Wednesday, 27 April 2011

ROBERT WEXLER: IS THIS WHY HE RESIGNED?

Ken Berwitz

Remember Robert Wexler? 

Mr. Wexler was a perpetually angry hard-left congressperson from Southern Florida -- until one day he suddenly resigned his safer-than-safe seat and disappeared from elective politics.

Why did he do that?  Maybe this excerpt of a story in the Miami Herald will help to explain.  The bold print is mine:

An aide and fundraiser to former Congressman Robert Wexler has pleaded guilty to providing false information to the Internal Revenue Service about a $15,000 kickback she received for a controversial real estate investment by the South Florida Democrats campaign.

Daniella Howard, 44, of Pompano Beach, was sentenced by a federal judge to serve one year on probation and pay the government $3,200 in restitution. She could have drawn up to a year in prison and a fine of $10,000 on the misdemeanor charge.

Howard still faces possible civil tax penalties, according to charging documents.

Prosecutors kept Howards case low-key and moved it swiftly through the court system. Charges were filed on April 11, a Monday. By Friday, April 15, Howards plea was taken and a judge had pronounced sentence. No press release was issued by the U.S. Attorneys Office.

Authorities would not answer questions about the case, or say whether the joint FBI/IRS money laundering investigation that led to the criminal charge against Howard is now concluded.

Wexler, a self-described fire-breathing liberal whose district included parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties, surprised the political world in October 2009 when he announced that he was quitting his politically safe seat in Congress to take a job as president of a Washington-based Middle East think tank founded by Slim-Fast founder S. Daniel Abraham. His final day was Jan. 2, 2010.

Wexler could not be reached for comment.

In November, Broward Bulldog reported that Wexler stepped down after federal agents interviewed at least four persons about his campaigns unconventional $150,000 investment in the same real estate deal that has now led to Howards guilty plea.

Do you wonder, as I do, if Wexler stepped down because federal prosecutors were getting too close to his involvement in this "real estate deal"? 

How could you not?

I certainly hope Mr. Wexler eventually will be reached for comment.  I'd love to hear it. 


THE LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE

Ken Berwitz

Evidently the heat was becoming unbearable and they had to do something (with thanks to Donald Trump, who I'm not a big fan of but was clearly instrumental here, and to Jerome Corsi, whose new book on the subject will get a huge sales boost from what you are about to read).

Suddenly, out of nowhere, we have a long form birth certificate.

I will wait a day or two for people more knowledgeable than me to scrutinize this document, which has magically appeared after years of zealously being guarded during which time we occasionally were told it didn't even exist.

But, as of now, am I suspicious?  Yes. 

If tyhe birth certificate were presented two years ago I probably would not have been.  But now, only after all this time and only after the issue became too hot to continue stonewalling?  That is pretty opportune, wouldn't you say?

Look, I am not claiming the birth certificate is a phony.  But what I am saying is that the circumstances under which it has materialized out of thin air make its veracity less than convincing. 

What an amazing coincidence.  Hawaii suddenly puts a lid on getting this kind of birth certificate - i.e. even someone requesting his/her own birth certificate now cannot have it - and, just two days later, Barack Obama shows us what he claims is his original birth certificate (the one we were told didn't even exist), with absolutely no way to check it.  If that doesn't raise red flags, I give up.

FYI:  Here is what I wrote about the birth certificate issue on July 28, 2009 - almost two years ago.  I stand by it now:

BARACK OBAMA'S ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE: DR. FUKINO'S NEW STATEMENT

Ken Berwitz

"One of these days in your travels, a guy is going to show you a brand-new deck of cards on which the seal is not yet broken. Then this guy is going to offer to bet you that he can make the jack of spades jump out of this brand-new deck of cards and squirt cider in your ear. But, son, do not accept this bet, because as sure as you stand there, you're going to wind up with an ear full of cider":  Guys & Dolls:  Sky Masterson, relating his father's advice about making bets.

When there were a bunch of going-nowhere lawsuits, but no likelihood that any of them would result in Barack Obama's original birth certificate being made public, the Director of Hawaii's Department of Health, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, issued this statement:

"There have been numerous requests for Sen. Barack Hussein Obamas official birth certificate. State law (Hawaii Revised Statutes 338-18) prohibits the release of a certified birth certificate to persons who do not have a tangible interest in the vital record"

 

"Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawaii, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawaii State Department of Health has Sen. Obamas original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures"

As you can see, Dr. Fukino said that Barack Obama's original birth certificate is on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.  She did not say that it shows Barack Obama is eligible to be President of the United States.  

