Monday, 07 June 2010


Ken Berwitz

First the story itself.  This is excerpted from an article in today's New York Post.  Please pay special attention to the paragraph I've put in bold print:

They were the hate-filled, homegrown terrorists next door -- ready to cut your head off if they got the chance.

"They only fear you when you have a gun and when you, when you start killing them and when you take their head, and you go like this, and you behead it on camera," hissed terrorist wannabe Mohamed Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, NJ, during an undercover operation in 2009, a federal complaint unsealed yesterday revealed.


"My soul cannot rest until I shed blood."


Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 24, of Elmwood Park, NJ, were busted at JFK Airport on Saturday night, trying to leave the country on separate flights for Cairo, allegedly en route to Somalia for training to kill Americans overseas -- and back at home.


NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly said there was "a scuffle" when Alessa refused to get down on the ground.


The pair viewed the move as a stepping stone to terrorist stardom, authorities and friends said.

"We'll start killing here, if I can't do it over there," Alessa, the son of Palestinian-Jordanian immigrants, said, according to the complaint.


"Freaking Major-Nidal-shaved-face-Palestinian-crazy guy, he's not better than me," Alessa allegedly said, referring to Army Maj. Nidal Hasan, the shrink who gunned down 13 fellow soldiers and injured scores more at Fort Hood in Texas.


"I'll do twice what he did. I wanna, like, be the world's known terrorist."


Not to be outdone, Almonte -- a native of the Dominican Republic who had converted to Islam and started calling himself Omar -- allegedly said he wanted to send Americans home "in caskets."


"Any Muslim that gets . . . even a 10 percent out of 100 chance of [waging jihad] should risk it . . . because [it's] better than sitting back here and working like a dog . . . and being somebody's puppy," Almonte seethed, according to the complaint.



Almonte also allegedly boasted, "I'm gonna get a gun. I'm the type of person to use it anytime . . . I'll have more bodies on it than . . . the hairs on my beard. You know what I'm saying? It's already enough that you don't worship Allah, so . . . that's a reason for you to die."


The suspects were set to appear in federal court in Newark on terrorism charges today. They face life in prison on charges of conspiring to kill, maim and kidnap persons outside the United States.


They had been under police surveillance since a tipster sent an e-mailed the FBI in 2006, saying that "all they look for is all those terrorist videos," according to the complaint.


The aspiring jihadists wanted to train with the militant Somali Islamic group al-Shabaab, according to the transcripts.

The FBI found out about this in 2006, and surveillance began then?  How do you suppose that surveillance was conducted?

I'll tell you how.  It undoubtedly included telephone surveillance.  Exactly the kind that the Obama administration, led by the President and his hopeless henchman Attorney General eric holder, with the support of their toadies Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid, would not allow.  That's how.

If the information had come to the FBI in 2009 instead of 2006, would we be surveilling these two the same way?  Would we know of their plans to leave the country and train to kill US citizens?  Would there be "transcripts" of this information for the FBI to incorporate into its operation?

How many would these two have killed?

That's something to think about in the voting booth this November.  For sure.


Ken Berwitz

Here are excerpts from two articles, that should tell you more than enough to understand why the Obama administration's positions on border security endanger us all.

The first is from Senator John Cornyn's piece in the Washington Examiner:

Sen. John Cornyn: Porous border opens door for Mexican drug cartels

By: Sen. John Cornyn
OpEd Contributor
June 7, 2010

Just last year, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified before a Senate panel that Mexican drug cartels were operating in as many as 230 American cities. During her testimony, she claimed that cartels are the greatest organized crime threat to the United States.

The federal governments refusal to secure the border has enabled Mexican cartels to operate across America. In April, a North Carolina DEA special agent reported that Mexican drug organizations have taken over most of the Charlotte heroin market.

At the same time in Oregon, about a dozen armed marijuana growers were caught working for a Mexican drug family. Last December, Salvador Guzman, a member of a Mexico-based cartel, imported and concealed kilograms of cocaine in the drive shaft of vehicles. He transported the drugs to the Midwest, dismantled the drive shafts, extracted the cocaine and delivered it to customers in Ohio and Tennessee.

Mexican drug trafficking organizations are now operating in every region of the United States.  Last year, there were more than 200 incursions of ultra-light aircraft crossing the southwest border. These aircraft have become the transport of choice for many cartel operatives and traffickers to ferry drugs and cash and help give cartels links in virtually every state in America.

The Department of Justice now reports that Mexican cartels have expanded operations in Florida, the Mid-Atlantic, New York, New Jersey, and New England.  Cities such as Atlanta, Chicago, and New York City, as well as parts of North Carolina, serve as consolidation points for tens of billions of dollars in bulk cash drug proceeds that are smuggled into Mexico.

