Monday, 07 January 2013

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Here is today's quote, extracted from an article - a two-week-old one (December 21sth) - at algemeiner.com:

"Every other senator,  Nelson,  Mike Johanns, (congressman)  Lee Terry and (congressman) Peter Hoagland they were all very responsive.  It didn't really matter what their party affiliation was, if we were soliciting them for an interview or a greeting ad for Rosh Hashonah or Passover.  Hagel's office never even responded...we would make repeated calls, (and received) no response it was pretty obvious that he and his staff were dismissive.

"The universal feeling in the Jewish community was don't bother, don't waste your time.  I think after a while people gave up and said, we were not going to get anywhere.

"Hagel was the only one we have had in Nebraska, who basically showed the Jewish community that he didn't give a damn about the Jewish community or any of our concerns"

Those quotes come from Carol Katzman, former editor of the Omaha Jewish Press.  And, again, let me remind you that this article appeared weeks before President Obama decided hagel would make a peachy Secretary of Defense.  

I hope the "Lost Tribe" members who mangled logic and common sense to rationalize voting for a President who would make such an appointment are happy with what they got.  But let me assure them, in the strongest of terms, that I am not.


ANDREW DICE CRAP

Ken Berwitz

Andrew Dice Clay - actually Andrew Silverstein from Brooklyn - is a stand-up comedian, whose specialty is to dress in a leather outfit so he looks like a hood (a "rock' is what we called kids who dressed this way when I was growing up in the boroughs), effect a tough-guy pose, and tell jokes riddled with as much foul language as possible.

I never found him at all funny, and - to the extent that I cared (which wasn't very much) - had no problem with his career going downhill and pretty much staying there for something like the past 20 years.

But I was up early this morning, and when I put on the TV - one of the Showtime channels to be exact - there he was again, doing a "special". 

Clay looks older (he will be 56 this year), and has clearly gained a lot of weight -- but is doing the same shtick from all those years ago.  This means that, in addition to his profanity-laden jokes not being funny, his teenage-toughie outfit he looks ridiculous as well.  A little like what's left of the Beach Boys singing teenage surfin' songs now that they are old enough for their grandchildren to be singing them instead.

But he did have an audience.  Also a lot older, and also, I assume, the same crowd that would have liked him 20 years ago:  i.e. people who hear him say words like "fuck" and "asshole", then fall over each other laughing as if the mention of them, in and of itself, is somehow funny or clever.

I'd say this might be a case of me getting older and not understanding what "humor" is these days....but I felt the same way about Andrew Dice Clay when he was successful.  And, as pointed out earlier, that was a lot a lot a lot of years ago.

Nope, maybe it's just that he's not funny.

Can't Showtime do better?  Heck, the soft-core porn flicks they often run in the early morning hours provide a lot more wit, not to mention a lot more t...er, never mind.

Zeke ... .... .... But, But, But .... .... If Mr. Clay eliminated those two words you find objectionable ("fuck", "asshole"), .... ... then his act will be over in half the time. ..... .... ..... It would, however, be just as non-humorous as at present. .... .... ..... "Épater la bourgeoisie", a rallying cry for the French Decadent poets of the late 19th century. . . . It means "to shock the middle classes". (01/07/13)


HARRY REID: IDIOT?

Ken Berwitz

Personally, I don't think there's much necessity to blog about this.  Just listen to Harry Reid talk for a while and the answer is self-evident.

But I can't blame Senator David Vitter (R-LA) for calling Reid an idiot, after Reid's impossibly idiotic comment that:

"The people of New Orleans in that area, they were hurt, but nothing in comparison to what happened to the people in New York and New Jersey."

 You can stop rubbing your eyes in disbelief.  That is a real quote  Reid did say those words on the floor of the Senate last Friday.

How idiotic is what Reid said?  Let's start with the idiocy of having a pecker contest over which devastating catastrophe is bigger.  Even if Reid was correct about Sandy being bigger than Katrina, does that make Katrina "nothing"?  How big an idiot do you have to be to say something like that?

But, tell you what:  let's give Reid the benefit of the doubt and assume that if one is bigger than the other, the other is "nothing". 

Here, straight from an article in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, is an actual comparison of the two hurricanes: 

Sandy devastated some of the nation's most populated areas, but it didn't come close to Katrina. Hurricane Katrina, and the flooding that followed when federally built levees failed, killing 1,833 and causing more than $145 billion in damage. Sandy has been blamed for 120 deaths and over $80 billion in damage.

