Sunday, 13 March 2011


Ken Berwitz

This makes me absolutely sick to my stomach.

Excerpted from Mohamed Ahmed and Abdi Sheikh's article at Reuters:

Somali pirates cut ransoms to clear hijacked ships


MOGADISHUSomali pirates said on Sunday they would lower some of their ransom demands to get a faster turnover of ships they hijack in the Indian Ocean.

Armed pirate gangs, who have made millions of dollars capturing ships as far south as the Seychelles and eastwards towards India, said they were holding too many vessels and needed a quicker handover to generate more income.

I believe there is no excuse for taking high ransoms. At least each of our groups holds ships now, pirate Hussein told Reuters from Hobyo on the Somalian coast. He said the pirates were holding more than 30 ships at the moment.

We have lowered the ransom only for the ships we have used to hijack other ships. We sometimes release these ships free of charge for they generate more (money). But we shall not lower the ransom for the bulk ships we are sure can bring bulk money.

We want to free ships within a short period of time instead of keeping them for a long time and incurring more expenses in guarding them. We have to free them at a lower ransom so that we can hijack more ships.

Is this some kind of a sick joke? 

While the world sits on its collective backside and does nothing about it, Somali pirates have been so free to take so many ships and hold so many people that they are having a clearance sale on them.

It would be nice if I could laugh at the incredible spectacle these thieves and murderers are providing.  But since Somali pirates killed four US citizens just weeks ago, somehow the humor value is lost on me.

When the hell is the world going to do something about this?  When is civilized humanity going to clean out those harbors and stop this from happening? 

When is the Obama administration going to do something about it?  Those were our citizens slaughtered by these subhumans. 

Do I have to post this message again?  Well, here it is, just as I posted it in April, 2009, and just as I have posted it periodically since:

Another day has passed without the USA acting against Somalian thugs/terrorists/pirates. 

But the thugs/terrorists/pirates remain in full operation. How long before they take another one of our ships?  And what do you think they will do with a US crew?


Every day this is allowed to continue is a day that every American crew member on every ship is at mortal risk.


Are we planning to act against them where it counts - i.e. where their boats are docked?  Or are we waiting for Americans to join the nationals of so many other countries and become hostages - or be killed outright, which is specifically what is being threatened?


Are we waiting for the rest of the world to act?  Are we waiting for the UN?  What have they done through all the Somalian hijackings so far, besides nothing?  What will they do if an American crew is taken, besides nothing?


The time is now.  Right now. 


Send in our planes.  Send in our troops.  Not to the cities, but to the ports and contiguous areas around them.


Wipe these bastards out.  blow up every ship that cannot 100% prove it is not engaged in the pirate/thug/terrorism trade.  Put them the hell out of business.


And when the countries whose people are being held hostage tell us that we're doing the wrong thing?  Respond, firmly and decisively, that it is their unwillingness to act which caused the hostage situation, not our actions to protect US interests.  Tell them that if we don't stop this right now, there will be more hostages, not less.  It has to stop, and the sooner the better.


Then let them cry and moan about it.  That, apparently, is the extent of what they are willing to do.


This cannot go on any longer.  Period.

That was true then.  And it is just as true now. 

How many more will die before we act?


Ken Berwitz

Philosophical question:  If a tree falls in the forest, and no one is there to hear it, does it make any noise?

Updated Philosophical question:  If death threats are made against Republicans, and no one in broadcast media tells viewers about it, do the viewers know it happened?

Excerpted from Noel Sheppard's blog at

Numerous death threats were made against Wisconsin Republican lawmakers last week, but you wouldn't know about it if your only news sources were ABC, CBS, MSNBC, NBC, and NPR.


Bucking the boycott was Fox News's Bill O'Reilly Friday.

Not taking this seriously were ABC, CBS, MSNBC, NBC, and NPR. LexisNexis and closed-caption dump searches of "Wisconsin and 'death threat'" produced zero results for these so-called news outlets throughout the month of March.


When you compare this to the hysterical coverage of last year's Tea Party rallies and town hall protests, where conservatives were regularly depicted as either hostile or fomenting violence, one has to wonder how actual death threats against sitting politicians would not be considered newsworthy.

If friends or relatives try to tell you there is no media bias, or downplay its extent, be sure to mention this.  See if they even know what you're talking about.  Then listen to them try to explain it away.  And know that they can't.

Sometimes the bias level is is truly breathtaking. 

