Monday, 18 February 2013

A QUICK NOTE ON STRATEGIC DRIVING

Ken Berwitz

I spent much of today visiting with my parents in Queens, then with my sister at her office, which is also in Queens. 

But getting back to Jersey was an issue - partly because of that #%@*ing Verrazanno Bridge toll ($13) and partly because, once crossed, the "reward" would be getting caught in massive traffic on The Staten Island Expressway ("express"way my backside), because of all the construction. 

So I took the BQE (that's the Brooklyn Queens Expressway for you non-New York types), to the Manhattan Bridge, which put me on Canal St.  Canal , though always crowded, was somewhat less so because of President's Day, so I was able to zip crosstown to the Holland Tunnel in only about 10 minutes, and move through the tunnel itself in maybe another 5 (not bad at all).  Then, once on the Jersey side, there was no traffic at all. 

I saved about 20 - 30 minutes, and about $10.  A true New York triumph!!!


IT'S GOOD TO BE ON THE LEFT (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

I am not making this up.

The following is a transcript of a segment of melissa harris-perry's show on (where else?) MSNBC.  I pulled it from Matt Hadro's blog at newsbusters.org.

It is a bit lengthy, but I do not want to be accused of selective editing, so I am showing every word.

Please read it, and then think about what would happen if Fox News ever had a group of people saying exactly the same thing:

MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY: Okay, so give me your favorite race joke or your best punch line on it.

DEAN OBEIDALLAH, comedian: Well, I mean, it's probably the more - the newest one I'm doing about - and in fact they talked about it earlier in the segment. That white people will be a minority in America by 2040. And there's some white people freaking out. And I tell them, don't. There are some benefits. First, you get a month to celebrate your heritage. Black History Month - you'll get at least "Whitey Week." And celebrations of white people, like badminton and Utah and racial profiling. And white women will finally be exotic. It'll be great. Now everyone wants to date, you know, Latino, Asian women - there'll be now like - wow, white girl, where'd you meet her? White Castle. That's where they make them. I should have known that.

HARRIS-PERRY: (Laughing) That's great. The white minority jokes. That's good. I like it.

OBEIDALLAH: Just want to make fun of white people.

LIZZ WINSTEAD, political satirist:  I have two. One is a joke of mine where I was - where the joke is basically simple. It's like it would have been kind of fun to see Herman Cain as the presidential nominee. Because there would have been mass suicides in the Klan.

(Crosstalk)

WINSTEAD: One of my favorite jokes was, we did 100 years ago when I was working on the Daily Show. And it was when the Mars Corporation introduced this new ad campaign for the Three Musketeers candy bar. And they introduced a black musketeer. And it was really a success, and people were really glad they integrated the musketeers. So the joke that we did was the ad campaign was so successful, they decided to change the name of the 5th Avenue bar to Martin Luther King Boulevard.

ELON JAMES WHITE, ThisWeekInBlackness.com: Oh dear.

HARRIS-PERRY: I know.

WINSTEAD: I love it.

ELON JAMES WHITE, ThisWeekInBlackness.com: My favorite, it's maybe not - of my jokes, half of those I can't even tell here.

HARRIS-PERRY: We can get the delay button going if we need to.
 
WHITE: There might be a baby and, we don't want this in our lives right now. But the joke that I think about a lot when it comes to racial humor, it was a Dave Chappelle joke. He tells this joke about when he was being picked up by a limousine driver. And they brought him to the ghetto. And he wasn't prepared to go together. You have to be warned. He sits in the limo. And the guy gets a call. "What happened? Who said what? I'm on my way." And he just hangs up the phone. And he looks out the window, he says "liquor store, liquor store, gun store, liquor store. Where the hell am I?!" And I'm like, it's so hilarious because he's starting to paint this whole picture of the community. And the social, economic issues. And he looked out the window at 3 a.m. and he saw a baby. And he's like, "baby, what you doing outside?" He goes, "I'm selling weed!" And it's one of the most hilarious things. He goes, "you know you shouldn't sell weed." He goes, "I got kids to feed!" It's a baby. That's hilarious.

ANTHEA BUTLER, professor, University of Pennsylvania: Mine is two-fold. One is, we always had this joke when I was broke in grad school that if a black person said they were broke, it meant that they had negative in their bank account. And if a white person said they were broke, we never believed them because they had $500.

