Monday, 07 March 2011

ERIC HOLDER & MORE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE RACISM

Ken Berwitz

Attorney General eric holder is a disgraceful toadie, Obama sock puppet, and - as we have seen again and again - a racist. 

We have seen him vacate the Black Panther default judgment in Philadelphia.  We have heard him characterize Black citizens as "my people" -- the implication being that the other 7/8ths of the country he is Attorney General of are not "his people".  These are not the only examples, either.  By his actions and his words, holder is a racist.  Period.

Well, true to form, he is at it again.  Read the following excerpts from today's Washington Times editorial and see for yourself:

Justice Department puts political correctness over safety

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.s obsession with racial grievance-mongering could get Americans burnt to a crisp in their own homes. Thats because his Justice Department is trying to force the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) to hire flunkies who got 70 percent wrong on a basic, fire-related multiple-choice, open-book test.

The exam was used to screen applicants to the fire academy. More than 90 percent of black and Hispanic test-takers passed, which isnt enough for liberals addicted to affirmative action. At Justices urging, federal district Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis threw out FDNYs test results - blocking admittance to all successful blacks and Hispanics - and ordered a complicated process to admit more minorities.

On Feb. 28, Thomas E. Perez, assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division, submitted a proposed order for damages for rejected applicants who scored 25 or higher on the 85-question exams. New Yorks taxpayers would be forced to pay compensation to the flunkies to make up for years of seniority supposedly lost when the city chose not to hire them. Minority rejects also would receive seniority over firemen who had been working all the while.

The Justice Departments race-based advocacy flies in the face of a high-profile 2009 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a Connecticut locality could not discard results from an objective firefighter test merely because of a racially disparate passage rate. The Justice Department is trying to force the Big Apple to do exactly that.

Are you kidding me?  Do you know what 25 out of 85 comes to?  29%, that's what.  So holder's Department of Justice is going to war on behalf of minority applicants who got as many as 71% wrong, because....they are minorities?   

If this were a case of the test being designed to specifically weed out Black and Hispanic applicants, that would be one thing.  But 90% of the Black and Hispanic applicants passed the test.  So that is not the case at all.

The position being taken is that applicants with darker skin or a Latino ancestry are owed something more, even if they do miserably on the test...which, let's not forget, makes it more likely that they will perform less capably as firemen, and puts people's lives in jeopardy; maybe even Black and Hispanic people.

This not only is insane, it is a grievous insult to the 90% of minorities who passed the test.  Do you doubt for one second that this will put an asterisk next to every minority fireman, those 90% included, because no one will know if he or she is one of the applicants who bombed the test and was handed the job anyway?

And, as an extra added attraction, it directly flies in the face of a Supreme Court ruling of just two years ago.

Racism is what it is.  And this is a classic example.

What an utter digrace -- from an utterly disgraceful racist named eric holder.

Zeke .......... .... Dept of No Justice. ....... .............. ........... PS: Article II Section 3 of the Constitution states that the President "shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed" .... ..... ..... Sorry, no wiggle room, no 'pick and choose' clause. ..... (03/07/11)

free` I wonder what the failure rate for non-black and non-Hispanics was??? (03/08/11)


"IN GOD WE TRUST" - A STRANGE COURT RULING

Ken Berwitz

This morning, the US Supreme Court refused to hear atheist Michael Newdow's challenge to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals' ruling that "In God We Trust", which is on all our paper and coin currency, "has nothing whatsoever to do with the establishment of religion".

This is fascinating on several levels:

-The 9th is usually thought of as the most leftward all Circuit Courts, thus most likely to rule in favor of Newdow's challenge.

-If "In God We Trust" doesn't relate to the establishment of religion, it certainly relates to the issue of separation of church and state.  How in the world can a definitive statement of trust in God, prominently displayed on our currency, not be construed as breaching that separation?

-If, as the AP reports without quotation marks, the USSC characterizes "In God We Trust" as ceremonial and patriotic rather than religious, wouldn't that be just as true for any other show of religion which doesn't specify one single religion?  Like, for example, having a Cross and a Menorah on a town square during the holiday season? 

Personally, I find Michael Newdow to be an annoying, farbissoner, whining creep.  But, that said, since a number of previous US Supreme Court rulings have determined that separation of church and state is implied in the constitution (without its being written in so many words, let's remember), then his point is perfectly valid.  How can "In God We Trust" possibly be acceptable on our currency?
 
