Monday, 01 April 2013

THE LATEST CHRAZY CHRIS QUOTE (AND THIS ONE IS 100% REAL)

Ken Berwitz

The best part about chronicling Chris Matthews looney-tune comments is that you never have to wait very long for the next one.

On tonight's "Hardball" show, Matthews actually said:

"...racism is the belief that one race - whites - should rule all others"

Is he dumb as a post?  Ignorant?  So completely partisan that it has perverted his thinking process?  Some combination of these possibilities?  It's got to be one or more of them.

Earth to Chris Matthews:  racism is preference, in beliefs and/or actions, for one race over another.  To claim that racism begins and ends with White people is so wrong that it is not even idiotic; it would require remedial help to achieve idiotic status.

Let me help you out with specific examples:  jeremiah wright is a racist.  louis farrakhan is a racist.  Your pal al sharpton, who MSNBC proudly features on his own show, is a racist.  Why?  because every one of them displays a preference in their beliefs and actions, for the Black race over other the White race (among others).  That is what racism is, therefore that is what they are..

Still not sure of what I mean?  Ok, let's try this another way. 

Suppose a White man and a Black man are arguing,   Suppose the White man calls the Black man a Black bastard, and the Black man calls the White man a White bastard.  Do you think this means the White man is racist but the Black man is not?  I have my fingers crossed that you realize both men's comments are racist.....because not realizing it would require an IQ slightly below pet rock status.

I hope I have made this a bit more clear for you, Chris.  Admittedly, you being you, I doubt it.  But I hope.

free' Ken, the DoJ and most liberals disagree with your interpretation of what racism is. For most of the left and the DoJ, Mathews is correct and you and I and other sane people are wrong. (04/02/13)

Zeke ..... ..... ..... How about a debate between Keiff Olbermannnn and Cwazy Cwiss Matttthewwwzz .. ... ..... The winner would then match wits with a randomly selected 3rd grader -- should take the kid 5 minutes to win that debate - on maturity alone. (04/01/13)


THE CYPRUS SCAM

Ken Berwitz

Banks have been closed and accounts frozen in Cyprus recently. Nevertheless, large amounts were moved out of the country's crippled financial institutions on the eve of the bailout package. Lawmakers are suspicious and are investigating both the government and the Cypriot central bank. 

You just read the beginning of Stefan Schultz's article in the German magazine Der Spiegel.  And here's a bit more of that article:

...the central bank head has been harshly criticized due to suspicious capital flight from Laiki and the Bank of Cyprus, the two institutions that have been hit hardest by the Cypriot banking crisis. There are indications that large sums flowed out of the two banks just before the first bailout package was signed in the early morning hours of March 16. At the end of January, some 40 percent of all savings held in Cypriot accounts were on the books of those two banks. Since then, however, much of it has been transferred elsewhere, despite orders from the central bank that accounts at the two institutions be frozen.

The Cypriot central bank has defended itself by saying that it was impossible to completely prevent all transactions, despite the account freeze.

Such a defense is nothing less than a voluntary admission of impotence.

What does this means?  It means that deposits of the mega-rich - and you can bet big time Russian money, probably illicitly gained, counts among it - is long gone.

So who is going to get soaked?  I'm sure you know the answer to that already:

Holders of smaller savings accounts have been unable to access much of their money for almost two weeks, companies have been unable to pay their suppliers and across the country people are concerned that their salaries will not arrive on schedule on the first of the month. Meanwhile, rich businesspeople and those with connections overseas have been able to transfer their money into foreign accounts.

Toward the end of the Tuesday evening press conference, the central bank head did finally find some news to convey. Holders of smaller accounts, he said, should be prepared for the fact that not all bank services will immediately be available. Those who had more than 100,000 parked at the Bank of Cyprus will likely lose "about 40 percent" of their assets, he said, adding that the exact amount is still being established. Despite the remaining uncertainties, though, he assured the press that the banks would open as planned on Thursday. He also said that, while Cyprus is now threatened with a recession, the economy will quickly regain its footing. Demetriades made an appeal to the entrepreneurial spirit of Cypriots.

But none of what he said is cast in stone. Bank customers could suffer for much longer and experts say that those with more than 100,000 in their accounts stand to lose up to 90 percent of their deposits.

Let me end the same way I ended yesterday's blog about Cyprus:

If they can steal from the rich in Cyprus they can do it in Germany.  And Italy.  And Spain.

And the United States.  Don't doubt for a minute that if it is done elsewhere it will be on the table here.

And if they steal from the very rich, and there still isn't enough money (when is there ever, when it comes to governments), who do you think they will steal from next?

For the people - and I have no doubt there are a great many - thrilled that "the rich" are being stolen from, who will be stolen from next just might be something they should be thinking long and hard about.

Obviously I was wrong.  No one has to think about this long and hard.  No one has to think about it at all.  It is already in progress.

Are we next?  I hope not....but don't bet against it.


THE DEARBORN TEACHER'S UNION: LOOKING OUT FOR #1

Ken Berwitz

Isn't it great when a union goes all out for #1? 

And, for the Dearborn (Michigan) Teachers Union, that, of course, means the childr....well, no, what they did has no apparent benefit which specifically accrues to the children.

