Friday, 15 March 2013

REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Is there any group more full of hate than the left, when it goes after members of minority groups whose beliefs to not mirror their stereotypes of how minority group members are supposed to think?

We've seen it with Clarence Thomas.  With Alan West.  With Michelle Malkin.  We've seen it with many others.  And now we are seeing it with Senator Mich McConnell's Taiwan-born wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

Recently, a group called "Progress Kentucky" tweeted a number of insulting comments about Ms. Chao, based on her ancestry.  And Mr. McConnell, understandably, was outraged by it.  Here is what he had to say:

"Don't tell me that (Republicans are) the party of intolerance when nearly two years before an election, some left-wing super PAC is sending out racist tweets about my wife, for the supposed crime of being born in another country...You may not know that she came here in the hull of a ship, a freighter, her folks couldn't afford an airplane ticket. She was eight years old when she got here, she couldn't speak a word of English. She worked hard her whole life, pursued her dream, and she achieved that dream.

"It's one of the principle reasons I fell in love with her and it's the main reason she's a conservative.  My wife is an American success story, and look, anybody who's got nerve to question her patriotism doesn't know what tolerance is, do they?"

According to an Associated Press article, Progress Kentucky subsequently removed its tweets --- but only after Louisville Public Radio reported that they existed. 

Would those tweets still be up if LPR had not done so?  Though I can't prove it, I'd bet my bottom dollar the answer is yes, they would.  In my opinion, those tweets are down only because, this one time, media exposed some left wing hatred to the light of day.

And just in case you think this is the first time Ms. Chao has been the subject of a racial attack, the AP article also reminds us of what then-Democrat state chairperson, nikki patton said about her way back in 2001:

"(Senator McConnell) passed up some good Kentucky pork to chow down at the Chinese money buffet."

Real racism.  It comes in all forms, from all sources.  No group is immune to it and no group is immune from it.  Not even the Chinese-born wife of a U.S. Senator, who dares to think for herself instead of toeing the left-wing conformity line.

Zeke ..... ..... ..... ...... The preponderance of Incivility and Vile, Ugly personal attacks comes from the Left. .... .... .... Left Wingers are generally without manners, without a sense of fairness, and entirely focused on the Ends, regardless of the Means. .... .. .. . .. .. .. Lies, to Leftists, are merely normal political conversation. .... ..... .... (03/15/13)


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Is there any group more full of hate than the left, when it goes after members of minority groups whose beliefs to not mirror their stereotypes of how minority group members are supposed to think?

We've seen it with Clarence Thomas.  With Alan West.  With Michelle Malkin.  We've seen it with many others.  And now we are seeing it with Senator Mich McConnell's Taiwan-born wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao.

Recently, a group called "Progress Kentucky" tweeted a number of insulting comments about Ms. Chao, based on her ancestry.  And Mr. McConnell, understandably, was outraged by it.  Here is what he had to say:

"Don't tell me that (Republicans are) the party of intolerance when nearly two years before an election, some left-wing super PAC is sending out racist tweets about my wife, for the supposed crime of being born in another country...You may not know that she came here in the hull of a ship, a freighter, her folks couldn't afford an airplane ticket. She was eight years old when she got here, she couldn't speak a word of English. She worked hard her whole life, pursued her dream, and she achieved that dream.

"It's one of the principle reasons I fell in love with her and it's the main reason she's a conservative.  My wife is an American success story, and look, anybody who's got nerve to question her patriotism doesn't know what tolerance is, do they?"

According to an Associated Press article, Progress Kentucky subsequently removed its tweets --- but only after Louisville Public Radio reported that they existed. 

Would those tweets still be up if LPR had not done so?  Though I can't prove it, I'd bet my bottom dollar the answer is yes, they would.  In my opinion, those tweets are down only because, this one time, media exposed some left wing hatred to the light of day.

And just in case you think this is the first time Ms. Chao has been the subject of a racial attack, the AP article also reminds us of what then-Democrat state chairperson, nikki patton said about her way back in 2001:

"(Senator McConnell) passed up some good Kentucky pork to chow down at the Chinese money buffet."

Real racism.  It comes in all forms, from all sources.  No group is immune to it and no group is immune from it.  Not even the Chinese-born wife of a U.S. Senator, who dares to think for herself instead of toeing the left-wing conformity line.

Zeke ..... ..... ..... ...... The preponderance of Incivility and Vile, Ugly personal attacks comes from the Left. .... .... .... Left Wingers are generally without manners, without a sense of fairness, and entirely focused on the Ends, regardless of the Means. .... .. .. . .. .. .. Lies, to Leftists, are merely normal political conversation. .... ..... .... (03/15/13)


A PRESIDENT LIES, MEDIA LOOK THE OTHER WAY

Ken Berwitz

I apologize for the title of this blog, because, as regular readers know, it is a recurring theme, a broken record. 