Mexican cartels are also expanding outdoor marijuana cultivation in the U.S. from their traditional strongholds in California, Washington, and Oregon to states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Michigan

Cartels arent the only organizations that see our ill-defended border as their strategic opportunity. There is little doubt that terrorists are constantly attempting to illegally cross into our country to try and harm innocent Americans.

Since January, Mexican immigration officials have detained more than 600 individuals from more than two dozen nations trying to enter the United States illegally, including those from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Iran.

Our porous border endangers every American, yet Washington refuses to make border security a priority.  President Obamas recent proposal, which would provide up to 1,200 members of the National Guard across a 2,000 mile border, would only add one guardsman for every 1.6 miles of border.

The second is from an Associated Press report:

CANCUN, Mexico (AP) Police discovered six dead bodies in a cavern near the tourist resort of Cancun on Sunday, three of them cut open and their hearts removed.


Authorities are investigating the identities of the four men and two women found dead in the natural cave, said Francisco Alor, the Quintana Roo state attorney general.


"They were apparently tortured and their chests were opened to remove the hearts," Alor's office said later in a statement.


Three of the bodies had the letter "Z'' carved on their abdomens a possible reference to the Zeta drug gang, though officials did not make an explicit connection to cartel violence that has plagued many parts of Mexico.


More than 22,700 people have died nationwide in drug violence since late 2006, when President Felipe Calderon sent soldiers and federal police to battle the cartels.

How much clearer can it be that we have to DO SOMETHING? 

And I don't mean something like President Obama's contrived "this oughtta shut 'em up" action of sending 1,200 troops sent to the border (to do what?  No one has answered that, have they?).  I mean something real.

  What will it take to wake this administration up?

The time to act is now.  And it is long, long overdue.

free` From the article: "President Obama’s recent proposal, which would provide up to 1,200 members of the National Guard across a 2,000 mile border, would only add one guardsman for every 1.6 miles of border." What obama is doing with these guardsmen is a disgrace to the military. obama has sent these 1200 guardsmen to be sitting ducks, they aren't allowed to be armed and are expected to go up against the mexican drug cartels. May God protect these warriors from obama and the drug cartels. (06/07/10)


Ken Berwitz

For those of you who are still wondering what President Obama is doing about the disastrous oil spill that is ravaging the gulf and destroying the Louisiana marshlands, we have this quote today - almost two months after it occurred:

"I don't sit around just talking to experts because this is a college seminar, we talk to these folks because they potentially have the best answers, so I know whose ass to kick."

The Governor of Louisiana has been screaming for the Obama administration to provide tangible assets so his state can fight the oil spill.  But those assets have not been sent, as detailed in this excerpt from, of all places, an article in Mother Jones magazine:

In the ongoing fight against the Gulf's oil gush, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has emerged as the media's unlikely man of the moment. Politico notes that the Republican governor has "flung himself into the crisis, enduring dawn to dusk hearings on the fine points of the spill." According to The New Republic, Jindal has "quickly mastered the details of the issue" and "displayed the kind of smarts and ideological flexibility that we should applaud in our leaders, no matter the party."

Of course, Jindal hasn't limited himself to mopping things up; he's also doing more than anyone else in the GOP to tar the White House's disaster response. He claims that the federal government lacked a detailed response plan, still hasn't filled a request that he made in early May for more boom to contain the oil slick, and is pointlessly preventing him from building barrier islands that he says would protect the state's marshes (a line of attack echoed by none other than Sarah Palin). After meeting with Obama on Friday, Jindal told Fox News that "we don't understand why our federal government would be making excuses for BP."

 As you can plainly see, this situation cries out for significant action, not finger-pointing.  But, even as he tells us "the buck stops here", President Obama's primary activity is still trying to put the blame on someone - anyone - except himself. 

In fairness, the President is also working hard at one other element of this situation.  He is making sure our wonderful "neutral" media bury the fact that BP is one of his major political contributors.  And he has been quite successful, because very few people are aware of BP's major financial stake in him.  

Just curious:  do you recall media providing similar cover for President Bush on the contributions he got from Enron?  You're welcome for the belly laugh.

But let's bring our attention back to the issue at hand:  Mr. Obama wants to know "whose ass to kick". 

I think most of us can tell him.  The only issue is whether he is acrobatic - or double jointed - enough to do it.


Ken Berwitz


Press Release:



The following story was issued by Hearst News Service today.


WASHINGTON, June 7, 2010 Helen Thomas announced Monday that she is retiring, effective immediately.

Her decision came after her controversial comments about Israel and the Palestinians were captured on videotape and widely disseminated on the Internet.

Thomas later issued a statement: ``I deeply regret my comments I made last week regarding the Israelis and the Palestinians. They do not reflect my heart-felt belief that peace will come to the Middle East only when all parties recognize the need for mutual respect and tolerance. May that day come soon.

