Thursday, 18 April 2013

REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Sadly, there is never a shortage of material for this series. 

Here is the latest installment, which comes to us via the following excerpts from  Jamie Schram, Laurel Babcock and Bob Fredericks' article in the New York Post:

A Bangladeshi man out for dinner at a Bronx restaurant was viciously beaten hours after the Boston Marathon bombing by thugs who called him "a f--king Arab" before pummeling him to the ground, sources said.

Abdullah Faruque, 30 - a native of the South Asian country who grew up in The Bronx - was at Applebees on Exterior Avenue in Melrose at about 11:30 p.m. Monday when he went outside for a smoke.

"One of the guys asked if I was Arab. I just shook my head, said like, 'Yeah, whatever.' I didn't even know that [the] Boston [bombing] happened because I had a busy day," Faruque said.

He turned to head back inside as one of the men snarled, "Yeah, he's a f--king Arab," and the gang pounced, punching him on the head and body, dislocating his left shoulder and leaving him semiconscious.

The NYPD's Hate Crimes Unit is investigating.

Brilliant.  Evidently these geniuses figure if you've seen one Arab you've seen 'em all, and all of 'em are terrorist bombers, so Abdullah Faruque must have been in on it -- even though the attack was in Boston and he was eating dinner in The Bronx.

Incidentally, though not shown above, the article identifies the assailants as "hispanic males".   I wonder how they would feel if a group of thugs beat them for being illegal aliens - without knowing anything more about them than they know about Mr. Faruque.

Real racism.  It comes in all forms, from all sources.  No group is immune to it, or from it.  Not even people who often are the object of racism themselves.


ED SCHULTZ'S REVENGE

Ken Berwitz

When Ed Schultz was relieved of his 8:00PM slot on MSNBC and replaced with Chris Hayes, his main competition, Fox's Bill O'Reilly, usually had about 2 1/2 times as many viewers as he did.

Well, now that Hayes has had a couple of weeks to percolate, I thought you might want to see how he is making out vs. O'Reilly.  So here are the latest Neilsen data available to me (from Tuesday night): 

-Bill O'Reilly: 2,867,000 viewers

-Chris Hayes 690,000 viewers 

That's right.  O'Reilly has more than 4 times as many viewers as Hayes.  And the Monday data show virtually the same 4 to 1 ratio.

Great job, MSNBC.  You took a guy who lost to O'Reilly with a reasonably respectable level of viewership, and replaced him with someone so far behind he can't even eat O'Reilly's dust.

What's your next brainstorm going to be?  Replacing Rachel Maddow with Sandra Fluke?


THE GENIUS OF JONATHAN WINTERS

Ken Berwitz

As you probably know, Jonathan Winters, the professional if not biological father of Robin Williams, died on April 11th, at the age of 87.

There is so much significant news right now that I missed putting up an obituary for this unbelievably talented, creative genius.  But I cannot let his passing go, without posting what arguably is the single greatest example of impromptu comedy ever seen on television (or maybe anywhere else).

Almost a half century ago (the evening of April 10, 1964 to be exact), Jack Paar had Mr. Winters on as his guest.  He handed him a stick and asked him to "do something" with it.

Here is what Winters did.   (Enjoy the comedy, marvel at what an excellent impersonation of Bing Crosby he tossed in, and by all means watch to the end because it isn't over when you think it's over):

    That, folks, was the genius of Jonathan Winters. 

    May he rest in peace.


    JANET NAPOLITANO: FACTUAL? OR IGNORANT? OR LYING?

    Ken Berwitz

    Here is a short video of Janet Napolitano refusing to answer a question from Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-SC) regarding why we are deporting a Saudi national who was at the scene of the Boston terrorist attack, close enough to be bloodied by the bomb, before he can be questionned further about what he saw or knew - especially since it is being reported that his deportation is for reasons of "national security":

    It is entirely possible that everything Ms. Napolitano said is true, including her extremely imperious, insulting rejoinder to Mr. Duncan.. 

    It is also entirely possible that some or all of what Ms. Napolitano said is not true, and she is participating in a blatant coverup with other members of the adnministration, right up to the President.

    I will most assuredly refer back to this video in the future, when we have a better idea of which it is.

     


    THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

    Ken Berwitz

    There are visionaries.  And there are delusionaries.  Our quote of the day was voiced by someone firmly within the latter group.

    Here, from his radio show last week, is Geraldo Rivera (or Jerry Rivers, as he denies he ever used to call himself, but someone I knew who grew up with him told me for a fact that he did):

    I am firmly convinced...that when my talk show went on the air in 1988 in the Soviet Union, before the fall of the Wall, that helped accelerate the process, it was first my talk show and then Joan Rivers joined me on the air in the Soviet Union....

    ...(We got on there) Because they were reaching out. They were taking tentative steps and my syndicator, the Tribune Company, reached out to them, they bought the show which was, you know, seen throughout Latin America, it was dubbed in Spanish, it was dubbed in all sorts of different languages, and they dubbed it in Russian. It was shown on Moscow TV and in other places. So here you had it with the advertisements for washing machines and, you know, for new cars and, you know, all of the things that you advertise in a daytime talk show. And I'm sure that the audiences looking at this stuff saying, hmm, I wish I had a washing machine like that. Hmm, I wish I had a color TV like that ...or a supermarket...Or this product or that product.

