Saturday, 23 March 2013

THE JAY LENO BLOWOFF: A FEW QUESTIONS

Ken Berwitz

For the past few days it has been all over the news that NBC's Jimmy Fallon is going to replace Jay Leno as host of the Tonight Show.

And for the past two or three months, Jay Leno has done comedic material critical of both NBC (which has low-bordering-on-disastrous ratings these days) and President Obama (who few have dared to do pointed humor about until Leno).

My questions:

-Is Leno being dumped because NBC fears that he is old, getting stale, and will soon lose the key 25 - 54 demographic to younger, fresher competition (you could say that about Letterman too, couldn't you?);

-Is it because they figure it would be a good idea to stay ahead of the curve with a next-generation guy  - which is how Leno got the gig when Johnny Carson left?

-Is it because the decidedly left wing NBC/MSNBC people cannot abide Leno tossing jibes at their lord and savior Barack Obama;

-Is it the chronological opposite - i.e. Leno became aware NBC wanted him out and started doing the Obama material because he had nothing to lose anymore?

-Is it because Leno has reason to believe Fox will create a new, Tonight-like show for him and the Obama material is something of an audition for them, to show that he has no problem doing "forbidden fruit" material which he largely avoided until recently?

Late night TV is a big deal.  And when the #1 star of Late Night TV may be on the move, that's a big deat too.  It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

BOB W Late night TV has stunk since Johnny Carson retired. Both Leno and Letterman stink and so does therir shows. Both shows do nothing but promote upcoming films and left wing candidates. Jonny Carson was brilliant and a must see- these two idiots are a must miss. I rather watch House Hunters (03/23/13)


THE ANTI-CHRISTIAN CRUSADE (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Read these excerpts from Stoyan Zaimov's article at christianpost.com and you won't wonder about the title of this blog:

A Florida Atlantic University professor made his students write the name "Jesus" on a piece of paper and then trample on it, as part of a "lesson in debating," a student suspended for refusing to participate in the exercise has revealed.

"I'm not going to be sitting in a class having my religious rights desecrated," student Ryan Rotela, a Mormon, told WPEC. "I truly see this as I'm being punished."

Rotela explained that his Intercultural Communications class was told to write Jesus' name on a piece of paper, then gather together and stamp on it. The student refused, however, and picked up the paper from the floor and put it back on the table.

The professor, Deandre Poole, was apparently trying to teach the students a "lesson in debate," but the student found the assignment to be insulting and offensive.

"I said to the professor, 'With all due respect to your authority as a professor, I do not believe what you told us to do was appropriate,'" Rotela said. 'I believe it was unprofessional and I was deeply offended by what you told me to do.'"

The student was suspended afterwards by the university, who is defending the instructor.

"As with any academic lesson, the exercise was meant to encourage students to view issues from many perspectives, in direct relation with the course objectives," Noemi Marin, the university's director of the school of communication and multimedia studies, told Fox News.

This is not a joke.  This is very much for real.

And what a great rationale.  "a lesson in debate" which is "...meant to encourage students to view issues from many different perspectives...".  Just write down the name of the person you worship as God and stomp on it - or refuse and be suspended from school.  What could anyone find offensive about that?

Which means, of course, that next week they will have students write down the names Martin Luther King and Jackie Robinson, then stomp on them, right?  I hope you're not counting on this happening next week, or year, or millennium, because - thankfully - it isn't going to happen.

But Jesus - i.e. Christian?  No problem at all.  Just a taste of good old-fashioned academia, you see.

So, yes, the anti-Christian crusade goes on.  It is still open season, and will be through the forseeable future.

How proud Florida Atlantic University must be.

Zeke Is disgrace. .... .... .... Deviationist must be sent to Siberia. .... ..... ..... Ignorance is Knowledge. ..... ..... (03/23/13)


THE ANTI-CHRISTIAN CRUSADE (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Read these excerpts from Stoyan Zaimov's article at christianpost.com and you won't wonder about the title of this blog:

A Florida Atlantic University professor made his students write the name "Jesus" on a piece of paper and then trample on it, as part of a "lesson in debating," a student suspended for refusing to participate in the exercise has revealed.

"I'm not going to be sitting in a class having my religious rights desecrated," student Ryan Rotela, a Mormon, told WPEC. "I truly see this as I'm being punished."

Rotela explained that his Intercultural Communications class was told to write Jesus' name on a piece of paper, then gather together and stamp on it. The student refused, however, and picked up the paper from the floor and put it back on the table.

The professor, Deandre Poole, was apparently trying to teach the students a "lesson in debate," but the student found the assignment to be insulting and offensive.

