Tuesday, 10 August 2010

THE POLITICAL TOXICITY OF BARACK OBAMA

Ken Berwitz

Barack Obama personally campaigned for Creigh Deeds when he ran for Governor of Virginia last year.  Deeds lost.

Barack Obama personally campaigned for Jon Corzine when he ran for re-election as Governor of New Jersey last year.  Corzine lost.

Barack Obama personally campaigned for Martha Coakley when she ran for the senate seat which became vacant due to Ted Kennedy's death last year.  Coakley lost.

Barack Obama personally campaigned for incumbent Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter, during his primary campaign against Joe Sestak - who apparently (and illegally) was offered a a job in the administration if he didn't challenge Specter earlier this year.  Sestake won.

Barack Obama personally campaigned for incumbent Colorado Senator Michael Bennet during his primary campaign against Andew Romanoff - who apparently (and illegally) was offered a job in the administration if he didn't challenge Bennet earlier this year.

If Romanoff can pull off a win, or even make it close, that will be five for five. 

If this doesn't demonstrate the political toxicity level of Barack Obama, nothing will.

Zeke .... ..... ..... So, you are saying that Obama campaigning for Dem candidates is just as effective as when Bill J. Clinton does that. .... .... .... Track records are about equal. .... .... (08/10/10)


SICK AND INHUMAN: A CASE STUDY

Ken Berwitz

This excerpt may be from an article by Jennifer Sick.  But she is not the sick one, as you will see:

One family got more than unlimited breadsticks when they visited a Boynton Beach Olive Garden Saturday night.

 

Richard Bennett and his family were having dinner at the Olive Garden at 1001 N. Congress Avenue when Bennett claims Paul Blankenfield started to make comments about his son, according to the police report.

 

"Can you control your kid, I'm trying to have dinner," Bennett told police Blankenfield said several times. Bennett said he tried to ignore Blankenfield, but when Blankenfield began to curse, Bennett told him that his 11-year-old son had autism. To which Blankenfield replied, "So what?"

 

The confrontation got physical when Blankenfield got up from his seat, pushed Bennett's chest and struck him in the side of the neck before other patrons intervened.

 

When police arrived, Blankenfield was handcuffed and charged with simple battery.

 

"You know what, good for him," the police report states Blankenfield said of Bennett when he was being transported to jail. "he gets what he deserved - an autistic kid."

 

This story makes my blood boil. 

 

I hope the inhuman son of a bitch bastard is put in jail for as long as the law allows.  And then they forget the date.


SENATOR TED STEVENS R.I.P.

Ken Berwitz

Ted Stevens, the longest-tenured Republican senator in US history (over 40 years), who lost his seat to Mark Begich in 2008, apparently has died in a plane crash today in southwest Alaska.

Stevens' loss was almost certainly because he had been convicted on 7 counts of violating the Ethics In Government Act.  The trial was timed - coincidentally I'm sure - so that his convictions occurred one week before his election -- and then were all vacated due to "serious prosecutorial misconduct" less than a half year later.

Yes the whole business stunk.  Badly.

I don't know whether Mr. Stevens was or wasn't guilty of anything.  But I do know that I am sorry he died this way.

My condolences to the family and may he rest in peace.


KEITH OLBERMANN'S IGNORANCE OR DISHONESTY (YOU PICK)

Ken Berwitz

The ignorance and/or dishonesty of keith olbermann is an ongoing feature of this blog.  That is because there are so many examples to choose from.

Today's example, excerpted below, was brought to my attention by Noel Sheppard's blog at newsbusters.org,  I urge you to use the link I've provided and read his entire piece:

Keith Olbermann Revises History to Praise Clinton and Bash Gingrich 

By Noel Sheppard

Tue, 08/10/2010 - 02:23 ET

Keith Olbermann on Monday revised history to praise former President Bill Clinton and bash former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

In the opening segment of MSNBC's "Countdown," the host railed against a proposal by Republicans to once again reintroduce the balanced budget amendment.

