Sunday, 24 February 2013

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote of the day comes from veteran CBS newsman Bill Plante, while a guest on CNN's Reliable Sources. When host Howard Kurtz asked if he found today's White House "a little self-involved, a little whiney", Here is what Plante had to say:

"...here's the nub of it, Howie: this administration has the tools to reach people on their own. They don't need us as much. And to the extent that they're able to do that, they're undercutting the First Amendment, which guarantees a free press through many voices. If they put out their own material, it's state-run media."

Beautiful.

Tell me, Mr. Plante, what do you call it when most of the so-called "free press" decides to act as Barack Obama's accomplice media, by continually fawning over him, looking the other way during scandal after scandal, and essentially giving him a free pass through four years and two election cycles?  Would you call that state-run media?  The voluntary kind?

I guess not, because I've never heard you complain about it at all.  Not one word.  When media were forgoing any vestige of journalistic professionalism and integrity to prop up Mr. Obama, that was okey-dokey

But now, when even the lopsidedly favorable coverage isn't enough and the administration is moving it closer to 100% by shutting you and your Obama-adoring pals out, we finally hear from you?.  Not because one-sided coverage is unfair, but because Obama & Co. are rendering you less and less relevant, so your ego is bruised?

You'll pardon me if I'm not especially sympathetic.  But I do offer my thanks for a comment that (with a tip of the hat to "Howie") is self-involved and whiney enough to be our quote of the day.


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

A 9 year old boy kills himself because of racial bullying?

Apparently that is what happened to young Aaron Dugmore.  Read the following excerpts from Andrew Parker and Felix Allen's article in the UK's Daily Sun, and see for yourself:

Aaron Dugmore - thought to be one of Britain's youngest suicides after bullying - was found in his bedroom after months of jibes at school, they claim.

His family say that Aaron was threatened with a plastic KNIFE by one Asian pupil  who warned him: "Next time it will be a real one."

But despite complaints to the school, where 75 per cent of pupils come from ethnic backgrounds, they claim nothing was done to stop the bullying.

Aaron joined Erdington Hall primary in Birmingham last September after the family moved nearby. But Kelly-Marie, 30, and stepdad Paul Jones, 43, noticed a change in him from his first day.

Paul said: "He became argumentative with his brothers and sisters, which wasn't like him at all. Eventually he told us that he was being bullied by a group of Asian children at school and had to hide from them in the playground at lunchtime. He said one kid even said to him, 'My dad says all the white people should be dead'."

"I went to see head Martin Collin a few times, but he only said, 'You didn't have to come to this school, you chose to come here'." 

A child being threatened and bullied every day, and when the headmaster is informed of it his response is, in essence, that it's the child's fault for showing up? 

Nothing can bring Aaron Dugmore back.  But there is a legal system in the UK (or, at any rate, there used to be one) which should be making damn sure this mindless, heartless criminally imbecilic headmaster is punished to the fullest extent of the law.  Is it being done?

And there are legal authorities who should immediately assess the bullying going on in this school, as well as other area schools, before there is another tragedy.  Is this being done?

Real racism. It comes in all forms, from all sources. No group is immune to it, or from it. Certainly not a vulnerable young 9 year old, set upon by hate-filled bullies who are aided and abetted by a headmaster, who should be in charge of a jail cell, not a school.


VOTER FRAUD: THE WRONG QUESTION

Ken Berwitz

Here is the beginning of an article by Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald, about potential voter fraud.  Please pay special attention to the last part, which I have put in bold print:

The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25.

Within 2 weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They originated from only a handful of Internet Protocol addresses. And they were not random.

It had all the appearances of a political dirty trick, a high-tech effort by an unknown hacker to sway three key Aug. 14 primary elections, a Miami Herald investigation has found.

The plot failed. The elections department's software flagged the requests as suspicious. The ballots weren't sent out.

But who was behind it? And next time, would a more skilled hacker be able to rig an election?

This is the kind of stuff that drives me bats.

NO, Ms. Mazzei, that is the WRONG QUESTION.

The question isn't whether, next time, a more skilled hacker might be able to rig an election.  The question is how many times skilled hackers already  have rigged elections, that have not been flagged.  And how many voter frauds will be unflagged, thus successful, in the future.

And while we're on the subject of questions that should have been asked but weren't, how many different ways of committing voter fraud, unrelated to this kind of attempt, have been perpetrated?  How many of those have been successful?

Anyone who says that voter fraud in the USA is virtually nonexistent, is either ignorant, nuts, or in on it.

