Thursday, 13 January 2011


Ken Berwitz

The more facts emerge about the horrific Arizona shooting, the more sheriff Clarence Dupnik comes across as an incompetent, partisan clown who, until now, was coasting along and resting on the laurels of his earlier days (if they even existed then).

Michael Reagan has a very interesting take on this in his latest column.  Here is a key excerpt:

...the fact that Loughner is probably nutty as a fruitcake, and perhaps dangerously so, could not have escaped the attention of local law enforcement authorities such as Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik, who already had Loughner in his sights yet failed to do anything to prevent Loughner's obviously foreseeable skilling spree.

Yet we don't hear a word of repentance for his failure to foresee what transpired in Tucson last Saturday. Not a word, mainly because Sheriff Dupnik is too busy attacking Rush Limbaugh and other conservatives to turn his rhetoric loose on the shooter.

As my more plainspoken friends would put it, Dubnik shoulda seen it coming, and he's now trying to obfuscate that fact by striking out at people who had not a single thing to do with Loughner's deadly actions.

"All I can tell you is that teachers and fellow students were concerned about his bizarre behavior in class to the point where some of him (sic) were physically afraid of him," Dupnik admitted to ABC News.

"He was acting in very weird fashion to the point where they had several incidents with him to the point where law enforcement at Pima College got involved and they decided to expel him. And they did."

That should have alerted the Sheriff and compelled him to keep a close eye on the Loughner. Tragically, it didn't, so the killer was free to slaughter some of the Sheriff's constituents without interference from Dubnik.

The Sheriff is now busy trying to distract the public from recognizing his failure to protect his own member of Congress, a highly respected federal judge on his way home from daily Mass, and other innocent people from being attacked by a man he had to know was dangerous, especially when he was allowed to get within point-blank range of the congresswoman.

Is that a reasonable argument? 

Is it fair to say that Dupnik blew this eight ways from Sunday, resulting in 6 dead and 13 injured, so he is now more invested in spewing out ridiculous charges against people who had nothing to do the the shooting than facing up to his own malfeasance?

You decide for yourself.  But, to me, the shoe fits just about perfectly.

Where I live, we had a "lifetime" county sheriff in very much like Dupnik is.  He had been around since the flood, everyone knew his name, and even if voters did not have the slightest inkling of his competence level, they voted for him election after election. 

Fortunately for everyone, there was no mass murder in the area over the years I can recall.  We never had occasion to find out if he might have been able to prevent it from happening beforehand, or if he was capable of running a serious, thoughful, professional investigation afterwards.

Sadly for the dead and injured, we have exactly that information about Clarence Dupnik.


Ken Berwitz

I hope Rhode Island is enjoying its new Governor.  Its people elected him, and now he wants to be a dictator.

Did you know that Governor Chafee has banned all state employees from going on talk radio?  I'm serious, he really did.

And - honest, guys - it's just a coincidence that this happened after some talk radio personalities have lambasted him for rescinding former Governor Carcieri's executive order requiring that the e-verify system be used to make sure employees are legally in the country. 

Chafee clearly is ok with illegals being here.  So the idea of verifying legality is irrelevant'n'immaterial.

When he was running for Governor, Chafee had no problem with talk radio.  He was on it all the time.  But now that he's elected, he wants to make sure that no state employee has an opportunity to be heard on those air waves. 

How proud hugo chavez must be.  We all love our protegs, don't we?

I don't know if Rhode Island has a recall mechanism.  But if it does, and I were a Rhode Island resident, this would insure that I'd sign any recall petition that came my way.

Who the hell does Lincoln Chafee think he is to demand that state employees only be heard on his terms?  More importantly, what country does he think he's living in?


Ken Berwitz

This is a prelude to the blog I will be writing about what Tom Brokaw said about Sarah Palin during a Today show segment this morning.

Soon (within an hour or so) the video will be posted on Today's web site.  At that point I will be able to quote him verbatim.  And it is worth waiting to do so, because I don't want there to be any doubt about what he said.

Update to follow shortly.


Ok, the video has been posted (and you can see it for yourself by clicking here - the Sarah Palin comment begins at about 2:25)

Here are Meredith Viera's questions and Tom Brokaw's responses:

Viera:  Meanwhile, talking about pointing fingers, your views on Sarah Palin and her accusing the journalists of blood libel, or blaming political rhetoric on what happened


Brokaw:  I was surprised that she waded back into it, frankly, and, uh, I had a friend in Washington many years ago, during Watergate, who said that journalists are, have glass jaws, they throw the punches all day long, but when somebody swings back they go down, uh, uh, uh, whimpering all the way.  And, now you see this on both sides, frankly, so I was surprised that she got back into it in the way that she did.  I think weve got to move beyond that.


Viera:  Why do you think she did it?