Using Harry Reid's "logic" (what an odd word to use for this dimwitted fool), the 120 deaths and $80 billion in damage currently ascribed to Hurricane Sandy is "nothing". 

When you consider this, you realize that, if anything,  Senator Vitter was too kind.

That Harry Reid is in the Senate of the United States at all is a sick joke.  That he is its majority leader is not a senate joke, it is a Mack Sennett comedy. 

The only difference, sad to say, is that, unlike the people in Mack Sennett's comedies, Harry Reid is not silent.


THE TODAY SHOW AIN'T THE ONLY ONE

Ken Berwitz

In case you think the Today Show is alone in its "Accomplice Media" treatment of chuck hagel - very much including the sanitizing of his history regarding Israel - here is a transcript of Good Morning America's Martha Raddatz, talking to host George Stephanopoulos about hagel:

RADDATZ: But, why is everyone so sour on the former Republican senator? Last month he had to issue an apology for comments made in 1998 about President Clinton's nominee to be ambassador to Luxembourg, calling him "openly, aggressively gay." In 2007, Hagel dared to speak out against the planned troop surge in Iraq.

HAGEL: The most danger foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam.

RADDATZ: And his controversial comments on Israel incensed many when he said lawmakers on Capitol Hill were intimidated by what he called the Jewish lobby.

GRAHAM: If confirmed to be Secretary of Defense, he would be the most antagonistic Secretary of Defense toward the state of Israel in our nation's history.

RADDATZ: The White House strongly refutes that, as do others who say Hagel is a friend of Israel. But Hagel's confirmation, George, as you know is not guaranteed.

Let's see:  Raddatz informs us that hagel's problems include:

-His derisive comment about Ambassador nominee James Hormel (whom she does not cite by name) because Mr. Hormel did not hide his sexual orientation (would that have disqualified hagel if he were nominated by a Republican, Martha?  I'll bet it would);

-That "he dared" to speak out about a miltary surge which, most people on both sides of the aisle seem to agree, turned the tide in Iraq (maybe this was what impressed President Obama enough to make him the nominee, since he was just as wrong about the surge as hagel was);

-And that he used the term "Jewish lobby".  As with Chuck Todd, there is no mention at all of the other, vastly more significant, anti-Israel actions hagel has taken over a decade's time - including how little a problem he has with hamas and hezbollah.  But don't you love that  toss-in about "others" (unnamed, of course) "who say hagel is a friend to Israel"?  Like who, Martha?

Simply stated, Barack Obama is their lord and savior, he can do no wrong, and therefore he must be protected - even if it means doing so at the expense of basic journalistic integrity.

Is this an Accomplice Media?  That's like asking if Lassie liked dog biscuits.

Zeke ...... ...... ...... "That's like asking if Lassie liked dog biscuits." ..... ...... ...... The Squealing Pigs have today off ? ? ? ....... (01/07/13)

Ken Berwitz Uh....I'm not sure if Lassie likes squealing p...oh, I gotcha. Yeah, I could have used that one too. (01/07/13)


THE TODAY SHOW AIN'T THE ONLY ONE

Ken Berwitz

In case you think the Today Show is alone in its "Accomplice Media" treatment of chuck hagel - very much including the sanitizing of his history regarding Israel - here is a transcript of Good Morning America's Martha Raddatz, talking to host George Stephanopoulos about hagel:

RADDATZ: But, why is everyone so sour on the former Republican senator? Last month he had to issue an apology for comments made in 1998 about President Clinton's nominee to be ambassador to Luxembourg, calling him "openly, aggressively gay." In 2007, Hagel dared to speak out against the planned troop surge in Iraq.

HAGEL: The most danger foreign policy blunder in this country since Vietnam.

RADDATZ: And his controversial comments on Israel incensed many when he said lawmakers on Capitol Hill were intimidated by what he called the Jewish lobby.

GRAHAM: If confirmed to be Secretary of Defense, he would be the most antagonistic Secretary of Defense toward the state of Israel in our nation's history.

RADDATZ: The White House strongly refutes that, as do others who say Hagel is a friend of Israel. But Hagel's confirmation, George, as you know is not guaranteed.

