Thursday, 14 February 2013

EGYPT "PEACE AND DEMOCRACY" UPDATE: AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Ken Berwitz

Over a week ago - on February 6th to be exact, an open letter to President Obama was published by Egypt's Al-Ahram Weekly. 

The letter was written by Egyptian rights activist Bahieddin Hassan, and is highly critical of the Obama administration's support for Egypt's increasingly dictatorial, fundamentalist "elected" government. 

Is that why our wonderful "neutral" media, which were so happy to talk about what a great foreign policy triumph Egypt was when President Obama worked so hard to depose Hosni Mubarak,  have given this letter a virtually complete burial?  You tell me.

You can read excerpts of  Mr. Hassan's very lengthy) letter by clicking here, which brings you to the invaluable MEMRI.org web site.  But let me give you just a few of them below:

"To President Barack Obama:

"Three years ago, I had the honor of meeting you in the White House as part of a delegation of some 50 human rights defenders from around the world. I was one of three rights defenders who were asked to speak during the 40 minutes out of the 90-minute meeting during which you and your advisors were present.

"When it was my turn to address those gathered, I urged you to consider the gulf between the content of your speech to the Arab and Islamic worlds in Cairo in June 2009 and the reality of American policy in February 2010, noting that they seemed separated by much more than simply a few months. In Cairo, you promised to stand by peoples of the region and engage with them, but eight months later your administration's policy was to turn its back on the people and work instead with local regimes. I discussed three examples of this: Palestine, Yemen and Egypt.

"Now, two years later, neither changes to the human rights situation nor to U.S. policy have fulfilled our hopes. Egyptian young people continue to live in frustration due to the deteriorating economic situation and the repeated failure of political processes to represent their demands, despite the sacrifices that they have made for the sake of the revolution and transition to democracy. Young people taking to the streets to express this frustration continue to be met with violence."

"While People Often Write Their Last Wills In Their 60s Or 70s, Egyptian Youth In Their 20s... Have Been Found Carrying Freshly Penned Wills While Participating In Protests"

"According to victims and video footage, female protesters are separated from the demonstrations, taken to other locations, and raped, in what appear to be organized, previously planned attacks. The faces of the assailants show no signs of emotion or sexual excitement.

"The objective appears to be to break the political will of the victims through profound degradation, whether they are raped, sexually mauled, or stripped entirely of their clothes - if they manage to escape the mob. In more than one case, a knife was used to penetrate the victims' vaginas, and multiple women underwent hysterectomies after being assaulted. In this context, we can understand the attempted rape of a 70-year-old woman known for her political affiliation as well as the sexual assault of a number of men."

"The Stances Of Your Administration Have Given Political Cover To The Current Authoritarian Regime In Egypt And Allowed It To Fearlessly Implement Undemocratic Policies And Commit Numerous Acts Of Repression"

"Statements that 'Egypt is witnessing a genuine and broad-based process of democratization' have covered over and indeed legitimized the undemocratic processes by which the Constituent Assembly passed the new constitution, an issue which has in turn led to greatly heightened instability in the country.

"Is it a coincidence that the statements issued by your administration reflect the same political rhetoric used by the new authoritarian regime in Egypt?

"My Request Is Quite Modest: That Spokespeople And Officials In Your Administration Stop Commenting On Developments In Egypt... That As Long As They Cannot Speak The Truth About What Is Happening In Egypt, They Keep Silent"

This will no doubt spare your administration much time and effort, but more importantly, it may spare more bloodshed in Egypt, as the current regime will no longer enjoy the political cover that the U.S. administration now offers them.

"Mr. President, I fear that the gulf I spoke to you about three years ago is fast filling up with blood. In this context, further American statements supporting the current Egyptian regime will only lead to more Egyptians being beaten, raped, tortured, and killed. Please, ask officials with your administration to stop talking about Egypt for a while, at least until we can bury our dead, comfort their grieving families, treat the victims of rape and torture, find the disappeared, and read the wills of a new generation of young people who plan not for their weddings but for their funerals."

That is the reality of today's Egypt, through the eyes of a sincere human rights activist who was so respected that he was invited to speak at the White House just three years ago. 