Marta I'm not in complete ageemernt with it by a long way as there are massive holes in the proposal however I'm not convinced anything anyone is currently doing within the domaining community in general is going to have any effect on the end result.The main suggestion I see mentioned a lot is to automatically give all .co.uk registrants the .uk names, In an ideal world that is what I would like to see happen, but I can't see that happening at all. Surely from Nominet's point of view .uk won't be something new they can push as essentially all they would end up with is the same amount of registrants and unavailable names as they currently have.For portfolio holders and a fair amount of businesses the above is certainly the best result, but I'm pretty sure the Nominet board members will have something to say about it. To me it just looks like a way of giving the big gun registrars another product to sell, which is one of the things I disagree with Limiting the registrations to certain registrars is a clear lean towards the favoured registrars and doesn't allow Joe Bloggs down the street to offer the names to be registered.So I guess what I'm saying is I suppose whether I agree with it or not, I don't think much can be done to stop it. (07/02/13)

Jamal This really sapeks to me as my husband just left for there as well. The pic I entered was from the weekend before he left. Her expression brings tears to eyes! Great job capturing the emotion!! (07/02/13)


IS GUN CONTROL BLACK CONTROL?

Ken Berwitz

Here's a story I found at townhall.com, which I guarantee you will not read about in any mainstream media.

Did you ever hear of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (CURE)?  Probably not.  Did you know that it had a conference on Friday in which Black speaker after Black speaker came out against more restrictive gun control?  Probably not. 

Here are the particulars, via excerpts from Alicia Powe's blog at townhall.com:.

A number of African-American leaders joined together Friday to challenge the gun control proposals currently being considered on Capitol Hill, claiming gun control laws are inherently racist."There's a direct correlation between gun control and black people control," Stacy Swimp, president and CFO of the Frederick Douglass Society, said at the event at the press conference sponsored by the Center for Urban Renewal and Education (C.U.R.E).

"The first gun laws were put into place to register black folks, to make sure that they would know who we were - that we could not defend ourselves," Swimp said.

Niger Ennis, President of CORE, Congress for Racial Equality, one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the country, agreed that "un control has ultimately been about people control."

"It sprouts from racist soil," Ennis said.

Speakers of the event praised the National Rifle association, explaining the organizations contribution to Civil Rights.

"The National Rifle Association was founded by religious leaders who wanted to protect freed slaves from the Ku Klux Klan" said Harry Alford, the president of the Black Chamber of Commerce. "They would raise money, buy arms, show the free slaves how to use those arms and protect their families. Many of us probably wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for the NRA." (NOTE:  I cannot find evidence to support Mr. Alford's claim).

"What's going on is a mind game, this is a diversion to keep you off the thought of the poor economy, which generates crime," said Alford. "This is about crime and trying to divert your attention away from it because they can't create jobs. Public officials can put more cops on the beat, have tougher sentencing laws but there are limits how much is can do. A bad labor market has a profound impact on the crime rates."

Is any of this a surprise to you? 

If you rely entirely on mainstream media for your news, it's a pretty good bet that all of it is.

And let's remember, law-abiding Black people (which, despite the mouthings of ignorant people and racists among us, comprise the great majority of Blacks) are the most vulnerable to crime, because they are disproportionately likely to live in higher-crime areas - areas in which illegal ownership of guns is uncontrolled and appparently uncontrollable.  Is it really a great idea to make them vulnerable to the predators in their own neighborhoods? 

There are many good, logical reasons for strict gun control laws.  But there is a line, beyond which they cause more harm than good. 

Maybe, just maybe, our wonderful "neutral" mainstream media might talk about that line someday.


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

A 9 year old boy kills himself because of racial bullying?

Apparently that is what happened to young Aaron Dugmore.  Read the following excerpts from Andrew Parker and Felix Allen's article in the UK's Daily Sun, and see for yourself:

Aaron Dugmore - thought to be one of Britain's youngest suicides after bullying - was found in his bedroom after months of jibes at school, they claim.

His family say that Aaron was threatened with a plastic KNIFE by one Asian pupil  who warned him: "Next time it will be a real one."

But despite complaints to the school, where 75 per cent of pupils come from ethnic backgrounds, they claim nothing was done to stop the bullying.

Aaron joined Erdington Hall primary in Birmingham last September after the family moved nearby. But Kelly-Marie, 30, and stepdad Paul Jones, 43, noticed a change in him from his first day.

Paul said: "He became argumentative with his brothers and sisters, which wasn't like him at all. Eventually he told us that he was being bullied by a group of Asian children at school and had to hide from them in the playground at lunchtime. He said one kid even said to him, 'My dad says all the white people should be dead'."

"I went to see head Martin Collin a few times, but he only said, 'You didn't have to come to this school, you chose to come here'." 

A child being threatened and bullied every day, and when the headmaster is informed of it his response is, in essence, that it's the child's fault for showing up? 

Nothing can bring Aaron Dugmore back.  But there is a legal system in the UK (or, at any rate, there used to be one) which should be making damn sure this mindless, heartless criminally imbecilic headmaster is punished to the fullest extent of the law.  Is it being done?

And there are legal authorities who should immediately assess the bullying going on in this school, as well as other area schools, before there is another tragedy.  Is this being done?