So it must mean for the teach...., well, no, not if the teachers don't get a raise for five years.

So who did the Dearborn Teachers Union go all out for?  Why, the Dearborn Teachers Union, of course.  

Excerpted from Jarrett Skorup's March 25th article at michigancapitolconfidential.com:

The teachers' union for Dearborn Public Schools has negotiated an early contract with the district that institutes a pay freeze for five years but forces the employees to continue paying money to the union.

The union president said one of the main benefits of the contract is avoiding the state's right-to-work law.

Michigan's right-to-work law goes into effect on March 28, and new contracts after that allow public employees to decide whether they want to continue paying dues or fees to a union. As a result, unions across the state are trying to open up contracts to lock in membership for extended periods of time - in some instances, eight or 10 years.

While some public school districts and public universities say they merely are renegotiating and not trying to avoid the right-to-work law, the union president for the Dearborn Federation of Teachers cited the law as a main reason for the contract.

"We will not be affected by Right to Work AND we will be able to continue having our union dues deducted through payroll until this contract expires," Sipperley wrote.

Contracts like these do a disservice to taxpayers, said Steve Gunn, communications director with the Education Action Group, a non-partisan education reform organization based in Michigan.

"The union is selling out its members hardcore to keep the dues coming in," he said.

So let's see.  This doesn't do a thing for the children.  It doesn't do a thing for the teachers, who get no raise for five years - and, unlike other teachers throughout the state of Michigan, cannot opt out of paying union dues.

But the Dearborn Teachers Union?  For that bunch it is heaven on earth.  They are guaranteed to get all that $$$$$$$ flowing in, regardless of how many unwilling dues-payers there are.  And the Michigan taxpayer is stuck with the cost of collecting it on the union's behalf.  Hip hip hooray.

Doesn't it just warm the cockles of your heart to see a union so committed to the people it is supposed to be there for?  What humanitarians!!

They're number 1!!!  They're number 1!!!  They're number 1!!!


THE CYPRUS SCAM

Ken Berwitz

Banks have been closed and accounts frozen in Cyprus recently. Nevertheless, large amounts were moved out of the country's crippled financial institutions on the eve of the bailout package. Lawmakers are suspicious and are investigating both the government and the Cypriot central bank. 

You just read the beginning of Stefan Schultz's article in the German magazine Der Spiegel.  And here's a bit more of that article:

...the central bank head has been harshly criticized due to suspicious capital flight from Laiki and the Bank of Cyprus, the two institutions that have been hit hardest by the Cypriot banking crisis. There are indications that large sums flowed out of the two banks just before the first bailout package was signed in the early morning hours of March 16. At the end of January, some 40 percent of all savings held in Cypriot accounts were on the books of those two banks. Since then, however, much of it has been transferred elsewhere, despite orders from the central bank that accounts at the two institutions be frozen.

The Cypriot central bank has defended itself by saying that it was impossible to completely prevent all transactions, despite the account freeze.

Such a defense is nothing less than a voluntary admission of impotence.

What does this means?  It means that deposits of the mega-rich - and you can bet big time Russian money, probably illicitly gained, counts among it - is long gone.

So who is going to get soaked?  I'm sure you know the answer to that already:

Holders of smaller savings accounts have been unable to access much of their money for almost two weeks, companies have been unable to pay their suppliers and across the country people are concerned that their salaries will not arrive on schedule on the first of the month. Meanwhile, rich businesspeople and those with connections overseas have been able to transfer their money into foreign accounts.

Toward the end of the Tuesday evening press conference, the central bank head did finally find some news to convey. Holders of smaller accounts, he said, should be prepared for the fact that not all bank services will immediately be available. Those who had more than 100,000 parked at the Bank of Cyprus will likely lose "about 40 percent" of their assets, he said, adding that the exact amount is still being established. Despite the remaining uncertainties, though, he assured the press that the banks would open as planned on Thursday. He also said that, while Cyprus is now threatened with a recession, the economy will quickly regain its footing. Demetriades made an appeal to the entrepreneurial spirit of Cypriots.

But none of what he said is cast in stone. Bank customers could suffer for much longer and experts say that those with more than 100,000 in their accounts stand to lose up to 90 percent of their deposits.

Let me end the same way I ended yesterday's blog about Cyprus:

If they can steal from the rich in Cyprus they can do it in Germany.  And Italy.  And Spain.

And the United States.  Don't doubt for a minute that if it is done elsewhere it will be on the table here.

And if they steal from the very rich, and there still isn't enough money (when is there ever, when it comes to governments), who do you think they will steal from next?

For the people - and I have no doubt there are a great many - thrilled that "the rich" are being stolen from, who will be stolen from next just might be something they should be thinking long and hard about.

Obviously I was wrong.  No one has to think about this long and hard.  No one has to think about it at all.  It is already in progress.

Are we next?  I hope not....but don't bet against it.


THE CHRAZY CHRIS COLLECTION

Ken Berwitz

(NOTE:  PLEASE READ UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF BLOG)

The Media Research Center - a conservative media watchdog group (which means they need about 100 kennels-worth to keep up) - has, today, put out a special April Fool's Day collection of mostly off-the-wall, sometimes outright looney-tune, comments made by the pride of MSNBC, Chris Matthews.