Now?  Egypt is a shambles, significantly on its way to becoming a shari'a law dictatorship, and Bahieddin Hassan is an inconvenient artifiact, to be ignored at all costs.

That is the great "foreign policy triumph" of Egypt - the one Barack Obama's Accomplice Media won't talk about.

How do you like it?

Zeke ... The comment above SHOULD have been posted to the "Unfortunate Marketing Mistakes" entry. (02/14/13)

Ken Berwitz No problem. At this stage of my life, the idea of "nude" anything can be put just about anywhere you like, and it will get my attention. (02/14/13)

Zeke ..... ...... ..... ..... Relax.....Have a glass of Nude Coke ...... the latest marketing sensation .... .... (02/14/13)


EGYPT "PEACE AND DEMOCRACY" UPDATE: AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT OBAMA

Ken Berwitz

Over a week ago - on February 6th to be exact, an open letter to President Obama was published by Egypt's Al-Ahram Weekly. 

The letter was written by Egyptian rights activist Bahieddin Hassan, and is highly critical of the Obama administration's support for Egypt's increasingly dictatorial, fundamentalist "elected" government. 

Is that why our wonderful "neutral" media, which were so happy to talk about what a great foreign policy triumph Egypt was when President Obama worked so hard to depose Hosni Mubarak,  have given this letter a virtually complete burial?  You tell me.

You can read excerpts of  Mr. Hassan's very lengthy) letter by clicking here, which brings you to the invaluable MEMRI.org web site.  But let me give you just a few of them below:

"To President Barack Obama:

"Three years ago, I had the honor of meeting you in the White House as part of a delegation of some 50 human rights defenders from around the world. I was one of three rights defenders who were asked to speak during the 40 minutes out of the 90-minute meeting during which you and your advisors were present.

"When it was my turn to address those gathered, I urged you to consider the gulf between the content of your speech to the Arab and Islamic worlds in Cairo in June 2009 and the reality of American policy in February 2010, noting that they seemed separated by much more than simply a few months. In Cairo, you promised to stand by peoples of the region and engage with them, but eight months later your administration's policy was to turn its back on the people and work instead with local regimes. I discussed three examples of this: Palestine, Yemen and Egypt.

"Now, two years later, neither changes to the human rights situation nor to U.S. policy have fulfilled our hopes. Egyptian young people continue to live in frustration due to the deteriorating economic situation and the repeated failure of political processes to represent their demands, despite the sacrifices that they have made for the sake of the revolution and transition to democracy. Young people taking to the streets to express this frustration continue to be met with violence."

"While People Often Write Their Last Wills In Their 60s Or 70s, Egyptian Youth In Their 20s... Have Been Found Carrying Freshly Penned Wills While Participating In Protests"

"According to victims and video footage, female protesters are separated from the demonstrations, taken to other locations, and raped, in what appear to be organized, previously planned attacks. The faces of the assailants show no signs of emotion or sexual excitement.

"The objective appears to be to break the political will of the victims through profound degradation, whether they are raped, sexually mauled, or stripped entirely of their clothes - if they manage to escape the mob. In more than one case, a knife was used to penetrate the victims' vaginas, and multiple women underwent hysterectomies after being assaulted. In this context, we can understand the attempted rape of a 70-year-old woman known for her political affiliation as well as the sexual assault of a number of men."

"The Stances Of Your Administration Have Given Political Cover To The Current Authoritarian Regime In Egypt And Allowed It To Fearlessly Implement Undemocratic Policies And Commit Numerous Acts Of Repression"

"Statements that 'Egypt is witnessing a genuine and broad-based process of democratization' have covered over and indeed legitimized the undemocratic processes by which the Constituent Assembly passed the new constitution, an issue which has in turn led to greatly heightened instability in the country.

"Is it a coincidence that the statements issued by your administration reflect the same political rhetoric used by the new authoritarian regime in Egypt?

"My Request Is Quite Modest: That Spokespeople And Officials In Your Administration Stop Commenting On Developments In Egypt... That As Long As They Cannot Speak The Truth About What Is Happening In Egypt, They Keep Silent"

This will no doubt spare your administration much time and effort, but more importantly, it may spare more bloodshed in Egypt, as the current regime will no longer enjoy the political cover that the U.S. administration now offers them.

