Sunday, 10 February 2013

WHY WE MUST FIGHT RADICAL ISLAM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Usually when I write a component of this ongoing series it is about an appalling incident involving radical Islam.

But this one is appalling even by appalling standards.

As reported by Daniel Greenfield at frontpagemag.com:

A man has killed his pregnant teenage sister in south Lebanon in what was seen as an honor crime - the murder of a woman accused of shaming her family.

Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) said Friday that the body of Baghdad Khaled al-Issa, 18, was found with stab wounds in her head and sides in the area of al-Wazzani.

Investigators discovered that her brother Jihad, 21, had killed her in what is described as an honor crime, VDL said.

It added that the victim was seven months pregnant.

Later on Friday, LBCI television reported that the investigation with Jihad revealed that he had raped his sister, which lead to her pregnancy.

"He confessed to raping his sister," LBCI said, adding that Jihad claimed he was drunk when the incident happened.

The television channel added that he had only recently found out about the pregnancy and asked his sister to undergo an abortion, but she refused.

Could this possibly be sicker?  And don't think this is the first time it has happened, either.

If we fight radical islam, we may win and we may lose.  But if we don't, we most assuredly will lose, because radical islam will fight regardless.

And for what?  To turn us into a society in which a "man" rapes and impregnates his own sister, and then kills her because she has dishonored the family?

There may be some people who are perfectly happy to live this way.  But I'm not one of them, and I suspect you are not one of them either.

That is why we must fight radical islam.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes from the lovely Ms. Nancy Pelosi.  Speaking to Chris Wallace on Fox's "Sunday Morning", she said:

"We avow the First Amendment. We stand with that and say that people have a right to have a gun to protect themselves in their homes and their jobs, where, and that they -- and the workplace and that they, for recreation and hunting and the rest. So we're not questioning their right to do that."

Brilliant.  How, er, bidenesque.

I wonder if Ms. Pelosi also avows the second amendment and its right to freedom of speech and religion.

Remember, folks, this once was our Speaker of the House......

Zeke .... .... You have to Pass the Constitution before you can know what is in it. ....... (02/10/13)

Art VanDelay Can you even IMAGINE the reaction if Sarah Palin had said that? (02/10/13)


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes from the lovely Ms. Nancy Pelosi.  Speaking to Chris Wallace on Fox's "Sunday Morning", she said:

"We avow the First Amendment. We stand with that and say that people have a right to have a gun to protect themselves in their homes and their jobs, where, and that they -- and the workplace and that they, for recreation and hunting and the rest. So we're not questioning their right to do that."

Brilliant.  How, er, bidenesque.

I wonder if Ms. Pelosi also avows the second amendment and its right to freedom of speech and religion.

Remember, folks, this once was our Speaker of the House......

Zeke .... .... You have to Pass the Constitution before you can know what is in it. ....... (02/10/13)

Art VanDelay Can you even IMAGINE the reaction if Sarah Palin had said that? (02/10/13)


NOBODY ASKED ME, BUT....

Ken Berwitz

Time for another installment of my Jimmy Cannon-inspired column of little bits from here and there, none of which need its own blog.  So here goes.

Nobody asked me, but:

-Silly though it is, I'm sort of glad Donald Trump is suing bill maher, who offered $5 million dollars for proof that Trump was not the result of his mother having sex with an orangutan.  I'm sure maher and his pals found that comment hilariously funny - just as funny as when maher called Sarah Palin those offensive names for female genitals, and when he makes the stereotypical racist comments he seems so fond of.  But this time he is screwing with the wrong guy.  Trump is just as willing to play in a sandbox as maher is - except he has a much bigger shovel, and is motivated by maher's offensive slur against both his parents.  Not surprisingly at all, maher already is circling the wagons, deep into his whiney "aw, what's the problem, I'm just a comedian telling a little joke" routine.  But I doubt that it will work this time.  I have little doubt his lawyer has told him to shut the $*%^ up about Trump until the suit is resolved.  And, if so, it might even encourage other targets of maher's unending (and usually unfunny) pile of bile to do the same.  Good.

-We got only about 7 inches of snow from the monster storm.  Lucky, lucky, lucky.  Some places further north got 3 feet - and even worse:  today's New York Times (print edition, only) has a picture of Winthrop, Massachusetts not only being slammed with snow, but with ocean water wildly cascading over its seawall onto the city streets.  Pure hell.

-The New York Yankees signed what is left of Travis Hafner to a contract as its DH.  He is 35 years old, his best years are probably behind him and he cannot play the field anymore.  Sadly, this may be an upgrade for the Yanks' 2013 team...and may lower its average age too.

