Sunday, 15 August 2010


Ken Berwitz

Is it nutritional to have less food? Maybe no food at all?

What do Michelle and Barack Obama have against feeding hungry poor people - other than that they need the money to score political points, that is?

Excerpted from an article by Russell Berman, writing for

Democrats who reluctantly slashed a food stamp program to fund a state aid bill may have to do so again to pay for a top priority of first lady Michelle Obama.

The House will soon consider an $8 billion child nutrition bill thats at the center of the first ladys Lets Move initiative. Before leaving for the summer recess, the Senate passed a smaller version of the legislation that is paid for by trimming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.


The proposed cuts would come on top of a 13.6 percent food stamp reduction in the $26 billion Medicaid and education state funding bill that President Obama signed this week. 

An $8 billion child nutrition bill, paid for by taking more food stamp money?  This brainstorm comes from Michelle Obama?

Can someone please tell me who in hell elected Michelle Obama to anything?  It's bad enough we elected her husband.

Why are the Obamas ravaging the food stamp program?  Have they come out in favor of hunger? 

And which Democrats (you can bet this won't fly with Republicans) will support it, just as they supported the other $26 billion taken from the food stamp program and repackaged as a "Medicaid and education state funding bill"  -- which, in reality, was another in the continuing series of multi-billion dollar handouts to unions?

Hey, great deal.  The unions get another huge payoff, in return for which the Obama administration and Democratic congress get the support, both monetary and manpower, of those unions during the midterm election campaign.  And the only people who get hurt are the ones on food stamps.

I mean, what could possibly be the problem?


Ken Berwitz

From the Associated Press:

West Wing of White House is covered

As seen from the Rose Garden, The West Wing of the White House is covered in white tarp Sunday, Aug. 15, 2010.

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

As seen from the Rose Garden, The West Wing of ...


I knew we'd eventually find out where those tarp funds went.... 


Ken Berwitz

As Scarlett O'Hara said, "tomorrow is another day".

Excerpted from an Associated Press Article Saturday:

US President Barack Obama on Friday forcefully endorsed allowing a mosque near the site of the former World Trade Center, saying the country's founding principles demanded no less, even as 70 percent of US citizens opposed the mosque's construction in a recent poll.

"As a citizen, and as president, I believe that Muslims have the same right to practice their religion as anyone else in this country," Obama said, weighing in for the first time on a controversy that has riven New York City and Americans.

"That includes the right to build a place of worship and a community center on private property in lower Manhattan, in accordance with local laws and ordinances," he said. "This is America, and our commitment to religious freedom must be unshakable."

Obama made the comments at an annual dinner in the White House State Dining Room celebrating the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

Excerpted from an Associated Press article Sunday:

Weighing his words carefully on a fiery political issue, US President Barack Obama said Saturday that Muslims have the right to build a mosque near New York's ground zero, but he did not say whether he believes it is a good idea to do so.

Asked Saturday about
comments he made during his trip to Florida, Obama said: "I was not commenting and I will not comment on the wisdom of making a decision to put a mosque there. I was commenting very specifically on the right that people have that dates back to our founding."

Obama said that "my intention was simply to let people know what I thought. Which was that in this country we treat everybody equally and in accordance with the law, regardless of race, regardless of religion."

The White House quickly followed up on Obama's latest comments on the matter, with Obama spokesman Bill Burton saying that the president wasn't backing off in any way from the remarks he made Friday.

Translation:  Mr. Obama said one thing to a Muslim group in the White House.  Then he said another thing to the rest of us the next day, which clearly stands in contradiction to his first statement -- no matter how his acolytes try to spin it.

At least we now know what "hope and change" means to Barack Obama.  He says one thing one day, the opposite thing the next day, and hopes you won't notice the change.

How can anyone believe a word that comes out of this man's mouth?


Ken Berwitz

Are Democrats so sure that Jews in Illinois will vote for their candidates, that they can treat them with disdain, "knowing" they'll get the votes anyway?

Read this excerpt from an article by Richard L. Benkin at, and see for yourself:

Illinois Democrats Dare Jews to vote Republican

Richard L. Benkin


Citing "prior commitments," Democrat candidate for the US Senate from Illinois, Alexi Giannoulias, abruptly backed out of a debate with his Republican opponent about Israel and the Middle East.  Curious though, "Giannoulias, his Republican opponent, Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), and other local politicians had agreed to participate in the forum months ago" and the Giannoulias' campaign had confirmed the State Treasurer's availability, according to the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA).