"Mr. President, I fear that the gulf I spoke to you about three years ago is fast filling up with blood. In this context, further American statements supporting the current Egyptian regime will only lead to more Egyptians being beaten, raped, tortured, and killed. Please, ask officials with your administration to stop talking about Egypt for a while, at least until we can bury our dead, comfort their grieving families, treat the victims of rape and torture, find the disappeared, and read the wills of a new generation of young people who plan not for their weddings but for their funerals."

That is the reality of today's Egypt, through the eyes of a sincere human rights activist who was so respected that he was invited to speak at the White House just three years ago. 

Now?  Egypt is a shambles, significantly on its way to becoming a shari'a law dictatorship, and Bahieddin Hassan is an inconvenient artifiact, to be ignored at all costs.

That is the great "foreign policy triumph" of Egypt - the one Barack Obama's Accomplice Media won't talk about.

How do you like it?

Zeke ..... ...... ..... ..... Relax.....Have a glass of Nude Coke ...... the latest marketing sensation .... .... (02/14/13)

Zeke ... The comment above SHOULD have been posted to the "Unfortunate Marketing Mistakes" entry. (02/14/13)

Ken Berwitz No problem. At this stage of my life, the idea of "nude" anything can be put just about anywhere you like, and it will get my attention. (02/14/13)


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Sorry to say, there never is a shortage of material for this series. 

Here's the latest installment - from an article posted at CBS News, web site:

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) - A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination.

The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent a letter telling parents the program is only for students of color. Parents CBS4 talked with said they were shocked to see, in this day and age, what they consider to be segregation.

"I was infuriated. I didn't understand why they would include or exclude certain groups," said parent Nicole Cox, who is white.

Coxs 10-year-old daughter needs tutoring. After receiving the notice, other parents complained to the school's principal, Andre Pearson.

Before Cox could complain to the school, Pearson contacted her directly. His voicemail only seemed to reinforce the segregated tutoring idea.

"This is Andre Pearson. It's focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs," Pearson told Cox in the voicemail.

Pearson declined to comment on camera, but a district spokesperson claims it was all just a big misunderstanding.

The new tutoring program was started by parents of minority students to help bridge the achievement gap.

The district is now clarifying that the program wasn't meant to segregate anyone.

The new tutoring program began Wednesday. CBS4 was told a letter would be going out to parents to clarify the error that was made

Yeah, right.  Just a misunderstanding. 

The principal of the school sends a letter specifying the program is only for Black students.  Then, when there are complaints, he says so again.....but is nice enough to allow that, after all the Black students are taken care of, if there is any space left maybe he'll let some White kids in. 

If you believe that is just a "misunderstanding", say hello to Santa and the Toothie Fairy for me the next time you see them.

Real racism.  It comes in all forms, from all sources.  And no group is immune to it, or from it.

By the way, wasn't Aurora, Colorado the site of that movie massacre last year?  What the hell is going on there.


A WATERSHED MOMENT FOR THE LEFT

Ken Berwitz

Barring something really stupid from our media, this will be my last post about the Marco Rubio water-sipping non-event.

Jeff Poor at dailycaller.com, has provided a count of how many references to this utterly meaningless stupidity were made by each of the three cable news venues between 5PM and 11PM yesterday.  The tally? 

-MSNBC - 155 (the vast majority accompanied by sarcastic, negative commentary)

-CNN - 34 (including a segment on whether taking a sip of water during his commentary would end Rubio's career (??!!)

-Fox - 12 (mostly to show viewers what the other two were making a big deal, while pointing out how ridiculous it was..

And they call Fox "Faux news"? 

By the way...if anyone is wondering why MSNBC and CNN might obsess this much over absolutely nothing, consider that Rubio made one helluva response speech - and by doing nothing but weisenheimer material, neither of these networks had to deal with the content of what he said.

Please click here to read Mr. Rubio's entire response.  Then compare it to the pseudo-populist, dishonest, smug, smirking drivel the President gave us.  See if there is any doubt who was more informative, more honest, and more worth listening to.