Thomas will mark her 90th birthday on Aug. 4.



Helen, everyone knows you hate Israel.  Everyone has known it for a long time.  And everyone knows your opinions about the middle east are founded in that hatred.  But we have let it go because you are a commentator, thus entitled to your beliefs - however repugnant they may be - and, besides, you're older than dirt and if we fired you before this happened we'd look like heartless geriatrophobes.


But your comments about Israel, at a Jewish celebration, no less, have given us an opening we could roll a battleship through.  So rolling a battleaxe like you through it is no problem at all.  For that, we thank you.


You have 24 hours to say you are retiring, effective immediately.  If you don't, we will fire you.


Yes, everyone will know you didn't really retire, that you were forced out.  But that's the best we can do.  You can either take the retirement" option or the firing.  Your call.


Now please leave.  We want you gone. This minute. 


Don't let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.  And please put on your hat so we can tell which end is going through first.


Ken Berwitz

Stuart Schwartz has a terrific blog out today, which discusses President Obama's preference for partying over presidential performance.

I will show you a few excerpts, but I urge you to click here and read it all.  Every word is worthwhile:

June 07, 2010

Barack Obama: Let Them Eat Tar Balls

By Stuart Schwartz


So many parties, so little time.


You are Barack Obama, and you know how to party. And now, as oil hits the Florida beaches and dying wildlife and desperate Louisiana fishermen fill the cable news in searing testimony to what Reuters is calling our "worst environmental disaster," you are doing what you do


Your bureaucrats have been saying "No we can't" to request after request for assistance along the Gulf Coast, but for you it has been "Yes we can" as you spend taxpayer dollars on entertainment at a greater rate than any U.S. president. Your parties have averaged one every three days and your vacations seem endless as you've satisfied the vow of your former social secretary to bring "the same kind of [party] environment" you had in Chicago to the White House.


With George and Martha looking down from their framed perches on the walls of the stately East Room, you've turned the White House into "a showcase of glitzy extravagance." Welcome to Barack Obama's Animal, National Lampoon's White, let's get this straight, Barack Obama's White House. 


You have created a world of lavish galas, of black ties and celebrity chefs, of "star-studded" guest lists, celebrated by the admiring Washington Post as a return to "Camelot, the Big Myth, the story of American royalty[.]" You are for the media elites "Camelot's new knight" in "shining armor," and, together with Michelle, you are royalty bringing this dreary republic "a palace of sunshine."


Awesome, beamed The Washington Post in print last week about your celebration of the music of Paul McCartney . "It was all love" for both you and Sir Paul, for your friends on "the A-List." Michelle cried, you had tears in your eyes, and even Jerry Seinfeld offered a sniff or two.


Meanwhile, down on the coast, there were no dazzled and dazzling Washington Post reporters recording the tears of the boat captain who, when asked about the future, replied, "I don't know -- my life, my boat, it is all gone." And in the Gulf, the black balls of tar were swaying in the angry waves as a new hurricane season pushed them toward shore.


For weeks. For weeks, state officials and citizens at every level have asked you, hammered at you, screamed at you -- we need help. But you're Barack Obama, and you are American royalty, and, as you told the "A-List" gathered in the White House last Wednesday, you need your celebration every bit as much as the Gulf needs berms to hold back the oil because "what gets us through tough times is music, the arts...the ability to capture that essential kernel  of ourselves."


And so you were in the North Carolina mountains on vacation a couple of weeks ago, seeking that "essential kernel" of yourself on the streets of a city known as the San Francisco of the East Coast. And while Louisiana boat captain Dave Marino helplessly watched his nightmare unfold, you enjoyed three days of "delectable food," of relaxing in "massaging waterfall pools[,] an [sic] eucalyptus-infused steam room," and "majestic view[s]" from the sumptuous Biltmore House, the "largest private residence in America." 


As the media noted, you found your "essential kernel" even while "[p]elicans struggle to free themselves from oil" and "stretch out useless wings, feathers dripping with crude" and "dead birds and dolphins wash ashore, coated in the sludge." Because you're Barack Obama, and it's all about you as "you left [North Carolina] with a spring in [your] step and a romantic glow."


And so back in Washington, Rolling Stone looked on in awe as the music at your party "visibly transported" you to an internal world love. But it did not transport you to the Environmental Protection agency, where a horde of "top" officials discussed your "ongoing efforts" -- but did not respond to the frantic requests of local and state officials for permits to stop the oil.


And it did not transport you to the Bureau of Mineral Management, where your Harvard-educated appointee did "almost nothing" for the beleaguered citizens of the Gulf Coast, finally resigning in the storm of protest. As one commentator observed, you could have provided help "instantly with a phone call." But you didn't.