-Do you have any doubt at all that we'll be hearing more - a lot more - about Robert "Menendacious" Menendez's involvement with Dominican hookers?  I sure don't.

-Unlike my wife (and, apparently, a great many other women) I have never cared much about which toilet paper I use.  Given the additional location where women use this product I can certainly understand why it might be an issue for them.  But for most guys, even perforated sandpaper is okay in a pinch...er, wipe.  That said, however, I have come across one brand that I actually find better than the others.  Quilted Northern "Soft & Strong" toilet paper really is superior.  Just as the name says, it is soft and strong - more so than any other brand I've come across.  I prefer that we use it in the house and, not surprisingly, my wife agrees.

-Cubacan restaurant, in Asbury Park, NJ, has reopened (or so its web site says).  Hurricane Sandy put it out of commission for over 3 months, and I worried that it was gone forever - not just because we like going there so much (a pretty good reason in and of itself) but because a closed restaurant means a lost business and a bunch of lost jobs.  It's not like there's a surplus of either these days.  All the best to them and I hope business booms again.

-I tried "vitamin water" this week.  It was terrible.  I don't care how healthy it is (or, at any rate, they try to convince me it is), I think it tastes like plain water with a bunch of sugar poured into it.  Yech.

-I saw a bumper sticker yesterday that said "I wear lipstick, and I vote Democrat".  Thanks in advance to anyone who can explain what that is supposed to mean, because I don't have a clue.

-If a viagra pill gets stuck in your throat, do you get a stiff neck?

-Whatever I might think of their father politically, Malia and Sasha Obama seem like very nice young ladies.  Anyway, I certainly hope they are.

-I just asked my wife what ticks her off more than anything these days, and she says it is when you go the extra mile for people and they take it for granted, as if it were somehow owed to them as a matter of course.  She said this a bit differently than I am posting it, but I'm not putting up her exact words.  Come to think of it, I asked her a bit differently and I'm not putting up my exact words either.  Married couples really do talk very differently when they are alone than when they are with other people.

-In the past year or two, Wegmann's, a terrific supermarket/specialty store, has begun weaning out certain name brand products, seemingly in an attempt to sell more of their own brand.   Two examples are paper napkins and salad dressings.  I happen to like most Wegmann's brands a great deal, but I very much do not like having my other options removed.  I hope they don't continue in this direction.

-While we're on the subject of stuff you can get in specialty stores, my wife thinks Trader Joe's has the best coffee sucking candies anywhere.  I'm no expert on this (I'm still a kid and much prefer the fruit flavored stuff) but I've tried them, and she is right.

-Chris Christie can make all the jokes he wants about his weight, and tell all the doctors who comment on it to shut up.  But he is a young man who is enormously overweight, and is begging for a disaster.  I wish he'd do something about it.

-Wilkes-Barre PA, Chili New York, Forked River New Jersey and Houston St., Manhattan.  Pronounce any one of them the way it looks, and you will pronounce it incorrectly.  What are the correct pronunciations?  Sorrrrrrry, that's your job to find out.

-When I need a new pair of sneakers, I buy the absolute cheapest version of a "name brand" I can find.  I'm not in the NBA, I don't play tennis and I don't walk long distances.  All I need is a reasonably adequate foot covering. I would never, ever spend more than, say $40 or $50 for sneakers...and usually get away with a good deal less.

-Similarly, I can't fathom why anyone would spend more than that amount for a pair of jeans.  Yet "designer" jeans are sold in stores like Bloomingdale's and Lord & Taylor for hundreds of dollars, and there is a serious market for them.  Incomprehensible to me.

-We found great Valentine's day cards for our grandchildren.  Dinosaur-themed for our 6 year old grandson, princess-themed for our 3 year old granddaughter.  We can't wait to give them (yes, that means we also see them, which is the best of all).

Ok, enough.  This is more fun, but the next post is back to politics as usual.


ARAB SPRING UPDATE: HAMAS IN EGYPT

Ken Berwitz

Here is the latest about how the Arab Spring is going - specifically how the "peace and democracy" President Obama was so instrumental in bringing to Egypt has progressed.

From Khaled Abu Toameh's report at gatestoneinstitute.com:

Did Hamas dispatch 7,000 militiamen from the Gaza Strip to Egypt to protect President Mohamed Morsi, who is currently facing a popular uprising?

Reports that appeared in a number of Egyptian opposition media outlets in the past few days claimed that the militiamen entered Egypt through the smuggling tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip.

