Thursday, 02 May 2013

TERRORISM AND RADICAL ISLAM

Ken Berwitz

This blog is a very fast, very decisive answer to the people who keep telling you that there is no real connection between radical Islam and terrorism.

Click here to see the FBI terrorist watch list, comprised of 31 "people" and read about why the FBI wants them so badly.

Or, you can look at the complete list below, which consists of:

-Daniel Andreas (An animal rights terrorist accused of bombing two corporate buildings....

....and.....

-joanne chesimard (aka assata shakur);

-abd al aziz awda;

-hasimullah mehsud,

-ibrahim salih mohammed al-yacoub;

-faouzi mohamad ayoub;

-omar shafik hammami;

-jehad serwan mostafa;

-adam yahiye gadahn

-abdul rahman yasin;

-ali atwa;

-jaber a. elbaneh;

-husayn muhammad al-umari;

-adnan g. el shukrijumah;

-muhammad ahmed al-munawar;

-jamel ahmed mohammed ali al-badawi;

-ayman al-zawahiri;

-ali saed bin ali el-hoorie;

-abdullah ahmed abdullah;

-isnilon totoni hapilon;

-ramadan abdullah mohammad shallah;

-hasan izz-al-din

-mohammed ali hamadei;

abdelkarim hussein mohamed al-nasser;

-ahmad ibrahim al-mughassil;

-saif al-adel;

-anas al-liby;

-wadoud muhammad hafiz al-turki;

-muhammad abdullah khalik hussain ar-rahayyhal;

-jamal saeed abdul rahim;

-zulkifli abdhir;

-raddulan sahiron.

Does that answer any questions about whether, when it comes to terrorism, there is a slight skew toward one particular group?

Remember, this does not - repeat not - mean that all Muslims are terrorists, or anywhere remotely near it.  There is no reason at all to believe that the vast majority of Muslims in the United States are anything but decent, upstanding people.

But it sure as hell does mean that the vast majority of terrorists are Muslims.  And no amount of politically correct BS will change that sad reality.

free' "There is no reason at all to believe that the majority of Muslims in the United States are anything but decent, upstanding people." --------- I wish I was as sure as you are. I believe the majority of Muslims in the United States support and/or agree with the jihadists. Lets all be thankful that the majority of Muslims in the USA aren't carrying out attacks. (05/02/13)


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Yep, today we get a double-dose of real racism.

This is an actual ad for a new children's show, placed on craigslist.com, by some genius of a casting agent for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company).  Please pay special attention to the next-to-last  sentence:

Nice.

Do you need me to tell  you that there quickly were complaints about this overtly racist ad? 

So, CBC's casting agent revised it by eliminating the no-Caucasian part --- but adding that the successful candidate "must be able to carry a tune" and that the "ability to dance or move well is a bonus".

Evidently the folks at CBC assume all races except Whites have the capability to carry a tune, and dance or move well.  Maybe, now that Wesley Snipes is out of jail, he and Woody Harrelson can do a sequel to their hit movie of years ago and call it "White Men Can't Jump.  Or Sing.  Or Dance"

Real racism. It comes in all forms, from all sources. No group is immune to it, or from it. Certainly not a broadcasting company, generally known for being reliably liberal/left and politically correct, which seems to have no problem at all discriminating - providing it is against the acceptable racial group.


ISRAEL PEACE PARTNER UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

The Pew Research Center has just released its survey of public opinion in Muslim countries.  Following are several charts from that survey, as pulled from blog at powerlineblog.com:

Two findings jump out at me.  One is that - as has been said many times in this blog - there really are major differences in Muslim opinion from country to country.  Far from enough on the tolerance and peace side, I acknowledge, but major differences notwithstanding.  These data should (but, unfortunately, probably won't) cause those who hate all Muslims to think twice about their prejudice.

The other is that, with something of an exception in Lebanon, Israel truly is surrounded by countries/territories infested with fundamentalist fanatics.  Look at how strong a majority in Egypt, Jordan and "Palestine"* favors shari'a law, and executing people wo leave the Muslim faith. (Syria, understandably, was not surveyed this year).

These are the people Israel - a Jewish state - is supposed to make, and maintain peace with.

How?