(Laughter)

BUTLER: And they don't know the meaning of being broke. And so that was the first thing. The second one is - and I'm going to ask everyone to forgive me, because I do love Michael Jackson - but during the time that everybody was sort of trying to figure out (Unintelligible), I would say Michael Jackson has taught me two things. You can do whatever you want and you don't have to be black.

(Laughter)

BUTLER: Even if you are black.

HARRIS-PERRY: Because that was always the thing. The only things you have to do is stay black and die.

BUTLER: Exactly. And you don't even have to be black anymore, because Michael Jackson fixed that for us. We don't even have to be black.

HARRIS-PERRY: All you have to do now is die. Well, there is that. So I have a joke, I don't know if I'm allowed to tell it. But it's - it's not, it's national television. But imagine - so here's my favorite race joke. It's a young Jewish man, he brings three girls home to meet his mother. And he says mom, I'm going to marry one of these three girls. And I want you to chat with them for a bit and then you predict which one I'm going to marry. And so the mom sits and she chats with the three girls, and then she says - he says, mom, which one do you think I'm going to marry? And she says this one over here on the right. And he says mom, that's right, how did you know? And she says, I don't like her.

(Laughter)

HARRIS-PERRY: All right. That's my race joke for the day. Okay, folks, I always appreciate having the humor and the insight. Thanks for coming and joining us.

Are you expecting a tidal wave of outrage from the rest of our media, with accusations of racial and/or ethnic insensitivity, or offensiveness, or hatred?  Forget it.  This is MSNBC, remember? 

Is it good to be on the left, or what?


IT'S GOOD TO BE ON THE LEFT....

Ken Berwitz

Did Alec Baldwin really wish a choking death on a reporter?  Did he really call a Black ex-detective a coon and a drug dealer?

Read the following excerpt from Leonard Greene's article in today's New York Post, and decide for yourself:

Baldwin had first been approached by a Post reporter while walking his dogs outside his East 10th Street pad at around 10:50 a.m. He was asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor.

The "30 Rock" star grabbed the reporter, Tara Palmeri, by her arm and told her, "I want you to choke to death," Palmeri told police, for whom she played an audiotape of the conversation.

Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly called a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a "crackhead" and a "drug dealer" during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene.

He then called G.N. Miller - a decorated retired detective with the NYPD's Organized Crime Control Bureau and a staff photographer for The Post - a "coon, a drug dealer," Miller's police statement said.

At one point, Miller showed Baldwin ID to prove he's a retired NYPD cop, which Baldwin dismissed as "fake."

That's pretty ugly, isn't it?

And before you assume that this sweet, comedically gifted actor would ever say anything so nasty, I suggest you recall what he once said to his own 11 year old daughter - as taped by his ex-wife:

"You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being.

"I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you're a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned.

"Once again I have made an ass of myself trying to get to a phone. You have humiliated me for the last time with this phone."

And then there was this incident, as reported just over a year ago:

Hot-head Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight this afternoon in Los Angeles because he was playing a game on his phone apparently past the point when passengers are supposed to have turned off their devices.

 

On his Twitter account, Baldwin wrote: "Flight attendant on American [Airlines] reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving."

 

Baldwin was aboard AA Flight 4, which was delayed an hour, when the "30 Rock" star was booted for not listening to the flight attendant.

 

Passenger Steve Weiss, who was sitting across the isle from Baldwin, described the scene.

 

"Apparently he said he was playing a game, but he was actually talking on the phone. She [the flight attendant] was very nice. The door was closed they just announced that they were pulling away from the gate. He got up threw his papers on the floor stormed into the bathroom slammed the door closed, beat on the wall and then came back."

 

"He said 'If you want to kick me off, kick me off.' He was just crazy, he just flipped out, the guy has problems."

A crew member who dealt with the hotheaded Hollywood actor said he couldn't stay on the flight.

 

"He was violent, abusive and aggressive. He got into the bathroom and started beating on the wall and he pounded his fists on the galley counter. Yelling, screaming, very ugly. It was unsafe to keep him on board that's why he got kicked out."

Now please think again about the incident with the Post reporter and ex-detective/staff photographer.  Would you put it past him?

And please also think about the fact that this incident, even with Baldwin's ugly history of abusive behavior, and gross hypocrisy (he came out in support of the "Occupy" movement, and has spent the last year doing commercials/raking in a bundle of $$$ for Capital One Bank) will get dramatically less coverage than Marco Rubio taking a swallow of water during his speech last Tuesday.

