Monday, 11 March 2013

SEQUESTER WATCH

Ken Berwitz

It is day 11 of the sequester.  

Do you feel any different?  Do you think anything has changed?  Do you think the country has gone to hell in a handbasket?

No?  Me neither.

President Obama and his administration desperately need a crisis to "prove" Barack Obama was right about what horrible consequences would come down on us if there were forced cuts in our impossibly bloated spending.  But despite all their trying, and all their lying, they have not yet come up with one that anyone believes.  Or should believe

Another installment of sequester watch tomorrow.

Zeke .... ..... President Obama needs the 2.5 percent sequestered amount restored. That will give us back the Military, Education for the Children, White House Tours, Food for the Hungry, and repairing our crumbling infrastructure. ..... ..... . ...... These are important things, and we need to restore the money. ($45 billion). .... .... But we sure don't need all the waste, corruption and embezzlement that goes on. ...... So, let's restore the $45 billion for the things mentioned, and eliminate the other 97.5%. ...... ..... That will also balance the budget. .... .... (03/11/13)


THE NORTH KOREA THREAT: WHY DOES IT INCLUDE NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

Ken Berwitz

Today comes the news that kim jong-un, the North Korean idiot with a haircut that makes Moe look corporate by comparison, has announced his country's truce with South Korea is null and void.

For those who are unaware, the Korean war did not end in 1953;  a truce was agreed to, nothing more.  That truce, tenuous and dark though it is, has held for 60 years.  Therefore, if kim the idiot declares the truce over, he declares, in so many words, that North Korea and South Korea are in an active state of war.

But there is a little more to this than the words themselves.  North Korea, arguably the single most repressive country on planet earth, has nuclear weapons.  And, yes, kim the idiot, with one word, could launch those weapons against South Korea or any other country they can reach.

So how did this idiot, with his impossibly repressed country where people literally starve in the streets, get a nuclear capacity?

The answer is that, in 1994, the idiot's father, kim il-jong, put one over on President Bill Clinton and his incomparably gullible, easily-played pal Jimmy Carter.

One of the best explanations of how this took place was written over 10 years ago by Ben Johnson of frontpagemag.com.  Here is the key excerpt:

Evidence that North Korea was violating the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty surfaced within weeks of Clinton's first inauguration.   After a year of inaction allowed Pyongyang to create at least one nuclear weapon, the emboldened Stalinists announced their formal withdrawal from the treaty.  It seemed North Korean officials were angling for a payoff.  They must have realized they struck the jackpot when Clinton named tough-as-nails Jimmy Carter as his principal negotiator. 

Under the final terms of the Agreed Framework approved in October of 1994, Clinton agreed to provide the "Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea" (DPRK) with two light water nuclear reactors and a massive allotment of oil.  The U.S. agreed to ship 500,000 metric tons of oil annually in response to the North's pretense that the energy-starved backwater had developed the nuclear facility to generate power.  These shipments have cost taxpayers more than $800 million to date - a bargain compared with the $6 billion spent on constructing the nuclear reactors, which now empower North Korea to produce 100 nuclear bombs each year.

All these measures failed to quell the North's atom-lust.

In August 1998, North Korea lobbed a Taepo Dong 1 missile over Japan. Four months later, officials refused U.S. inspectors access to a suspected underground nuclear reactor at Kumchang-ni.  President Clinton then sweetened the deal by rewarding Kim Jong Il's half-year-long stall tactics with 1.1 million tons of food worth nearly $200 million. Not surprisingly, American inspectors found no signs of wrongdoing at the long-sanitized facility. 

Even this seemingly humanitarian food aid turned into a weapon in North Korea's hands.  Reports abound that rations have been re-directed to the DPRK's military, the fifth largest in the world. 

If you feel the need to read that again, because you can't believe your eyes, I don't blame you.  But it's all true. 

And, as damning as this chronology is, the truth is even worse:  Johnson, mercifully (not that either man deserves it), left out the fact that Carter announced the deal on CNN without Clinton's approval, thus forcing Clinton to either confront his own emissary and tell him to shut the hell up, or go along with what Carter had agreed to.  Clinton decided to go along with it. 

That, folks, is how North Korea became the nuclear threat it now is posing to South Korea - and us.

But, this being the Obama administration and its Accomplice Media, get ready to hear Obama & Co. blame it all on Republicans.  You can make book on it.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote of the day comes to us from Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL).  It relates to the food stamp program which - hard though it may seem to believe, has been touted for years by Democrats as a stimulus to the economy:

"Amazingly, the federal government says that the more people we have on food stamps, the more it grows the economy. The Department of Agriculture proudly declares: 'Each $5 in new benefits generates almost twice that amount in economic activity for the community.' Our government is running food stamp promotions at foreign embassies. One worker was given an award for overcoming 'mountain pride' and getting more people to sign up. Where I grew up in Alabama, all honest work, even the hardest, was honored. And pride, self-respect, and a desire to be independent was valued, not a thing to be overcome."