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*By "Palestine", Pew means Judea and Samaria (also known as the west bank), and Gaza.  But that is a dishonest designation, since there is no state of Palestine, and the land area called Palestine includes Israel which is not part of this study).


THE YANKEES: DOING IT WITH MIRRORS

Ken Berwitz

Apropos of nothing political, but everything Yankee....

....Right handed relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain has just been placed on the 15 day disabled list.  He joins:

-Starting catcher Francisco Cervelli, who has a broken hand and was just placed on the 60 day disabled list;

-Starting first baseman Mark Teixeira, who has some kind of wrist damaged, has not played this year, and may be back some time in June;

-Starting shortstop Derek Jeter who has a second fracture on his foot and, if he plays at all this year, will do so after the all-star break;

-Starting third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who had hip surgery and may or may not play at all this season;

-Starting third baseman Kevin Youkilis, signed because of the A-Rod injury, who is on the disabled list with a back problem;

-Starting center fielder Curtis Granderson, who has a broken arm and may be back by the end of May;

-Starting pitcher Michael Pineda, who had Tommy John surgery and may not ever be backDerek Jeter who will be out most of the season;

-And there are probably one or two more, but with this many you start to lose track.

Given the amazing number of serious injuries to significant players, I figured the Yankees would be dead in the water this year.  But - wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles - they currently have a 17 - 10 record and if the season were to end today, would be in the playoffs.

Manager Joe Girardi must be doing it with mirrors.

Ok, enough baseball.  Back to politics, my other favorite sport.

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UPDATE:  It is Monday, May 6th.  None of the players mentioned above are back.  But the Yankees have also lost Dave Robertson, their 8th inning relief specialist, and Eduardo Nunez, their starting shortstop, who is playing instead of Derek Jeter.  I've been watching baseball for a lot of years, but I never saw a run of injuries like this one.

free` Ken, not sure if you saw this report or not. I would love to read your take on it. --- SHERIFF: 'We want people to call us if guy down street hates government'... ---- mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/bradshaw-gets-1-million-for-violence-prevention-un/nXbs4/ (05/02/13)


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Yep, today we get a double-dose of real racism.

This is an actual ad for a new children's show, placed on craigslist.com, by some genius of a casting agent for the CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Company).  Please pay special attention to the next-to-last  sentence:

Nice.

Do you need me to tell  you that there quickly were complaints about this overtly racist ad? 

So, CBC's casting agent revised it by eliminating the no-Caucasian part --- but adding that the successful candidate "must be able to carry a tune" and that the "ability to dance or move well is a bonus".

Evidently the folks at CBC assume all races except Whites have the capability to carry a tune, and dance or move well.  Maybe, now that Wesley Snipes is out of jail, he and Woody Harrelson can do a sequel to their hit movie of years ago and call it "White Men Can't Jump.  Or Sing.  Or Dance"

Real racism. It comes in all forms, from all sources. No group is immune to it, or from it. Certainly not a broadcasting company, generally known for being reliably liberal/left and politically correct, which seems to have no problem at all discriminating - providing it is against the acceptable racial group.


THE YANKEES: DOING IT WITH MIRRORS

Ken Berwitz

Apropos of nothing political, but everything Yankee....

....Right handed relief pitcher Joba Chamberlain has just been placed on the 15 day disabled list.  He joins:

-Starting catcher Francisco Cervelli, who has a broken hand and was just placed on the 60 day disabled list;

-Starting first baseman Mark Teixeira, who has some kind of wrist damaged, has not played this year, and may be back some time in June;

-Starting shortstop Derek Jeter who has a second fracture on his foot and, if he plays at all this year, will do so after the all-star break;

-Starting third baseman Alex Rodriguez, who had hip surgery and may or may not play at all this season;

-Starting third baseman Kevin Youkilis, signed because of the A-Rod injury, who is on the disabled list with a back problem;

-Starting center fielder Curtis Granderson, who has a broken arm and may be back by the end of May;

-Starting pitcher Michael Pineda, who had Tommy John surgery and may not ever be backDerek Jeter who will be out most of the season;

-And there are probably one or two more, but with this many you start to lose track.

Given the amazing number of serious injuries to significant players, I figured the Yankees would be dead in the water this year.  But - wonder of wonders, miracle of miracles - they currently have a 17 - 10 record and if the season were to end today, would be in the playoffs.