It's good to be on the left...

Zeke ... .... .... Baldwin is an aggressive psychotic. .... .... In addition to the incidents recounted, IR he threatened to leave the US and move to Canada if G W Bush were elected in 2000. ..... ..... LEAVE, Alec -- Do not stop to pack, LEAVE ! Do not Pass Go, Alec -- LEAVE ! ... Do NOT Collect $200 -- LEAVE ......... ...... Useless BOP (blob of protoplasm) ...... (02/18/13)


WHERE DOES SHE FIND THIS STUFF?

Ken Berwitz

Here is the latest from PR Ann, who never has to be, er, egged on to provide us with a laugh.

Tune in to @[143031145713820:274:iLike] for more fun :)

I don't think it's original though.  She probably poached it from someone else.

But thanks, Ann!  I'd really have to scramble to find something funnier than this.


CHUCK HAGEL'S MEMORY

Ken Berwitz

Chuck Hagel, President Obama's choice for Secretary of Defense, has communicated to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that he does not recall saying that "the US State Department is an adjunct of the Israeli foreign minister's office" - and, in any event, he disavows this supposedly non-stated comment. 

Senator Graham's reaction?  

"Well, in fact if that's true, that would end that matter, because he's previously said, in a book that the Jewish lobby intimidates members of congress, particularly the US Senate, and pushes us to make very bad decisions.  If this second statement were true, he's said that the Secretary of State's office is under the control of the Israeli foreign ministers, those two together would show an edge, and a view, of the Israeli - US relationship way out of the mainstream, so I'll just take him at his word, unless something new comes along."

That's more than fair, Senator - especially in view of what Hagel said in the book. 

But what about this - as excerpted from Charles C. Johnson's article at the Washington Free Beacon?

A pro-Hezbollah, pro-Hamas candidate for the Iranian presidency, a man linked to Iranian-controlled front groups, brought former Republican Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel to speak at Rutgers University in 2007, according to another professor on campus.

Hooshang Amirahmadi, who led Rutgers' Center for Middle Eastern Studies when Hagel came to campus, is the founder and president of the American-Iranian Council. He arranged for Hagel's speech on March 2, 2007, the faculty source told The Daily Caller. (RELATED OPINION - Chuck Hagel: the darling of Tehran)

Iran's Guardian Council cleared Amirahmadi to run for the presidency in 2013. Approval of the regime is required before candidates' names can appear on the ballot. To be approved, candidates must be Shia, male, and committed to the Islamic revolution.

Amirahmadi's CV discloses that he has received financial support from the Alavi Foundation, a wealthy organization that the U.S. government has called "a front for the government of Iran."

 "We found evidence that the government of Iran really controlled everything about the foundation," Adam Kaufmann, investigations chief at the Manhattan District Attorney's Office, told the Post in 2009.

Fashid Jahedi, the Alavi foundation's former president, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of obstruction of justice for destroying documents connecting the foundation to Bank Melli Iran, the regime's terror-linked national bank, and to the ownership of a Manhattan office building.

Jahedi was sentenced to three months in prison and six months of supervised release, and fined $3,000.

Asking the estimable Senator Graham, a man I have great respect for:  Does this qualify as something new coming along?

The bottom line is that Chuck Hagel has no business being anywhere near a cabinet position:  very especially Secretary of Defense.

But, then again, this is the Obama Administration, which is also blessing us with:

-Islamist-supporting (there are rumors that he is an Islamic convert) John Brennan tapped to head the CIA, and

-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper's jaw-droppingly ignorant characterization of the Muslim Brotherhood as "a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence..."

So why would we be surprised if this were true about Hagel?

The only thing that would surprise me here, is if Mr. Obama's appointments finally woke up a few of the (so far) hopelessly benighted Obama supporters, who still refuse to see what is in front of their eyes. 

But, truth be told, if the last four years of Barack Obama didn't already wake them up, this has about as much of a chance as there is of MSNBC airing a special on how much better our economy was under George Bush.


IT'S GOOD TO BE ON THE LEFT....

Ken Berwitz

Did Alec Baldwin really wish a choking death on a reporter?  Did he really call a Black ex-detective a coon and a drug dealer?

