Tuesday, 01 January 2013

A QUICK FOOTBALL OBSERVATION

Ken Berwitz

As ugly as the New York Jets' football season was, I didn't realize just how screwed up the overall organization was until it canned the general manager but kept the coach.

Rex Ryan, in his totally unprofessional non-use of Tim Tebow for the entire season (8 passes, total) showed himself to be a vindictive jerk, not worthy of a head-coaching job at any price, let alone the king's ransom the Jets foolishly are paying him.

Pathetic.

Ok, back to politics.


SEVEN "HIGHESTS" FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

Ken Berwitz

Whatever  else you might say about the Obama administration, you cannot say it isn't leading the way in major economic areas.

As compiled by Wynton Hall, in his article at breitbart.com, we now have:

-The highest gas prices in history:  2012's average was $3.60 a gallon; 

-The highest percent of food stamp usage in history: 47,710,324 as of last month;

-The highest rate of youth unemployment:  An average of 17.5%;

-The highest number of former workers dropping out of the labor force: 88,921,000 have gone bye-bye, with many leaving because they flat-out cannot find a job in this economy;

-The highest number of citizens collecting disability payments:  We have taken a mega-jump in the past four years to 8,827,795 disability clients -- with a strong suspicion that many of them have become "disabled" because it gets them a check each month;

-The highest number of people living in poverty:  currently 46.2 million;

-The highest national debt:  well over $1 trillion a year since Mr. Obama took office, and a current total of about $16,400,000,000,000, give or take a few hundred billion.

That is one amazing record, isn't it?  Look at all those "highests". 

And the voters must love Mr. Obama's performance, right?  I mean, we did re-elect him last November, didn't we? 

Or is it that our wonderful "neutral" media either downplayed these facts or did not report them at all?

Think back and try to remember whether you saw article after article, feature after feature, panel discussion after panel discussion, on these elements - these major elements - of the economy.  Then think about whether knowing about them might have affected your vote in November.

Then realize that the same media are going to be doing the reporting on this administration for the next four years as well.


LEFT WING HATE (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Yesterday I posted some of 2012's most hate-filled tweets from the left (which were selected from a pool of tweets far too long to show in a single blog).

Today I'll post another example - not from twitter but from a mainstream media venue; the Des Moines (Iowa) Register.

It comes from donald kaul, a left wing former columnist who apparently wants to keep his hand (if not his brain) in the medium.

Here, from his December 29th commentary is kaul's program for ending gun violence in America:

- Repeal the Second Amendment, the part about guns anyway. It's badly written, confusing and more trouble than it's worth. It offers an absolute right to gun ownership, but it puts it in the context of the need for a "well-regulated militia." We don't make our militia bring their own guns to battles. And surely the Founders couldn't have envisioned weapons like those used in the Newtown shooting when they guaranteed gun rights. Owning a gun should be a privilege, not a right.

- Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. (I would also raze the organization's headquarters, clear the rubble and salt the earth, but that's optional.) Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that "prying the guns from their cold, dead hands" thing works for me.

- Then I would tie Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, our esteemed Republican leaders, to the back of a Chevy pickup truck and drag them around a parking lot until they saw the light on gun control.

That's quite a program. 

-Get rid of the second amendment - which will never, ever happen because 3/4 of the states will never, ever sign onto it, and which kaul has exactly zero understanding of (e.g. the right to own guns is far from absolute, and he has somehow missed over 200 years of Supreme Court decisions explaining what is meant by that part about a "well-regulated militia");

-Call the 4 million NRA members, who account for a tiny fraction of gun violence compared to those who illegally obtain and use guns, a bunch of terrorists...and (jokingly, I think) kill the ones who won't turn over their guns;

-Physically torture Republican leaders for having the temerity to disagree with him (no such threat to Democrats who support gun rights - and there are more of them than you may realize ).  I understand this last point was meant as a sarcasm, but it is a stupid, hateful one.  Can you imagine what kaul would be saying if someone suggested al sharpton be tortured for his views?

I have a question for donald kaul, and for you:  which of these brainstorms would prevent a deranged lunatic from obtaining a gun illegally and then using it illegally, to kill as many people as he/she could before committing suicide?

And, if the answer is none - which, of course is the answer - my next question is, when does the Des Moines Register realize it is publishing a hate-filled moron whose ideology is far more important to him than doing a thing to truly address gun violence?


SEVEN "HIGHESTS" FOR THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION

Ken Berwitz

Whatever  else you might say about the Obama administration, you cannot say it isn't leading the way in major economic areas.

As compiled by Wynton Hall, in his article at breitbart.com, we now have:

-The highest gas prices in history:  2012's average was $3.60 a gallon; 

-The highest percent of food stamp usage in history: 47,710,324 as of last month;

-The highest rate of youth unemployment:  An average of 17.5%;

-The highest number of former workers dropping out of the labor force: 88,921,000 have gone bye-bye, with many leaving because they flat-out cannot find a job in this economy;

-The highest number of citizens collecting disability payments:  We have taken a mega-jump in the past four years to 8,827,795 disability clients -- with a strong suspicion that many of them have become "disabled" because it gets them a check each month;

-The highest number of people living in poverty:  currently 46.2 million;

-The highest national debt:  well over $1 trillion a year since Mr. Obama took office, and a current total of about $16,400,000,000,000, give or take a few hundred billion.