Manager Joe Girardi must be doing it with mirrors.

Ok, enough baseball.  Back to politics, my other favorite sport.

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UPDATE:  It is Monday, May 6th.  None of the players mentioned above are back.  But the Yankees have also lost Dave Robertson, their 8th inning relief specialist, and Eduardo Nunez, their starting shortstop, who is playing instead of Derek Jeter.  I've been watching baseball for a lot of years, but I never saw a run of injuries like this one.

free` Ken, not sure if you saw this report or not. I would love to read your take on it. --- SHERIFF: 'We want people to call us if guy down street hates government'... ---- mypalmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/bradshaw-gets-1-million-for-violence-prevention-un/nXbs4/ (05/02/13)


THE UN: CAN IT BE THIS IGNORANT? OR HATE ISRAEL THIS MUCH?

Ken Berwitz

Let me start with the answer to those two questions.  Yes, and yes.

What is the latest Israel-hating idiocy from the Useless, Neutered entity known as the United Nations?  Read the following excerpts from Alana Goodman's blog at freebeacon.com, and see for yourself:

The United Nations Development Programme sponsored a West Bank soccer tournament in April held in honor of a Palestinian terrorist who orchestrated one of the deadliest terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians in history, according to Palestinian media reports.

The annual Prince of Martyrs Khalil Al-Wazir Abu Jihad Football Tournament is named in honor of Fatah-founder Al-Wazir, who planned the 1978 Coastal Road massacre that killed 38 Israeli civilians, including 13 children. The tournament, held to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Al-Wazir's "martyrdom death," was reportedly organized by the Ansar Al-Quds Club and sponsored by the UNDP, according to Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.

The UNDP logo was prominently displayed on a banner emblazoned with a giant photo of Al-Wazir, pictures published by Palestinian news agency Maan show.

"The United Nations has been breathtakingly lax in condemning Palestinian incitement, which strikes at the heart of the peace process and the U.N.'s credibility," said Omri Ceren, a senior adviser at the Israel Project. "Now, apparently, some U.N. officials have moved from silence to active support. This is disgraceful, and it underscores the unhelpful role often played by the U.N. across the region."

Should we be surprised by this?  Certainly not if we take into account the UN's sordid, decades-long hate affair with Israel, during which it has been condemned more times than every other state in the entire world...combined.

Yep, Israel is certainly far more deserving of condemnation than, say, Zimbabwe, or North Korea, or Somalia, or Iran, or...well, you get the picture.

So why should the UN's overt support for a soccer tournament named after a mass murderer be any surprise to us at all? 

I mean, he murdered innocent Israeli civilians didn't he?  If that does not embody the spirit and image of the United Nations, what does?

BOB W The UN is a joke. it has served it's pupose in years past. It has no meaning and no bite. It is a waste of time and our mioney. I would be interested,if one of your readers can give me one valid reason that we simply should not pull out of the UN. it is full of old suits sleeping and farting and doing nothing more than that. (05/03/13)

free' The UN lost a lot of credibility when it allowed countries that have horrid human rights records to join. Now, it has lost all credibility, because the majority of member countries have horrid human rights records. It would be nice to kick out the UN and start a new organization that only allows free and democratic countries to be members. Then that organization can start freeing the people living under oppressive governments. If the free nations won't help the oppressed, who will? (05/02/13)


EXPLAINING THE OBAMACARE TRAIN WRECK

Ken Berwitz

Sometimes the fact that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has a big mouth, and little talent for artfully dancing around facts, is a good thing.  Why?  Because it can result in our hearing facts that a tighter-lipped or more artful politician would never let us in on.

Case in point:  Reid's comments, made on Rusty Humphries' syndicated radio show, about the monstrosity known as ObamaCare, which President Obama, Mr. Reid and their fellow Democrats have foisted on us. 

Here are a few excerpts from Alexander Bolton's article for thehill.com.  Read them and see for yourself:

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says he shares colleagues' concerns that the Affordable Care Act could become a "train wreck" if it's not implemented properly.

Reid warned that people will not be able to choose health insurance plans on government health exchanges if federal authorities lack the resources to set them up and educate the public.

The shortage of funding to implement the law has forced President Obama to shift funds from other parts of the law.