The reports quoted unidentified Egyptian security officials as saying that the Hamas militiamen had been spotted in the Egyptian border town of Rafah before they headed toward Cairo, to shore up the Muslim Brotherhood regime of Morsi, which Hamas may have feared was in danger of collapse.

Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, is a staunch supporter of the Morsi regime.

There is no doubt that Hamas is prepared to do its utmost to help Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood organization stay in power, even at the cost of killing and torturing Egyptian civilians. The downfall of the Mubarak regime has been a great blessing for Hamas, which has since emerged as a major player in the Palestinian and regional arena.

Thanks to Morsi, an Egyptian prime minister visited the Gaza Strip for the first time ever last November to express solidarity with Hamas during Israel's "Pillar of Defense" military operation. Such a visit would have been unthinkable under Mubarak, who did everything he could to weaken Hamas and stop it from meddling in the internal affairs of Egypt.

But now Hamas knows that it can always rely on Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to stay in power and increase Hamas's influence. In return, Morsi apparently expects Hamas to reward him by sending its men to defend his palace.

Isn't that great?  mohamed morsi, a member of the terrorist Muslim brotherhood is now militarily backed by terrorist hamas.  And both groups are irrevocably committed to the annihilation of Israel, the US's staunchest ally in the Middle East, which means the peace treaty between Egypt and the USA, which Hosni Mubarak held to for over 30 years, is so much toilet paper.

To President Obama:  my congratulations.  This could never have happened without your intervention. 

Without you, Mubarak would still be in power, peace between Egypt and Israel would still be real, and two terrorist organizations would be skulking in the shadows instead of running the largest Arab country in the world.

How lucky we are that you, and your Secretary of State - who ignored the pleas for more security in Benghazi last September, thus facilitating the massacre there - are on the job.  Otherwise, things could really have deteriorated in that part of the world.

This, folks, is what we re-elected, and subjected ourselves to for four more years.  Enjoy the ride.


WHY WE MUST FIGHT RADICAL ISLAM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Usually when I write a component of this ongoing series it is about an appalling incident involving radical Islam.

But this one is appalling even by appalling standards.

As reported by Daniel Greenfield at frontpagemag.com:

A man has killed his pregnant teenage sister in south Lebanon in what was seen as an honor crime - the murder of a woman accused of shaming her family.

Voice of Lebanon radio (100.5) said Friday that the body of Baghdad Khaled al-Issa, 18, was found with stab wounds in her head and sides in the area of al-Wazzani.

Investigators discovered that her brother Jihad, 21, had killed her in what is described as an honor crime, VDL said.

It added that the victim was seven months pregnant.

Later on Friday, LBCI television reported that the investigation with Jihad revealed that he had raped his sister, which lead to her pregnancy.

"He confessed to raping his sister," LBCI said, adding that Jihad claimed he was drunk when the incident happened.

The television channel added that he had only recently found out about the pregnancy and asked his sister to undergo an abortion, but she refused.

Could this possibly be sicker?  And don't think this is the first time it has happened, either.

If we fight radical islam, we may win and we may lose.  But if we don't, we most assuredly will lose, because radical islam will fight regardless.

And for what?  To turn us into a society in which a "man" rapes and impregnates his own sister, and then kills her because she has dishonored the family?

There may be some people who are perfectly happy to live this way.  But I'm not one of them, and I suspect you are not one of them either.

That is why we must fight radical islam.


NOBODY ASKED ME, BUT....

Ken Berwitz

Time for another installment of my Jimmy Cannon-inspired column of little bits from here and there, none of which need its own blog.  So here goes.

Nobody asked me, but:

-Silly though it is, I'm sort of glad Donald Trump is suing bill maher, who offered $5 million dollars for proof that Trump was not the result of his mother having sex with an orangutan.  I'm sure maher and his pals found that comment hilariously funny - just as funny as when maher called Sarah Palin those offensive names for female genitals, and when he makes the stereotypical racist comments he seems so fond of.  But this time he is screwing with the wrong guy.  Trump is just as willing to play in a sandbox as maher is - except he has a much bigger shovel, and is motivated by maher's offensive slur against both his parents.  Not surprisingly at all, maher already is circling the wagons, deep into his whiney "aw, what's the problem, I'm just a comedian telling a little joke" routine.  But I doubt that it will work this time.  I have little doubt his lawyer has told him to shut the $*%^ up about Trump until the suit is resolved.  And, if so, it might even encourage other targets of maher's unending (and usually unfunny) pile of bile to do the same.  Good.

-We got only about 7 inches of snow from the monster storm.  Lucky, lucky, lucky.  Some places further north got 3 feet - and even worse:  today's New York Times (print edition, only) has a picture of Winthrop, Massachusetts not only being slammed with snow, but with ocean water wildly cascading over its seawall onto the city streets.  Pure hell.