But it is also true.  And easily demonstrated.  And sickening, because, to a great extent, it results in an Accomplice Media, perfectly willing to show fealty to  Barack Obama regardless of how dishonest he is......which, of course, is one of the reasons he has no problem being dishonest. Why bother dealing with untidy truths when neat, comfortable lies are given a free pass?

Bruce Thornton, at frontpagemag.com, has written an excellent commentary, in which he goes into just a few of the overt lies Barack Obama has told us, which media then provide cover for by conveniently "not noticing". 

I urge you to read Mr. Thornton's entire piece,  But here are a few key excerpts:

Last month President Obama said in a speech, "I'm proud of the fact that under my administration oil production is higher than it has been in a decade or more." 

 The facts on oil production show that Obama shamelessly tried to take credit for the 1.1 million barrels per day increase since 2007 that happened in spite of, not because of, his policies. According to the CRS, "All of the increased [oil] production from 2007 to 2012 took place on non-federal lands."

But taking credit for increased oil production is small beer compared to the still festering scandal surrounding the administration's response to the murder of 4 Americans, including an ambassador, in Benghazi last summer.

Confronting the truth about Benghazi would have exposed Obama's foreign policy blunders and the truth he wanted to hide: al Qaeda is active and growing, and overthrowing Gaddafi released tons of advanced weapons into the hands of terrorists while leaving behind a failed state.

Poking around in the cause of it is unseemly, as Hillary Clinton said when she yelled at the Senate hearing, "Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?"

That last question...itself should have generated a firestorm of outrage and demands for her resignation. Whether the Secretary of State doesn't indeed know "what difference" it makes, or does know and was trying to evade inconvenient truths by resorting to sentimental bluster, she should have been fired.

Clearly, something is missing in a critical mass of American voters when assaults on our interests and security abroad arouse no righteous anger either at the perpetrators or the politicians who caused the attacks and then tried to misdirect the citizens about the real causes for partisan electoral advantage. Something is missing when voters shrug away patent lies about oil production, and ignore policies that are hampering an industry that can create jobs and radically change our foreign policy calculus by liberating our energy needs from thug regimes who use our dollars to attack our interests. So what's missing?

To answer Mr. Thornton's last, obviously rhetorical, question:  what's missing is mainstream media which operate with professionalism and integrity.  What's missing is mainstream media which do not play favorites and report based on their personal choices.

In the last several days, I have read that Charles and David Koch, two of the most hated men in left-wing lore, are exploring the possibility of purchasing The Tribune Company which, among other holdings, controls the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago super-station WGN.

Do I want conservative ideologues buying media, which they might then use to color the news in their personal direction?  No I do not.  But do I want there to to be only one side of the political spectrum as a dominant factor in coloring the news?  No I do not....and that, for the most part, is what we have right now. 

Needless to say, the left is having an excrement hemorrhage over the possibility of Koch buying The Tribune Company.  That's fine with me.  Let their excrement take the form of partisan bile against the Koch Brothers;  maybe, that way, less of it will get into the news they control so much of.


SEQUESTER WATCH

Ken Berwitz

It is day 15 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.

But President Obama did claim that the sequester - again, in its 15th day - would set back energy research two years. 

Think I'm kidding?  Read this excerpt from Arlette Saenz' article for ABC News:

While calling for $2 billion in additional energy research spending Friday, President Obama warned at the Argonne National Laboratory just outside of Chicago that the sequester cuts could cause the United States to fall behind in research and development in the energy sector.

"Essentially, because of this sequester, we're looking at two years where we don't start new research," Obama said. "And at a time when ... every month you got to replace your smartphone because something new's come up, imagine what that means when China and Germany and Japan are all continuing to plump up their basic research and we're just sitting there doing nothing."

There you go.  Two weeks of sequester, and every deficiency in energy for years will now be blamed on it. That, folks, is Barack Obama at his, er, finest.

This administration desperately needs 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 deficit spending.  And, by God, it is going to come up with one, even if it has to create the crisis out of thin air - while hoping you are "low information" enough to be convinced it is real. 

And in the absence of any such crisis, he is now reduced to making ludicrous comments like the one you just read --- while asking for $2 billion dollars in additional spending, of course.

By the way, how much did it cost Mr. Obama to travel to Chicago and BS us this way?  How many White House tours do you think it would have paid for?

Another installment of sequester watch tomorrow.


ROB PORTMAN'S CHANGE OF HEART

Ken Berwitz

When I watched the Today Show report this morning, about Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) having a "change of heart" and now supporting gay marriage because he learned his son was gay, I had a very bad reaction to it.  I told my wife that this wasn't a change of heart at all - not when his position turned 360 degrees the minute he found out about his son.  To me, it reeked of insincerity.