It seems to me that the courts need to decide - with consistency - where the heck they are on this issue.

WisOldMan What religion does God represent? (03/07/11)

eke ..... Ken, this is a very puzzling issue : In SEVERAL places in the Constitution, there is a requirement for officials to "... swear (or affirm)" .... "be on Oath or Affirmation" .... ..... Clearly, the Founders did not see belief in God as a requirement, but rather a personal choice. ..... .... ..... .... "In God We Trust. .... ... .All Others Pay Cash" .... ..... (03/07/11)


CHARLIE SHEEN & PLANNED PARENTHOOD

Ken Berwitz

In the last two weeks, which have you heard/seen/read more about?  charlie sheen, the deranged left wing nutcake who managed to be so objectionable that CBS killed his hit sitcom rather than deal with him anymore, or Planned Parenthood, which gets upwards of $363 MILLION dollars from taxpayers every year, which the house voted to defund last week?

Which of these two do you consider more worthy of news coverage?

If the answer is sheen, then you might want to stop reading, because you won't like the rest of this blog.

If the answer is Planned Parenthood, then you might want to keep reading - and believe me, albeit for very different reasons you won't like the rest of this blog either.

Excerpted from Matthew Philbin's blog at newsbusters.org:

From Feb. 1 through March 6, the three networks distinguished themselves by devoting 20 times more broadcast time to Charlie Sheens porn stars and drug issues than to the Planned Parenthood video scandal and the subsequent vote in the House of Representatives to defund the organization.

ABC, CBS and NBC aired, on 38 separate broadcasts, at least 4 hours, 51 minutes and 1 second of Sheen coverage. Meanwhile, the possible use of taxpayer dollars (Planned Parenthood receives more than $363 million in federal subsidies) to fund underage abortions received just 14 minutes and 32 seconds of air time.

In the case of Planned Parenthood, CMI counted any mention of its defunding, whether the report referenced the scandal or not. (Just one report, from ABC on Feb. 18, mentioned the video.)

On Feb. 1, the pro-life group Live Action released undercover video of a New Jersey Planned Parenthood employee giving advice to a man posing as a pimp about obtaining abortions and birth control for the underage foreign prostitutes he traffics.

Within two days, Fox and CNN, along with The New York Times, The Washington Post and other print outlets had reported on the story. Not ABC, CBS and NBC though. In fact, it wasn't until Feb. 8 a week after the story broke that CBS finally reported the video.

Due in large part to outrage over the Live Action video, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to defund Planned Parenthood on Feb. 19. All three networks breathlessly reported that during the debate, Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif., rose to the organization's defense and told her colleagues that she had a late-term abortion for medical reasons. Only ABC mentioned the related video scandal.

Our wonderful "neutral" media cannot get enough of charlie sheen.  But they cannot find any reason to do more than the barest-bones reporting on the Planned Parenthood scandal or the fact that in a mostly party-line vote, Republicans in the house voted to defund the organization. 

charlie sheen is much more important, you see.

Then they wonder why more and more people reject mainstream media in favor of the internet?  That may be the most amazing part of this story.

Zeke ... ..... Charles Sheen is very newsworthy and the news reporting is approprite. ..... ... Except it should be on www.interestingproctology.com ..... ...... The guy is an anal orifice. .... (03/07/11)


WHAT WE LOSE IF WE LOSE ISRAEL (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

I was looking back at some older blogs, and found this one, from December 31, 2009.  It is far from the only example of what Israel means to the United States, but it is a very good one, and the message for President Obama still rings so true, that I thought it would be worth a second go-around:

WHAT WE LOSE IF WE LOSE ISRAEL (CONT.)

 

Ken Berwitz

For the past year, Israel has continually gotten the back of our hand from the current administration.  But should we even care?  Does Israel have any importance to us as an ally?

I have tried to answer that question many times in many ways.  And here is another. 

The following is excerpted from an article in the Israeli newspaper, Ha'aretz.  The bold print is mine:

It is noon on Kibbutz Sasa, way up in the northern Galilee, at the foot of Mount Meron. Dozens of kibbutz members and hundreds of workers from the kibbutz-owned factory Plasan are thronging as usual to the dining hall for a pauper's meal. The simple lunch and vibrant kibbutz ambiance give no hint of the real story behind Kibbutz Sasa, one of extraordinary success on a global scale. The kibbutz owes its success to the company it runs, Plasan, a manufacturer of ballistic protection solutions for vehicles. In recent years Plasan has positioned itself as the world leader in armor protection technology for vehicles, signing contracts worth billions with major clients, first and foremost the U.S. military.

