Friday, 31 May 2013

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Do you have any sense that Attorney General eric holder would be able to part the Red Sea?

No?  Then you have a beef with MSNBC analyst Michael Eric Dyson. 

If what you just read seems a little weird....well, maybe a lot weird.....I suggest you read the first part of Dyson's comment about eric holder, from yesterday's Martin Bashir show:

"I think the attorney general should step down too - off of that plateau where he resides in high principle and whip some head. But he shouldn't give up his office. What he should understand is he's the chief law giver of the United States of America so to speak. He's the Moses of our time, and at least for this administration."

eric holder?  High principle?  The Moses of our time?

That wins Quote Of The Day, hands (and IQ) down. 

And, in case you are interested in the rest of Dyson's comment...:

"So, yes, some people want to put him outside of the ark of the legal community. That's just ridiculous. He is the bully, he is in one sense the whipping boy for so much of the frustration of the right-wing. As Joy Reid has brilliantly indicated, their inability to reconcile themselves to the fact they lost the election means that they will be perennially pursuing a person like an Eric Holder. In sense, they perceive him to be the most vulnerable. They attack him. But I think what he has to do is continue to hold fast. I think the president has given strong indication that he will support Mr. Holder, and, therefore, together they should go forward.

"And here's the real problem. The real problem is it's not against the law to leak classified information. That's what we need to get into our sights here. That what we need to do is shore up the law. Not figure out how to scandalize the name of Eric Holder or President Obama. Let's deal with the undergirding legal principles that are not present, and as a result of that figure out a way to get beyond this morass. Otherwise we're going to repeat this in the next administration and the administration after that as well."

That part is not included for Quote Of The Day, because it is such gibberish that I don't know whether to laugh out loud, suggest that Dyson seek out a competent doctor, or maybe both.


SEQUESTER WATCH

Ken Berwitz

Today is May 31st.  The completion of a full quarter-year of sequestration. 

And, despite the major efforts to "prove" the sequester will do enormous damage to the country - things seems to be about the same for most people - and most of us know it.

Even with a strategy of intentionally shutting down high-visibility areas which, the administration hoped, would anger and/or scare people into demanding the sequester end,  - such as ending White House tours and furloughing a ton of TSA people, to make air travel much more burdensome - the public wasn't buying.  (NOTE:  after a public outcry, money was somehow found to reinstate most of the TSA personnel - funny how easy that was to accomplish when it became obvious that the furloughs were politically damaging).

This is a big problem for the Obama administration, because... 

-.....it shows Obama & Co. were either grossly mistaken or blatantly lying to us about what would happen if the sequester went into effect (take your pick and let me know which one is the good choice), and....

-.....if people realize that the country runs just fine on less money than was in the original budget, maybe they will conclude that it runs just fine on even less than that.  And the last thing an administration committed to spending more, more and more wants, is a public which perceives it is perfectly fine to spend less, less and less.

So, faced with this reality, what is the new strategy? 

Wellllll, it seems to be the same as the old strategy.  Continue to shut things down -things that, by themselves, cannot possibly have a serious effect on the budget, but will anger the public - such as a relatively inexpensive July 4th event - and hope, this time, the people will rise to demand that sequester money be put back into the budget, so Mr. Obama has that much more freedom to continue running up our deficit.

Here is the beginning of Steve Peacock's article at wnd.com, detailing where our tax money is and is not being spent. (Who did you think would be reporting on this?  Obama's accomplice media among the major networks and major newspapers?).  Read it, then use the link I've provided to read the rest, and I'm betting you will be as outraged as I am:

Independence Day celebrations such as the annual public fireworks display at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey have been canceled due to sequestration-related cuts.

But somehow the federal government has found millions of dollars to buy yarn for prisoners.

The renowned Blue Angels of the U.S. Navy likewise must cancel shows throughout 2013 due to sequestration, the automatic budget cuts designed by President Obama. Critics have charged that the president is ordering budget cuts in the way that most dramatically hurts the public, such as closing the White House to public tours.

Surviving the budget ax, however, are U.S. penitentiary landscape-design classes, technical assistance to "increase climate resilience" in Mozambique and a planned survey of Indonesian mobile phone users, according to procurement documents WND located in routine database research.

The Department of Homeland Security's seven-year, $22 billion information technology project, known as Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions II, or EAGLE II, also is proceeding unimpeded.