-The New York Yankees signed what is left of Travis Hafner to a contract as its DH.  He is 35 years old, his best years are probably behind him and he cannot play the field anymore.  Sadly, this may be an upgrade for the Yanks' 2013 team...and may lower its average age too.

-Do you have any doubt at all that we'll be hearing more - a lot more - about Robert "Menendacious" Menendez's involvement with Dominican hookers?  I sure don't.

-Unlike my wife (and, apparently, a great many other women) I have never cared much about which toilet paper I use.  Given the additional location where women use this product I can certainly understand why it might be an issue for them.  But for most guys, even perforated sandpaper is okay in a pinch...er, wipe.  That said, however, I have come across one brand that I actually find better than the others.  Quilted Northern "Soft & Strong" toilet paper really is superior.  Just as the name says, it is soft and strong - more so than any other brand I've come across.  I prefer that we use it in the house and, not surprisingly, my wife agrees.

-Cubacan restaurant, in Asbury Park, NJ, has reopened (or so its web site says).  Hurricane Sandy put it out of commission for over 3 months, and I worried that it was gone forever - not just because we like going there so much (a pretty good reason in and of itself) but because a closed restaurant means a lost business and a bunch of lost jobs.  It's not like there's a surplus of either these days.  All the best to them and I hope business booms again.

-I tried "vitamin water" this week.  It was terrible.  I don't care how healthy it is (or, at any rate, they try to convince me it is), I think it tastes like plain water with a bunch of sugar poured into it.  Yech.

-I saw a bumper sticker yesterday that said "I wear lipstick, and I vote Democrat".  Thanks in advance to anyone who can explain what that is supposed to mean, because I don't have a clue.

-If a viagra pill gets stuck in your throat, do you get a stiff neck?

-Whatever I might think of their father politically, Malia and Sasha Obama seem like very nice young ladies.  Anyway, I certainly hope they are.

-I just asked my wife what ticks her off more than anything these days, and she says it is when you go the extra mile for people and they take it for granted, as if it were somehow owed to them as a matter of course.  She said this a bit differently than I am posting it, but I'm not putting up her exact words.  Come to think of it, I asked her a bit differently and I'm not putting up my exact words either.  Married couples really do talk very differently when they are alone than when they are with other people.

-In the past year or two, Wegmann's, a terrific supermarket/specialty store, has begun weaning out certain name brand products, seemingly in an attempt to sell more of their own brand.   Two examples are paper napkins and salad dressings.  I happen to like most Wegmann's brands a great deal, but I very much do not like having my other options removed.  I hope they don't continue in this direction.

-While we're on the subject of stuff you can get in specialty stores, my wife thinks Trader Joe's has the best coffee sucking candies anywhere.  I'm no expert on this (I'm still a kid and much prefer the fruit flavored stuff) but I've tried them, and she is right.

-Chris Christie can make all the jokes he wants about his weight, and tell all the doctors who comment on it to shut up.  But he is a young man who is enormously overweight, and is begging for a disaster.  I wish he'd do something about it.

-Wilkes-Barre PA, Chili New York, Forked River New Jersey and Houston St., Manhattan.  Pronounce any one of them the way it looks, and you will pronounce it incorrectly.  What are the correct pronunciations?  Sorrrrrrry, that's your job to find out.

-When I need a new pair of sneakers, I buy the absolute cheapest version of a "name brand" I can find.  I'm not in the NBA, I don't play tennis and I don't walk long distances.  All I need is a reasonably adequate foot covering. I would never, ever spend more than, say $40 or $50 for sneakers...and usually get away with a good deal less.

-Similarly, I can't fathom why anyone would spend more than that amount for a pair of jeans.  Yet "designer" jeans are sold in stores like Bloomingdale's and Lord & Taylor for hundreds of dollars, and there is a serious market for them.  Incomprehensible to me.

-We found great Valentine's day cards for our grandchildren.  Dinosaur-themed for our 6 year old grandson, princess-themed for our 3 year old granddaughter.  We can't wait to give them (yes, that means we also see them, which is the best of all).

Ok, enough.  This is more fun, but the next post is back to politics as usual.


LINDSEY GRAHAM: HOLDING UP HAGEL AND BRENNAN

Ken Berwitz

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is angry about the lying and stonewalling over Benghazi.  And he should be.  And as you should be.  And as every member of the media - including the Accomplice Media so willing to bury any story that is embarrassing and/or damaging to Barack Obama - should be. 

