Thursday, 17 May 2012


Ken Berwitz

Today, in a matter of hours, a rumor swirled that a billionaire Romney supporter was going to give $10,000,000 to a Super-PAC for an advertising campaign reminding voters of President Obama's association with jeremiah wright - which was denied by the billionaire Romney supporter, and seems to be going away as fast as it materialized.

Mitt Romney quickly repudiated the idea, saying that it was the "wrong course" and that he would concentrate on Mr. Obama's failures with the economy instead.  Maybe that is why it was dropped so quickly. 

My take on this is that, in 2008, attacking Barack Obama's association with wright would have been a terrific strategy, because it would have defined him to voters.  Now, in 2012, it is poor strategy because Mr. Obama's awful record on the economy is far more important to voters.

Or, as cartoonist Bob Gorell reminds us:

Very funny, Bob.  And right on target.  Romney is smart not to be diverted from the biggest issue of the campaign, which also happens to be President Obama's greatest weakness.


Ken Berwitz

As you probably noticed, with one early morning exception I did not blog at all yesterday.

The reason?  On Monday I had a lithotripsy procedure - the use of shock waves to break up a kidney stone.  Monday and Tuesday I was fine.  Yesterday, however, I was in extreme discomfort (that is a very nice way of putting it, I assure you). 

But finally, last night and early this morning, I passed enough of the kidney stone remnants so that the pain stopped --- not to come back again, I hope, since it put me flat on my back all yesterday and I have not eaten any food for 36 hours.

At this moment I feel no pain, a good deal of hunger, and an eagerness to catch up on blogging, since there is plenty to blog about. 

Thanks for bearing with me. 


Zeke .... .... Glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. .... .... Feel Well. .... ..... (05/17/12)


Ken Berwitz

After writing dozens and dozens of blogs on this subject, I am delighted to see Jay Schalin's article at, which says, as I have, that racism includes prejudice and hatred directed at any race, not exclusively the Black race. 

Here are a few key excerpts:

Attorney General Eric Holder should have been more careful about what to ask for.  When he first took office, he called for a national dialogue on race, calling us "a nation of cowards" for not facing the subject honestly.

It may be that he's getting what he asked for, but it is not taking the direction he expected.  There's perhaps a little too much courage and honesty going on for his tastes.

Until very recently, white people in the public eye carefully avoided any comments that fell outside narrow politically correct boundaries; to do so was to volunteer to be the defendant in a media show trial, with a loss of reputation and career the likely result.  Even Bill Cosby, who had achieved a universal father-figure status among African-Americans and was arguably the nation's most popular black person, had his ears pinned back with a firestorm of criticism in 2004 when he suggested that problems in the black community originated in that community rather than with white racism.

But the Trayvon Martin case seems to have lifted the lid off the forbidden box, and, despite attempts to put the lid back on, politically incorrect spirits are escaping into the mainstream.  Subsequent events show that a real dialogue may be taking place -- with conservatives hitting back instead of submitting to expectations of ideological perp walks and mea culpas.

(Thomas) Sowell's, (Naomi Schafer) Riley's, and (John) Derbyshire's refusal to submit to the politically correct line -- and Sowell's and Riley's ability to put their opinions on the matter into top national publications -- is hardly what Holder had in mind when he raised the issue of race relations in America.  Most likely, more critics of the politically correct status quo will speak out as time goes on.  Perhaps the attorney general would now prefer that we had remained a nation of cowards.

Is there racism directed against Blacks?  You bet there is, and plenty of it. 

Is there racism directed against Whites?  Asians?  You bet there is, and plenty of it.  

Is the United States a racist country?  Yes - in that this is a racist world, and the United States is part of the world (albeit a part with more legal redress for racism than just about any other country).

Is Attorney General eric holder running the Department of Justice as a political arm of President Obama's agenda - very much including a view that racism against Blacks is paramount and racism against non-Blacks is not worth bothering about?  So it seems.

Thank you Mr. Schalin - and every other person determined to see racism in all its forms, not just one.  May this trend continue, and grow.  And may the next Presidential election result in the appointment of an Attorney General who is part of that trend.


Ken Berwitz

Let's start with the fact that we know less about Barack Obama than any other President in this country's history - in no small part because our wonderful "neutral" media have made a concerted an effort to avoid learning about his past - and to ignore entire parts of what they did learn.

Now, however, we have a situation even Mr. Obama's Accomplice Media may not be able to duck.

It seems that in 1991, young Barack decided to write a book, "Journeys In Black and White".  The project was eventually abandoned.  But while it was in the works, a biography was written about him - which he either wrote himself or would have authorized.  The biography was used in a promotional booklet by his then-literary agent, Acton & Dystel (Jane Dystel, now part of Dystel & Goderich, still lists him as a client, by the way). has uncovered the existence of this promotional booklet, and has a copy (along with a lot more information that you should click on this link to find out about). 

Would you like to see what it says about Mr. Obama? Ok, no problem.  Here it is:


SAY WHAT?  "Barack Obama, the first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review, was born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii."???

Now why would it say that?

Tell you what:  If Barack Obama can produce any evidence at all that this booklet is a fake, or a forgery, or that he disputed its description of his birthplace at that time, I will consider the possibility that this is meaningless.

But if he cannot, I will not.  And neither should you or anyone else.

Now:  let's see if this is on the news shows tonight.  Let's see who wants to go even further in the tank for Barack Obama.


UPDATE:  Miriam Goderich, one of Mr. Obama's current literary agents, has responded to the uncovering of this biography.  She claims it was nothing more than a "fact-checking error".  Her verbatim statement:

 Youre undoubtedly aware of the brouhaha stirred up by Breitbart about the erroneous statement in a client list Acton & Dystel published in 1991 (for circulation within the publishing industry only) that Barack Obama was born in Kenya.  This was nothing more than a fact checking error by me an agency assistant at the time.  There was never any information given to us by Obama in any of his correspondence or other communications suggesting in any way that he was born in Kenya and not Hawaii.  I hope you can communicate to your readers that this was a simple mistake and nothing more.

A fact-checking error in the first sentence of the biography that no one ever caught and no one ever changed?  From a literary agent???That doesn't even meet the laugh-out-loud test.

But wait, there is even more.  Ben Shapiro of has checked with, which caches web sites, and found that this Obama biography was not some one-time "fact-checking error" by "an agency assistant".  It remained in use by Dystel and Goderich until at least April 3, 2007 (when the "agency assistant" had become a partner). 

So what do we have here?  We have a definitive statement that Barack Obama was born in Kenya which Miriam Goderich now claims he neither wrote nor approved, which stayed as-is for 16 years, and changed just about the time Mr. Obama started his run for the presidency.

Yeah, okay, sure.  And the cow jumped over the moon.

Incidentally, I monitored both NBC and ABC news tonight.  Neither of them mentioned this story.  I can't tell you how shocked I am. 

I mean that literally.  I can't tell you how shocked I am because I am not shocked in the least.

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