"The president is taking money, I wish we had the money just to do this on its own but he's agreed, he's determined he's going to take money from some of the other things that he feels are less important in the healthcare bill and put it on letting you and others know what's in the bill," Reid told a caller to the show.

Wow.

In other words:

-Majority Leader Harry Reid - along with Senator Max Baucus and other Democrats - is scared excrementless over the ObamaCare monstrosity, because even with the enormous expenditure it entails and the enormous bite it takes out of Medicare funding, there still won't be enough money for it to have any realistic chance of succeeding.

(Is it my faulty memory, or didn't Republicans warn that the ObamaCare cost estimates were wildly understated, and didn't Reid, Obama and their pals sneer out that this was a lie?  So who was really telling the truth and who was really lying?)

-And how does President Obama propose to get the money necessary for ObamaCare to have a chance?  Why "he's going to take money from some of the other things that he feels are less important...", that's how.

(Is it my faulty memory again, or isn't that exactly what Republicans said he could do after the sequester took hold, to continue the White House tours and to keep the airlines running smoothly?  And - only after the negative reaction voters had to furloughing airline workers, which could cost Democrats votes next year - isn't that exactly what he did do to magically unfurlough those workers, just as he could have done all along?)

I rarely find reasons to thank Harry Reid.  But this time my hat - if I ever decide to wear one - is off to him. He is finally telling the truth about something.

I hope every voter hears what Mr. Reid said, and commits it to memory - at least through November of next year. 

Come to think of it, by that time - i.e. after experiencing ObamaCare for over a year - they probably won't need to do so.

free` "The president is taking money, I wish we had the money just to do this on its own but he's agreed, he's determined he's going to take money from some of the other things that he feels are less important in the healthcare bill and put it on letting you and others know what's in the bill," Reid told a caller to the show. ----------------------------------------- So he is going to take money out of the obamacare funding to use it to try and brainwash us that all of this is good thing and we should like obamacare. Just don't look behind that curtain Dorthy. Run Toto Run!!! (05/02/13)


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

If you asked President Obama "How do you feel about racism", what do you suppose he would say?  I will assume we can agree that his response would be extremely negative. 

So why is Mr. Obama nominating a stone, cold racist to a high level appointment in his administration?

Excerpted from Patrick Howley's piece at dailycaller.com:

President Obama's pick to head the Federal Housing Finance Agency once said that a "majority of white voters" would never vote for a black candidate and that they should be excluded from "the democratic process."

Watt, the former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, has in the past accused white Americans of racism.

 "There would be a substantial majority of white voters who would say that under no circumstances would they vote for an African American candidate," Watt said Oct. 14, 2005 during a Washington hearing held by the National Commission on the Voting Rights Act.

The Voting Rights Act should be expanded to "adjust districts to take [racially motivated voting] into account," Watts said.

Such voters "need to be factored out of the equation," Watt said, because "I've got no use for them in the democratic process."

According to a contemporaneous report of the hearing published by the Cybercast News Service, Watt said that black voters - unlike whites - don't have "an absolute commitment" to voting for a candidate based on race.

How much more racist does it get than that? 

-Mel Watts, a member and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus - an overtly racist organization (what do you call a group that chooses members by the color of their skin?),

-generalizes about White voters

-tells us there should be some arbitrary means of eliminating White voters who, in his opinion, vote based on race,

-informs us that, in his view they should not be included in the democratic process sat all, and

-assures us that Black voters do not have a similarly "absolute commitment" to voting by race.

How many racial stereotypes and generalizations does it take to expose someone as a racist?  I'd say Mel Watts has gone just a tad beyond the minimum requirements - like maybe 100,000 miles beyond them.

It is hard to pick out which one of these comments is the single most racist.  But if I had to do so, I think it would be that White voters have an absolute commitment to voting based on race (i.e. for Whites and not for Blacks), but Black voters don't do that. 

Anyone with even the most cursory knowledge of voting patterns in Black areas when the choice is between Black and White candidates - including party primaries in which both candidates have virtually the same positions - knows better.  Illustratively, take a look at Black voting in the 2008 primaries between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton - wife of "the first Black President" - and see if you find an even split.   

Real racism. It comes in all forms, from all sources. No group is immune to it, or from it. Certainly not a stone cold racist who is in line to run a major federal agency -- or, sad to say, a President who ignores his overt racism and nominates him for that position anyway.


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