    I believe that that helped hasten the fall of the Soviet Union and I think the same thing would happen in Cuba and to maintain this preposterous embargo because Cuba is repressive and Cuba has political prisoners, what about China?

    I wonder what percentage of the Soviet Union's fall he ascribes to himself, and how much to Joan Rivers.  Is it 50/50?  More?  Less?  Maybe one of his various ex-wives (he's currently with #5, at least as of this morning) can help out on that one.

    Hey, if Geraldo Rivera helped take down the Soviet union, I wonder what else he did.  For example, did he also create the interne...oops, wrong delusionary. 

    There you have it.  The quote of the day honor goes to Geraldo Rivera, with my congratulations.  You can't say it wasn't well earned.

    Ken Berwitz free - I'm as certain as you are. Incidentally, despite the sarcasm I used in this blog, I don't have any ill feelings toward Geraldo Rivera, I just think his media exposure far exceeds his talent level. (04/18/13)

    free` I would bet dollars to donuts that the ads weren't shown in the USSR episodes. (04/18/13)


    IS A SAUDI TERRORIST BEING GIVEN A FREE PASS?

    Ken Berwitz

    Let me start - as I will finish - by saying I don't know that this is the case.  But you have to be suspicious.

    Excerpted from Paul Joseph Watson's article at infowars.com:

    The Saudi "person of interest" suspected of being involved in the Boston Marathon bombings is being deported from the United States next week on "national security grounds," according to a terrorism expert, who notes that the move is "very unusual," especially given an unscheduled meeting yesterday between President Obama and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.

    The attempt to cover up a possible Saudi connection to the Boston attack could explain why authorities are scrambling to get their official narrative straight after photos emerged yesterday on the Internet showing numerous suspects carrying large backpacks, some of them middle eastern in appearance and two of the individuals having been almost certainly identified as employees of private military/security firm Craft International.

    According to terrorism expert Steve Emerson, 20-year-old Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, the Saudi national first suspected of being involved in Monday's twin bomb attack, is being hastily deported. Alharbi was put under armed guard in hospital after the bombing, was visited by Saudi diplomat Azzam bin Abdel Karim, and later had his apartment raided by federal and state law enforcement agents.

    "I just learned from my own sources that he is now going to be deported on national security grounds next Tuesday, which is very unusual," Emerson told Fox News last night.

    The news follows an unscheduled meeting between President Obama and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal at the White House yesterday afternoon. "The meeting was not on Obama's public schedule," reports Reuters.

    An unscheduled meeting between President Obama and a Saudi Prince?  A person of interest in the bombings, who happens to be a Saudi national, suddenly being deported on national security grounds?

    If this is true - and, let's remember, that is a big if - it leads to conclusions that I don't even want to think about; conclusions I'm sure you don't need me to to come up with.

    For the moment, I'll leave it at a fervent hope that Steve Emerson is wrong....accompanied by a nagging suspicion he is not.

    Stay tuned.


    IS A SAUDI TERRORIST BEING GIVEN A FREE PASS?

    Ken Berwitz

    Let me start - as I will finish - by saying I don't know that this is the case.  But you have to be suspicious.

    Excerpted from Paul Joseph Watson's article at infowars.com:

    The Saudi "person of interest" suspected of being involved in the Boston Marathon bombings is being deported from the United States next week on "national security grounds," according to a terrorism expert, who notes that the move is "very unusual," especially given an unscheduled meeting yesterday between President Obama and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal.

    The attempt to cover up a possible Saudi connection to the Boston attack could explain why authorities are scrambling to get their official narrative straight after photos emerged yesterday on the Internet showing numerous suspects carrying large backpacks, some of them middle eastern in appearance and two of the individuals having been almost certainly identified as employees of private military/security firm Craft International.

    According to terrorism expert Steve Emerson, 20-year-old Abdul Rahman Ali Alharbi, the Saudi national first suspected of being involved in Monday's twin bomb attack, is being hastily deported. Alharbi was put under armed guard in hospital after the bombing, was visited by Saudi diplomat Azzam bin Abdel Karim, and later had his apartment raided by federal and state law enforcement agents.

    "I just learned from my own sources that he is now going to be deported on national security grounds next Tuesday, which is very unusual," Emerson told Fox News last night.

    The news follows an unscheduled meeting between President Obama and Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal at the White House yesterday afternoon. "The meeting was not on Obama's public schedule," reports Reuters.

    An unscheduled meeting between President Obama and a Saudi Prince?  A person of interest in the bombings, who happens to be a Saudi national, suddenly being deported on national security grounds?

    If this is true - and, let's remember, that is a big if - it leads to conclusions that I don't even want to think about; conclusions I'm sure you don't need me to to come up with.

    For the moment, I'll leave it at a fervent hope that Steve Emerson is wrong....accompanied by a nagging suspicion he is not.

    Stay tuned.


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