Wednesday, 26 October 2011


Ken Berwitz

If there are three words almost guaranteed to haunt President Obama throughout next year's election campaign, they are "recipe for success".

Here is what Mr. Obama said last night on Jay Leno's Tonight Show, excerpted from Jim Kuhnhenn's article for the Associated Press:

Laying out an argument for his emerging foreign policy doctrine, Obama distinguished the U.S. steps in Libya from the invasion and nine-year war in Iraq. He argued that by building a broad international alliance of European and Arab nations against Gadhafi, the United States saved American lives and money and achieved its goal.

"Not a single U.S. troop was on the ground," he said. "Not a single U.S. troop was killed or injured, and that, I think, is a recipe for success in the future."

Let's see:

-President Obama initially indicated our involvement would be for "a matter of days".  It turned into 8 months;

-During those extra 7 months and 3+ weeks, much of Libya's infrastructure was decimated.  That is what happens when you bomb from the air;

-Libya's dictator, moamar qaddafi, was hunted down, apparently sodomized with some kind of tubular object - I have chosen not to offer readers the video - beaten, killed, and put in a supermarket meat refrigerator.  (Not that this especially troubles me, given what qaddafi was and what he did, but it is hardly a "recipe for success");

-Now Libya's "transitional" (maybe permanent, who can tell) head of state has informed us that Libya will operate under shari'a law, and all laws that, among other things, gave women at least minimal rights are summarily null and void. 

- And with numbers of different factions fighting for power, including factions that are openly in bed with al qaeda,  the prospects that Libya will quickly descend into chaos and violence are excellent.  

That's some helluva "recipe for success".

If Libya peacefully (peace being a relative term here) transitions into something that remotely resembles a democracy, President Obama will be right - and will be the luckiest man on the face of the earth.  Don't bet on it happening. 

But if that's not the way things go, and chaos and violence overcome Libya, President Obama will not be lucky at all.  He will be subject to the consequences of his Libya policy.  That, you might want to make a bet on. 

And I guarantee that, if this happens, the Republican presidential nominee, whomever he/she is, will be reminding us all of that "recipe for success" line right up to election day.

Zeke .... and the chaos and violence in Tunisia, Yemen. ..... ..... (10/26/11)

free' But if that's not the way things go, and chaos and violence overcome Libya, President Obama will not be lucky at all.  He will be subject to the consequences of his Libya policy. ---------That's assuming the MSM don't commit a little fraud on his behalf. Have you heard much about Egypt lately? Exactly. (10/26/11)


Ken Berwitz

Since the New York Times has told us that "there is almost no voter fraud in America", I thought I'd show you (and the Times) another example of this virtually nonexistent phenomenon.  Please pay special attention to the last part, which I have put in bold print.

Excerpted from Eric Shawn's article for Fox News - San Francisco:

Shocking voter fraud allegations are rocking the mayor's race in San Francisco. District Attorney George Gascon has launched an investigation and demands are growing for federal authorities to move in. 


One campaign official fears the election could be stolen if nothing is done.


Supporters of incumbent Mayor Ed Lee, who is running for a full four-year term next month, are accused of illegally handling vote-by-mail ballots.


Witnesses say workers for the group, SF Neighbor Alliance, set up a makeshift sidewalk voting site in the city's Chinatown and accuse it of illegally casting absentee ballots for elderly Chinese voters. 


The witnesses claim cell-phone videos show workers telling voters to vote for Lee, filling out ballots for the voters and even using a stencil to hide the names of rival candidates so the voters could only chose one -- Lee.


They also say that the completed ballots were stuffed in plastic bags, which is prohibited by state election law.


One of videos was shot by Adam Keigwin, a campaign official for State Sen. Leland Yee, one of Lee's opponents.

"Individuals were marking ballots for elderly voters. They would literally mark the ballot, seal it, and put it in bags behind them. There are so many violations there, almost too numerous to mention," he said.


"It is about our democracy and whether we are going to protect the integrity of the vote. I saw hundreds of voters come and drop off their ballots and have them filled out or being filled out with a stencil," he told Fox News. "That was just in a 45-minute period and that's just one incident that's happening. What else is happening out there? It's certainly potentially, in a very close election like what we're expecting on November 8th, this could end up being an election that is stolen."


The U.S. Attorney's office in San Francisco is reviewing the case. But John Arntz, the director of the San Francisco City and County Department of Elections, has said that he doesn't think there is a clear cut case of voter fraud because, among other reasons, the site was not a sanctioned polling place involving election workers.


"There's nothing that I saw that is a clear violation of the election code. I mean, on its face, it doesn't look real good," Arntz said.

Don't you love that reaction from the US Attorney's office?  It isn't voter fraud because it didn't occur at a sanctioned polling place -- but "I mean, on its face, it doesn't look real good".