Once you compare the two you will not wonder why MSNBC - the beloved network of christopher dorner - and CNN - more anonymous by the day - worked so hard to ignore Marco Rubio's words and, instead, concentrate on the fact that he (gasp!!) occasionally drinks water.


JACK LEW'S CAYMAN ISLAND CONNECTION VS. MITT ROMNEY'S

Ken Berwitz

Picking up on the previous blog's theme, does it trouble you as much as it troubles me, that................

............ the same media which, for the most part, joined Barack Obama in raging against Mitt Romney over the investments he may have made in Cayman Island-based corporations......................

............are barely even reporting that President Obama's nominee for Secretary of the Treasury, Jack Lew, has been neck deep in them? 

One very notable exception is the Washington Post's Dana Milbank - not a typical outer of Obama Administration BS - who wrote a very illuminating piece about it just yesterday.

And, yes, they still squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.

Somehow the word "pathetic" seems inadequate.


HAVE THEY POSITIVELY ID'ED DORNER YET?

Ken Berwitz

In a word, the answer is no.

I'm glad the authorities are so certain that it is christopher dorner's charred remains in that cabin.  And, truth be told, they are probably right.

But they DO NOT KNOW FOR CERTAIN. 

And, until they do, if I were one of his targets I would not be sleeping very easily tonight.

============================================

UPDATE:  Apparently it is over.  NBC News is reporting that the remains found in that cabin have positively been identified as dorner's. 

Good.


HAVE THEY POSITIVELY ID'ED DORNER YET?

Ken Berwitz

In a word, the answer is no.

I'm glad the authorities are so certain that it is christopher dorner's charred remains in that cabin.  And, truth be told, they are probably right.

But they DO NOT KNOW FOR CERTAIN. 

And, until they do, if I were one of his targets I would not be sleeping very easily tonight.

============================================

UPDATE:  Apparently it is over.  NBC News is reporting that the remains found in that cabin have positively been identified as dorner's. 

Good.


UNFORTUNATE MARKETING RESEARCH MISTAKES

Ken Berwitz

Having been in marketing research for most of my life, I sort of root for companies in my industry to do well -- certainly not to shoot themselves in the foot.

A number of years ago, a field service (i.e. a company which recruits participants for research studies) decided to put out a promotional flyer.  Its idea - hardly unique, but tried and true - was to put its name, vertically, down the page, with each letter used to spell out an attribute.

The first letter of this particular company's name was "C".  And - very, very unfortunately - the attribute it selected was "Competant".

As you are probably aware, the correct spelling of that word is "competent".  Yikes.  How do you convince prospective clients that you are competent if you can't even spell competent?

I had not thought of that embarrassing gaffe for quite a while....until just now when I checked my email and found an ad for a different marketing research company.

This one - which personal compassion precludes me from citing by name, starts out with "Dear (Contact First Name)". 

Uh, wasn't that part after "Dear" supposed to have my name?   Kinda makes a feller feel pretty anonymous.  But, heck, everyone makes a mistake now and then, right?

Yep, except that, the email then lists out a number of attributes it promises to have....and the very first one is "Precisce Recruiting".

"Precisce Recruiting"?  Yikes.  How do you convince prospective clients that your recruiting is precise if you can't even spell precise?

In the immortal words of a gentleman who used to squat a lot in Yankee Stadium....it's like deja vu all over again.

C'mon guys.......


RAISING THE MINIMUM WAGE: GREAT POPULISM, FOOL'S GOLD

Ken Berwitz

One of the many proposals made by President Obama in his State of the Union Address was that we raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour - a 24% jump from the current $7.25.  His exact words:

"We know our economy's stronger when we reward an honest day's work with honest wages. But today, a full-time worker making the minimum wage earns $14,500 a year. Even with the tax relief we've put in place, a family with two kids that earns the minimum wage still lives below the poverty line. That's wrong. That's why, since the last time this Congress raised the minimum wage, 19 states have chosen to bump theirs even higher.