Since Mr. Obama's eligibility was the only reason anyone was clamoring for a look at his original birth certificate, I conclude Dr. Fukino intentionally worded her response to make it seem as though this issue was addressed, without actually saying one way or the other.  

If so, it certainly worked.  Countless talking heads have claimed her statement ended the eligibility issue, even though it clearly did not.

But now that mainstream people are increasingly insistent (have increasingly been embarrassed into acknowledging) that the issue remains unresolved, and are wondering out loud why the birth certificate is being hidden at all costs, Dr. Fukino has made another statement:

I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barrack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago ...

Based on this new statement, I no longer believe there is any value to seeing Barack Obama's original birth certificate.  Because as sure as you stand there, the document Dr. Fukino produces will say exactly what she is now claiming.

I will wipe the cider from my ear and move on.

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ADDENDUM:  It just hit me:  I am not predicting this. But:

-If in the near future Barack Obama - who spent a fortune over the past year to hide his original birth certificate - comes out with something along the lines of "Look, I've tried not to do this because I know I'm natural born and the whole thing was so silly, but since it isn't ending I'm instructing Dr. Fukino to release my original birth certificate, then I don't want to hear about this again"...

-...and an original materializes that confirms he is natural born, which he could just as easily have shown us all this time...

-...I will smell a rat from here to Seattle (and I live in New Jersey).

My only regret?  That I didn't state it as an actual prediction. 

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UPDATE:   

1. A number of internet sites are already claiming President Obama's "birth certificate" has been altered.  I cannot speak for any of the sites making this claim - yet - but the people doing so clearly have more knowledge of how to manipulate a PDF file than I do (that's not exactly an accomplishment) and seem very certain of what they are saying.  Click here to see one such site, again keeping in mind that I am not able to vouch for its credibility.

2. Note to dailycaller.com, which declared Jerome Corsi a "loser" because the birth certificate would make his book "Where's The Birth Certificate" irrelevant:  As I write this, almost 7 hours after the birth certificate was made public, Mr. Corsi's book is #37 on Amazon's best-seller list.  And it isn't even out yet (its publish date is May 17). 

That doesn't suggest people think of it as irrelevant.  Or, if it does, I wish people considered my book just as irrelevant.

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FURTHER UPDATE:  It is now 7:30AM on Thursday - a day after Mr. Obama's release of what he purports to be his long-form birth certificate (more on this later, as a separate blog). 

Here is how Jerome Corsi's book, "Where is the Birth Certificate?", is doing on Amazon:

Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

I wonder if dailycaller.com still thinks the "birth certificate" release makes Mr. Corsi a "loser".......

Zeke .... .... I saw the Certificate of Live Birth on wnd.com .... It shows the hospital, a doctor's signature, mother's signature. .... .... Well, this convinces me : ... Obama is a manipulator and a con artist --- Either this is a forgery .... or else Obama is crazy for spending over $2 million in legal fees to hide this document. .... .... why didn't he do this 2 or 3 yrs ago. ..... ....... ..... (repost) (04/27/11)


ANTI-CHRISTIAN HATRED

Ken Berwitz

If you read this blog, you certainly know I am 100% supportive of gay rights, and of gays to be married (or in civil unions, if you prefer) with the same rights as heterosexuals.

With that in mind, I will now provide a link to a report at pajamasmedia.com, about an "Easter celebration" enthusiastically enjoyed by part (not all, I assure you) of San Francisco's gay population.

It is appalling.  It is disgusting.  It is full of hatred.  It should make any decent person sick, regardless of sexual orientation.

If you have a very strong stomach, click here to experience this sick-fest in all its "glory" - along with a clever little twist in how it is described, which you'll understand if you use my link.. 

Warning:  The images are exceedingly graphic and exceedingly blasphemous

The sick bastards who put this "show" on should (but won't) be ashamed of themselves.  But I hope they are happy with their contribution to religious hatred. 

And I hope they understand that the next time there is an attack on members of the gay population, the sick filth they are spewing here just might be a contributing factor.