Brokaw:  Why did she do it?  Youd have to talk to her advisors or talk to her about it (said with an ironic tone, with Viera laughing out loud).  I dont have a pipe there.  And she does it in a way that no one can examine it, yknow, she sits there and (garbled) this is what theyve decided is in her best interests, and well see how it plays out, but I was surprised.

Un effing believable.

Tom Brokaw is "surprised that she waded back into it"?  That is so far from reality that it hurts to see and hear someone I used to have a good deal of regard for jump on the "if it's NBC we're bashing Sarah Palin" bandwagon.

To "wade back into" something is to have a fight, extricate yourself from the fight, then reverse field and go back in again.  Is that what happened with Sarah Palin?

For the 526,734th time (or so it seems), Sarah Palin was not in any fight.  The media, with venues like NBC and its disgraceful stepchild MSNBC leading the charge, spent a week - virtually every minute of every day - tying her to the Arizona shooter. 

To the media, it wasn't jared lee laughner's clearly deranged "mentality", or laughner's far-left and Jew hating tendencies (he tells us that The Communist Manifesto and Mein Kampf are two of his favorite books).  Nah, that had nothing to do with anything.  It was that Sarah Palin had once put up a map with crosshairs shown on congressional districts she targeted for defeating Democrats. 

Never mind that, in words and graphics, many Democrats have done similar targeting, even the DNC.  That doesn't count.  Sarah Palin's map was cherry-picked out of the group and used to imply she was somehow in cahoots with loughner.

For days Palin took it.  I don't know where she found the restraint, but she did. 

And then, finally, after the tidal wave of Palin hatred had reached epic proportion and our wonderful "neutral" media had indelibly etched her name next to the Arizona shooter in the public's mind, she dared to put out a statement criticizing the people who perpetrated this lie and fraud.

That is "wading back into" it?  No, Tom, that is finally answering it.

Mr, Brokaw had no problem at all with the lies that were told about Palin by his pals in mainstream media, including the gang at Today.  But Palin responded?  She defended herself?  Omigod, what's wrong with her?

Brokaw's comment was so fraudulent, that even the Today Show itself made him out to be a liar.  While he was speaking, so help me, a picture of Ms. Palin was shown on the screen with the words "Sarah Palin breaks silence on Tucson Tragedy". 

Will someone explain to me how breaking silence equates to wading back in?  By definition, being silent means Ms. Palin wasn't in.  I hope the employee who put up that one reference to reality is not fired for it.

Then, of course, there is Brokaw's comparison to people who throw punches all day long but when they're hit they go down whimpering. 

What repulsive dishonest garbage!  No one - and I do mean  no one - has been more attacked, more demonized and more lied about in the past two years than Sarah Palin.  Not even President Obama (unless you count how many times media ignore his mistakes and elevate his political agenda, that is).  

Forget whether you like or dislike Ms. Palin.  Just think about whether you have ever once seen or heard her "whimpering" over this onslaught.  Does rebutting the liars who accuse her of inciting a mass murderer qualify as "whimpering"?  You tell me.

Anyway, I've posted the link to this remarkably dishonest BS-fest, and I urge you to see it for yourself.

What a disgrace.

Zeke .... .... .... imho, Mr Brokow is correct about a leading political figure injecting themself into the unfortunate Tucson incident. .... "all about themself", etc., making political speech while claiming to be there to offer solace and comfort. .... Delivering a rah-rah stump speech over the grief of those whose loved ones were seriously wounded or killed. .... Bringing a whole coterie of DC cronies to bask in the glow of the moment. Brings a whole new low to the term "photo op". ... .... .... Compare Obama's words, manner, and the style of his speech .... .... .... to those of Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg. (01/13/11)

WisOldMan I saw the piece, while checking for school closings...Brokaw used the same lie/talking point advanced earlier in corp. media, that Palin had "injected herself", or "made it all about her"... ...he's a tool, and nothing else. (01/13/11)


Ken Berwitz


Tucson, Arizona (CNN) -- A bag that contained ammunition and is believed to belong to Arizona shooting suspect Jared Lee Loughner has been transferred to FBI custody for further analysis, according to Pima County Sheriff's Department spokesman Jason Ogan. 

Note to sheriff Clarence Dupnik:  If the bag contains campaign material for Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck's last book, or Rush Limbaugh's newsletter, please do let us know.  But I'm only interested if someone else is watching you open it.

Incidentally, has anyone seen Dupnik and Mike Nifong, that Durham NC District Attorney on the Duke Lacrosse case, in the same place?  Just curious.....


Ken Berwitz

Hillary Clinton is an incompetent whose entire career has consisted of piggy-backing onto her husband's accomplishments, and being politically correct whenever possible.  Ms. Clinton's only other major attribute appears to be a complete willingless to lie about herself - - something she did repeatedly during the 2008 campaign, which is why Barack Obama cleaned her clock.

Mr. Obama, worried about being challenged by Ms. Clinton during his presidency, and maybe in the 2012 primaries, decided she could be disposed of politically if she were made Secretary of State - a terrific political move, but one that has consequences for the country, since Ms. Clinton has no particular experience in diplomacy, and clearly displays no talent for it.