"Tonight, let's declare that, in the wealthiest nation on Earth, no one who works full time should have to live in poverty -- and raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour."

Sounds great, doesn't it?

Except.....

How many families are you aware of with one wage earner, at minimum wage, and no other sources of income?  If we're talking about legals, I am betting the answer is none.  Not one. 

The claim that there are families out there in this situation, who are not taking advantage of any of the countless government assistance programs available to them (food stamps, subsidized housing, earned income tax credits, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.) is flat out BS. 

So who is earning nothing but minimum wage? 

Do yourself a favor and read the government's own statistics, which you can find by clicking here.  You will find that the most likely minimum wage earner is a young person, without experience, looking for flexible-hours work (to fit in with school and other activities) so he/she can have some pocket money, or people in the hospitality and/or food service areas who supplement their minimum wage income with tips.  

Raise the minimum wage to $9, and you force employers not only to pay that additional 24% per hire, but almost certainly to have to bump up the hourly wages of employees who started at or near the minimum wage, got a raise or two, and now would find themselves right back to square one:  i.e. being paid about the same as new, inexperienced employees.  

The most logical solution?  Don't hire. 

That, folks, is fools gold.  It is far from the only pile of fool's gold offered by Mr. Obama on Tuesday, but it is one of the worst, because it directly hurts so many young people who a) have limited options on how and when they can work, and b) can't take advantage of the government programs mentioned above.

Well, we knew what we had, and we re-elected Barack Obama anyway. 

Welcome to the next four years. 

free` Didn't they just raise the minimum wage a few years back? When they raised it, it did exactly what Ken describes, it stopped businesses from hiring. My mom is on SS and gets $1300 a month and she doesn't qualify for any assistance [except from her children]. (02/14/13)


MENENDACIOUS MAN VS. MARCO THE THIRSTY

Ken Berwitz

A quick observation:

Does it trouble you as much as it troubles me, that................

............ the same media which, for the most partm, have buried Senator Robert "Menendacious" Menendez's unsavory alliance with a sugar-daddy who, among other things, owes the government over 11 million dollars in back taxes, and his pleasure jaunts to the Dominican Republic which he suddenly remembered he had to pay for, and his alleged sex parties with Dominican prostitutes, possibly underage ones.................

............are going out of their minds over the fact that Senator Marco Rubio took a sip of bottled water during his response to President Obama's State of the Union speech?

If ever you wanted to see an example of media bias so egregious that even the left wing robots can't explain it away, this is it.

And, yes, they still squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.

Somehow the word "pathetic" seems inadequate.

 


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Sorry to say, there never is a shortage of material for this series. 

Here's the latest installment - from an article posted at CBS News, web site:

AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) - A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination.

The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent a letter telling parents the program is only for students of color. Parents CBS4 talked with said they were shocked to see, in this day and age, what they consider to be segregation.

"I was infuriated. I didn't understand why they would include or exclude certain groups," said parent Nicole Cox, who is white.

Coxs 10-year-old daughter needs tutoring. After receiving the notice, other parents complained to the school's principal, Andre Pearson.

Before Cox could complain to the school, Pearson contacted her directly. His voicemail only seemed to reinforce the segregated tutoring idea.

"This is Andre Pearson. It's focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs," Pearson told Cox in the voicemail.

Pearson declined to comment on camera, but a district spokesperson claims it was all just a big misunderstanding.

The new tutoring program was started by parents of minority students to help bridge the achievement gap.

The district is now clarifying that the program wasn't meant to segregate anyone.

The new tutoring program began Wednesday. CBS4 was told a letter would be going out to parents to clarify the error that was made

Yeah, right.  Just a misunderstanding. 

The principal of the school sends a letter specifying the program is only for Black students.  Then, when there are complaints, he says so again.....but is nice enough to allow that, after all the Black students are taken care of, if there is any space left maybe he'll let some White kids in. 

If you believe that is just a "misunderstanding", say hello to Santa and the Toothie Fairy for me the next time you see them.

Real racism.  It comes in all forms, from all sources.  And no group is immune to it, or from it.

By the way, wasn't Aurora, Colorado the site of that movie massacre last year?  What the hell is going on there.


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