HAWAII GOES INTO FULL OBAMA-PROTECTION MODE

Ken Berwitz

This blog is for anyone who still harbors even the slightest hope that the state of Hawaii (now governed by hard-left Obama toady neil abercrombie) will allow anyone to see Barack Obama's original birth certificate.  (I don't mean the "Certification of Live Birth", which so many of our wonderful "neutral" media have lied about by claiming it is his birth certificate, I mean the birth certificate itself. )

Bob Unruh of worldnetdaily.com has written an excellent piece about this, complete with copious documentation.  I hope you click on the link I'm providing, read every word and look at every supporting document.  But, for now, please read this excerpt to see how completely Hawaii is putting a lid on Mr. Obama's past:

Hawaii slams door on birth certificates

2 days before Trump questions, no problem getting long-form document. Today, no way


With billionaire and possible GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump ratcheting interest in Barack Obama's Hawaiian birth documentation to its highest level ever, the State of Hawaii is suddenly enforcing a policy that no one not even the president of the United States can obtain a copy of his own birth certificate from the state's Department of Health.

Although the policy of denying the public access to copies of long-form original hospital birth certificates was announced in 2001, it wasn't enforced for years. But with Trump's recent pointed questioning of the circumstances of Obama's birth and whether he was even born in America Hawaii officials have apparently determined that the long-overlooked state procedure now requires enforcement.

 

On March 17 the wealthy real estate entrepreneur told ABC's "Good Morning America" Obama's refusal to provide what is routine information about his life was "very strange."

 

Since then, Trump has been on a talk show tour suggesting he might run for president in 2012 and saying if Obama is not eligible, it's one of the biggest hoaxes ever. He even suggested the 44th president's tenure in the White House could be "illegal." 

The controversy points directly back to the state of Hawaii, where officials previously have maintained they have viewed Obama's birth "records," but have steadfastly refused to disclose what they say or even in what form those records exist. Nor has Obama been willing to seek the information and release it himself; in fact, he's dispatched both private and tax-paid attorneys to fend off dozens of court cases across the country to make certain his records are kept secret.

Let me reiterate what I have been blogging for years:  the time to have found out about President Obama's eligibility was before he ran for the presidency, won and took office.  If he is not legally President, the consequences start at catastrophic and go downward from there.  Does it mean that every piece of legislation requiring the President's signature is null and void?  Every executive order?  What about his military decisions as commander in chief?  Etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. 

Let me also say that the so-called "birther" issue is almost certainly a loser for Republicans, who (unfairly) have been tarred as right wing, vindictive, mindless idiots for daring to ask that Barack Obama simply prove he is who and what he says he is.  In this regard, it should be remembered that Mr. Obama's birth certificate is far from the only documentation being withheld.  So are his school records, passport information, any explanation of why his social security number is within the sequence that should have come from Connecticut (where Mr. Obama never lived or worked) instead of Hawaii or Illinois, and plenty more. 

But what does any of this have to do with media seeking out the truth about Barack Obama, whatever it might be? 

Regardless of its timing, and regardless of the political consequences, aren't media supposed to be finding, and reporting, the truth? 

Well, the truth here is that our media - a media which had no problem working triple-overtime to investigate whether President Bush missed a few meaningless national guard meetings in the early 1970's - have almost completely abrogated their journalistic responsibilities in an effort to shield President Obama's past from scrutiny.

Ironically, if you believe anything Barack Obama says (which, I admit, is an issue unto itself), he doesn't need to contact Hawaii at all to provide his original birth certificate.  He already has it. 

From page 26 of his own book, "Dreams of my Father", Mr. Obama writes:

I discovered this article, folded away among my birth certificate and old vaccination forms, when I was in high school.

In other words, Barack Obama mentioned, in passing, that he already has the long form birth certificate in his possession.

Do you think one or another of our intrepid, ever-vigilant media might ask him to provide it?  After all, if you believe Mr. Obama, it does nothing but reiterate what he has already told us about himself, right? 

The fact that, through over two years of controversy they have not done so, tells us all we need to know about the state of media in this country.  And of how far most of them are willing to go to protect him from even the most nominal scrutiny.

Why do you think they are doing this? 

Zeke ... .... ... 9:06 am: on WOR-AM (710) NYC -- John Gambling Show: President Obama's birth certificate will be revealed at 9:45 am this morning. ... .... .... they are serious .... but speculating if anything will be redacted. .... ... (04/27/11)

Zeke .... .... I saw the Certificate of Live Birth on wnd.com .... It shows the hospital, a doctor's signature, mother's signature. .... .... Well, this convinces me : ... Obama is a manipulator and a con artist --- Either this is a forgery .... or else Obama is crazy for spending over $2 million in legal fees to hide this document. .... .... why didn't he do this 2 or 3 yrs ago. ..... (04/27/11)

Zeke ... .... ... 9:06 am: on WOR-AM (710) NYC -- John Gambling Show: President Obama's birth certificate will be revealed at 9:45 am this morning. ... .... .... they are serious .... but speculating if anything will be redacted. .... ... (04/27/11)


ALAN WEST HANDLES AN ORGANIZED DISRPUPTION

Ken Berwitz

Would you like to see how newly-elected congressperson Alan West handles a small group of hecklers who attended his town hall meeting, apparently positioned themselves at different locations in the hall, and attempted to disrupt the meeting any way they could?