Note to Senator Sessions:  Where I grew up in Brooklyn and Queens, honest work meant something also.  That aside, thank you for today's quote.

But when an administration is hell-bent to turn as much of the population as possible into takers, who think a) other people owe them something, b) that the government's job is to take that something from the other people so it can be given to them, and c) eventually become dependent on what they are given, thus loyal voters to the party that gets it for them.....well, you can finish that thought as easily as I can.

On  related note, the USDA announced on Friday evening (the slowest news time of the week), that a record 46,791,996 people were on food stamps in December.

No wonder the economy is in such great shape......


A TINGLING UP BLOOMBERG'S, ER, LEG

Ken Berwitz

Remember New York City's ban on large, "regular" (non-diet) sodas? Well it just ended.

What's that you say?  How could it just end when today's the day it is first starting? 

Well the answer is that New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling (no, I am not making that name up) has "enjoined and permanently restrained" NYC, and it's hugely overreaching Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, from implementing or enforcing it.

Judge Tingling writes that the ban is "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences".  He's right, of course.

I used to like Mike Bloomberg a lot.  But  - I don't know, maybe it's just the nature of the job, because it has happened to others before him, as the years go on - he has really deteriorated performance-wise.

Being Mayor is not being god.  Forcing people to drink this size soda instead of that size soda is not in his job description.  And it wouldn't necessarily work anyway, since soda lovers could still drink as much of the stuff as they wanted by buying two smaller units instead of one large one -thus a) winding up with even more than they would have had in the first place, b) paying more money for it and c) ironically, increasing the sales and revenue for sugary soda in the bargain.

Unemployment is still very high in New York.  Maybe that would be a bit more important for Mr. Bloomberg to tackle than how people wash down their sandwiches.

Zeke .... .... .... Yah, Mayor Mike is on his "Eat Your Peas" kick. .... .... However, NYC does run pretty well, extending the extraordinary turnaround begun by Rudy Giuliani. ..... ..... ..... I cringe at the thought of what will happen to the City when the next (presumably Dem -- Quinn? ) mayor takes office . ..... ....... Cronyism, Payoffs, Unions dictation everything, no efforts to attract business (and therefore JOBS) .... .... (03/11/13)


GOOD ADVICE

Ken Berwitz

The picture you see below is real. 

It was taken this afternoon in downtown Detroit, and is talking to, and about, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has been convicted of 34 counts of bribery, corruption and who knows what else.

The plane, which circled the downtown area a number of times, apparently was hired by Disc Jockey  "Mojo" (Charles Johnson), a long-time radio fixture in the Detroit market.

Mr. Johnson is known for being on the edge.  After this, I suppose he'll be known for being on the rim.

But you can't say it isn't good advice....unless you watched The Shawshank Redemption and your favorite character was Boggs....


CHRAZY CHRIS STRIKES AGAIN

Ken Berwitz

From realclearpolitics.com, here is a video of, this quote from Chris Matthews, last week, on Hardball:

"When is President Obama going to get some credit, and this is like Rodney Dangerfield. When's he going to get some credit for this amazing economy that's coming back. It definitely is coming back, maybe not like gangbusters, but the unemployment rate really dropped again today, and there really are a quarter-million new jobs out there. And the stock market for the rich is going through the roof. When's this guy going to get some respect? Republicans, when are they going to set a standard, 'OK, if he gets to this number, we'll love him.' You ought to ask this question. Will they ever admit he's doing a good job?"

I would love, and I do mean love to have Chrazy Chris compare the great economy he just talked up with the one that existed the day Barack Obama took office (same unemployment level, but millions more jobs because so many more people had not yet given up and left the job market), $6.5 trillion dollars less debt, etc. etc. etc. etc. 

What do you suppose he would say?  Do you think he'd tell you what an amazing job President Bush did for the economy?

Not for nothing do I call him Chrazy Chris.


SEQUESTER WATCH

Ken Berwitz

It is day 11 of the sequester.  

Do you feel any different?  Do you think anything has changed?  Do you think the country has gone to hell in a handbasket?

No?  Me neither.

President Obama and his administration desperately need a crisis to "prove" Barack Obama was right about what horrible consequences would come down on us if there were forced cuts in our impossibly bloated spending.  But despite all their trying, and all their lying, they have not yet come up with one that anyone believes.  Or should believe

Another installment of sequester watch tomorrow.

Zeke .... ..... President Obama needs the 2.5 percent sequestered amount restored. That will give us back the Military, Education for the Children, White House Tours, Food for the Hungry, and repairing our crumbling infrastructure. ..... ..... . ...... These are important things, and we need to restore the money. ($45 billion). .... .... But we sure don't need all the waste, corruption and embezzlement that goes on. ...... So, let's restore the $45 billion for the things mentioned, and eliminate the other 97.5%. ...... ..... That will also balance the budget. .... .... (03/11/13)


ED SCHULTZ, THIN SKIN, AND "PSYCHO TALK"

Ken Berwitz

Ed Schultz is the left wing (in his current incarnation anyway) host of a prime-time show on MSNBC, and also does a daily radio show.