Silly me.  I took a Today show report seriously.

It turns out that the Today Show neglected to mention Mr. Portman found out his son was gay in 2011.   Over the ensuing two years he has acclimated himself to this information, and considered the implications of his position not only for the Portman family, but for all the families with gay members (which, whether some people like to admit it or not, is one helluva lot of families).

So, in fact, this was not a case of "my son is gay, so my position magically changed" at all.  It was an introspective, evolutionary process over a period of time - a real one (if you take that as comparing Mr. Portman to Mr. Obama, you have a point).

I congratulate Rob Portman for demonstrating that, when familial circumstances caused him to reconsider a strongly-held position, he had the capacity to think it through and change.  This, to say the least, does not always happen when parents find out one of their children is gay.

And what has Mr. Portman concluded after these years?  The simple reality that sexual orientation, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is not "learned".  It is embedded in each of us.  And, obviously, it therefore affects how we live.  

I will live and die never understanding why some people cannot or will not understand this truth.

Do you know someone who is gay?  Odds are you know a lot more than one person - including a mix of people who have, and have not, come out.  My advice, for whatever it is worth, is to accept the fact that their sexual orientation is entirely personal.  It is not your business, any more your sexual orientation is their business.

Live and let live.  It doesn't get more basic than that.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote of the day comes to us from Ben Rhodes, President Obama's Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications.  This is what he had to say about Mr. Obama's upcoming trip to the Middle East - finally, after four years, including Israel:

"Israel needs to take into account the changing dynamic and the need to reach out to public opinion across the region as it seeks to make progress on issues like Israeli-Palestinian peace and broader Arab-Israeli peace"

Is this Mr. Rhodes' brilliant brainstorm, or, as is far more likely, is it a case of Obama channeling Chamberlain?

Obviously the Chamberlain I am referencing is Neville, not Wilt.  Because Wilt Chamberlain could see a slam dunk a mile away, while this comment demonstrates the blind-to-reality BS that permeates so much of the Obama administration.

Why, is it Israel - again - which has to be the one "taking into account the changing dynamic"?  Why is it Israel - again - which has to reach out to public opinion across the region?

A quick note to Mr. Rhodes and his boss:  It is not Israel demanding the obliteration of Arab states, it is Arab states demanding the obliteration of Israel.  Why is the "solution" that Israel, after decades of doing so to little avail, again have to be the one who goes the extra mile? 

The single most significant "changing dynamic" in the Arab world is its neighbor Egypt, which has deposed Hosni Mubarak, who held to a peace with Israel for over 30 years, and replaced him with mohamed morsi, who belongs to a terrorist organization, the Muslim brotherhood, and has called for hatred of Jews, while defining them as the descendants of apes and pigs. 

Why are Obama & Co. admonishing Israel to accommodate morsi, and not the other way around?

Y'know, a cynical fellow just might get the idea that Barack Obama and his people are no friend to the country of Israel. 

But, on the positive side, at least one of them has provided a quote of the day.  Thanks for that, Mr. Rhodes....but can you try and make the next one be a whole lot more reasonable?

Zeke .... .... ..... As many Jews were displaced from Muslim lands in North Africa, Middle East as Arabs who voluntarily left Israel, under 1948 orders of the invading Arab armies. .... .... .... So, when do Iran, Iraq, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, etc grant the Right of Return to the Jews who were kicked out of places where they had lived for centuries -- in some cases for thousands of years. ...... ...... (03/15/13)

Ken Berwitz zeke - that will take place roughly one week after mahmoud ahmadinejad renouces Islam, becomes a Lubavitcher, and starts driving a Tefillinmobile through Williamsburg. (03/15/13)


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote of the day comes to us from Ben Rhodes, President Obama's Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications.  This is what he had to say about Mr. Obama's upcoming trip to the Middle East - finally, after four years, including Israel:

"Israel needs to take into account the changing dynamic and the need to reach out to public opinion across the region as it seeks to make progress on issues like Israeli-Palestinian peace and broader Arab-Israeli peace"

Is this Mr. Rhodes' brilliant brainstorm, or, as is far more likely, is it a case of Obama channeling Chamberlain?

Obviously the Chamberlain I am referencing is Neville, not Wilt.  Because Wilt Chamberlain could see a slam dunk a mile away, while this comment demonstrates the blind-to-reality BS that permeates so much of the Obama administration.

Why, is it Israel - again - which has to be the one "taking into account the changing dynamic"?  Why is it Israel - again - which has to reach out to public opinion across the region?

A quick note to Mr. Rhodes and his boss:  It is not Israel demanding the obliteration of Arab states, it is Arab states demanding the obliteration of Israel.  Why is the "solution" that Israel, after decades of doing so to little avail, again have to be the one who goes the extra mile? 