That is one amazing record, isn't it?  Look at all those "highests". 

And the voters must love Mr. Obama's performance, right?  I mean, we did re-elect him last November, didn't we? 

Or is it that our wonderful "neutral" media either downplayed these facts or did not report them at all?

Think back and try to remember whether you saw article after article, feature after feature, panel discussion after panel discussion, on these elements - these major elements - of the economy.  Then think about whether knowing about them might have affected your vote in November.

Then realize that the same media are going to be doing the reporting on this administration for the next four years as well.


ISRAEL PEACE PARTNER UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from Adiv Sterman's article at The Times of Israel:

A broad majority of the Israeli public would vote in favor of a peace agreement with the Palestinians, if the government brought a plan that offered security guarantees to a referendum, polls published Sunday by the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace found.

Roughly two-thirds of respondents (67 percent) expressed support for a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with land swaps; a demilitarized Palestine; and Jerusalem's Old City administered jointly by the United States, Israel, and the Palestinians, with Israel maintaining control of the Western Wall.

Excerpted from Elad Benari's article at Israel National News:

Hamas's de-facto Prime Minister in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, took advantage of an educational conference on Tuesday to attack Israel, Channel 10 News reported.

"Israel is a cancerous tumor that must be removed and uprooted," Haniyeh was quoted as having said during an international conference on education.

"The hand of the resistance and the jihad fighters has begun to uproot the tumor, and will work to end the occupation of Palestine as a whole. Allah willing, we will break the occupation," Haniyeh said in a speech which was heard by representatives from Egypt, Tunisia and Qatar.

He called for Gazan teachers to "raise a generation that will fight and liberate the Palestinians from the occupation," according to Channel 10.

Translation:  As has been stated many times in this blog, the problem is that Israel wants a peaceful,  two-state solution.  Palestinian Arabs want a jihad to take over Israel.  Not just the so-called "occupied territories"  but every square inch of it.

These are the people the world demands Israel make peace with.

How?

Oh, one other thing:  the only way Gaza and Judea/Samaria (also known as the west bank) could be "occupied Palestinian territories" is if the territories were "Palestinian" when Israel took them over. 

But there has never been a state of Palestine in the history of the world.  Israel won Gaza from Egypt and the west bank from Jordan, not "Palestine".

 With these facts in mind, can someone explain how Gaza and the west bank are "occupied Palestinian territories"? 

I'll wait........................


A QUICK FOOTBALL OBSERVATION

Ken Berwitz

As ugly as the New York Jets' football season was, I didn't realize just how screwed up the overall organization was until it canned the general manager but kept the coach.

Rex Ryan, in his totally unprofessional non-use of Tim Tebow for the entire season (8 passes, total) showed himself to be a vindictive jerk, not worthy of a head-coaching job at any price, let alone the king's ransom the Jets foolishly are paying him.

Pathetic.

Ok, back to politics.


THE REPUBLICAN CAVE-IN

Ken Berwitz

Maybe I'm missing something...

...but if the Congressional Budget Office has this right, the "deal" to avert a tumble from the so-called "fiscal cliff" appears to yield about $15 billion dollars in spending cuts....accompanied by $620 billion dollars in higher taxes.  And it doesn't come close to solving the trillion dollar plus deficits Obama & Co. have given us every year of this administration.

If that isn't a cave-in, I don't know what is.

The only hope is that it is some kind of dog and pony show, in which the Republican-controlled house of representatives will kibosh the whole sorry mess.

We'll see.....but, to say the least, I'm not very hopeful.


THE REPUBLICAN CAVE-IN

Ken Berwitz

Maybe I'm missing something...

...but if the Congressional Budget Office has this right, the "deal" to avert a tumble from the so-called "fiscal cliff" appears to yield about $15 billion dollars in spending cuts....accompanied by $620 billion dollars in higher taxes.  And it doesn't come close to solving the trillion dollar plus deficits Obama & Co. have given us every year of this administration.

If that isn't a cave-in, I don't know what is.

The only hope is that it is some kind of dog and pony show, in which the Republican-controlled house of representatives will kibosh the whole sorry mess.

We'll see.....but, to say the least, I'm not very hopeful.


HAPPY NEW YEAR

Ken Berwitz

Let this year be a better one than last year.  No matter how last year turned out.

BOB W HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your family. thanks for making my day a bit more interesting and informative by putting up your BLOG (01/01/13)

Chris B Happy New Year, Ken. Thanks for what you do. I look forward to coming here each day. (01/01/13)

free` Happy New Year! States Get Hit by 400 New Regulations... 876 New Laws in California... (01/01/13)

Ken Berwitz Thanks Bob. That means something to me. (01/01/13)


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