Mr. Lindsey is so angry, in fact, that he is now threatening to hold up President Obama's nominations of Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense and John Brennan as Director of the CIA until he gets some real answers. 

Read this transcript of Graham with Bob Schieffer on "Face The Nation" this morning:

SCHIEFFER: What has to happen? What would they have to do then to bring this to a vote?

GRAHAM: I want to know who changed the talking points. Who took the references to al Qaeda out of the talking points given to Susan Rice? We still don't know. Richard Burr and Saxby Chambliss have found emails discussing changing the talking points. I think her story, after what we found out in this hearing, was incredibly misleading. I want to know what our president did. What did he do as Commander in Chief? Did he ever pick the phone and call anybody? I think this is stuff that the country needs to know.

You bet the country needs to know it, Senator.  Four people are dead.  And for a half year, this administration has done nothing but lie to us about it.

And that's not all:   mainstream media need to know that, this one time, they are not going to get away with sweeping a major scandal under the rug on behalf of Obama & Co. - a scandal that, if this were President Bush, would be lead-story news every day until, and even after, everyone spilled their guts.

I wish Lindsey Graham every success here.  Someone has to act as though the truth means something.  And, in the age of Obama, that someone is very, very unlikely to be one of what we laughingly call our "journalists".


ARAB SPRING UPDATE: HAMAS IN EGYPT

Ken Berwitz

Here is the latest about how the Arab Spring is going - specifically how the "peace and democracy" President Obama was so instrumental in bringing to Egypt has progressed.

From Khaled Abu Toameh's report at gatestoneinstitute.com:

Did Hamas dispatch 7,000 militiamen from the Gaza Strip to Egypt to protect President Mohamed Morsi, who is currently facing a popular uprising?

Reports that appeared in a number of Egyptian opposition media outlets in the past few days claimed that the militiamen entered Egypt through the smuggling tunnels along the border with the Gaza Strip.

The reports quoted unidentified Egyptian security officials as saying that the Hamas militiamen had been spotted in the Egyptian border town of Rafah before they headed toward Cairo, to shore up the Muslim Brotherhood regime of Morsi, which Hamas may have feared was in danger of collapse.

Hamas, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, is a staunch supporter of the Morsi regime.

There is no doubt that Hamas is prepared to do its utmost to help Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood organization stay in power, even at the cost of killing and torturing Egyptian civilians. The downfall of the Mubarak regime has been a great blessing for Hamas, which has since emerged as a major player in the Palestinian and regional arena.

Thanks to Morsi, an Egyptian prime minister visited the Gaza Strip for the first time ever last November to express solidarity with Hamas during Israel's "Pillar of Defense" military operation. Such a visit would have been unthinkable under Mubarak, who did everything he could to weaken Hamas and stop it from meddling in the internal affairs of Egypt.

But now Hamas knows that it can always rely on Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood to stay in power and increase Hamas's influence. In return, Morsi apparently expects Hamas to reward him by sending its men to defend his palace.

Isn't that great?  mohamed morsi, a member of the terrorist Muslim brotherhood is now militarily backed by terrorist hamas.  And both groups are irrevocably committed to the annihilation of Israel, the US's staunchest ally in the Middle East, which means the peace treaty between Egypt and the USA, which Hosni Mubarak held to for over 30 years, is so much toilet paper.

To President Obama:  my congratulations.  This could never have happened without your intervention. 

Without you, Mubarak would still be in power, peace between Egypt and Israel would still be real, and two terrorist organizations would be skulking in the shadows instead of running the largest Arab country in the world.

How lucky we are that you, and your Secretary of State - who ignored the pleas for more security in Benghazi last September, thus facilitating the massacre there - are on the job.  Otherwise, things could really have deteriorated in that part of the world.

This, folks, is what we re-elected, and subjected ourselves to for four more years.  Enjoy the ride.


Buy Our Book Here!


Return to Current Blog
We're Hopelessly Partisan

hopelesslypartisan.com, is a web site which is dedicated to honest, blunt, debate on the issues of our time.


About Us



Privacy Notice: In conjunction with the ads on this site, third parties may be placing and reading cookies on your browser, or using web beacons to collect information.


At “Hopelessly Partisan” we discuss all issues, big and small. In here, nothing is sacred and nothing is out of bounds.

So settle back, preferably after laughing your way through a copy of “The Hopelessly Partisan Guide To American Politics”, and let the battle begin. In this blog, your opinion counts every bit as much as anyone else's, maybe even more.

And to show that my willingness to provide all sides of the issues is sincere, here are links to a variety of web sites, from the left, the middle (more or less) and the right. Read them and either smile in agreement or gnash your teeth in anger!!