"It is not customary in our field to compliment rivals," said a senior Israeli defense industry executive who has watched Plasan triumph. "I have spent 30 years in this field, and this is one of the greatest successes in the industry. Their work is exceptional. To convince the U.S. military that you are a reliable outfit is no mean feat. They did it all alone, without any help from a former ambassador or Defense Ministry director general."

"No company, not even the American giants, had what Plasan could deliver: ready-made, effective and proven solutions," the senior industry executive said.

More than six years after their breakout success, Plasan's order book continues to swell. The factory's success is not limited to issuing excellent financial reports. It has also changed the lives of Kibbutz Sasa's 200 members.

Despite the great success and dramatic change in the kibbutz's cash balance, members insist that their way of life has remained practically unchanged.

"The question is what do you want to be when you grow up. Do you want to be a millionaire with a swimming pool, or do you want to go on living in a quaint village in the Galilee? I prefer the village," said Plasan CEO Dan Ziv, the driving force behind the company and the man credited with its big success.

Despite his modest lifestyle, Ziv knows that the mammoth deals Plasan landed in recent years have brought the company and kibbutz millions of dollars.

"At issue is your mentality; how you run your life, and not how much money you have in the bank. There is no simple answer to this," he said.

"We had had some nice projects even before Iraq. The demand for armor protection in Iraq began in 2003, and we were ready to go with proposals for solutions. Also, the main contractors already knew us. We had previously partnered with the truck maker Oshkosh, with which Plasan has signed several big contracts, to provide armored trucks for the British military. After Iraq, it was one project after another. It's already become boring," Ziv said.

The plant's corridors are decorated with thank-you letters blown up to poster size.

"Brian," a U.S. army sergeant fighting in Afghanistan, writes that not a single shot penetrated his vehicle's armor protection, including one that would have hit him in the head had it gone through the door.

"American soldiers come up to us at exhibitions and tell me that they won't get into any vehicle that has not been armor-protected by Plasan. To date, there has not been a single soldier killed by fire while in a vehicle that we armor-protected," said one Plasan employee, while showing battlefield statistics.

Driving over a roadside bomb can be fatal to soldiers sitting in a military vehicle even without suffering a direct hit, because the energy from the blast rises up from the ground and travels up the spine to the brain.

The key word at Plasan is survivability. The armored vehicles are built to manage and absorb the blast energy from an explosive device or a land mine, so as to cause minimum damage to the occupants and the vehicle's vital parts.

The wheels, which frequently set off the charge, are designed to continue functioning after an explosion; the floor in the crew compartment is isolated from the chassis and is connected to the walls and roof. The seats in the crew compartment are not mounted on the floor as in other vehicles, but rather suspended from the roof by ropes that do not conduct energy.

All these are designed to reduce the rising blast energy to non-lethal levels.

How many of our soldiers' lives have been saved by the innovation and quality of Plasan? 

How important is Kibbutz Sasa to our military?

How many of Israel's neighbors supply this kind of value to the United States of America?

Those questions, and their answers, are worth remembering when we discuss our relationship with Israel.

Maybe, someday, President Obama will understand.

Sadly, it is well over a year later and I'm still waiting for President Obama to understand.  Maybe he never will.


BUDGET DEFICITS AND BARACK OBAMA

Ken Berwitz

In the Obama administration we have had two years of trillion-dollar-plus deficits, and are clearly heading toward a third one. 

Why is this happening?  Barack Obama's standard answer has been "It's Bush's fault". 

However.....

In Bush's last three years, we had an average yearly deficit of about $275 billion dollars.

But now, over two years into the Obama administration, thus over two years after Bush was President, we have a monthly deficit of $233 billion dollars.  Not yearly, folks, but monthly - as in 1/12th of a year (and February is the shortest month of all).

Will Mr. Obama still try to blame Mr. Bush anyway?  I'm betting the answer is yes.  If so, he is counting on us to be so dumb and so ignorant that we believe it. 

I wonder how many of us will be.

free` Ken wrote: "I wonder how many of us will be." ------ The people that only get their info from the MSM will still believe it. (03/07/11)


EGYPT: WHAT OUR MEDIA ARE NOT TELLING YOU

Ken Berwitz

If you watch the network news, or the Today Show, or you read a major newspaper without scouring through every page, you probably think the problems in Egypt ended about two seconds after Hosni Mubarak stepped down and the military took over.