Olbermann pointed out to his tiny audience that this was "also pushed by then Speaker Newt Gingrich as part of the 1994 Contract With America."

With total disregard for historical facts, the "Countdown" host continued, "Gingrich failed to pass it, President Clinton raised taxes, balanced the budget, created 22 million jobs" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

Really?

Well, first of all, Clinton's tax hikes were part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993. Gingrich didn't become Speaker until January 1995.

Nice try, Keith.

But it gets worse, for what Olbermann conveniently omitted - like so many media members are currently doing to misinform the public about the difference between Republican and Democrat tax policies - was that Gingrich and the Republican Congress forced Clinton to sign the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997 which cut taxes.

This was when the economy really took off as the GDP grew by 4.4 percent in 1997, 4.5 percent in 1998, 4.8 percent in 1999, and 4.1 percent in 2000. During this period, employers added over 12 million workers to their payrolls.

As for the budget being balanced, this also occurred after the 1997 tax cuts in years 1998 through 2001.

With this in mind, one seriously has to wonder whether the folks at General Electric and NBC consider this kind of shoddy reporting acceptable on their cable news network.

In other words, olbermann has shovelled out a load of manure for his fans.  Sad to say, a great many of them will believe every word. 

And, yes, this is the same keith olbermann who, for years, claimed at the end of every "Countdown" show that President Bush declared "mission accomplished" about Iraq in a speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln - when Mr. Bush not only did no such thing, but made a point of talking about how long and difficult the war on terrorism was going to be. 

What a phony this man is.  And what a disservice he does to the people who make the mistake of believing him.

Zeke .... FACTS ?? ..... We doan need no steenkin' Facts .... ..... What chu want FACTS for, Huh ? .... .... You must be a Neo-Con, Racist Homophobe. .... And your Dog is Ugly, as well. ... .... .... Listen to the MSM: ABC (Always Bull & Crap), CBS (See ? B/S), NBC (Nothing but Cr*p), MSNBC (Morons Screaming Nothing but Cr*p) ........ ...... (08/11/10)


THE "THEM" ECONOMY

Ken Berwitz

I congratulate New York Times columnist Bob Herbert.

He has managed to write a complete column about today's "horror show" economy without once mentioning Barack Obama or the legislation Mr. Obama and his Democrat-majority congress pushed through that was supposed to do something about it.

Here are the key excerpts - and please pay special attention to the paragraph I've put in bold print:

The employment situation in the United States is much worse than even the dismal numbers from last weeks jobless report would indicate. The nation is facing a full-blown employment crisis and policy makers are not responding with anything like the sense of urgency that is needed.

The employment data for July, released by the government on Friday, showed that private employers added just 71,000 jobs during the month and that the unemployment rate remained flat at 9.5 percent. But as bad as those numbers were, if you look beyond them youll see a horror show.

Because of normal growth in the working-age population, the labor force increases by roughly 150,000 to 200,000 people per month. If those folks were factored in, said Mr. McMillion, unemployment now would be even higher than 10.2 percent.

We are not even beginning to cope with this crisis, which began long before the onset of the so-called Great Recession. The economy is showing absolutely no sign of countering the nations staggering jobs deficit.

We have a large number of people who have just given up hope of finding a job, said Mr. McMillion. He pointed out that there are record numbers I mean lights-out record numbers of long-term unemployed people who are still looking for jobs. Of the 14.6 million men and women officially counted as unemployed, nearly 45 percent have been out of work for six months or longer.

They may be thinking about this in Washington, but they sure arent doing much about it. The politicians approach to the jobs crisis has been like passing out umbrellas in a hurricane. Millions are suffering and the entire economy is being undermined, and what are they doing? Theyre appropriating more and more money for warfare while schizophrenically babbling about balancing the budget.

At some point were going to have to claw our way out of this denial. With 14.6 million people officially jobless, and 5.9 million who have stopped looking but say they want a job, and 8.5 million who are working part time but would like to work full time, you end up with nearly 30 million Americans who cannot find the work they want and desperately need.