Here is the video (if you have trouble seeing it, click here).  It is a classic - not only in how Mr. West handles this distasteful situation, but how one of the hecklers tries one standard "I'm not the problem, I'm the aggrieved party" tactic after another when she is prevented from her intended disruption.

 

I especially like the part, at about 1:17 when, after West has and the audience (those who came to actually hear what he had to say, that is) had endured the disruptions and provocations for a period of time, he says "I'm just going to tell you this.  You're not going to intimidate me".  The audience spontaneously erupts with a wildly enthusiastic, prolonged round of cheering and applauding.  It is great.

And much thanks to the police for handling the disruption - especially the disrupter noted earlier - with consummate professionalism.  I don't know how they did it. 

Alan West is not some career politico.  He is a military man who has faced combat and risen through the ranks.  Did these obnoxious, crude, rude and obvious weenies really think they could get the better of him?  Not a chance.

West rose up tall, while they looked small.  

We are lucky to have a man like Alan West in congress.

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NOTE:  As commenter "zeke" has correctly pointed out, the female heckler who was removed, and who worked so hard to create an incident, was Nicole Sandler. 

Ms. Sandler used to have a show on Air America (which, given Air America's ratings, might explain her apparent lack of comfort interacting with several hundred people).  These days, she toils for something called radioornot.com (not what you'd call a great leap forward).

If you view the above video, and then look at the picture of Ms. Sandler at radioornot.com, you may note that there appears to be a near-generational age difference.   A little like putting up a picture of Yul Brynner with hair.  In fairness, a lot of entertainment people do the same, so she gets a free pass on that one.

Additionally, Ms. Sandler sometimes fills in for Randi Rhodes - another radio personality with a near-moribund career who is no stranger to brushes with the law.  Make of it what you will.

If you get the idea that Nicole Sandler does not impress me, you just may be onto something.....

Zeke .... ..... Additional Information: .... The female heckler is former Air America radio talk show host Nicole Sandler. .... .... Protestors heckled speaker U.S. Rep. Allen West over Medicare and his requirement that questions had to submitted in writing. Police escorted them out of the room. .... ..... Typical libtard -- shouting over the speaker, and then insisting "I was just trying to ask a question". ..... .... Any lie to disrupt. .... .... (04/27/11)

Zeke .... ..... Additional Information: .... The female heckler is former Air America radio talk show host Nicole Sandler. .... .... Protestors heckled speaker U.S. Rep. Allen West over Medicare and his requirement that questions had to submitted in writing. Police escorted them out of the room. .... ..... Typical libtard -- shouting over the speaker, and then insisting "I was just trying to ask a question". ..... .... Any lie to disrupt. .... .... Guess she got her 15 minutes of fame. .... (04/27/11)


DEMOCRAT "CIVILITY" (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Here is the latest in the continuing series detailing Democrat and left wing (often one and the same) "civility".

This is the beginning of an email sent out today under James Carville's name.  The subject is "Idiocy".

Dear XXX,

 

You know Republicans. Give em an inch and theyll take billions in tax cuts for the wealthy.
 
So far, theyve tried to kill Medicare, scrap health care reform and gut clean energy investments. Why? To give big, fat tax cuts to billionaires and corporations.
 
Democrats can block this idiocy in the Senate, for now. But Republicans only need 4 seats for the majority. If they get them, then guess what? Tax breaks for billionaires, a defunded Planned Parenthood, and the end of Medicare could become a reality.

Funny thing:  The same media that jumped all over every example of Republican incivility, real or imagined, seem never to have a problem with this kind of rhetoric when it emanates from the other side of the aisle.

If this spurs someone to take a potshot at a Republican - maybe a Paul Ryan, who has proposed major changes in Medicare - will these media immediately condemn the tidal wave of such rhetoric that has been aimed at him (Carville's email is the latest example, but far from the only one)?

Or will they assure us that, no, they're not biased at all?


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