"I said to the professor, 'With all due respect to your authority as a professor, I do not believe what you told us to do was appropriate,'" Rotela said. 'I believe it was unprofessional and I was deeply offended by what you told me to do.'"

The student was suspended afterwards by the university, who is defending the instructor.

"As with any academic lesson, the exercise was meant to encourage students to view issues from many perspectives, in direct relation with the course objectives," Noemi Marin, the university's director of the school of communication and multimedia studies, told Fox News.

This is not a joke.  This is very much for real.

And what a great rationale.  "a lesson in debate" which is "...meant to encourage students to view issues from many different perspectives...".  Just write down the name of the person you worship as God and stomp on it - or refuse and be suspended from school.  What could anyone find offensive about that?

Which means, of course, that next week they will have students write down the names Martin Luther King and Jackie Robinson, then stomp on them, right?  I hope you're not counting on this happening next week, or year, or millennium, because - thankfully - it isn't going to happen.

But Jesus - i.e. Christian?  No problem at all.  Just a taste of good old-fashioned academia, you see.

So, yes, the anti-Christian crusade goes on.  It is still open season, and will be through the forseeable future.

How proud Florida Atlantic University must be.

Zeke Is disgrace. .... .... .... Deviationist must be sent to Siberia. .... ..... ..... Ignorance is Knowledge. ..... ..... (03/23/13)


THE JAY LENO BLOWOFF: A FEW QUESTIONS

Ken Berwitz

For the past few days it has been all over the news that NBC's Jimmy Fallon is going to replace Jay Leno as host of the Tonight Show.

And for the past two or three months, Jay Leno has done comedic material critical of both NBC (which has low-bordering-on-disastrous ratings these days) and President Obama (who few have dared to do pointed humor about until Leno).

My questions:

-Is Leno being dumped because NBC fears that he is old, getting stale, and will soon lose the key 25 - 54 demographic to younger, fresher competition (you could say that about Letterman too, couldn't you?);

-Is it because they figure it would be a good idea to stay ahead of the curve with a next-generation guy  - which is how Leno got the gig when Johnny Carson left?

-Is it because the decidedly left wing NBC/MSNBC people cannot abide Leno tossing jibes at their lord and savior Barack Obama;

-Is it the chronological opposite - i.e. Leno became aware NBC wanted him out and started doing the Obama material because he had nothing to lose anymore?

-Is it because Leno has reason to believe Fox will create a new, Tonight-like show for him and the Obama material is something of an audition for them, to show that he has no problem doing "forbidden fruit" material which he largely avoided until recently?

Late night TV is a big deal.  And when the #1 star of Late Night TV may be on the move, that's a big deat too.  It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.

BOB W Late night TV has stunk since Johnny Carson retired. Both Leno and Letterman stink and so does therir shows. Both shows do nothing but promote upcoming films and left wing candidates. Jonny Carson was brilliant and a must see- these two idiots are a must miss. I rather watch House Hunters (03/23/13)


NETANYAHU'S APOLOGY

Ken Berwitz

The single most significant thing to come out of President Obama's visit to Israel  - unless you equate rhetoric with reality - is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's sort-of apology for boarding the Turkish shop Mavi Marmara as it attempted to break Israel's legal blockade of Gaza - and in the ensuing fight with "peaceful activists" (who attacked the soldiers anything but peacefully), killing 9 of them.

In return, Turkish President Erdogan told Mr. Netanyahu that reports he called Zionism a form of racism misinterpreted his words, that relations between the countries were now restored and he hoped they would grow and be fruitful and yada yada yada.

Here is the way Paul Mirengoff of powerlineblog.com sees this:

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized today to Turkey on Friday for an Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla. The apology is, of course, the handiwork of President Obama. Indeed, Netanyahu made the call during an airport meeting with Obama shortly before Obama mercifully left Israel.

The apology is a humiliation for Israel, which had nothing for which to be sorry. Netanyahu's statement - which he wisely resisted making for three years - will not improve Israeli relations with Turkey. Relations are poor not because of the flotilla incident, but because Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan, a good friend of Obama's, is an Israel-hating Islamist.

How much does Erdogan hate Israel? Daniel Pipes reminds us that last month, Erdogan stated: "Just like Zionism, anti-Semitism and fascism, Islamophobia must be regarded as a crime against humanity." And three days ago, Erdogan stood by his claim that Zionism, the principle upon which Israel is founded, constitutes a crime against humanity.

