Friday, 06 August 2010


Ken Berwitz

Omar Thornton was a truck driver for Hartford Distributors.  He had serious financial problems for years.  According to numerous reports, he was brought into the office and fired for stealing beer from the company.  One report has him selling it to a third party.  So far, to my knowledge, the surveillance video showing him stealing has not been made public.

Thornton brought two guns to the office that day - not just in his car, but into the office itself.  Why?  Is it reasonable to suspect that he knew he was caught and would be fired, so he was going to take his revenge immediately?  

Well, he did take his revenge.  On a lot of people (8 dead, others injured, and then his suicide). 

And we are being told this was because of......racism.

According to Thornton's brother, Edward Kinder, Hes been dealing with it for two to three years.  They called him porch monkeyniggerall kinds of names.  Who the "they" was is not stated and, obviously, cannot be pursued, since Thornton is dead.

However, reports so far indicate that he had never filed a complaint about racism with the union.  Not one.  We'll see if that bears out over the next several days.  And, to this point, there have been no reports that other Black employees complained of mistreatment based on their race.

So what do we have here?   Was Omar Thornton a financially strapped employee, fired because he was caught stealing from his employer, or a man being mistreated because he was Black, who finally snapped?

At this point, it certainly looks like choice #1.  Especially if the company can produce the video and it shows what they claim. 

But I hope you join me in feeling - knowing - that you don't respond to being called names by killing as many people as you can, and then - according to Thornton himself on the 911 call - wishing you had killed even more.

Let's see how this plays out, as more news becomes available to us.


Zeke .... .... .... .... But, how can we tell if he was the victim of mean tempered discrimination by everyone around him , .... or if Omar was merely frustrated with life and played the . RACE CARD . to justify his sub-optimal solution. (08/06/10)


Ken Berwitz

Well, we have another indicted Democratic fundraiser for our wonderful "neutral" media to ignore.

-We had Norman Hsu, now serving 24 years in prison - and virtually ignored by the media.

-We had Hassan Nemazee, now serving 12 years in prison - and virtually ignored by the media.

-And how there is Paul Magliocchetti. 

Excerpted from an article in today's Wall Street Journal:

Big Democratic Fund-Raiser Indicted



WASHINGTONA major Democratic lobbyist and fund-raiser was arrested Thursday and indicted on charges of making hundreds of thousands of dollars of illegal campaign contributions to members of Congress.


The 11-count indictment by the Department of Justice against Paul Magliocchetti, the founder of the now-defunct lobbying outfit PMA Group, brings for Democrats new and unwelcome attention to continuing ethics controversies ensnaring some of the party's lawmakers.


Mr. Magliocchetti appeared Thursday in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and was released after he surrendered his passport and provided a $2 million bond. He is living at a psychiatric facility in Baltimore, the court said.


His attorney didn't respond to requests for comment.

And what if this were a Republican fundraiser?   Just think Jack Abramoff, and you have your answer.


We'll see just how much coverage the Magliocchetti case gets.  But if Hsu and Nemazee (among others) didn't get above the radar, I would say it is a very good bet Magliocchetti won't either.  Like about 100%


Democrats have to be protected, don't they?


But listen to these same "journalists" squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.


Ken Berwitz

As the election season moves into high gear (it hits fever pitch from Labor Day on), it would be good to remember what is driving the Obama administration's Middle East policy.

For that, I defer to Anav Silverman, writing for

Usually I just put up excerpts, but this is very short so, with apologies to the web site, I am posting it verbatim:

Obamas Deadly Mideast Delusions

Posted by Anav Silverman on Aug 6th, 2010 and filed under FrontPage.


When the Obama administration banned the terms Islamic extremism and jihad from US national security documents back on April 7, 2010, the United States began a new approach toward the war on terror. No longer would the ideological or religious elements that had driven the 9/11 attackers be emphasized.  Any terms insinuating the religious zeal that inspires and has inspired suicide bombers from Gaza, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere across the world, have been hastily filed away in the cabinet known as the ill-conceived Bush Doctrine.


Instead, the Obama adminsitration formulated a new set of terms to showcase the White Houses new and improved outreach to the Muslim world. On the same day that the Associated Press carried the banned terms news release, the assistant to President Obama on Homeland Security and Counterterrorism, John Brennan spoke with law students at New York University, where he referred to Jerusalem by its Arabic name, Al-Quds.