Let's see:  Raddatz informs us that hagel's problems include:

-His derisive comment about Ambassador nominee James Hormel (whom she does not cite by name) because Mr. Hormel did not hide his sexual orientation (would that have disqualified hagel if he were nominated by a Republican, Martha?  I'll bet it would);

-That "he dared" to speak out about a miltary surge which, most people on both sides of the aisle seem to agree, turned the tide in Iraq (maybe this was what impressed President Obama enough to make him the nominee, since he was just as wrong about the surge as hagel was);

-And that he used the term "Jewish lobby".  As with Chuck Todd, there is no mention at all of the other, vastly more significant, anti-Israel actions hagel has taken over a decade's time - including how little a problem he has with hamas and hezbollah.  But don't you love that  toss-in about "others" (unnamed, of course) "who say hagel is a friend to Israel"?  Like who, Martha?

Simply stated, Barack Obama is their lord and savior, he can do no wrong, and therefore he must be protected - even if it means doing so at the expense of basic journalistic integrity.

Is this an Accomplice Media?  That's like asking if Lassie liked dog biscuits.

Zeke ...... ...... ...... "That's like asking if Lassie liked dog biscuits." ..... ...... ...... The Squealing Pigs have today off ? ? ? ....... (01/07/13)

Ken Berwitz Uh....I'm not sure if Lassie likes squealing p...oh, I gotcha. Yeah, I could have used that one too. (01/07/13)


THE TODAY SHOW - LYING BY OMISSION FOR HAGEL

Ken Berwitz

There is no other way to say this:  the Today Show, this morning, lied on behalf of President Obama's selection of chuck hagel to be the next Secretary of Defense.

How did they do it?  By stating that Hagel's problem with Israel is that he once made a possibly offensive comment by calling Jewish groups in the United States an "Israel Lobby". Nothing else.

And, to further the lie, Today supplemented this claim with a short clip of Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, inserted in a way that suggested he was in agreement with the Today Show lie.

There are two kinds of lies:  lies of commission, in which something untrue is said, and lies of omission, in which everything is true, but parts of the story are intentionally omitted so they will lead to the wrong conclusion. 

The Today Show omitted the facts that hagel refused to call either hezbollah or hamas a terrorist organization, refused to sign letters of support for Israel that the vast majority of congress - both sides of the aisle - signed, and refused to join the vast majority of his colleagues in demanding that the Palestinian Authority keep known terrorists out of its legislative elections.

Nope, that had nothing to do with opposition to hagel;  all he did was make some offhanded comment once upon a time.

Later this morning the Today Show will put up a video of this segment and I'll be able to extract what was said, verbatim.  Then, if you aren't there already, you can be as sickened by the show's lie of omission as I am; sickened by the fact that millions of Today Show viewers have intentionally been misinformed and rendered ignorant by this component of Barack Obama's Accomplice Media..

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UPDATE:  It is now 10:12AM Eastern time.  And, presumably due to technical difficulties of some kind, Today still has not put up the video segment about hagel.  Instead, the screen stays dark for about 10 - 15 seconds and it moves to a story relating to Hurricane Sandy.

If and when Today provides the video, or puts up a transcript, I'll show it to you here.

FURTHER UPDATE:  Ok, the video is finally up.  And, as promised, here is the "Israel" part, as spoken by NBC White House Correspondent Chuck Todd:

Hagel faces questions about his support for Israel, after once referring to certain pro-Israeli groups as a, quote, Jewish lobby, offending some lawmakers. (Video of Lindsey Graham saying "This is an in-your-face nomination by the President, to all of us who are supportive of Israel")"

You have just read the entire "Israel" part of the report.  Every word of it.

As you can see, the sum total of Todd's explanation of why Israel is an issue for hagel is a single "Jewish lobby" comment...with the Lindsey Graham video shown immediately afterwards, which suggests that it relates specifically and exclusively to hagel's comment.  

But, in keeping with the overall tenor of this disgraceful "report", this is also a lie, if an implied one.  Senator Graham's quote does not at all relate to hagel's Jewish lobby comment.  Here is what Mr. Graham said about Israel immediately prior to calling it an in-your-face nomination - the part which Chuck Todd conveniently omitted (click on this link for a transcript of the entire Lindsey Graham interview): 

"Chuck Hagel, if confirmed to be secretary of defense, would be the most antagonistic secretary of defense towards the state of Israel in our nation's history.  Not only has he said you should directly negotiate with Iran, sanctions won't work, that Israel must negotiate with hamas, an organization, terrorist group that lobs thousands of rockets into Israel. He also was one of 12 senators who refused to sign a letter to the European Union trying to designate hezbollah as a terrorist organization."

I repeat.  The Today Show handed its viewers a lie of omission.  Anyone who relies on Today for news, has absolutely no idea of why Jewish groups are up in arms over hagel's nomination. 

Shame on them.


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