Saturday, 25 February 2012


Ken Berwitz

There is a lot to like about Mitt Romney.  And there are things about him that should make any normal human being wince.

One of the "wince" attributes is his remarkable talent for trying to look like a regular guy by making comments that, in actuality, make him look like an out-of-touch rich guy instead.  Which, let's be frank, describes him very well.

Here is the latest example:  a comment Mr. Romney made to try and ingratiate himself to the folks in Michigan, while speaking at a Detroit Economic Club event.  The idea, apparently, was to show that he bought from all three of what used to be the major US automakers (Chrysler, media barely have advised the public, is now owned by Fiat):

I drive a Mustang and a Chevy pick-up truck.  Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs, actually, and I used to have a Dodge truck.  So I used to have all three covered

"Ann drives a couple of Cadillacs"?  Ouch.  How many regular guys have wives who drive "a couple of Cadillacs".

Romney is being nailed for this.  And that is hardly a surprise.  A politician should know better.

But, that said, let's also remember that, just this week, Debbie Wasserman Schultz - with her $174,000 annual salary as a congressperson, almost certainly another 6-figure salary as DNC chair, and a husband who is Vice President of a bank - told us that she was part of the middle class.  Try and find even a small mention of that amazingly ridiculous comment in the mainstream media.

So, yes, let's laugh at how out of touch Mitt Romney looks when he tries to position himself as just one of the guys.

But let's also wince at the breathaking double standard media show us when a Democrat does the same thing.

Zeke .... .... .... double standard ? .... ..... nah ---- well, maybe. .... especially after you view the 1 minute video at ---- ----- (warning - put down the Pepsi, you'll probably snarf it through your nose) ...... (02/25/12)


Ken Berwitz

Here's one for both the "you can't make this stuff up" AND "Darwin" competitions.

From Jennie Olson's article for KSTP-TV in Minneapolis-St. Paul:

Police: Columbia Heights Man Caught With Stolen 19-Inch TV in Pants

A Columbia Heights man was arrested for allegedly stealing a 19-inch television by shoving it down his pants.

Twenty-one-year-old Eric Lee King was walking out of an Eagan business on Dec. 5, 2011, when he dropped a box of candy in the parking lot. An Eagan police officer was in the area and let King know, but King kept walking as if he didnt hear the officer, according to the complaint.

The police officer said King was walking straight-legged, shuffling his feet, and not bending his knees. The officer also noticed that Kings pants were falling down and he was trying to hold them up.

After honking his horn and getting no response, the officer got out of his car and approached King. Police say King squatted down and reached into his pants, so the office handcuffed him for safety reasons.

Thats when the officer saw a large, square item wrapped in plastic shoved down the mans pants. The item turned out to be a 19-inch flat screen television.

Police say they also recovered a remote, power cords, and a bottle of brake fluid from his pants, along with two blue pills that were identified as the controlled substance Xanax.

King has been charged with fifth degree controlled substance crime and shoplifting.

I hope Mr. Lee has learned a valuable lesson from this:  never carry a box of candy in your pocket if you are going to stuff a 19 inch TV, remote control unit, power cords and brake fluid down your pants. 

Lucky he wasn't stealing from a seafood store.  A live lobster could be a real problem down there.

If he denied stealing the TV, it would have been a classic case of  liar, liar, pants on Fios.

Did the remote control work in there?  Because I can think of a lot of uses for it that have nothing to do with a TV....but certainly give new meaning to the term "power cord".

And the brake fluid?  I think it's a second degree felony to tell you the lines I'm coming up with for that.  I just want to know if it was stuffed in the front or the back of his pants.

Ok, enough.  That's what I can come up with so far.  The next bad line will have to come from you, not me.

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