Saturday, 17 December 2011


Ken Berwitz

If you were in a predominantly liberal/leftward city of over 7,000,000 people, within a mostly liberal/leftward metropolitan area of over 20,000,000 people, and you represented 99% of the overall population - not just the liberal/left but everyone........wouldn't you expect to get more than 1,400 people actively working for you?

And if you didn't get more than 1,400 people actively working for you.......wouldn't you reconsider that 99% jazz?

Excerpted from today's article at

Occupy Wall Street makes bid for new New York City camp

NEW YORK, NY -- Occupy protesters will mark the movement's third-month anniversary with a major direct action on Saturday that could give them a new home -- a central headquarters that plays a "crucial role" in their movement -- as authorities continue to shutter camps nationwide. 

But their potential new landlord, Trinity Church, has voiced strong opposition, and the move by Occupy is seen by some as applying strong pressure to them to cave in and let the protesters set up camp.

Under the banner of "Re-Occupy," the protesters said they've assembled more than 1,400 people -- elders of the civil rights movement, prominent artists, faith leaders and community members -- to help them in their bid to try and set up camp in a nearly half-acre plot about one mile northwest of their former camp at Zuccotti Park, from which they were evicted on Nov. 15.

"Outdoor public space plays a crucial role in this civic process and encourages open, transparent organizing in our movement, unbeholden to a broken political system. As we saw in Liberty Square (Zuccotti Park), outdoor space invites people to listen, speak, share, learn, and act. It is a source of inspiration and empowerment," Occupy Wall Street said in a statement.

Trinity Church has provided the protesters with meeting rooms and use of their neighborhood center but is opposed to having them stay at the Duarte Square lot. An attempt to move in there on Nov. 15 was rejected by the church.

In all good conscience and faith, we strongly believe to do so would be wrong, unsafe, unhealthy and potentially injurious, its rector, The Rev. Dr. James H. Cooper, said in a statement dated Dec. 9 and posted to the church website. The health, safety and security problems posed by an encampment here, compounded by winter weather, would dwarf those experienced at Zuccotti Park. Calling this an issue of political sanctuary is manipulative and blind to reality.

That's some helluva "99%" movement. 

And even Trinity Church, which apparently is quite sympathetic to the protesters, realizes what a major-league mistake it would be to let them take over Duarte Square.  It's good to see that they learned from the Zuccotti Park fiasco - complete with its tons of garbage and hordes of angry neighbors and business owners.

These people seem to think they are visionaries.  But, in reality, they are delusionaries. 

And the public - even the many who agree with some or most of the points they raise about Wall Street (which, ironically would include me), understand that their demands comprise an unacceptable alternative.

So, until they convince some other, sympathetic land-owning entity into giving them free space, the "Occupy Wall Street" crowd has nothing to occupy.

What a great time to start looking for jobs, and pay off some of that college tuition.....

stan chaz You don’t need to be religious to understand -and embrace- the idea that "Whatsoever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." But the 1%, in their blind greed and schemes, have forgotten and closed their eyes to this, and to what the word "society" should really mean. Because of Occupy Wall Street, we are finally talking less about CUTS and more about BLEEDING. Instead of demanding m-o-r-e budget cuts -to be borne by the middle class and poor- we are FINALLY focusing on the shameful bleeding that the poor and middle class has endured for all too long. Instead of talking about even m-o-r-e cuts in the taxes of millionaires....we are now talking about fairness and justice - about an economy and a political system that is increasingly run for the rich, and by the rich. Instead of talking about LESS government, we are talking about a government that WORKS FOR ALL OF US, not just a favored few. Thank you OWS, for reminding us that people -ordinary working people- really DO matter, and for helping open our eyes to what’s really going on in this country. Trinity Church should look deep into its collective soul, do the right thing, and help OWS. For I would bet my life, that if He were physically with us He was 2000 years ago, He himself would be the FIRST to climb those fences, and occupy Trinity’s Duarte Square. Of this I am certain.  (12/19/11)

Zeke .... .... What a great idea -- right at the entrance to the Holland Tunnel. --- Convenient to closing down traffic - just step into the street. ... .... And all that hoopla (drums, chanting, signs) will distract motorists. .... .... The churchman got it right -- MANIPULATIVE .... .... .... Turn off the video, and these lame squatters are nothing ... it's all a Media Circus. .... .... But, given the significant dollars behind them, .... ... they "protesters" are merely pawns of Soros sponsored leftwing activist groups. (12/17/11)

Zeke .... .... dang, Stan Chaz .... .... you are a busy little anarchist .... pasting the exact same screed all over. .....,,,,, and so on. .... .... ... As to the theology, well, the Church is not submitting to "Manipulative" trespassers --- and you do need to understand that our political process is not an exercise in extortion and thuggery. .... ... .... oh, and have a nice Holiday. .... ..... (12/19/11)


Ken Berwitz

Yesterday I reposted a blog I originally wrote four years ago, about ron paul's sordid racist, anti-Semitic history. 

I didn't know the half of it.

James Kirchick, of the Weekly Standard, has uncovered a great deal more from the political newsletter paul used to put out. 