You are Barack Obama, and "American royalty" is what the Washington Post calls you. And royalty needs parties, pleasure, celebration, and adoring crowds. Your guests left their Hollywood mansions, their colonial revival townhomes in Georgetown, their upper-Manhattan brownstones and penthouses to applaud as you "smiled broadly and swayed" this past week.


And for almost two years it has been party after party, celebration after celebration, thrilled right down to your "kernel" by love in black tie and silk gown.


You are Barack Obama, and you are American royalty.


And as for the people of the Gulf Coast: Let them eat tar balls.

Is Mr. Schwartz right about this?  If you don't think so, please tell me where he is wrong.  Because I can't find that place.


And our wonderful, "neutral" media?  Other than fawning over how wonderful it is, how much have they told you about President Obama's proclivity for gourmet fare, celebrity entertainment and luxury getaways? 


Remember how these same media reacted when President Bush spent time at his ranch in Crawford Texas on what clearly were working vacations?  No celebrities, no gourmet extravaganzas, no uber-luxury getaways -- and they skewered him for it.


Compare the coverage for Mr. Obama to that for Mr. Bush, and see if you can find a bit of a difference.


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


Ken Berwitz

Iran is building nuclear arms and has specifically stated its intent to wipe Israel off the face of the map.  To US media, that is barely news.

Iran now says it will offer its elite military forces to escort ships through Israel's blockade of Gaza.  Gaza is controlled by the terrorist group hamas, and eager to ship arms into its port that will be used to kill Israelis.

But I could not find this as a major news story in our media today.  On the Today Show, for example, Sandra Bullock's divorce and Al Roker's weight were far more important.  So I'm showing you the following excerpt which comes to us from London's Daily Telegraph:

Gaza blockade: Iran offers escort to next aid convoy

Aide threatens use of Revolutionary Guard
Ian Black, Middle East editor,

Iran has warned that it could send Revolutionary Guard naval units to escort humanitarian aid convoys seeking to break the Israeli blockade of Gaza a move that would certainly be challenged by Israel.

Any such Iranian involvement, raised today by an aide to the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, would constitute a serious escalation of already high tensions with Israel, which accuses Tehran of seeking to build a nuclear weapon and of backing Hamas, the Islamist movement that controls Gaza.

"Iran's Revolutionary Guard naval forces are prepared to escort the peace and freedom convoys that carry humanitarian assistance for the defenceless and oppressed people of Gaza with all their strength," pledged Hojjatoleslam Ali Shirazi, Khamenei's personal representative to the guards corps.

The threat came as the Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, dismissed a UN proposal for an international commission to investigate last week's commando assault on aid ships, in which nine people died. Another aid ship, the Rachel Corrie, carrying Irish and other peace activists, was boarded peacefully by Israeli forces on Saturday, escorted to the port of Ashdod, and its passengers deported.

Netanyahu has defended Israel's right to maintain the blockade by arguing that without it Gaza would become an "Iranian port" and Hamas missiles would strike Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Israel's undeclared aim is to weaken or bring down the Hamas government.

To summarize, we have a terrorist country which specifically tells the world it intends to wipe Israel off the face of the map, offering to use its elite military forces to escort ships through Israel's blockade of Gaza, which is run by a terrorist group specifically committed to wiping Israel off the face of the map.  And our wonderful "neutral" media yawns. 

How proud helen thomas must be.

Tell me:  will they be yawning if Iran makes good on this threat and Israel does something about it?  Will they be yawning if this spawns a full-scale war in the middle east - possibly with nuclear weapons being used?

I understand that Jews are not at all important here.  But, for god sake, this might cause Muslims to die - and even citizens of non-Muslim countries, like the USA for example.

If Jews are not worth worrying about, maybe those people are. 

I'm not a religious person.  But I hope everyone who is, will be praying that no such confrontation occurs.  And maybe throw in a little prayer that our media decides this is worth talking about - even though the initial target is only Jews.  Thank you.

Zeke ... ... Iran's offer to escort the blockade runners is one more attempt to make Israel look blood-thirsty. Because of distances, Iran cannot provide air cover for the convoy. Naval vessels without air cover are sitting ducks for attacking aircraft. ..... .... Gaza is literally on Israel's doorstep. ... ... Unless Iran moves its problematic Air Force to Lebanon or Syria, it cannot provide effective escort force. ... ... Of course, much of these battles are fought for "world opinion" ... .... .... Amazing the world press that 50 thugs (with millions of euros in their pockets, and no ID) could engender, especially when 9 of them get killed. (06/07/10)

free` I hope iran follows through on that threat. But I doubt they have the nerve to do it. Not only will Israel will destroy irans ships but it could give enough reason to then go after irans government or the nuclear sites.. (06/07/10)

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