The single most significant "changing dynamic" in the Arab world is its neighbor Egypt, which has deposed Hosni Mubarak, who held to a peace with Israel for over 30 years, and replaced him with mohamed morsi, who belongs to a terrorist organization, the Muslim brotherhood, and has called for hatred of Jews, while defining them as the descendants of apes and pigs. 

Why are Obama & Co. admonishing Israel to accommodate morsi, and not the other way around?

Y'know, a cynical fellow just might get the idea that Barack Obama and his people are no friend to the country of Israel. 

But, on the positive side, at least one of them has provided a quote of the day.  Thanks for that, Mr. Rhodes....but can you try and make the next one be a whole lot more reasonable?

Zeke .... .... ..... As many Jews were displaced from Muslim lands in North Africa, Middle East as Arabs who voluntarily left Israel, under 1948 orders of the invading Arab armies. .... .... .... So, when do Iran, Iraq, Tunisia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, etc grant the Right of Return to the Jews who were kicked out of places where they had lived for centuries -- in some cases for thousands of years. ...... ...... (03/15/13)

Ken Berwitz zeke - that will take place roughly one week after mahmoud ahmadinejad renouces Islam, becomes a Lubavitcher, and starts driving a Tefillinmobile through Williamsburg. (03/15/13)


A PRESIDENT LIES, MEDIA LOOK THE OTHER WAY

Ken Berwitz

I apologize for the title of this blog, because, as regular readers know, it is a recurring theme, a broken record. 

But it is also true.  And easily demonstrated.  And sickening, because, to a great extent, it results in an Accomplice Media, perfectly willing to show fealty to  Barack Obama regardless of how dishonest he is......which, of course, is one of the reasons he has no problem being dishonest. Why bother dealing with untidy truths when neat, comfortable lies are given a free pass?

Bruce Thornton, at frontpagemag.com, has written an excellent commentary, in which he goes into just a few of the overt lies Barack Obama has told us, which media then provide cover for by conveniently "not noticing". 

I urge you to read Mr. Thornton's entire piece,  But here are a few key excerpts:

Last month President Obama said in a speech, "I'm proud of the fact that under my administration oil production is higher than it has been in a decade or more." 

 The facts on oil production show that Obama shamelessly tried to take credit for the 1.1 million barrels per day increase since 2007 that happened in spite of, not because of, his policies. According to the CRS, "All of the increased [oil] production from 2007 to 2012 took place on non-federal lands."

But taking credit for increased oil production is small beer compared to the still festering scandal surrounding the administration's response to the murder of 4 Americans, including an ambassador, in Benghazi last summer.

Confronting the truth about Benghazi would have exposed Obama's foreign policy blunders and the truth he wanted to hide: al Qaeda is active and growing, and overthrowing Gaddafi released tons of advanced weapons into the hands of terrorists while leaving behind a failed state.

Poking around in the cause of it is unseemly, as Hillary Clinton said when she yelled at the Senate hearing, "Was it because of a protest, or was it because of guys out for a walk one night who decided they'd go kill some Americans? What difference, at this point, does it make?"

That last question...itself should have generated a firestorm of outrage and demands for her resignation. Whether the Secretary of State doesn't indeed know "what difference" it makes, or does know and was trying to evade inconvenient truths by resorting to sentimental bluster, she should have been fired.

Clearly, something is missing in a critical mass of American voters when assaults on our interests and security abroad arouse no righteous anger either at the perpetrators or the politicians who caused the attacks and then tried to misdirect the citizens about the real causes for partisan electoral advantage. Something is missing when voters shrug away patent lies about oil production, and ignore policies that are hampering an industry that can create jobs and radically change our foreign policy calculus by liberating our energy needs from thug regimes who use our dollars to attack our interests. So what's missing?

To answer Mr. Thornton's last, obviously rhetorical, question:  what's missing is mainstream media which operate with professionalism and integrity.  What's missing is mainstream media which do not play favorites and report based on their personal choices.

In the last several days, I have read that Charles and David Koch, two of the most hated men in left-wing lore, are exploring the possibility of purchasing The Tribune Company which, among other holdings, controls the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and Chicago super-station WGN.

Do I want conservative ideologues buying media, which they might then use to color the news in their personal direction?  No I do not.  But do I want there to to be only one side of the political spectrum as a dominant factor in coloring the news?  No I do not....and that, for the most part, is what we have right now. 

Needless to say, the left is having an excrement hemorrhage over the possibility of Koch buying The Tribune Company.  That's fine with me.  Let their excrement take the form of partisan bile against the Koch Brothers;  maybe, that way, less of it will get into the news they control so much of.


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