As I have said before:  They may think they're journalists.  They may have jobs that are supposed to be held by journalists.  But they are not journalists at all.  They are propagandists and advocates, who suppress news on behalf of the side they favor.

They shame real journalists ------ and themselves.

free` fraud   –noun 1. deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage. 2. a particular instance of such deceit or trickery: mail fraud; election frauds. 3. any deception, trickery, or humbug: That diet book is a fraud and a waste of time. 4. a person who makes deceitful pretenses; sham; poseur (03/13/11)

AFTER 50 YEARS......

Ken Berwitz

No need for me to comment here.  It speaks for itself:


Ken Berwitz

The horror is unimaginable.

Now they are talking about at least 10,000 dead - and you can be sure that is not near what the final total will be.

Up to 6 nuclear plants are in some level of significant distress, with one in what the government has called "partial meltdown".  And there is no guarantee either that this optimistic (yes, optimistic, compared to the alternative) view is accurate, or that there will not be further damage from aftershocks or even another earthquake.

(When it was Chernobyl we could rationalize that the Russians just didn't build the nuclear plant well.  But mother nature just told us, very loudly, that sometimes it doesn't matter how well a plant is built.  Anyone who does not learn the danger of nuclear energy from this is immune to learning.)

It will be years and years before Japan returns to anything like what it was.  Maybe that will never happen at all.

May the world do what it can to help.  All the world, this time.  Not like the tsunami in Indonesia or the earthquake in Haiti, where there was a lot more pledged than actually provided.

We may not like it, but we're all in this together.


free` There are several designs of nuclear reactors. I would like to know which type these reactors are and how old they are? I haven't seen any info on those two questions. (03/13/11)


Ken Berwitz

Let me start by saying that I do not accuse Jerry Lewis of being a racist.  I assume that his level of worldliness makes it highly unlikely he could be such an ugly thing.

However, in 1968, Jerry Lewis made a screwball comedy called "Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River".  And the technique that title describes is now being used by President Obama's hand-picked national disgrace, Attorney General eric holder, for racist purposes. 

Let me show you how, via the following excerpts from an article at ABC-TV Channel 22:

DAYTON -- The Dayton Police Department is lowering its testing standards for recruits.

It's a move required by the U.S. Department of Justice after it says not enough African-Americans passed the exam.    

Dayton is in desperate need of officers to replace dozens of retirees.  The hiring process was postponed for months because the D.O.J. rejected the original scores provided by the Dayton Civil Service Board, which administers the test. 

Under the previous requirements, candidates had to get a 66% on part one of the exam and a 72% on part two.

The D.O.J. approved new scoring policy only requires potential police officers to get a 58% and a 63%.  That's the equivalent of an F and a D.

 It becomes a safety issue for the people of our community, said Dayton Fraternal Order of Police President, Randy Beane.  It becomes a safety issue to have an incompetent officer next to you in a life and death situation."

The NAACP does not support individuals failing a test and then having the opportunity to be gainfully employed, agreed Dayton NAACP President Derrick Foward.

The D.O.J. and Civil Service Board declined Daytons News Sources repeat requests for interviews.  The lower standards mean 258 more people passed the test. The city won't say how many were minorities.

Lovely.  Just lovely.  Against the wishes of the Presidents of Dayton's PBA and its NAACP chapter, eric holder's Department of Justice is forcing the city to hand out police jobs to people who do not qualify for them, based on the color of their skin.

Now let's think about who this is good for:

-It is isn't good for the new hirees.  It may look good because they get jobs; but it is bad because their fellow officers - the ones, both White and Black, who actually are qualified - will see them as losers who unfairly were handed those jobs.  How many would want one of these guys as a partner?  To be responsible for watching his/her back?

-It isn't good for the minority police officers who passed the real test, because in the public's minds this may well put an asterisk next to their names - i.e. "Is that one of the officers who failed the test, so they lowered the bar and took him?  Do I want this guy protecting me?";

-It isn't good for Black people in general, because it makes them look like lesser human beings who get jobs out of pity and racial guilt instead of competence.  I have no doubt that this played into NAACP President Foward's attack on the hirings;

-And it sure as hell isn't good for Dayton, Ohio, which not only looks ridiculous, but also winds up with a diminished police force.

So who IS it good for?

-Well, it is good for eric holder and, by implication, his boss Barack Obama.  Why?  Because holder is running a racist Department of Justice and this is another triumph for racism.