You can - and most definitely should - read Mr. Kirchick's entire piece .  Here is just a tiny portion of what you will see:

In January 2008, the New Republic ran my story reporting the contents of monthly newsletters that Paul published throughout the 1980s and 1990s. While a handful of controversial passages from these bulletins had been quoted previously, I was able to track down nearly the entire archive, scattered between the University of Kansas and the Wisconsin Historical Society (both of which housed the newsletters in collections of extreme right-wing American political literature). Though particular articles rarely carried a byline, the vast majority were written in the first person, while the title of the newsletter, in its various iterations, always featured Pauls name: Ron Pauls Freedom Report, the Ron Paul Political Report, the Ron Paul Survival Report, and the Ron Paul Investment Letter. What I found was unpleasant.


Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks, read a typical article from the June 1992 Special Issue on Racial Terrorism, a supplement to the Ron Paul Political Report. Racial apocalypse was the most persistent theme of the newsletters; a 1990 issue warned of The Coming Race War, and an article the following year about disturbances in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C., was entitled Animals Take Over the D.C. Zoo. Paul alleged that Martin Luther King Jr., the world-class philanderer who beat up his paramours, had also seduced underage girls and boys. The man who would later proclaim King a hero attacked Ronald Reagan for signing legislation creating the federal holiday in his name, complaining, We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day. 


No conspiracy theory was too outlandish for Pauls endorsement. One newsletter reported on the heretofore unknown phenomenon of Needlin, in which gangs of black girls between the ages of 12 and 14 roamed the streets of New York and injected white women with possibly HIV-infected syringes.  

In my earlier post, I referred to ron paul as a stink-bug.  That may have been too kind.


paul, of late, has been moving up in the Iowa polls.  It would be hard to overstate the damage his emergence as a major candidate would wreak on the Republican Party. 


And, to complicate things even more, if paul's opponents antagonize him enough, he might run third-party - and take enough votes away from the ventual Republican nominee to give Barack Obama a second term.  There is little doubt ron paul can draw votes because of the issues he makes sense on (and I don't deny they exist), coupled with the fact that some Republicans (a small number I would hope) might subscribe to the bilge detailed above.


How I wish he would just go away.


Ken Berwitz

The Chevy Volt has been out there for year or so. 

Almost nobody is buying it.  And those who do must be crossing their fingers that the engine won't explode.

Through November, Volt has unloaded a grand total of 6,142 vehicles.  Way below its extremely understated first-year goal of 10,000. 

The reason?  Well, Audi North America President, Johan de Nysschen had a rather indelicate opinion about that well before Volts hit the showroom - September, 2009 to be exact.  Here is what he said:

No one is going to pay a $15,000 premium for a car that competes with a (Toyota) Corolla, he said. So there are not enough idiots who will buy it.  (The Volt is) "for the intellectual elite who want to show what enlightened souls they are.

Did Mr. Nysschen have a point?  You be the judge.

Personally, I hope that non-gas vehicles (which the Volt is not, by the way) become hugely successful.  The less fossil fuels we use, the better off we are in many, many ways.

But a stinker is a stinker.  And this one reeks.


Ken Berwitz

I often point out instances where Democrats are nailed for corruption, but media reports mention their party affiliation either as inconspicuously as possible (buried in the detail of the story) or not at all.  The latest example was Jon Corzine - for whom you would have to dig and dig to find out that he was a Democrat US Senator and Governor.

But I have to confess this doesn't always happen.

Here is a perfect example:  the first three paragraphs of an article excerpted from today's Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch resigned from her leadership post the day after fellow Republicans confronted her about allegations that she had an "inappropriate relationship" with a staff member.

"We're here today with a lot of humility and some sadness and even shock," interim Senate Majority Leader Geoff Michel said Friday at a hastily called Capitol news conference.

Koch, the state's first female majority leader, was widely considered a hard-working and savvy campaigner who helped Republicans win control of the Senate last year for the first time in four decades. Her sudden resignation stunned Republicans, ending one of the shortest tenures for a Senate majority leader since 1933. The move will reshuffle the Senate leadership a month before the legislative session and less than a year before a high-stakes 2012 election in which Democrats are vowing to win back control of the Senate and the GOP will campaign for a proposed constitutional amendment that would preclude gays from marrying

Three paragraphs, and already four mentions of "Republican" and "GOP".  Does anyone have to wonder which party Ms. Koch is in?  Nope, it is the Party of Immediate Identification.

By contrast, click here to read the Star-Tribune's original October 31 article about Jon Corzine and MF-Global.  Tell me when you see the word "Democrat" in it.  I don't mean in the first three paragraphs, I mean anywhere at all in the article.  The closest it comes is mentioning that Corzine was a major bundler for President Obama --- in paragraph 17.

The next day?  Another article, 17 more paragraphs.....and not one mention of his Democrat party affiliation, even though the article noted that he had unsuccessfully run for re-election as New Jersey's Governor.

And please note that, while I am picking on the Star-Tribune because of the Amy Koch story, this same pattern was replicated in countless other media venues.

These, folks, are the people who call themselves neutral journalists.

You could have fooled me.

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