Friday, 24 May 2013


Ken Berwitz

Here is another interesting quote.  A very interesting one. 

It comes to us from Swedish journalist Ingrid Carqvist, editor-in-chief of Dispatch International, during the latest round of rioting by Muslim "youth" - this time in Stockholm - which, so far, has lasted five days:

"The problem is not from the Swedish government or from the Swedish people.  The last 20 years or so, we have seen so many immigrants coming to Sweden that really don't like Sweden. They do not want to integrate, they do not want to live in [Swedish] society: Working, paying taxes and so on.

"The people come here now because they know that Sweden will give them money for nothing. They don't have to work, they don't have to pay taxes - they can just stay here and get a lot of money. That is really a problem.

What does this say about Sweden's ultra-liberal immigration policies and what they have led to?  I'll leave that for you to figure out.

Incidentally, international media rarely refer to the rioters as being Muslim.  It just about always seems to be "youth" or "immigrants" instead. 

If it were Jews rioting, they would have called them Jews.  If it were members of a certain church rioting, they would have called them members of that church.  If it were people with red hats rioting, they would have noted the rioters wore red hats.

So why are they hiding who these particular rioters are?  I'll leave that for you to figure out as well.


Ken Berwitz

It seems that, in this administration, lying on behalf of President Obama is about as good a career move as you can make.

-First we have susan rice, who happily went on five different talk shows after the Benghazi massacre and lied about it being the result of a virtually anonymous video. 

For that effort Ms. Rice was offered the job of Secretary of State.  And when the outcry was so great that it couldn't be, the nomination was withdrawn - but now she is in line to be the President's next National Security Advisor.

-Next, there is lois lerner, who heads the Tax Exempt Division of the IRS.  She was one of the people directly involved in targeting groups critical of Obama who applied for tax-free status.  And then she told us that she didn't do a thing wrong, but was pleading the fifth, which is roughly the equivalent of saying you're not hungry and then eating an entire pizza pie. 

For this, instead of being fired and indicted, she has been put on "administrative leave", which means she will be paid full 100% salary for doing nothing.

-And now we have Victoria Nuland, the one who wrote all those different versions of the Benghazi talking points and insisted that all CIA warnings about threats to our Benghazi personnel, and all references to al qaeda in particular, be scrubbed from them - just in case voters might notice that President Obama's claim to have virtualy decimated al qaeda was a hot steamy load. 

For this, it has been announced that Nuland will be nominated by Mr. Obama as our next Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian affairs.

In the movie version of "Chicago", there is a very entertaining number sung by the wonderfully talented Queen Latifah.  Ms. Latifah plays "Mama" Morton, the prison matron, who expects "reciprocity".  Her first words after the song's intoduction are "Got a little motto, always sees me though, when you're good to Mama, Mama's good to you".

Just think of President Obama as President O-Mama.  Because, reciprocity-wise, that certainly seems to be the way he sees himself.


Ken Berwitz

lois lerner is head of the IRS's Tax Exempt Division.  She is the one who informed the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that she did nothing wrong and broke no law...then pled the fifth and would not answer any questions.

Has she been fired for this reprehensible behavior?  Reprimanded?  Suspended without pay? 

Are you kidding?  This is the Obama administration we're talking about.

As of yesterday, lois lerner is on "Administrative Leave" -- with full pay.

Where I come from, administrative leave with full pay is a paid vacation.  That is lois lerner's "punishment" for clamming up.

Clamming up on behalf of who?  Who do you think?

Oh, by the way, this morning's Today show announced that she was put on administrative leave...but did not mention it was with full pay - thus keeping viewers nice and ignorant. 

Today also noted this is the third person from the IRS who is now off the job, the implication being that strong remedial action has been taken.  But it did not mention that acting head of the IRS, steven miller, was finished next month anyway, a fact he himself emailed to his employees, and will not lose so much as one day on the job - thus keeping viewers nice and ignorant again. 

In other words, of the three - one (miller) got no punishment at all and another (lerner) has been rewarded.  I don't know about the third, but if he/she is very lucky, the "punishment" will be identical to that of the other two.

That is what passes for taking action in the Obama administration. 

And - lucky us - we're in for four more years of it.


Ken Berwitz

Not only is this quote, from Chrazy Chris Matthews, our Quote Of The Day winner, but I am fast-tracking it to Hall Of Fame status.

