Monday, 25 February 2013

CHRAZY CHRIS STRIKES AGAIN

Ken Berwitz

Not much to blog here; it pretty much speaks for itself.

Here is Chris Matthews, during a discussion with similarly "neutral" Howard Fineman and Joan Walsh, making an on-air statement to Hillary Clinton, regarding her possible presidential run in 2016:

"If you're watching, Madam Secretary, all three of us have brilliant ideas. All of us have great ideas. And I especially put myself in that group with Joan and David. We know how to do this, well get you in there."

In reading this, please keep in mind that Matthews has characterized himself as being "absolutely nonpartisan". 

Not for nothing do I call him Chrazy Chris.

Although.....now that I think of it, if the basis for his assessment is a comparison to the other "talent" at MSNBC, Matthews may have a point.


IS PRESDENT OBAMA A TW#TTER BULLSH#TTER?

Ken Berwitz

Steve Stockman is a Republican congressperson from Texas. 

According to Mr. Stockman, after President Obama called on people to tweet their congresspeople in favor of more gun control, he received 16 twitter responses.  But he has a problem with those responses.

Why?  I'll let him tell you in his own words, via these excerpts from Pete Kasperowicz's article at thehill.com:

"Obama's anti-gun campaign is a fraud.  Obama's supporters are panicking and willing to do anything to create the appearance of popular support, even if it means trying to defraud Congress.  I call upon the president to denounce this phony spam campaign."

Stockman said that in response to Obama's call for people to tweet their congressman in support of gun control legislation, he received just 16 tweets. But he said all of these messages were identical, and that a closer look at them revealed that only six were from real people.

(Of the 16 tweets I got, 6 are real).  "The other 10 are fake, computer-generated spambots.," his office said in a press release. As evidence, he said these 10 tweets use default graphics and names, and have not engaged in any interaction with other people. Two of the tweets were sent at nearly the same time, and both follow just one person: Brad Schenck, Obama's former digital strategist.

"If you are a real person who contacted us about your support for the president's anti-gun campaign, we are listening," Stockman said. "We do not agree with you, but we appreciate your sincere opinions and encourage you to continue to contact us.

"But the vast majority of the president's supporters have no feelings because they fake profiles from spammers."

Is it true?  Is President Obama a Twitter Bullshitter?  Well, there is what Mr. Stockman has to say, and where he claims to have traced the tweets.  You decide.

Maybe Mr. Stockman is right about President Obama, and maybe he is wrong.  But the most frightening parts, to me, are 1) that I would not put it past him and 2) that I do not expect his Accomplice Media to investigate the allegations.

These are not good times for ethics.  And they certainly are not good times for journalistic integrity.

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THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote is from Nikki Finke, a really good writer whose current medium is entertainment news.  Ms. Finke live-blogged the oscar show - finding it as tedious. mostly unfunny, unengaging and offensive as I did by the way.  

Her entire commentary is well worth reading (use the link I've provided and see) - but outdid herself at the end, after an appearance by jane fonda was quickly followed by a borderline-obese Jack Nicholson, with his cheshire cat "I am king of the world" smirk, handing the "best picture" announcement off to Michelle Obama.  That's right, Michelle Obama.

Here is what Ms. Finke had to say:

As if Hanoi Jane wasn't fuel enough. Oh My God - the Academy actually fans the fire by drafting First Lady Michelle Obama to help present Best Picture from presumably the White House? So unnecessary and inappropriate to inject so much politics into the Oscars yet again. Hollywood will get pilloried by conservative pundits for arranging this payoff for all the campaign donations it gave the President's reelection campaign. I don't understand this very obvious attempt to infuriate right-leaning audiences. Clearly the studios only want to sell their movies to only half of America.

In the immortal words of Jim Carey in the (mostly forgettable) "Bruce Almighty"....Bingo!  Yahtzee!

It couldn't have been said better.


ROBERT "MENENDACIOUS" MENENDEZ UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

It is becoming more and more clear how Robert Menendez, the "menendacious" senator from New Jersey, will be forced to resign.

For a short while I deluded myself into thinking that the exposure (good word to use here) about Menendez's dealings with his completely unsavory benefactor, salomon melgen, in usually Democrat-friendly publications such as the New York Times and Washington Post, would lead to his downfall.  But I gave them too much credit (when it comes to nailing Democrats, that's not hard to do).  So far they have given it the two-day-and-out treatment. 

Just like they would do for any Republican (if you were drinking while you read that, let me give you a minute or two to clean the beverage off your computer monitor).

So how will Menendez be nailed?  It seems to me that this will happen...

... partly because we are still learning just how prolifically Menendez used the services of various prostitutes, both in the USA and in the Dominican Republic (read Conchita Sarnoff and David Martosko's article at dailycaller.com to get an idea of how often he did so)...

...but mostly because of what I would bet anything are the large number of free flights, I'm betting that Menendez took on melgen's private plane, from New Jersey's Teterboro Airport - flights which must, by law, be reported and paid for with Menendez's own money.