Were not heading toward the danger zone. Were there. The U.S. will not remain a stable society if this great employment crisis is not addressed head-on and soon. You cannot allow joblessness on this scale to fester. Its wrong, and the blowback will be as destructive and intolerable as it is inevitable.

As you can see, the one reference to anything near Obama is when Mr. Herbert cites "Washington" generally, where "they" aren't doing anything but spending money and making war.  Not "he", as in Barack Obama.  Not "Democrats", as in the party that rules both houses of congress.  But "they", as in all those guys, no one more than the other and no one party more than  the other. 

And no mention at all of the Obama administration's so-called "stimulus package", which put us a trillion dollars in debt and resulted in higher unemployment/millions more jobs lost instead of the opposite. 

Bob Herbert, therefore, acknowledges how horrific the economy is and blames it on.........."them". 

Given that Mr. Herbert is Black, I wonder how he would feel if people were referring to the numerous ethics charges against Charles Rangel not as his own, but as the ethics of "them".  Somehow I doubt he would be pleased with that characterization.

Mr. Herbert, it is time to start blaming the people who are running this government.  The President who has been in office for over 1 1 1/2 years and the congress which has been Democratic for 3 1/2 years.

If you want to be honest, that's what you have to do.

free` Isn't it obvious? The government needs to hire more people. ;( (08/10/10)

Zeke ... .... The unemployment rate is 3.7 %, which is virtually full employment. .... .... Well, that is, the unemployment rate of Obama's supporters, cronies, lackeys and minions. UAW Union members, NEA Union members, SEIU Union members, Democrat pols & THEIR hangers on, .... .... .... the rest of us simply don't count. (08/10/10)


THE BIG PAYOFF

Ken Berwitz

In the early 1950's, there was a TV show called "The Big Payoff", starring Randy Merriman and former Miss America Bess Myerson.

In 2010 we have another episode of "The Big Payoff".  But this one stars the people who Barack Obama counts on for votes, and for get-out-the vote drives on election day.

From www.msnbc.com:

Obama signs bill for teachers, public workers

$26 billion bill protects 300,000 from election-year layoffs

 

WASHINGTON Summoned back from summer break, the House on Tuesday pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from election-year layoffs. President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law.

 

Lawmakers streamed back to Washington for a one-day session as Democrats declared a need to act before children return to classrooms minus teachers laid off because of budgetary crises in states that have been hard-hit by the recession.

 

Republicans saw it differently, calling the bill a giveaway to teachers' unions and an example of wasteful Washington spending that voters will punish the Democrats for in this fall's elections. The legislation was approved mainly along party lines by a vote of 247-161.

 

The aid for the states is to be paid for mostly by closing a tax loophole used by multinational corporations and by reducing food stamp benefits for the poor.

 

Obama, joined by teachers at a Rose Garden ceremony earlier in the day, said, "We can't stand by and do nothing while pink slips are given to the men and women who educate our children or keep our communities safe."

 

The Senate narrowly passed the measure last Thursday, after the House had begun its August break.

 

The legislation provides $10 billion to school districts to rehire laid-off teachers or to ensure that more teachers won't be let go before the new school year begins. The Education Department estimates that could save 160,000 jobs.

Nice 

We aren't in enough debt. And Mr. Obama's chosen ones haven't extracted enough billions out of the taxpayers' pockets.  Let's do 26 billion more. 

See, union workers aren't like us.  Not any more.  They don't have to worry about belt tightening, or more careful use of the already-bloated funding they have. 

They can just snap their fingers.  The President and his congressional majority will print more money.  How much do you need, guys?  You need 26 billion more dollars?  Coming right up.

The 2010 elections cannot come fast enough.

And that goes double for 2012.

Zeke .... ..... ..... The book title is "It Can't Happen Here" by Sinclair Lewis. .... ..... Written in the 1930's, the story of how homegrown fascists win the Presidency, and with their version of 'Americorps', establish a dictatorship in the US. The US Army is ordered to issue weapons to these 'Americorps' types, who then enslave the rest of the populace. (08/11/10)


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