Yeah, there were those unfortunate beatings of USA reporters by the crowds.  And that unfortunate incident when reporter Lara Logan was stipped, sexually assaulted and beaten for almost a half hour while the crowd chanted "JEW! JEW!  JEW!" (not that it matters, but Ms. Logan is not Jewish).  But that didn't mean a thing, did it?  Mubarak stepped down and Egypt was on a clear path to democracy, just like we have in the good ol' USA, right?

Well, maybe not.

Read the following excerpts from an article by Tom Perry and Marwa Awad of Reuters; then see where you think Egypt is:

CAIRO, March 6 (Reuters) - Men in plain clothes armed with swords and petrol bombs attacked protesters in Cairo on Sunday night during a demonstration demanding reform of security services with a reputation for brutality, witnesses said.

Dozens of men wielding knives and machetes and hurling bricks and petrol bombs confronted protesters at the headquarters of Egypt's state security, a force whose abuses fuelled an uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak, they said.

Egyptian soldiers, on the streets since the start of the uprising, fired into the air for several minutes to disperse the protesters. As they ran, the protesters were confronted by men they described as thugs.

The state news agency said the demonstrators were trying to break into the building.

In the last two days, protesters have broken into 11 offices belonging to the state security apparatus across the country, seizing documents which they feared would be destroyed by officers to cover up abuses perpetrated by the force.

"The army started firing in the air to disperse us," said Mohammed Fahmy. "We tried to run away but we were met by 200 thugs in plain clothes carrying sharp weapons on the other side," he said, putting the number of protesters at 2,000.

Fahmy said there were 15 injuries, none of them serious.

The military council which has ruled Egypt since Mubarak stepped down warned against publication of documents taken from state security offices and urged their return.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces last week appointed a prime minister with the backing of youth protest groups to replace Ahmed Shafiq, whom Mubarak appointed to the post in his last weeks in power. The new cabinet will require the approval of the council headed by Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi.

The council has charted a course towards parliamentary and presidential elections within six months so it can hand power back to a civilian, elected government.

Essam Sharaf, the new premier, met new ministers on Sunday. "This goes a long way in satisfying the demands of the revolutionary groups," Mustapha Kamal al-Sayyid, a political scientist told Reuters, talking about the reshuffle.

Elaraby was Egypt's former permanent representative at the United Nations. He is remembered for expressing reservations about the Camp David peace treaty with Israel which he helped to negotiate, Sayyid said.

Still think Egypt is on the right track? 

Well, in fairness, there is that part where it says there will be elections in six months, so that civilians can run the government.  That's good, isn't it? 

Are you sure?

Before you answer, let me remind you of the PewGlobal survey of Egyptians, taken just three months ago, which found that:

-By 85% to 2% Egyptians welcome an Islamic presence in their government (i.e. no separation of church and state),

-82% favor stoning people who commit adultery,

-77% favor whippings or the cutting off of hands as a punishment for theft/robbery

-84% favor the death penalty for people who leave the Muslim religion. 

Remember:  these are the same people who will be doing the voting. 

So let me ask one more time: 

-Is this move to "democracy" as desirable as some people (and, apparently, most of our media) thought it was?  

-Does the mindset shown in the data you just read give you any confidence that elections will generate a positive result? 

-Did the people who screamed "JEW! JEW! JEW" as they raped and beat Lara Logan represent a majority view of Egyptians?  If so, will the elections result in Egypt and Israel moving from a 30 year peace to a state of war again?

-And the most important question of all:  Was Egypt - and the USA - better off with Hosni Mubarak, warts and all, in control of the country?  You'd never have known this was an issue by the way our media reported the uprising and then promptly dropped it after he stepped down.

Maybe it's time for them to start reporting again -- this time with both eyes open.....


A QUICK ENERGY-RELATED QUESTION FOR PRESIDENT OBAMA

Ken Berwitz

Mr. President:  Oil prices are up to $106.  And as fighting in Libya continues, and the Saudi rulers are in danger of similar protests and uprisings which could make mincemeat of our oil supplies.....

can we please start drilling now?

Thanks in advance for your answer.