The debate was arranged by the non-partisan Protect Our Heritage public action committee and 16 other Jewish organizations, including several Chicago area synagogues.  Besides debating, the candidates would also answer questions from voters about Israel and related matters.  Evidently, that was too scary for Giannoulias, whose opponent is known as one of the most knowledgeable House members on foreign policy, as well as arguably Israel's best friend in Congress.

"As Iran continues its pursuit of nuclear weapons and terrorists threaten Israel from Gaza and Lebanon, our next U.S. Senator should not be afraid to stand up for our strongest democratic ally in the Middle East," Kirk said in a statement.  Giannoulias did not respond to multiple phone calls from JTA.


No sooner had the Giannoulias campaign turned tail on Illinois' pro-Israel constituency than the Democrat running for Kirk's old seat did the same.  Dan Seals, who has run twice unsuccessfully for Congress from Illinois Tenth District, announced that he too would skip the forum and not debate his opponent, Bob Dold, or submit himself to voters' questions. 

Is that contemptuous enough for you?  Senate candidate Giannoulias makes a commitment, keep it there for months, and then bug out at the last minute citing some non-specific reason - with house candidate Seals doing the same.

But now the big question:  Are Giannoulias and Seals right? 

Are Jewish voters so in the tank for Democrats that they will find a rationale, however half-baked, to spurn a Republican who stands strong on Israel - and who can actually explain why, other than that he wants Jewish votes?

Lamentably, the answer to that question over the years has all too often been "yes".  And it might be "yes" again this time. 

Or, maybe - finally - this is the wake-up call.  Maybe - finally - significant numbers of Jews in Illinois (and elsewhere too - halevai**) will recognize who is taking their interests seriously versus who is taking them for granted.

We'll find out in November.


** halevai is yiddish for "would that", and is typically invoked as a wish that something beneficial will happen


Ken Berwitz

Our grandson - typical of three year olds - is toilet trained, but still fascinated by what comes out of him.

The other day he asked our son the following question:

 "Daddy, do you pee on your poop or do you poop on your pee"?

We're still laughing.  But I suppose it is a point worth pondering, sort of, so I'm, er, passing it along to you.

Er, make of it what you will.



Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from an article at the New York Daily News  web site:

The Boston medical student who preyed on Craigslist escorts and murdered a Manhattan model last year was found dead in prison Sunday - an apparent suicide on what would have been his first wedding anniversary.

Philip Markoff, 24, was found dead Sunday morning in his Nashua St. Jail cell in Boston, where he was awaiting his March murder trial.

He may have died Saturday, the exact anniversary of his canceled wedding.

A prison source told the Daily News that Markoff was found with a plastic bag over his head, stabbed in the neck and legs. There was a lot of blood.

Prison officials would not confirm that report.

Markoff was arrested in April 2009 for the murder of Julissa Brisman, 26, a model and aspiring actress from the Upper West Side.

Brisman, who moonlighted as an erotic masseuse, was shot dead when she fought Markoff's attempts to tie her up and rob her in the plush Marriott Copley Place hotel in downtown Boston.

Police said the former Boston University medical student robbed escorts on the theory that they would not call the cops. Brisman fought back, so he killed her, cops said.

Markoff was charged with the armed robbery of another escort in another fancy Boston hotel, and a third assault of an escort at a Rhode Island motel.

Police said he might have had other victims who were too afraid to come forward, some of them men or transsexuals.

Markoff's suicide is fine with me.  It means the taxpayers will not have to subsidize a "man" who killed and hurt so many people, for decades to come. 

May he rot in hell.


Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from an article in London's Daily Mail:

The son of Libyan dictator Colonel Gadaffi is to celebrate the first anniversary of the Lockerbie bomber's release by giving a party for him.


Saif Gadaffi, whose friends include Tony Blair and Lord Mandelson, will attend the revelry for Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi in his two-storey house in Tripoli.


He will foot the bill for food and drink, following a day's fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

When Megrahi, 58, was released on August 20 last year, Scottish authorities said he had only three months to live and was 'going home to die'.


Frank Duggan, a lawyer and spokesman for the families of the 270 victims of the Lockerbie bombing, said: 'Megrahi is obviously still deemed a hero in Libya.

Thank you, Scotland, for letting this mass murdering subhuman scum out of jail, so that he can be celebrated as a national hero in a terrorist-supporting country.

And be assured that I will never knowingly buy any product or service from Scotland for the rest of my life. 

I hope untold millions of people in and out of the USA feel exactly the same way.

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