, later identified as NORMAN LEBOON, making threats against United States Congressman Eric Cantor, 7th Congressional District - Virginia. The video appeared to be homemade and was of good quality. The face of the white male can clearly be seen.

5. During the video NORMAN LEBOON made the following statements:
"My Congressman Eric Cantor, and you and your cupcake evil wife..." "Remember Eric...our judgment time, the final Yom Kippur has been given. You are a liar, you're a Lucifer, you're a pig, a greedy fucking pig, you're an abomination, you receive my bullets in your office, remember they will be placed in your heads. You and your children are Lucifer's abominations."

Whoever kills or attempts to kill any officer or employee of the United States or of any agency in any branch of the United States Government . . . while such officer or employee is engaged in or on account of the performance of official duties, or any person assisting such an officer or employee in the performance of such duties or on account of that assistance, shall be punished [as set forth in that statute.]

Maybe Matt Lauer can figure out a way to blame this on Sarah Palin too.  But, somehow, I doubt it. 

Then again, if he doesn't maybe keith olbermann can.  Or ed schultz.  Or bill maher.  Or david letterman.  Or any of the other geniuses who can't wait to attack Ms. Palin regardless of whether there is an actual reason.

There are two important lessons to be learned here:

1) There are lunatics on every side of a political issue, whether right or left, Republican or Democrat. 

2) Be careful when attacking one side for what both sides do.  What goes around comes around.

That said, let's see how those renowned neutralists at The Today Show handle this one tomorrow.  If I were betting, I'd bet they don't even mention it.  But I would love to be proven wrong.

We'll find out then.

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UPDATE:  I have now read reports that leboon contributed $500 or more to the Obama Presidential campaign.   Assuming this is true (I don't have 100% confirmation), was it a speech Mr. Obama made that moved him to do so?  And if it was, does that mean the the President incited......er, never mind.  That wouldn't make any sense, would it?


PRESIDENT OBAMA'S IRAQ LIE

Ken Berwitz

When George Bush made military decisions based on saddam hussein having WMD's, the line "Bush lied, people died" was repeated countless times, and gleefully jumped on by much of our wonderful "neutral" media.  Never mind that Bush was acting on information from our own intelligence, and Israeli intelligence, and French intelligence, and Russian intelligence, etc. etc.  Bush was villified as if he had invented the premise out of thin air.

But what happens when a US President really does lie about Iraq?  Read this short report from Mark Finkelstein of www.newsbusters.org and see:

Will MSM Let Obama Get Away With 'We Don't Quit' War Whopper?

By Mark Finkelstein | Mon, 03/29/2010 - 06:44

 

"The United States of America does not quit once it starts on something.  You don't quit, the American armed services does not quit.  We keep at it.  We persevere." -- Pres. Obama to US troops in Afghanistan, March 28, 2010

 

"Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is calling for the immediate withdrawal of all U.S. combat brigades from Iraq, with the pullout being completed by the end of next year. 'Let me be clear: There is no military solution in Iraq and there never was,' Obama said." -- Obama calls for immediate withdrawal from Iraq, AP, Sep. 12, 2007 [emphasis added]

 

There are lies, damned lies, and then the kind of brazen rewriting of what a man stands for that Barack Obama engaged in yesterday.

My only criticism of Mark's commentary is its title.  Will MSM let Obama get away with this whopper?  Well, did you catch any comment about it on the news last night?  On the morning shows or in your newspaper today?

In our media, Bush didn't have to lie to be called a liar.   And Obama didn't have to tell the truth not to be called a liar. 

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


327 HOUSE MEMBERS? WHICH ONES? (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Another day and another blackout on which 100 or so house members refused to sign a letter expressing concern that the highly publicized tensions in US-Israeli ties will not advance the interests of either state.

Just like the letter last may which 76 senators signed - and we never were told which 24 did not.

I would bet just about anything that, ron paul and possibly Dan Issa notwithstanding, the vast majority of refusers are Democrats.  But I do not know for sure. 

Why in the world is this information being kept secret?


LAURA INGRAHAM & THE TODAY SHOW MASSACRE

Ken Berwitz

Let me tell you about two segments of The Today Show this morning. 

The first is a report by NBC newsperson George Lewis, about Sarah Palin's hugely successful speech to Tea Partiers in Searchlight, Nevada (not coincidentally Harry Reid's home town).  The second is an interview about the report which Matt Lauer conducted with conservative talk show host and Fox news contributor Laura Ingraham.

Let's take them one by one.

First we go to the report by George Lewis.  In a word, it was despicable. 