You can read them all - and, trust me, it is well worth your while - by clicking here.  But, just to whet your appetite, I'll give you a little taste below:

"The thing people don't understand about Barack Obama is that while he's a great speaker, his understanding of politics is just unprecedented in the whole history of this American experience. He's like Albert Einstein with a 500-watt smile that can melt the hardest heart."

"America really could have used a leader like Barack Obama when this country was founded. Maybe we wouldn't even have had a Second Amendment at all. Maybe they would have put trigger locks on those muskets into the Constitution, and there wouldn't have been all the problems we have now."

"Back to Hardball now, the Sideshow: Actress Ashley Judd has pulled herself out of that Kentucky Senate race. What a loss for the nation. She's every bit as qualified as Ronald Reagan ever was- an actor the far right still salivates over***. I'll never get that idolization. Really. Anyway, if a glorified eyeglasses hawker like Rand Paul with hair as bad as Donald Trump's can win in Kentucky, why can't that state give us a Senator it would be nice to look at? She gives me more tingles than even Barack Obama, and that's saying something. Ha!"

Chafing at the bit to read Chrazy Chris's other 18 quotes (and - point of order here - this collection just scratches the surface.  There were plenty more than 21; MRC just stopped at 21)?  Well, the link is provided above.  Enjoy.

One other thing.  If putting this collection out on April Fool's Day is supposed to communicate that the word "fool" is meaningful here,  remember:  it isn't a reference to the veracity of the quotes, all of which are real and fully referenced.

So who or what do you figure the term "fool" refers to? 

Yep.  And, as time goes on, you can count on more quotes from him just like the ones seen above.  This man is a never-ending source of them.

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***It should be noted that, when Ronald Reagan ran for the Presidency, in addition to having been "an actor" - the only background reference Matthews makes - he had been elected to head  the Screen Actor's Guild 8 separate times, and had been a two-term Governor of California.  If Mr. Matthews can show me a similar background for Ashley Judd, I will be more than happy to post it.

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UPDATE:  My thanks to commenter Chuck Stamford, who has pointed out, correctly, that only 8 of the 21 quotes were real, and the rest were intentionally made up for April Fools Day.

Obviously I was one of the people fooled.  My explanation is that I recognized several of the quotes, saw attributions at the end of each quote (from MRC, which I've always found to be accurate) and didn't read to the end, where it said that most of them were invented.  

One other explanation:  Not one of those quotes is out of character for Chris Matthews, whom I have taken to calling Chrazy Chris due to his penchant for making nutty statements.

That said, however, when I'm wrong, I'm wrong.  So I apologize for not getting it right here - and, again, thank Chuck for pointing it out.

Chuck Stamford A word of caution from one person who thinks accuracy is first, opinion second, to another who I hope shares that priority: "Yes, this was MRC’s annual April Fools edition of Notable Quotables. This time, however, eight of the 21 crazy Chris Matthews quotes are things he really has said. Take your best guess as to which ones, and we'll post the answer key tomorrow, April 2." I don't know if the quotes copied and pasted in the posters original comment were of the "fools" variety or the real thing, but until somebody nails it down for sure I wouldn't be reacting to any of them as legit. (04/01/13)

Zeke ..... ..... .... Why are electrons wasted on Christopher Mathews ? .... ..... He contributes less to this world than Unicorn Farts..... ..... (04/01/13)


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

The quote of the day - and, this being April Fool's Day, what an appropriate quote of the day it is - comes to us from President Barack Obama, via a White House proclamation issued Friday:

"I call upon all Americans to observe this month with programs and activities to improve their understanding of financial principles and practices. 

"My Administration is dedicated to helping people make sound decisions in the marketplace.  

"Together, we can prepare young people to tackle financial challenges--from learning how to budget responsibly to saving for college, starting a business, or opening a retirement account"

Note:  When Barack Obama became President (January, 2009), our national debt was $10,626 trillion dollars.  As of last month, it stood at $16,687 trillion - an average of about $1.5 trillion dollars in deficit for every year of his administration. 

Therefore, I award Mr. Obama quote of the day honors - if, for nothing else, the sheer entertainment value of him lecturing anyone on anything related to financial principles and responsible budgeting.

Way to go, Mr. President.  What will your next proclamation tell us?  How to take inexpensive vacations?


THE INVASION OF THE YANKEE SNATCHERS

Ken Berwitz

The Yankees have just started their season, and way too much of the team is unknown to me.

It's like The Invasion of the Yankee Snatchers. Half the team is stuffed into injury pods, and half the rest have come out of them from last year so, although they're in uniform, we have no idea if they can play anymore.

 The ghost of Kevin McCarthy wafts over Yankee Stadium.

I feel a long, long season coming on.

Ken Berwitz zeke - Thanks. That really did make me laugh out loud. (04/01/13)

Zeke ..... ..... ..... Half the Yankee team were benched because they took performance enhancing drugs -- Geritol. ..... ..... ..... (04/01/13)


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