Real racism. It comes in all forms, from all sources. No group is immune to it, or from it. Certainly not a vulnerable young 9 year old, set upon by hate-filled bullies who are aided and abetted by a headmaster, who should be in charge of a jail cell, not a school.


THE END OF THE OSCARS? Ken Berwitz


(From my cell phone):

This Oscar show is a major disaster.  Unclever, unfunny and even an insulting Jewish stereotype which showed  incredibly bad taste.

If this is what it has sunk to  then shut it down.  Nobody will care...or should.
 
======================================================
 
UPDATE:  It turns out that the Jewish stereotype - made by "Ted the bear" might not have been the most tasteless comment of the evening:  there's actually competition for that "honor". 
 
You can make a very good case that the most tasteless comment - also during the "Ted the bear" segment - was that there would be an orgy at Jack Nicholson's house afterwards.  In case you are unaware, it was at Jack Nicholson's house that, during an orgy, roman polanski raped a 13 year old girl.
 
If Hollywood had any shame, it would issue an apology for the show in general and this segment in particular - maybe accompanied by a promise to cut down on the gratuitously violent pig slop it continues to pass off as "entertainment" - pig slop which may well have influenced some of the mass murderers whose love of violent "entertainment" has been chronicled over the past few years.
 
But since Hollywood has so little shame, or scruples, or morality, don't expect it to happen.


VOTER FRAUD: THE WRONG QUESTION

Ken Berwitz

Here is the beginning of an article by Patricia Mazzei of the Miami Herald, about potential voter fraud.  Please pay special attention to the last part, which I have put in bold print:

The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7.

The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25.

Within 2 weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They originated from only a handful of Internet Protocol addresses. And they were not random.

It had all the appearances of a political dirty trick, a high-tech effort by an unknown hacker to sway three key Aug. 14 primary elections, a Miami Herald investigation has found.

The plot failed. The elections department's software flagged the requests as suspicious. The ballots weren't sent out.

But who was behind it? And next time, would a more skilled hacker be able to rig an election?

This is the kind of stuff that drives me bats.

NO, Ms. Mazzei, that is the WRONG QUESTION.

The question isn't whether, next time, a more skilled hacker might be able to rig an election.  The question is how many times skilled hackers already  have rigged elections, that have not been flagged.  And how many voter frauds will be unflagged, thus successful, in the future.

And while we're on the subject of questions that should have been asked but weren't, how many different ways of committing voter fraud, unrelated to this kind of attempt, have been perpetrated?  How many of those have been successful?

Anyone who says that voter fraud in the USA is virtually nonexistent, is either ignorant, nuts, or in on it.

Jamal This really sapeks to me as my husband just left for there as well. The pic I entered was from the weekend before he left. Her expression brings tears to eyes! Great job capturing the emotion!! (07/02/13)

Marta I'm not in complete ageemernt with it by a long way as there are massive holes in the proposal however I'm not convinced anything anyone is currently doing within the domaining community in general is going to have any effect on the end result.The main suggestion I see mentioned a lot is to automatically give all .co.uk registrants the .uk names, In an ideal world that is what I would like to see happen, but I can't see that happening at all. Surely from Nominet's point of view .uk won't be something new they can push as essentially all they would end up with is the same amount of registrants and unavailable names as they currently have.For portfolio holders and a fair amount of businesses the above is certainly the best result, but I'm pretty sure the Nominet board members will have something to say about it. To me it just looks like a way of giving the big gun registrars another product to sell, which is one of the things I disagree with Limiting the registrations to certain registrars is a clear lean towards the favoured registrars and doesn't allow Joe Bloggs down the street to offer the names to be registered.So I guess what I'm saying is I suppose whether I agree with it or not, I don't think much can be done to stop it. (07/02/13)


THE END OF THE OSCARS? Ken Berwitz


(From my cell phone):

This Oscar show is a major disaster.  Unclever, unfunny and even an insulting Jewish stereotype which showed  incredibly bad taste.

If this is what it has sunk to  then shut it down.  Nobody will care...or should.
 
======================================================
 
UPDATE:  It turns out that the Jewish stereotype - made by "Ted the bear" might not have been the most tasteless comment of the evening:  there's actually competition for that "honor". 
 
You can make a very good case that the most tasteless comment - also during the "Ted the bear" segment - was that there would be an orgy at Jack Nicholson's house afterwards.  In case you are unaware, it was at Jack Nicholson's house that, during an orgy, roman polanski raped a 13 year old girl.
 
If Hollywood had any shame, it would issue an apology for the show in general and this segment in particular - maybe accompanied by a promise to cut down on the gratuitously violent pig slop it continues to pass off as "entertainment" - pig slop which may well have influenced some of the mass murderers whose love of violent "entertainment" has been chronicled over the past few years.
 
But since Hollywood has so little shame, or scruples, or morality, don't expect it to happen.


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