Zeke ... whoops ... this should have been posted under "EGYPT: WHAT OUR MEDIA ARE NOT TELLING YOU " (03/07/11)

Zeke .... .... We have no idea who all the players are. .... .... Some have been waiting for decades for their moment to seize control (like the Muslim Brotherhood). ..... ... The Egyptian military is large, very well trained, and armed with the latest American weapons. .... .... If Egypt and Israel go to war, it will be devastating for both. .... .... The Muslim Brotherhood wants religious rule and the destruction of Israel. ..... .... Doesn't look good. .... .... (03/07/11)


WISCONSIN: ARE THE CHILDREN FINALLY FINISHED PLAYING?

Ken Berwitz

Are the Wisconsin 14 coming home?  And, if so, what did they and didn't they accomplish?

Read this report from Fox News and decide for yourself:

Playing a game of political chicken, Democratic senators who fled Wisconsin to stymie restrictions on public-employee unions said Sunday they planned to come back from exile soon, betting that even though their return will allow the bill to pass, the curbs are so unpopular they'll taint the state's Republican governor and legislators.

The Republicans rejected the idea that the legislation would hurt the GOP. "If you think this is a bad bill for Republicans, why didn't you stand up in the chamber and debate us about it three weeks ago?" said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. "People think it's absolutely ridiculous that these 14 senators have not been in Wisconsin for three weeks."

Let's think about what has happened:

-Every Democrat in the Wisconsin senate left the state three weeks ago rather than debate the budget proposals of newly elected Republican Governor Scott Walker.  Why?  Because the voters of Wisconsin also elected Republican majorities in both houses of the state legislature, so it was pretty well assured the budget would be enacted. 

But since Wisconsin law requires that there be a quorum of at least 20 senators to enact budgetary legislation, and the Republican majority is 19-14, the absconding of those 14 Democrats meant Governor Walker's legislation could not be voted on.

So the first effect of the Wisconsin 14 was to prevent the debate and passage of budget legislation.  Not by convincing a majority of senators that it wasn't a good idea, but by running away.

-The three weeks (so far) that all 14 Democratic state senators have been on the run enabled the unions, along with the reliably left wing students from University of Wisconsin-Madison and assorted other agitators and left wing advocates, to mount loud, often abusive, often hate-filled protests - with several recorded instances of violence against people who dared to disagree with them (and who knows how many others that were not recorded). 

-Also during these three weeks, however, it has come out that the most visible union protesting Governor Walker's budget, the teachers union, is the beneficiary of  extremely generous compensation.  We now know that the average teacher in Milwaukee and surrounding areas is earning over $100,000 a year in wages and benefits - while complaining bitterly that the budget would require them to forgo some (not all) collective bargaining rights and to pay small percentages of their own health care and pension - an amount much lower than what people in private businesses are expected to pay.  It is easy to see how at least some Wisconsin citizens, especially those who make a lot less than the teachers and work longer hours and more days per year, would lose sympathy with their "plight".

-It also has come out that the heads of protesting unions, and a good number of the people below them, are making very hefty salaries, well over $100,000 and, in a few cases, into the hundreds of thousands.  

-Now the crowds at these protests are becoming smaller - partly out of weariness, I'm sure (you can't sustain fever pitch forever), partly out of the need to get on with their lives, I'm sure - and partly, I would think, because they now know that most of the protesting workers are doing just fine, even with the new budget proposals.

So the Wisconsin 14 might be on the verge of coming back to the state they are supposed to be representing.  I'm sure they will get hero's welcomes from the protesters and some yellow dog Democrats and a lot of the media. 

But I am equally sure that many, many people, both inside and outside of Wisconsin, will look on them as ridiculous fools who accomplished nothing.

If they thought their absence would bring enough pressure on Republican senators to get a few of them to fold, thus giving the Democratic side a chance to vote Governor Walker's budget down, that didn't happen.  So, other than a few motels and restaurants in Illinois getting some extra business, what good did it do anyone?  All it did was hold up the budget passage by three weeks (big deal), while exposing voters to a lot of union thuggery, and a lot of information about how well the protesters are, in fact, doing compared to the rest of us.

Bottom line?  The Wisconsin 14's attempt to thwart democracy and deny the voter-elected majority from legislating, will have failed.  Big-time. 

But at least the children may finally be finished playing and ready to come home.  I guess every cloud really does have a silver lining.

Ken Berwitz free - I am very happy to report that I got that information straight from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the city's largest paper.....and, one of the newspapers left that seems willing to publish more than one side of the story. (03/07/11)

free` Ken, I am not sure the public knows the things you list. I don't think the msm reported on teachers salaries, so only people who saw it on the internet are the ones who know. (03/07/11)


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