If anyone should apologize, it is Erdogan - not just for his verbal attack on Zionism, but also for supporting the terrorists who undertook the Gaza flotilla . But instead, thanks to Obama, Erdogan is rewarded with an apology from Israel.

Well said.

What we have here, in all likelihood, is Prime Minister Netanyahu dealing from a position of weakness - i.e. he is stuck with President Obama as President of the United States, Israel's far-and-away most important ally, for the next four years whether he likes it or not -- and a Democrat senate willing to do Mr. Obama's bidding. 

We can only guess what Mr. Netanyahu was threatened with that would make him apologize for Israel defending its own borders against a bunch of Israel-hating drones who would dance in the street if the Jewish state were obliterated.

That said, however, here is an "if" for you:  if Recep Tayyip Erdogan honestly means what he said about restoring, repairing and regrowing relations with Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu's qualified apology will turn out to be a very, very good thing. 

But, given the rapid, and accelerating decline in relations with Turkey since Erdogan took office, and his consistent attacks on Israel's existence (which render his "I was misinterpreted" claim absolute BS),  I have just about zero hope this will take place. 

I hope I am wrong, but the facts are out there and they indicate no such improvement.

We'll see.  And it won't take long to get a pretty good indication one way or another.

Zeke ..... ...... ...... ..... Well, looks like Obama was able to hammer Netanyahu. ..... ..... Hope Bibi got something of value from this. ..... ..... Maybe it would be easier for all if Israel just changed the country's name to Czechoslovakia. ...... Then Obama could proclaim, "Peace in Our Time". ..... ..... (03/23/13)


BUDGET CONGRATULATIONS

Ken Berwitz

My congtratulations to the Democrat-controlled senate for passing - barely (by 50 - 49) either the 2010, 2011, 2012 or 2013 budget.

I can't tell which, because since Democrats have ignored the law and not passed a budget since 2009, I suppose it could be any of those four.

And thanks to our wonderful "neutral" media, of course.  They couldn't have done it without you.


A SAD SIGN OF THE TIMES

Ken Berwitz

From Cousin Natalie.....

Need an ark? I noah guy.

 

Personally, I hope Carnival can get past its run of either amazingly bad luck (if it were sloppy quality control we'd have heard about these kinds of things for years now) or sabotage (hard to discount the possibility) and regain its franchise.   One helluva lot of jobs are on the line here.

If Tylenol could do it, so could Carnival.


OBAMACARE: THE REPUBLICAN'S GREAT OPPORTUNITY

Ken Berwitz

Mona Charen, writing for washingtonexaminer.com, has put out a terrific column on ObamaCare; one that every opponent - and supporter - should read.

Ms. Charen's point is that ObamaCare is a disaster, it very possibly will be taken down, and that Republicans can either destroy themselves by celebrating a move back to the previous status quo, or exploit a huge opportunity by offering a better alternative.

You can read Ms. Charen's entire column by clicking here.  But let me show you just a few excerpts:

The pre-Obamacare health care system was not a free market for health care at all but a peculiar hybrid with distorting incentives created by bad government policy. Because it was a form of compensation and not true insurance, health coverage became ever more expansive and expensive. The high cost of insurance drove many who were not covered by employers to rely on hospital emergency rooms when they got sick. Medicare and Medicaid too have contributed to sharply rising health care costs both because the population is aging and because the programs' fee for service structure encourages overuse.

Smart conservative health policy analysts have proposed a way to cut the Gordian knot -- Remove the tax deduction for health insurance purchases from employers and give it to individuals. ..were given a $5,000 tax credit (fully refundable for those below the poverty line) for the purchase of health insurance, insurance companies would compete to provide excellent coverage for $5,000.

If, in addition, individuals were permitted to shop across state lines for insurance, those states with fewer mandates would be able to offer cheaper plans and would accordingly get more business.

As Obamacare's rising costs and constricted choices alienate the American people, Republicans should be ready with an alternative that is market-oriented, assembled and on the launchpad.

Does Ms. Charen have a point?  Yes she does, and a great one.

ObamaCare is very unpopular.  Personal tax credits for insurance, and the ability to shop across state lines, would both be very popular - and very logical and very fair to boot.

Should Republicans be in position to offer a much more popular solution, while at the same time sticking Democrats with the unpopular monstrosity they created with virtually no Republican input of any kind?

Sort of answers itself, doesn't it?

Zeke .... .... .... Add : . .. Tort Reform, Medical Savings Accounts. .... .... .... Examine how effectively HMO's like Kaiser Permanente do the job. .... .... Add up how much fringe benefits (sex change, eg) actually cost, overall. (03/23/13)


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