As you may recall, when the story connecting Menendez and melgen broke, Menendez suddenly recalled he took such flights, and that he owed something like $58,000 for the costs of flying on that private jet which had not been paid.  Bada bing, bada boom, this magically memory blip was followed in short order by a check for that amount.

But, as Ms. Sarnoff and Mr. Martosko point out in their article:

Through his stable of more than a half-dozen companies, Melgen has owned two different aircraft since 2003. TheDC has obtained detailed flight records for both private planes.

Combined, records show that the jets have landed more than 200 times in the Dominican Republic. They have also taken off at least 39 times from Teterboro airport in northern New Jersey, less than 25 miles from Union City - Menendez's home town.

According to those records, the two private jets have also made at least 29 stops at Washington Dulles International Airport, near the nation's capital.

There were 39 flights from Teterboro to the Dominican Republic?  On one or another of melgen's private planes?  And Melgen's business (which, let us never forget, he owes over $11 million dollars in back taxes on) is not in New Jersey? 

So who was he transporting?  The Jersey Devil?  The Ghost of Thomas Edison? 

Nope, my money is on the prospect that most of those flights were shuttling the "menendacious" one to his beloved prostitutes - you know "the youngest and freshest' of them, as stated by one of the young ladies Menendez allegedly consorted with.

I don't know if there are logs of who got on those planes at Teterboro.  But I have little doubt there are surveillance cameras which would show whether Menendez was in or near the airport at those times.

All it will take is to show that he took a couple more of those flights - this time they could not be described as accidentally unreported, it would just be that he lied about them - and even a compicit media will not be able to save him.

Tick tock, tick tock.  How much longer before Governor Christie is picking a new Senator?

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UPDATE ON THIS UPDATE:  Here's a shock for you:  Menendez is now reduced to claiming that his problems are due to.........discrimination.  It isn't his dishonest, unethical behavior or his dissolute pay-for-play sex life, or the favors he seems so willing to take from a dirtbag who owes the government over $11 million dollars in back taxes and may wind up in the next cell over.  Nope, it is that he is Latino.

Excerpted from Jeff Pillets' article for the Bergen Record:

In an appearance late Sunday afternoon at a predominantly black church in Trenton, embattled U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez drew broad parallels between himself and other minority leaders such as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

"I have felt the sting of discrimination," he said, to cheers from the crowd, which included many members of the state Legislature and U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-Essex. "It has never been easy."

"Now we face anonymous, faceless, nameless individuals ... seeking to destroy a lifetime of work," he said. "In the end, I believe that justice will overcome the forces of darkness."

Could this "man" be more of a phony?  More of a dirtbag? 

Tick tock, tick tock....


ANOTHER REASON ISRAEL IS WORTH IT

Ken Berwitz

According to Ian Deitch's article for the Associated Press, Israel - in conjunction with the USA, but it's Israel system - has successfully tested its new-generation Arrow 3 missile defense system, designed to protect Israel from Iran and other enemies, but just as useful to protect the USA from a similar attack should it ever occur.

-According to Israel's defense ministry, "The Arrow 3 interceptor was successfully launched and flew an exo-atmospheric trajectory through space, in accordance with the test plan.  The successful test is a major milestone in the development of the Arrow 3 weapon system and provides further confidence in future Israeli defense capabilities to defeat the developing ballistic missile threat."

-Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu added "Israel's hand is always extended for peace, but we are always prepared for other options as well".

We give Israel a lot of money in aid.   In return, we are privvy to this kind of defensive technology, which is invaluable to the safety and well-being of our people. 

Do you think we get this kind of benefit from Israel's neighbors?  The ones which vote 90% of the time against the USA at the United Nations?  The ones which are so determined to obliterate Israel from the face of the earth?

Is our relationship with Israel worth it?  You tell me. 

And after you do, please try telling the current occupant of the White House, because he seems to have a very bad memory about this.


A BIT OF IRISH HUMOR

Ken Berwitz

From our pal Public Relations Ann, comes this interesting little story:

An attractive blonde from Cork, Ireland arrived at the casino. She seemed a little intoxicated and bet twenty thousand dollars in a single roll of the dice.

She said, "I hope you don't mind, but I feel much luckier when I'm completely nude." with that, she stripped from the neck down, rolled the dice and with an Irish brogue yelled, "Come on, baby, Mama needs new clothes!"

As the dice came to a stop, she jumped up and down and squealed... "Yes! Yes! I won, I won!" She hugged each of the dealers, picked up her winnings and her clothes and quickly parted.

The dealers stared at each other, dumbfounded.

Finally, one of them asked "What did she roll"?  The other answered "I don't know.  I thought you were watching"

MORAL OF THE STORY:

Not all Irish are drunks, not all blondes are dumb...

But all men...are men!

I have no idea why the young woman in the story has to be Irish.  But it's fine with me....plus, we can tell if she's a real blonde, can't we?


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