A month later on May 28, President Obama informed the world that the war on terror was over. Our long-term security will not come from our ability to instill fear in other peoples but through our capacity to speak to their hopes, the US President explained in a message introducing his administrations new national security strategy.  Terms like new partnerships, multilateral diplomacy, and tough engagement surfaced in the document, all leading to Obamas point that to succeed, we must face the world as it is.


It would be safe to surmise that in Barack Obamas world, there are no ideological-driven terrorists (only al-Qaeda), jihad against non-Muslims does not exist, and Jerusalem is a city exclusively rooted in an Islamic past, whose Jewish heritage starting from King David in 1000 BCE, bears no relevance at all to the Middle East today.

Is this your view of terrorism?

If so, congratulations.  You certainly have the right man  in the oval office.  Remember what you just read on election day and vote accordingly.

If not?  Same advice:  Remember what you just read on election day and vote accordingly.

Zeke .... ..... ..... “Our long-term security will not come from our ability to instill fear in other peoples but through our capacity to speak to their hopes,” the US President explained in a message introducing his administration’s new national security strategy. .... ..... " new partnerships, multilateral diplomacy, and tough engagement ".. ... “to succeed, we must face the world as it is.” ........... ........... ............... This sounds real good ---- ----- so how come we couldn't make it work in close to 45 years that we faced Communism .... .... No warm fuzzies there. ..... No partnerships .... .... Constant proxy confrontation and warfare. ... ... And, the Ruskies were not into suicide bombing, so thus were compliant to a MAD strategy (Mutually Assured Destruction - you Nuke Me, and then I'll Nuke you). (08/06/10)


Ken Berwitz

Yesterday I blogged about 7 year old Julie Murphy, who tried to sell lemonade at an arts festival and was accosted by a health inspector who demanded that she either pay $120 for a permit or shut down.  Since selling lemonade wasn't about to net little Julie anywhere near $120, shut down she did.

Well, today we have this excerpt from a follow-up by Helen Jung, writing for

No need to jack up the price of a glass of lemonade. Turns out kids won't have to shell out $120 for a health permit to run their lemonade stands after all.

Multnomah County's top elected official apologized Thursday for
health inspectors who forced a 7-year-old girl to shut down her stand last week because she didn't have a food-safety permit.

Chairman Jeff Cogen also said he has directed county health department workers to use "professional discretion" in doing their jobs.

Inspectors told Julie Murphy and her mother, Maria Fife, to stop selling lemonade at the monthly Last Thursday arts festival in Northeast Portland last week. State law technically requires that even lemonade stands have temporary restaurant licenses, which cost $120 for one day.

Cogen said the inspectors were "following the rule book," but should consider that food-safety laws are aimed at adults engaged in a professional food business, not kids running lemonade stands.

"A lemonade stand is a classic, iconic American kid thing to do," he said. "I don't want to be in the business of shutting that down

Happy ending?  Yep -- unless someone gets sick from Julie's lemonade, that is. 

What a world.


Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from an article in today's Wall Street Journal:

U.S. automobile giant General Motors Co. said Tuesday it plans to invest close to $500 million in its Ramos Arizpe plant in northern Mexico to produce a new line of engines as well as a new vehicle.


"We estimate that these technologies allow for a 9% improvement in fuel efficiency from current engines," Lieblein said, adding that the investment will directly create 390 jobs in Coahuila state, where Ramos Arizpe is located.


Another $215 million will go toward upgrading the factory's production lines to build a new vehicle for the domestic and international markets, she said, noting that the investment will be key to maintaining 400 jobs. 

There you go.  $500 million dollars of taxpayer bailout money, and hudreds of jobs sent straight to Mexico - the country that this administration refuses to secure the border with.

Bye-bye $500 million.  Bye-bye jobs.  Thank you Barack Obama, the administration and the lopsidedly Democratic congress.

November is just around the corner.  For your own sake, remember this on election day.