Aren't we all happy for him?

Now grow old waiting for our wonderful "neutral" media - outside of Dayton, that is - to talk about this outrage, let along condemn it and tell the truth about eric holder.

The 2012 elections cannot come fast enough. 

Zeke .... .... Is that like counting the votes, until the 'entitled' candidate wins. .... .... Speak up, Mr. Gore. ! ....... (03/13/11)


Ken Berwitz

Anyone who holds the mindless belief that what is going on in Mexico does not concern us, would do well to read the following excerpt from an article at

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico -- Armed men kidnapped an American university professor while she was visiting her mother in the violent Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, the state prosecutor's office said Saturday.


The American was identified as Veronica Perez Rodriguez, an archeologist at Northern Arizona University.

A source at the Chihuahua state prosecutor's office said she was visiting her mother in Ciudad Juarez Friday afternoon "and the moment she left her family's house she was intercepted by armed men and deprived of her liberty."


At least 39 U.S. citizens were killed in 2010 in Ciudad Juarez, which has 1.3 million people. It is Mexico's most violent city, according to a report by state prosecutors.

When will the Obama administration do something other than holding talks with Mexico's President Calderon who, however good his intentions may be, is incapable of stopping the drug cartels and other organized crime entities which seem able to kidnap and kill at will? 

When does the Obama administration understand that, if we have no real borders, this inherently spills over to the USA? 

When does this administration understand it already has spilled over?

And when does the Obama administration secure our borders, instead of fighting Arizona for trying to secure them while the administration does nothing?


Ken Berwitz

I don't like Bill Maher's style.  I don't like his politics.  And I don't like his religion-bashing.

But Maher gets my compliments and my respect for being one of the only religion-bashers who has the courage to go after Islam along with the easy targets of Christianity and Judaism.

Excerpted from Steven Nelson's piece at

On Friday, Minnesota Democratic Rep. Keith Ellison appeared on Real Time with Bill Maher. Maher told Ellison, who is a Muslim, that the Quran was a hate-filled holy book that inspired terrorism.


Maher then proceeded to discuss the threat posed by the radicalization of American Muslims.


I do agree that there are other groups that pose a terroristic threat to this country, Maher said, I would say that the threat from radicalized Muslims is a unique and greater threat. It is the greatest threat.


The host listed several reasons for why he believed radicalized Muslims presented the greatest threat. We are dealing with a culture that is in its medieval era, was one reason, another was that [Islam] comes from a hate-filled holy book, the Quran, which is taken very literally by its people.


They are trying to get nuclear weapons, Maher continued. I dont think Tim McVeigh would ever have tried to get a nuclear weapon because I think right-wing nuts, they think they love this country and they are not trying to destroy this country, they want to get it away from the people they see as hijacking it. Thats different than Muslim extremists who want to destroy it.


Maher also listed a culture of suicide bombing, which is hard to deter.


Ellison suggested that books are complex and hold various meanings and interpretations. Maher responded, I dont buy it, then mockingly said that he must have seen a lot of bad translations.

In this country we have no shortage of brave souls like the museum people who put up "piss Christ", and Mary covered in elephant dung -- not to mention the kathy griffins, the creators of South Park, whose broadway play "Book of Mormon" proudly advertises that it is blasphemous, along with countless other examples of gratuitous Christian bashing.  And, of course, Jew bashing - especially Israel bashing - is a daily occurrence, including from ostensibly Jewish people like the hate-filled, deranged roaseanne barr.

But almost none of this bunch would ever have a bad word to say about Islam - which is a religion overflowing with moral and judgments and satirical opportunities for them.  Why?  Because they don't fear being killed by Christians or Jews for what they say.  Those religions don't issue fatwas.  But Islam is another story.

These people are not clever or funny.  And they certainly are not courageous.  They are cowardly cheap-shot artists.

Bill Maher stands apart from this bunch, because he includes Islam on his hit list. 

So, though I don't like religion-bashing per se, I applaud Maher for having the guts to do so.

WisOldMan What Mr. Maher highlights more than the obvious about Islam is that among those in Democrat Media, he is simply alone in being frank about Islam. However, he is in step with all of Democrat Media, in lying about and smearing Christians and Jews. btw, Tim McVeigh may have been raised a Christian, but Christ didn't blow up child day care centers, nor murder innocents. (03/13/11)

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