It seems that Matthews was enraged by Republican National Committee Chair Reince Preibus making an appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show.  Matthews, you see, was enraged because Priebus tweeted about the IRS scandal, saying "It's lawlessness and guerilla warfare and Obama is in the middle of it."

Those are unquestionably strong words, laced with political hyperbole (which we hear from both sides every day).  But nothing to get anyone's drawers in an uproar about - especially compared to the things his counterpart, DNC Chair, Dim Bulb Debbie Wasserman Schultz has said over the years - like, for example, here, and here, and here - none of which got a similar reaction from Matthews.

Matthews, however, found Mr. Priebus's tweet sufficient grounds to call him a featherweight, not serious, inconsequential enough for tweeting to be "a perfect means of communication for him", and to say he talked like a 13 year old.  All that, because Priebus called the IRS actions lawless (no problem there), guerilla warfare (hyperbole, but in a political sense that is exactly what was being done) and accusing President Obama of being in the middle of it (which is unproven, but since he is the head of the government and the actions taken were for his benefit, certainly within the realm of fair game).

You may have noticed that I still have not gotten to Matthews' Quote Of The Day.  Which, you might correctly surmise, means that it is even more ridiculous than what you've already seen.  That must be something really worth waiting for.

Well, the wait is over. 

After tossing out those insults about Reince Priebus, Matthews noted that Priebus repeated his attack on the Obama administration on MSNBC's Morning Joe" show.  His reaction? 

"I don't know why they put him on. I guess they're open to all people's points of view on that show.

I heard that and my jaw dropped.  Am I missing something, or is Matthews telling us that it is beyond him why Morning Joe would put more than one side of things on the show (which, by the way, is barely even true, because - like every other show on MSNBC - Morning Joe is overstacked with leftward opinion).

Expressing wonder, maybe even the wonder of a 13 year old, over the (gasp!) premise that an MSNBC show would present two sides of a story, is a one-way ticket to the Quote Of The Day hall of fame.  Not because it is anything we don't know, but because Matthews said it so openly.

So thanks Chris.  We like clear winners; they make things easy for us.  And with a comment like that, the Quote Of The Day is most definitely yours.


Ken Berwitz

Unfortunately, we have another example of real racism to talk about -- or, maybe in this case, we should be calling it imaginary racism.

The invocation of racism here is so idiotic that it staggers the imagination to think it happened - and has (at least at this moment) cost a public school teacher, who did absolutely nothing wrong, her job..

Here are the particulars, courtesy of excerpts from  Julia Marsh and Yoav Gonen's article in yesterday's New York Post:

A Bronx teacher says her language lesson was lost in translation when she was fired for calling a student "Negro" - though she claims she was simply using the Spanish word for the color "black" at the time, according to a new lawsuit.

The non-tenured junior high instructor, Petrona Smith, 65, was booted from the bilingual PS 211 in March 2012 after a seventh-grader reported the alleged insult.

Smith, who is black and a native of the West Indies, has been unemployed since her ouster.

"They haven't even accounted for how absurd it is for someone who's black to be using a racial slur to a student," said Shaun Reid, Smith's attorney. "Talk about context! There's a lot of things wrong here."

She denied calling the student a "Negro," and explained to investigators that she was teaching a lesson about how to say different colors in Spanish and said the word "negro," which is Spanish for the color black. She told her students that it was not a derogatory term and that the Spanish word for a black person was "moreno."

She added that she'd been verbally abused by her charges, including being called a "f---ing monkey," a "cockroach" and a "n---r," but had never stooped to their level.

A spokeswoman for the city Law Department said, "We have received the papers and will review them."  

Let me get this straight:  

-A Spanish teacher - one who, as a Black woman, has endured racial slurs from students (do students ever get suspended for that?) - is teaching her class how to say different colors. 

-The Spanish word for black is "negro", which she says along with the other colors. 

-One student (and wouldn't you love to know the quality of student he is) decides this is a racist term and was used against him personally.  He files a complaint.  No other student files a similar complaint - which, apparently, is not a tipoff to investigators that this just might have been a misunderstanding or that the student had a grudge against the teacher.

-On the basis of that single complaint, the teacher is fired.  And she has not found a job since (hardly surprising if she has a racism rap hanging over her).

