Sunday, 20 June 2010


Ken Berwitz

Oliver Stone, ever vigilant to find new ways of demonstrating his love of far-left USA-hating dictators, has put together a documentary called "South of the Border" - one which gives considerable time and praise to, among others, hugo chavez.

Mr. Stone had it shown throughout Venezuela, no doubt expecting a booming success.  After all, everyone there loves hugo chavez, don't they?

Well, here, excerpted from an article in Variety, is how things have turned out:

Despite a PR and marketing blitz that had Oliver Stone on a whirlwind tour of Latin America, his latest documentary "South of the Border" has sunk like a rock at the Venezuelan box office.


Local observers in Venezuela have reported empty cinemas, indicating a stunning indifference to Stone's pic, a documentary about South American leaders that devotes a hefty amount of screen time to the country's President Hugo Chavez. In the 12 days after its June 4 debut, it grossed only $18,601 on 20 screens, according to Global Rentrak. Showings on mobile screens in rural areas (where Chavez has more popular support) have attracted crowds, but these screenings are free.


The doc's Venezuelan distrib, Raul Chamorro's 9 1/2 Communications, reports that some 1,300 people came to the mobile cinema screenings in the towns of Vargas and Guarico.


In the pic's defense, Chamorro says documentaries don't tend to do well in Venezuela. "We were hoping that Chavez would call for people to see it, but he hasn't," says Chamorro. "It has been a disappointment." 

Don't you just love that last part?   "We were hoping that chavez would call for people to see it....".  In other words, their idea of "success" was a dictator demanding that his citizens see the film.

Between this, and his last movie about George Bush which also was a dud-bomb, Oliver Stone is on quite a losing streak.

Try to imagine how little this bothers me.........

free` These anti-American liberals have ruined the movie industry. I can't stand to see them, I was watching the movie the Green Zone last night, I shut it off after about 20 minutes. You want to know what the main themes of the movie are? First they beat it in to you that we didn't have enough soldiers. Also while doing that they add in the twist that there are no WMDs. And then we torture everyone that wants to help us. That is all I could stand. matt damon used to be a good actor, now he is a pathetic POS. (06/21/10)


Ken Berwitz

Regular readers may recall that, in March,  I blogged about Detroit's semi-literate School Board President, Otis Mathis.  I put up examples of his writing that would have failed a 6th grade composition test.  At that time I thought it couldn't get any worse.

But I was wrong.

From Doug Powers, writing at

Just When You Thought You Couldnt Be Prouder of Detroit

By Doug Powers    June 19, 2010 09:06 AM

**Written by guest-blogger Doug Powers


You might remember Detroit School Board President Otis Mathis as the one with a severe problem with literacy (see: Detroyt Skool Bored Prezzident cant reed, rite or spel goode), but it never occurred to me to think that the reason Mathis emails were misspelled so badly might have been because he was typing with one hand:


DPS police were investigating allegations by schools Superintendent Teresa Gueyser that during a meeting at about 5 p.m. Wednesday, Mathis touched himself for 20 minutes, then unzipped his pants.


Gueyser, in a memorandum to the board, said she ended the meeting.


I told him that there was no reason for us to continue the meeting with that behavior, she said.


Gueyser said the incident was the culmination of a long history of inappropriate behavior.


This situation is now untenable and intolerable, she said.


Mathis resigned following the incident, effective immediately. In his resignation letter, he cited health issues as the reason for his resignation. However, he is seeking to rescind his resignation.



Naturally, the medical issues fallback is in play:


He said medical issues may have contributed to the incident. I need to pursue treatment I want to make sure what happened doesnt ever happen again.


So if Mathis gets treatment and is allowed to have his job back, its entirely possible hell have a cone of shame on his pants to prevent him from doing that again. Say nothing, act casual.


On the upside, a glance at Mathis resignation letter (PDF) is evidence that he was at least smart enough this time to get somebody to proofread for him.

Between a thoroughly corrupt mayor (who was tossed in jail)**, a thoroughly racist city council and a School Board President who not only is semi-literate, but sexually perverted - oh, excuse me, he has "health issues" - Detroit seems hell-bent on firmly establishing itself as a backward, third world-style nation within our borders. 

At least the city is succeeding at something..


**Please note that this reference is to the previous Mayor, kwame kilpatrick, and not to the current Mayor, former NBA basketball star and now successful businessperson-turned-politician Dave Bing.  I hope against hope that Mr. Bing can turn things around.


Ken Berwitz

Rudy Giuliani's take on President Obama's performance during the oil rig disaster:

"If Bush were the President, and handled [the Gulf Coast oil spill] this way, there'd be like a movement to throw him out of office and replace him with somebody."