I just listened to an audio tape of Schultz on the radio show with someone named "Terry", which gives us a fascinating insight into Mr. Schultz's thin skin, inability to have a discussion with someone who disagrees with him....and the likelihood that "Psycho talk", one of his signature insult-lines, is quite possibly a self-projection.

Here is the audio, which I pulled from the inelegantly-named site fireandreamitchell.com.  It is just over 2 minutes in length.  Take a listen:


Tres classy, Ed.

It is true that "Terry" was insulting.  But so what?  Being insulting is the signature behavior of Ed Schultz on both his radio and TV shows.  This was nothing more than Schultz getting a taste of what he dishes out every day.

Terry's key points were that Schultz was a hypocrite for supporting President Obama on the use of unmanned drones, was only doing so because MSNBC's parent company, General electric, was "knee deep" in their production, and that he should be demanding GE pay taxes, because they didn't pay any last year. 

Is GE knee-deep in drone production?  Did GE pay no taxes last year?  Yes and yes.  

Maybe it was the introduction of facts - not sarcasms and speculations but real, live facts - that set Schultz off.  You be the judge.

First Schultz talked over her, then raised his voice to a near yell to shut her up.  While she was stating the facts noted above, he accused her of "Psycho talk" (does he really think facts are "Psycho Talk"), and then - sarcastically - he warned Terry that she better watch out or someone might send a drone to take her out.  This is what passes for humor in the land of Schultz.

For a large man Ed Schultz has amazingly thin skin.  And for a man whose daily routine is fully invested in insults and sarcasms, he certainly has a problem handling them from someone else.

The most entertaining part was when Terry said Schultz should talk to GE about its involvement in drones and he blew her off  by saying "If I get to the board room of General Electric, to that pay grade, I'll do somethin' about it, okay?".  FYI:  Schultz' estimated worth is $11.5 million dollars.  I think it would be fair to say that qualifies in the pay grade department.

How proud MSNBC must be to have him as a prime-time host.  Especially the folks in that General Electric board room.

Zeke ..... ..... ..... Are you sure that was Ed Schultz ? ..... ..... ..... That cackling, . . and the trash talk .. . . sounded an awful lot like Jackass Joey Biden during the VP debate with Paul Ryan. ...... ....... ..... (03/11/13)


A TINGLING UP BLOOMBERG'S, ER, LEG

Ken Berwitz

Remember New York City's ban on large, "regular" (non-diet) sodas? Well it just ended.

What's that you say?  How could it just end when today's the day it is first starting? 

Well the answer is that New York Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling (no, I am not making that name up) has "enjoined and permanently restrained" NYC, and it's hugely overreaching Mayor, Michael Bloomberg, from implementing or enforcing it.

Judge Tingling writes that the ban is "fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences".  He's right, of course.

I used to like Mike Bloomberg a lot.  But  - I don't know, maybe it's just the nature of the job, because it has happened to others before him, as the years go on - he has really deteriorated performance-wise.

Being Mayor is not being god.  Forcing people to drink this size soda instead of that size soda is not in his job description.  And it wouldn't necessarily work anyway, since soda lovers could still drink as much of the stuff as they wanted by buying two smaller units instead of one large one -thus a) winding up with even more than they would have had in the first place, b) paying more money for it and c) ironically, increasing the sales and revenue for sugary soda in the bargain.

Unemployment is still very high in New York.  Maybe that would be a bit more important for Mr. Bloomberg to tackle than how people wash down their sandwiches.

Zeke .... .... .... Yah, Mayor Mike is on his "Eat Your Peas" kick. .... .... However, NYC does run pretty well, extending the extraordinary turnaround begun by Rudy Giuliani. ..... ..... ..... I cringe at the thought of what will happen to the City when the next (presumably Dem -- Quinn? ) mayor takes office . ..... ....... Cronyism, Payoffs, Unions dictation everything, no efforts to attract business (and therefore JOBS) .... .... (03/11/13)


GOOD ADVICE

Ken Berwitz

The picture you see below is real. 

It was taken this afternoon in downtown Detroit, and is talking to, and about, former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who has been convicted of 34 counts of bribery, corruption and who knows what else.

The plane, which circled the downtown area a number of times, apparently was hired by Disc Jockey  "Mojo" (Charles Johnson), a long-time radio fixture in the Detroit market.

Mr. Johnson is known for being on the edge.  After this, I suppose he'll be known for being on the rim.

But you can't say it isn't good advice....unless you watched The Shawshank Redemption and your favorite character was Boggs....


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