Read the following excerpt from Leonard Greene's article in today's New York Post, and decide for yourself:

Baldwin had first been approached by a Post reporter while walking his dogs outside his East 10th Street pad at around 10:50 a.m. He was asked for comment on a lawsuit against his wife, Hilaria, involving her work as a yoga instructor.

The "30 Rock" star grabbed the reporter, Tara Palmeri, by her arm and told her, "I want you to choke to death," Palmeri told police, for whom she played an audiotape of the conversation.

Actor Alec Baldwin allegedly called a black Post photographer a racial epithet, a "crackhead" and a "drug dealer" during a confrontation on an East Village street yesterday morning, prompting police to intervene.

He then called G.N. Miller - a decorated retired detective with the NYPD's Organized Crime Control Bureau and a staff photographer for The Post - a "coon, a drug dealer," Miller's police statement said.

At one point, Miller showed Baldwin ID to prove he's a retired NYPD cop, which Baldwin dismissed as "fake."

That's pretty ugly, isn't it?

And before you assume that this sweet, comedically gifted actor would ever say anything so nasty, I suggest you recall what he once said to his own 11 year old daughter - as taped by his ex-wife:

"You are a rude, thoughtless little pig. You don't have the brains or the decency as a human being.

"I don't give a damn that you're 12 years old, or 11 years old, or that you're a child, or that your mother is a thoughtless pain in the ass who doesn't care about what you do as far as I'm concerned.

"Once again I have made an ass of myself trying to get to a phone. You have humiliated me for the last time with this phone."

And then there was this incident, as reported just over a year ago:

Hot-head Alec Baldwin was kicked off an American Airlines flight this afternoon in Los Angeles because he was playing a game on his phone apparently past the point when passengers are supposed to have turned off their devices.

 

On his Twitter account, Baldwin wrote: "Flight attendant on American [Airlines] reamed me out 4 playing WORDS W FRIENDS while we sat at the gate, not moving."

 

Baldwin was aboard AA Flight 4, which was delayed an hour, when the "30 Rock" star was booted for not listening to the flight attendant.

 

Passenger Steve Weiss, who was sitting across the isle from Baldwin, described the scene.

 

"Apparently he said he was playing a game, but he was actually talking on the phone. She [the flight attendant] was very nice. The door was closed they just announced that they were pulling away from the gate. He got up threw his papers on the floor stormed into the bathroom slammed the door closed, beat on the wall and then came back."

 

"He said 'If you want to kick me off, kick me off.' He was just crazy, he just flipped out, the guy has problems."

A crew member who dealt with the hotheaded Hollywood actor said he couldn't stay on the flight.

 

"He was violent, abusive and aggressive. He got into the bathroom and started beating on the wall and he pounded his fists on the galley counter. Yelling, screaming, very ugly. It was unsafe to keep him on board that's why he got kicked out."

Now please think again about the incident with the Post reporter and ex-detective/staff photographer.  Would you put it past him?

And please also think about the fact that this incident, even with Baldwin's ugly history of abusive behavior, and gross hypocrisy (he came out in support of the "Occupy" movement, and has spent the last year doing commercials/raking in a bundle of $$$ for Capital One Bank) will get dramatically less coverage than Marco Rubio taking a swallow of water during his speech last Tuesday.

It's good to be on the left...

Zeke ... .... .... Baldwin is an aggressive psychotic. .... .... In addition to the incidents recounted, IR he threatened to leave the US and move to Canada if G W Bush were elected in 2000. ..... ..... LEAVE, Alec -- Do not stop to pack, LEAVE ! Do not Pass Go, Alec -- LEAVE ! ... Do NOT Collect $200 -- LEAVE ......... ...... Useless BOP (blob of protoplasm) ...... (02/18/13)


THE IDIOCY OF CPAC BANNING GOPROUD

Ken Berwitz

I'll make this short and (not very) sweet:

This year - again - the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) has banned GOProud, a gay Republican group, from its conference.

I congratulate CPAC for acting out exactly what the left accuses it of:  intolerant bigotry. 

Great going, guys.  You've struck a blow for universal heterosexuality, I'm sure. 

Anything else you'd like to ban?  How about people who don't believe in God ... or did you already do that?  Heck, if you insist on only including people whose social or religious behaviors coincide with your ideas of how the entire world should act, the banning possibilities are limitless.  I mean, why include people who, through their personal choices and/or innate nature, do not live the way you do?  What fun is that?

Idiots.


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