Zeke ... .... .... Rudy gives OilBama credit for voting "Present" during the Gulf Oil disaster. .... .... well, actually, Rudy has some VERY specific criticisms of Barry's performance, what he didn't do, what he did wrong, and the fact Barry does not have a clue ... ... ...http : // .... .... ..... (remove the spaces in http : //) (06/20/10)


Ken Berwitz

Want to see an article about two men at their leisure?

You may look at the headline below and assume that it is about only one man.  I don't blame you.  But if you just keep reading long enough.....

Excerpted from an Associated Press Article - the bold print is mine:

Gulf residents outraged by BP CEO's yacht outing
Jun 19, 4:09 PM (ET)



EMPIRE, La. (AP) -- It could have been a turnaround week in BP's campaign to convince the public that it's doing everything possible to contain the damage from the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.


The company pledged to set aside $20 billion to help spill victims, and the containment system at the site of the crippled well was capturing or burning increasing amounts of oil.


Instead, the company faced renewed anger Saturday after reports that chief executive Tony Hayward had jetted back to England to attend an exclusive yachting competition.


Hayward took Saturday off to see his 52-foot yacht "Bob" compete in a race around the Isle of Wight off southern England. It was a good day for sailing - breezy and about 68 degrees - but anger simmered on the steamy Gulf Coast, where crude oil is still gushing from a blown-out well.


"Man, that ain't right. None of us can even go out fishing, and he's at the yacht races," said Bobby Pitre, 33, who runs a tattoo shop in Larose, La. "I wish we could get a day off from the oil, too."


BP spokespeople rushed to defend Hayward, who has drawn biting criticism as the public face of BP PLC's halting efforts to stop the spill.


Company spokesman Robert Wine said the break is the first for Hayward since the Deepwater Horizon rig that BP was leasing exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and setting off the undersea gusher.


"He's spending a few hours with his family at a weekend. I'm sure that everyone would understand that," Wine said.


He noted Hayward is a well known as a fan of the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, one of the world's largest, which attracts more than 1,700 boats and 16,000 sailors as famous yachtsmen compete with wealthy amateurs in a 50-nautical mile course.


"Bob" finished fourth in its group. It was not clear whether Hayward took part in the race or attended as a spectator. The boat, made 10 years ago by the Annapolis, Md.-based boatbuilder Farr Yacht Design, lists for nearly $700,000.


Hayward had already angered many in the U.S. when he was quoted in the Times of London as suggesting that Americans were particularly likely to file bogus claims for compensation from the spill. He later shocked Louisiana residents by telling them that no one wanted to resolve the crisis as badly as he did because "I'd like my life back."


Ronnie Kennier, a 49-year-old oysterman from Empire, La., said Hayward's day among the sailboats showed once again just how out of touch BP executives are with the suffering along the Gulf.


"He wanted to get his life back," Kennier said. "I guess he got it."


Meanwhile, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden enjoyed a round of golf Saturday near Washington, something they've done on other weekends since the spill and a fact not lost on users of social networking sites.


Twitter feeds compared Obama and Biden's golfing to Hayward's yachting, lumping them together as diversions of privileged people who should be paying more attention to the spill.


"Our government, the executives at BP, it looks like they decide to worry about it later," said Capt. Dwayne Price, a charter fisherman in Grand Isle, La.


White House officials have struggled to counter criticism of Obama's handling of the disaster. An Associated Press-GfK poll released Tuesday showed 52 percent now disapprove of Obama's handling of the spill, up significantly from last month.

Let's review: 

-Although the article mentions both Mr. Hayward and Mr. Obama, the headline only mentions Hayward. 

-The first reference to Mr. Obama's weekend of leisure?  You'll find that buried in the 14th paragraph. 

-And there is no mention at all that the President took in a Nationals-White Sox game the night before.

Frankly, if a news venue wanted to cover itself journalistically by reporting both men's activities, but also wanted to make one of them a lightning rod for the people's anger while shielding the other as best it could, it would write an article exactly this way. 

Keep it in mind if anyone rails at you about what an insensitive SOB Tony Hayward was for attending the yacht race. 

Tell that person about President Obama's weekend of baseball and golf.  And if the reaction (assuming you are even believed) is anger, see if it is dierected against President Obama, or against you for mentioning what he did. 

That's how you can tell if the other person is still hopelessly Obamesmerized.

Zeke .... .... .... The Fed response is a mess -- bureaucratic bungling and delay ... ... No one in charge ... ... Obama is NOT kicking ass -- he is shucking and jiving ... ... ... BP is working hard (not too effectively, but no one has any better ideas) ... ... ... and the dude with the sailboat is NO LONGER responsible for day-to-day operations. .. ... ... IMHO, OilBama is the one who has dropped the ball .... seriously dropped it .... he has NOT gotten the right people in place and having them make the right decisions. (06/20/10)

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