Maybe there is a lot more to this story.  But I am not seeing it in the article.  And unless there is a lot more, this goes down as one of the most moronic firings in education history.

Using the same "logic",  a home economics teacher should be fired for mentioning shitake mushrooms, a botany teacher should be fired for mentioning prickly pears., etc, etc, etc.  Hey, the words are perfectly fine, but the sound inappropriate, don't they?

I hope Ms. Smith is rehired - with a clean slate and all her back pay.  I also hope whomever decided to boot her out for daring to teach Spanish in a Spanish class, is then hauled in front of an investigative panel  - this time, one with at least an iota of common sense - to explain why.

Real racism.  It comes in all forms, from all sources.  No group is immune to it, or from it.  Not even a school system perfectly happy to fire a teacher because she taught the Spanish word for black - as if this had anything to do with racism at all.


Ken Berwitz

Y'know the show "Chicago", where Roxie Hart becomes the most notorious woman in town, replacing Velma Kelly - who hates her for it.  And then a different woman replaces Roxie.  And the show ends with the two has-beens, Roxie and Velma teaming up?

I have a great idea for updating the show. 

They can change the name to "Los Angeles/New York", and it would co-star Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes.

If you supply the $$$ I'll write the screenplay.


Ken Berwitz

Did you know that - twice - Senators Al Franken (D-MI) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote the IRS demanding that they do exactly what the IRS now stands accused of - singling out conservative groups as targets? 

Did you know that when Jason Mattera tried to ask them about it both first tried to duck his questions and then both lied by denying they did what they did?

Click here to see the video tape, which comes to us from John Hinderaker at  It is less than three minutes long, but provides a year's worth of truth that you will never get from these two lying liars.



Ken Berwitz

This one, even a serial liar and fraud like eric holder can't wriggle out of.

Here are the first four paragraphs of NBC investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff's highly informative, well-worth-reading article  which I found on the NBC web site: 

Attorney General Eric Holder signed off on a controversial search warrant that identified Fox News reporter James Rosen as a "possible co-conspirator" in violations of the Espionage Act and authorized seizure of his private emails, a law enforcement official told NBC News on Thursday.

The disclosure of the attorney general's role came as President Barack Obama, in a major speech on his counterterrorism policy, said Holder had agreed to review Justice Department guidelines governing investigations that involve journalists.

"I am troubled by the possibility that leak investigations may chill the investigative journalism that holds government accountable," Obama said. "Journalists should not be at legal risk for doing their jobs."

Rosen, who has not been charged in the case, was nonetheless the target of a search warrant that enabled Justice Department investigators to secretly seize his private emails after an FBI agent said he had "asked, solicited and encouraged ... (a source) to disclose sensitive United States internal documents and intelligence information." 

No room here for holder's version of rope-a-dope - which usually assumes that you're a dope, because that is what you would have to be to believe him.

No chance for "I didn't know" or "I wasn't there", or "Nobody told me", or "My staff might have known but it didn't go up to me" or "I didn't read those particular emails", or "I was trout fishing in Oregon" or "I just came back from a space shuttle mission", or whatever other BS he has been so willing to toss out to us.  And no chance for a usually-compliant media to back him up on his BS.

The last time I checked, this is still the USA, not the USSR.  If eric holder signed off on going after a reporter - and his family as well, let's not forget - for daring to work at a news venue often critical of Barack Obama, he should be fired on the spot. 

And if other news-gathering venues do not demand this firing, they are not just the Obama administration's Accomplice Media, they are not just unprofessional, even journalistically malfeasant, they are suicidal. 

What goes around comes around.  If most mainstream media are ok with James Rosen and Fox - and the Associated Press and who knows how many others -  being intimidated this way, it is only a matter of time before they will get the same treatment.  And when it happens, I do not want to hear them whining about it.

Oh, one other thing.  Unless I missed a passing one or two sentence reference to it, NBC's Today Show this morning did not so much as mention this huge scandal:  a scandal that has been broken by NBC'S OWN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER.

Could NBC possibly be deeper in the tank for Obama & Co.?  If so, tell me how, because I don't have a clue.

Zeke .... ..... Mr. Holder knew nothing about that search warrant. .... ... It was his hand that signed it. .... ... His hand never informed his mouth or his brain. .... ..... And besides, what difference at this time does it make. .... ..... ... (05/24/13)

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