A case in point is her comments this week regarding jared lee loughner, the "Arizona shooter".  Today's New York Post has  an excellent editorial about her incompetent, damaging comments, in which - incredibly - she compared this deranged longer to organized terrorism.  Since it is too short to excerpt, I am posting the entire editorial below:

Quit digging, Madame Secretary

Last Updated: 4:24 AM, January 13, 2011

Posted: January 13, 2011


Hillary Clinton started her week on a shameful note, terming crazed Ari zona shooter Jared Loughner an American "extremist" of a sort with the 9/11 hijackers.


She went back for a second helping yesterday in a chat with CNN: "When you cross the line from expressing opinions . . . [to] violent action, that is a hallmark of extremism -- whether it comes from the right, the left, from al Qaeda, from anarchists, whoever it is."


What she means: A maniac with a gun is no different from the 9/11 terrorists. A lone nut is the same as a global network inspired by religious nihilism.


It's scary that America's diplomat-in-chief could possibly really believe what she said yesterday.


But since Clinton argued Loughner was "motivated by his own political views," it's worth examining what he was espousing online in recent months:


* "Being alone for a very long time will inevitably lead you to rape."


* "I was fired from five places . . . Terrible situation. Mental breakdown."


*"Would you hit a Handy Cap Child?"


Extreme language? To be sure.


But political views? Hardly.


A friend made it all clear: "He disliked the news. He didn't listen to political radio. He didn't take sides. He wasn't on the left. He wasn't on the right."


Jared Loughner was no political extremist. For Clinton to say otherwise means she's deluded, disingenuous -- or deranged herself.

I could have lived without that "deranged" insult at the end.  But otherwise?  Right on target.

Can anyone tell me what, exactly, Hillary Clinton has accomplished since law school?  I don't mean what positions has she been handed, or what offices she has won (and it is well worth talking about how they were won).  I am talking about accomplishments.  As in what tangible, substantial things she got done.

Think.  Think hard.  I bet you can't come up with any.  I know I can't.

But, by virtue of the political benefit derived by Barack Obama, she is our Secretary of State.  The face of the United States around the world. 

The 2012 elections cannot come fast enough.


Ken Berwitz

Let me get this one out of the way quickly.

During Sarah Palin's response to the vile, dishonest media-driven effort to connect her with Arizona shooter jared lee laughner, she called it a "blood libel".

Desperately seeking still another way to "prove" Palin can do nothing right, some of the media are now attacking her use of that word, on the grounds that it has a specific meaning relating to Jews being accused of killing Christian children, draining their blood and using it to make Passover matzoh.

It is 100% true that this is where the term came from.  But it also is 100% untrue that this is the only way it is ever used. 

Like countless other terms which started with one specific meaning and then expanded over time, "blood libel" now is used to mean a very serious defamatory statement that could approach being libelous in the legal sense (i.e. unfairly damaging one's reputation).

Illustratively, how often have you heard the term "sacred cow" used to describe something that is supposed to be above criticism?  Well, that was originally a religious reference too.  And, like "blood libel", it eventually expanded to more generalized usage.  There are many, many other examples, and you hardly need me to enumerate them.

The bottom line is that this is nothing more or less than Palin hatred - of which there clearly is an unending supply in our wonderful "neutral" media.

And, yes, these are the people who squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.


UPDATE:  Here is what Alan Dershowitz has to say on the subject:

"The term blood libel has taken on a broad metaphorical meaning in public discourse. Although its historical origins were in theologically based false accusations against the Jews and the Jewish People,its current usage is far broader. I myself have used it to describe false accusations against the State of Israel by the Goldstone Report. There is nothing improper and certainly nothing anti-Semitic in Sarah Palin using the term to characterize what she reasonably believes are false accusations that her words or images may have caused a mentally disturbed individual to kill and maim. The fact that two of the victims are Jewish is utterly irrelevant to the propriety of using this widely used term."

Hey, maybe now they'll try to connect Dershowitz and Palin with laughner.

Zeke .... UK envoy: Israel's foes cross red lines Ambassador Ron Prosor says Israel's adversaries are constantly trying to demonize Israel through "blood libels. ...... .....Netanyahu: 'Old hatred against Jews now directed at Israel' PM warns Jewish GA against nuclear Iran; calls delegitimization of Israel a "modern day blood libel"; defends IDF's actions in Gaza war, says Goldstone authors "owe Israel an apology." ..... ..... ..... UN report a 21st century blood libel, scholar says in Geneva ..... ....... Australian Arab leader defends blood libels Australian Arabic Council head urged to step down after defending Al-Manar television's statements. .... ...... ...... =========== a few examples from Four Pages of headlines from merely searching the Jerusalem Post ( for the term "blood libel" ..... ..... The term is serious, but not restricted to ONE use. (01/13/11)

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