Zeke ... .... .... Will those 400 Mexican workers (at the Ramos Arizpe plant) then sneak across the border to become illegal UAW workers in Michigan ? ? (08/06/10)

trublu What does Barack Obama have to do with GM's decision to buy a plant in Mexico? Nothing.It's all about our trade policies or lack of, NAFTA & rich republican CEO's choosing to use labor that is happy with a pittance of an income. Once again free enterprise has chosen to screw the American Worker! (08/26/10)


Ken Berwitz

Why do I watch keith olbermann -- even for the couple of minutes I did tonight?  He isn't even aggravating anymore.  Just a pathetic, bitter whining jerk with about as stale an act as there is on cable news.

Here is his latest salvo against President Bush, who olbermann can't seem to let go of:

"On this date in 2001 President Bush was delivered a briefing which read bin laden determined to strike in US.  Still no evidence he read it."

Evidently olberman is suggesting, as other similarly pathetic embittered whining jerks have, that President Bush somehow had information about  9/11 before it occurred, but didn't do anything about it.


I've put this up before, but I guess it's time to do it again.  From my blog of May 18, 2009 - and please pay special attention to the parts in bold print: 

The following is a transcript of the August 6, 2001, presidential daily briefing entitled Bin Laden determined to strike in US. Parts of the original document were not made public by the White House for security reasons.

Clandestine, foreign government, and media reports indicate bin Laden since 1997 has wanted to conduct terrorist attacks in the US. Bin Laden implied in U.S. television interviews in 1997 and 1998 that his followers would follow the example of World Trade Center bomber Ramzi Yousef and "bring the fighting to America."

After U.S. missile strikes on his base in Afghanistan in 1998, bin Laden told followers he wanted to retaliate in Washington, according to a -- -- service.

An Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) operative told - - service at the same time that bin Laden was planning to exploit the operative's access to the U.S. to mount a terrorist strike.

The millennium plotting in Canada in 1999 may have been part of bin Laden's first serious attempt to implement a terrorist strike in the U.S.

Convicted plotter Ahmed Ressam has told the FBI that he conceived the idea to attack Los Angeles International Airport himself, but that in ---, Laden lieutenant Abu Zubaydah encouraged him and helped facilitate the operation. Ressam also said that in 1998 Abu Zubaydah was planning his own U.S. attack.

Ressam says bin Laden was aware of the Los Angeles operation. Although Bin Laden has not succeeded, his attacks against the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998 demonstrate that he prepares operations years in advance and is not deterred by setbacks. Bin Laden associates surveyed our embassies in Nairobi and Dar es Salaam as early as 1993, and some members of the Nairobi cell planning the bombings were arrested and deported in 1997.

Al Qaeda members -- including some who are U.S. citizens -- have resided in or traveled to the U.S. for years, and the group apparently maintains a support structure that could aid attacks.

Two al-Qaeda members found guilty in the conspiracy to bomb our embassies in East Africa were U.S. citizens, and a senior EIJ member lived in California in the mid-1990s.

A clandestine source said in 1998 that a bin Laden cell in New York was recruiting Muslim-American youth for attacks.

We have not been able to corroborate some of the more sensational threat reporting, such as that from a ---- service in 1998 saying that Bin Laden wanted to hijack a U.S. aircraft to gain the release of "Blind Sheikh" Omar Abdel Rahman and other U.S.-held extremists.

Nevertheless, FBI information since that time indicates patterns of suspicious activity in this country consistent with preparations for hijackings or other types of attacks, including recent surveillance of federal buildings in New York.

The FBI is conducting approximately 70 full-field investigations throughout the U.S. that it considers bin Laden-related. CIA and the FBI are investigating a call to our embassy in the UAE in May saying that a group or bin Laden supporters was in the U.S. planning attacks with explosives.

Ok, tell me how this leads to 9/11.  I dare you. 

The memo refers to a 3 YEAR OLD DOCUMENT which it downplays as "sensational threat reporting".  It indicates that a single plane would be hijacked, not four planes.  It does not indicate which plane(s) would be hijacked.  It does not indicate where the hijacking would take place.  It does not indicate where the one plane it is talking about would fly to.  It does not indicate the plane would be flown into a building, or what particular building it would be.  It does, however, suggest the purpose of the hijacking would be to gain the release of "U.S.-held extremists" - which was not the case. 

Does olbermann actually think this should have tipped President Bush off to 9/11? 

If so, he is an even more pathetic, bitter, whining jerk than I thought.  And that, folks, is a major accomplishment.

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