-Without saying it in so many words, Lewis directly tied Ms. Palin's popularity with Tea Partiers to potential violence against Democrats.  He said, among other things, "But does she get people too riled up?  Some members of congress reported receiving death threats during the voting on health care reform.  In the middle of that Palin was criticized for her Twitter and Facebook messages to supporters saying 'don't retreat - instead RELOAD", and images of crosshairs on targeted congressional districts."

-He then said "Palin told the crowd the media got it wrong, that it was not a literal call to arms" -- while the video he used showed one idiot with someone or something (we could not read its message) hung in effigy.  One idiot out of a crowd of 9.000. (you can bet that, if there were others, he'd have shown a montage of them).

-Later in the report Lewis showed footage of a rally in Mesa, Arizona during which two loud, disruptive hecklers were removed.  Instead of criticizing the hecklers for disrupting Ms. Palin's speech, he called it "More proof that Palin stirs up strong passions.....".  Presumably this was supposed to be more evidence that she is an inciter.

So, bottom line, the report attempted to show that Sarah Palin, by virtue of the enthusiastically positive reception she received, was fomenting violence against Democrats.  The fact that Ms. Palin's enormous popularity flies directly in the face of media's year-and-a-half long crusade to demonize her, led by those noted neutralists at NBC's sister network MSNBC, had nothing to do with this attempt, I'm sure.

At the end of Lewis's report I said to my wife that, of all the hit jobs I've seen on Today, this one might have been the single most blatant and despicable.  I reminded her that while the term reload, and a map with crosshairs.can conceivably be tied to violence, it is also true that NBC (and every other media venue) ongoingly refer to political opponents as being in each others' crosshairs, and that there are battleground states, and that candidates have "war rooms", etc. etc. etc.  In other words, when Sarah Palin does exactly what NBC and other media do, we're supposed to see it as completely different.

Now we go to the interview with Laura Ingraham.  In a word, it was a massacre.

Given his rich history of attacks on political conservatives, I have no doubt that Mr. Lauer was eagerly waiting to take Ms. Ingraham down on the supposed connection between Sarah Palin and violence threatened against Democrats. 

But a funny thing happened on the way to that takedown.  She took him down.  And I mean she really took him down.  Laura Ingraham made absolute mincemeat of Matt Lauer and turned him from a confident inquisitor to a pusillanimous wuss who had to replace his attack with a clumsy, inept defense. 

-The interview started with Lauer introducing Ingraham.  Then, her first words:  "Hey Matt.  Can I just say something? George Lewis's report, and I love George Lewis, I think he does a great job, how do you go from Sarah Palin giving a speech to saying 'did she rile up the people too much' and then talking about death threats?  I think that kind of reporting really is what drives people crazy about the dinosaur media". 

-Wow.  Lauer was so completely thrown by Ingraham's opening salvo (whoops, another violent word there) that he stammered out "Well, well there have been some people who say that, that some of her, her comments and, and some of her graphics that she's used over the last couple of weeks uh, have, have perhaps incited some people, and maybe, and maybe misrepresented her thoughts; she cleared it up herself, so why wouldn't you connect the two?".

That's a riot.  Lauer was rendered so off-stride that he actually said that Palin cleared it up, so why wouldn't Ingraham connect the two -- an obvious contradiction, since, if she cleared it up there would be nothing to connect.  He literally was reduced to incoherence.

-Ingraham's answer?  After first laughing (probably in amusement and derision) she said  "Why wouldn't you connect the two?  For the same reason the media didn't connect the film The Assassination of George Bush to any, uh, any threats against the President...to say that Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement is responsible for vandalism or threats is just a way to dismiss the American people and their, and their dissatisfaction with this health care bill." (FYI:  that double "and their" was not stammering, it was because Lauer had started to talk over her.)

-At this point, a clearly shaken Lauer said he wasn't sure Lewis said what Ingraham claimed and that he would go back to Lewis's script script to see.  Said Ingraham:  "Well, that was the import of it.  We're, we're smart here Matt, we know what's going on".

Simply stated, she blew Lewis amd Lauer away.  As they both richly deserved.

You can see both Lewis's report and the entire Ingraham massacre (further on she blows MSNBC away too) by clicking here.  I urge you to do so.

Thank you Laura Ingraham!


TELL US WHAT ISRAEL SHOULD DO, MR. PUTIN.....

Ken Berwitz

From Reuters:

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Two female suicide bombers killed at least 38 people on packed Moscow subway trains during rush hour on Monday, stirring fears of a broader campaign in Russia's heartland by Islamists from the North Caucasus.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who cemented his power in 1999 by launching a war to crush Chechen separatism, broke off a trip to Siberia, declaring "terrorists will be destroyed."

So tell us again, Mr. Putin, about the restraint that Israel should show against Palestinian Arabs whose governments - fatah and hamas both - have glorified suicide bombings that kill Israelis.  What do you figure they should do about it?


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