That's right, Mr. Arntz.  When hundreds - maybe thousands and thousands (who knows how long this has been going on and how many locations it is taking place) of overtly fraudulent ballots are created, to be handed in as absentee ballots, it "doesn't look real good" .  Congratulations on your amazing analytical abilities.

Maybe Arntz moonlights as a political writer for the New York Times. He certainly would fit right in.

To paraphrase Yenta the matchmaker from Fiddler on the Roof, the way Arntz defines voter fraud, and the way the Times ignores it, it's a perfect match.

I will post additional instances of voter fraud as they become known - and you can bet on it happening. 

Then, who knows?  Maybe one day in the future, the New York Times will rediscover its integrity and write an editorial titled "The Myth of the Myth of Voting Fraud". 

I won't hold my breath waiting.


Ken Berwitz

A week ago, I blogged about an exchange between Vice President Joe Biden and Human Events editor Jason Mattera, in which Mattera challenged Biden on his shameless attempt to connect rejection of the administration's "American Jobs Act" with a rise in women being raped.

Biden - not surprisingly - came out looking ridiculous.  And - also not surprisingly - he didn't like it, as he made clear by his threatening tone and gestures directed at Mattera. 

And now Biden is demanding that Mattera be investigated.  I swear I'm not making this up.  He really is.

Evidently Vice President Biden has become so used to media deferring to him, no matter how ridiculous his comments and actions are, that he perceives a tough question or two as some kind of affront to journalistic ethics.

Here are the particulars, excerpted from Human Events writer John Hayward's understandably sarcastic piece

Dont screw around with me! barked flustered Vice President Joe Biden during his now-famous encounter with HUMAN EVENTS editor Jason Mattera.  It looks like the White House wants to put some muscle behind that threat.  The Dear Leaders do not like impertinent questions.


Coincidentally, weighed in today with the latest proof that Joe Biden is a liar.  Theyre not a conservative site, so it pains them to drop such a heavy hammer on the Vice Presidents distortions: 


As we wrote earlier, we are not minimizing the crime problem in Flint. It is real. And we are not taking sides in the long-running discussion among criminologists about what effect police staffing levels have on crime. But the vice president misrepresented the extent of the citys crime problem flagrantly so, in the case of rapes. He also ignored the fact that crime this year is down, based on the citys own crime figures, despite cuts in the police force and in direct contradiction with his larger point that Flints staffing cuts resulted in rising crime.


But catching an Obama Administration official playing fast and loose with the truth is hardly news.  Whats news is the extent of Bidens sheer cowardice, as the Vice President ran to the Senate and complained about having to answer a question the White House didnt write for him in advance.


As reported by Alexander Bolton at The Hill:


Joe Bidens office has complained to the Senate press gallery about a confrontation the vice president had with a conservative journalist last week on Capitol Hill. 


Biden aides asked whether Senate rules were broken in the wake of the contentious exchange between the vice president and the reporter. 


Jason Mattera, who works for Human Events, a conservative magazine, used a pretext to catch Biden off guard in a Senate hallway and grill him on claims the vice president has made about jobs legislation.


Bidens office has also contacted the standing committee of correspondents, which oversees the gallery, regarding whether Mattera broke the rules by ambushing him. 

residents bill.

I have one minor carp with Mr. Hayward's account:  it's not just 

The Washington Post, certainly no enemy of the Obama administration, checked the accuracy of Mr. Biden's claims, concluded they were "absurd", and gave Biden a rating of "four pinnochios" - which the Post defines as "a whopper".  In other words, Biden either was completely ignorant of what he was talking about or was just plain lying.

Personally, while I do not minimize Mr. Biden's capacity for the former, I believe it clearly was the latter.

To sum up:   We have an accredited member of the media asking the Vice President of the United States to explain his statistics.  We have the Vice President of the United States, either through ignorance or intentional deceit, in an angry, aggressive tone, completely misrepresenting those statistics.  And now we have the Vice President of the United States demanding an investigation of the journalist for daring to ask for the explanation.

Is that chilling enough for you? 

Would it be fair to say that it could act as a significant deterrent for any other member of the media who think about asking Mr. Biden (or Mr. Obama) a challenging question?

Isn't this something that mainstream media - which could be directly affected - should be screaming about today?  Well, where are the screams? 

Do you doubt for a second that, if this were Vice President Dick Cheney, the screams would already be deafening? 

This is what happens when there is an "Accomplice Media", largely operating as a partisan arm of the administration in power.  How do you like it?

Zeke .... ..... When I first read "Animal Farm", I thought (using the title of Sinclair Lewis' book) that "It Can't Happen Here" .......... ........ (10/26/11)

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