DHS recently awarded 15 additional contracts, largely to Beltway-area vendors. The companies stand to gain an unspecified level of contracts to provide a vaguely defined "full range of business and technical management services in support of DHS offices or programs."

Adding to Mr. Peacock's points:  Has sequestration caused President Obama to curtail his golf outings?  The celebrity entertainment events he and his wife regularly arrange, during which they proudly sit front and center for the cameras? 

Is it not crystal-clear that the Obama administration, much as it orchestrated who would and would not be targeted for IRS inquisitions, is also orchestrating where federal money will and will not be spent, in an effort to push forward its agenda - no matter who and what gets trampled in the process?

And since Mr. Obama's Accomplice Media will not report these outrages, I urge everyone who reads this to tell as many of their friends as possible. 

The more people know about the sequestration scam being perpetrated by this sorry administration, the more they will know to do something about it next election day.

Zeke .... .... Mr. Obama still needs the taxpayers to pay for the wine he serves at White House Bashes. .... .... But, instead of $200 a bottle, maybe serve the "5 liters in a cardboard box" vintage. .... .... Tastes horrid, but that's sequestration. .... ..... ..... And, it's not Barry's money, it's the taxpayers'. .... .... (05/31/13)

Zeke .... .... (cont'd) ..... .... In fact, those White House dinners have a printed menu, detailing each course and each wine. ..... .... How about the Vigilant Media publishing these Taxpayer Funded extravagances -- along with the costs involved. . . . . . (05/31/13)


WHORING FOR HOLDER

Ken Berwitz

Here are the first three paragraphs from the Washington Post account of eric holder's "meeting" with the press yesterday - a meeting many major news venues refused to attend, because holder would only talk to them if it was off the record.

Please pay particular attention to the part I have put in bold print:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. pledged Thursday to take concrete steps to address concerns that the Justice Department has overreached in its leak investigations and said officials would seek procedural and possibly legislative changes to protect journalists' First Amendment rights.

Holder's commitment came at a private meeting with news executives after criticism that the Justice Department had infringed on the news media in several high-profile leak investigations. Participants said he told them officials would revise guidelines for issuing subpoenas to obtain reporters' phone records.

The 90-minute meeting was attended by a small group of journalists after several news organizations objected to the Justice Department's insistence that it be held off the record. The participants, however, reached an agreement with the Justice Department under which they could describe what occurred during the meeting in general terms. The Justice Department is expected to meet with other news organizations and media lawyers in coming days.

Unbelievable but true.  There it is, acknowledged by the Washington Post itself.  They are telling the world that, instead of the Attorney General of the United States disallowing them to report what happened at the meeting, he has graciously agreed to allow them to report exactly what he agrees it should report and nothing else.  

Translation:  The Washington Post has agreed to allow Attorney General eric holder to censor what they report about him.

Am I missing something here, or is this is tantamount to the Post saying "Ok, it's official.  You own us.  Tell us what we can and can't report about your activities and we'll dutifully acquiesce to your dictates"

How is this different from the way Pravda reported about Stalin?  or how the North Korean "press" reports about kim jung-un?

Why is the Washington Post whoring for eric holder? 


WHORING FOR HOLDER

Ken Berwitz

Here are the first three paragraphs from the Washington Post account of eric holder's "meeting" with the press yesterday - a meeting many major news venues refused to attend, because holder would only talk to them if it was off the record.

Please pay particular attention to the part I have put in bold print:

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. pledged Thursday to take concrete steps to address concerns that the Justice Department has overreached in its leak investigations and said officials would seek procedural and possibly legislative changes to protect journalists' First Amendment rights.

Holder's commitment came at a private meeting with news executives after criticism that the Justice Department had infringed on the news media in several high-profile leak investigations. Participants said he told them officials would revise guidelines for issuing subpoenas to obtain reporters' phone records.

The 90-minute meeting was attended by a small group of journalists after several news organizations objected to the Justice Department's insistence that it be held off the record. The participants, however, reached an agreement with the Justice Department under which they could describe what occurred during the meeting in general terms. The Justice Department is expected to meet with other news organizations and media lawyers in coming days.

Unbelievable but true.  There it is, acknowledged by the Washington Post itself.  They are telling the world that, instead of the Attorney General of the United States disallowing them to report what happened at the meeting, he has graciously agreed to allow them to report exactly what he agrees it should report and nothing else.  

Translation:  The Washington Post has agreed to allow Attorney General eric holder to censor what they report about him.

Am I missing something here, or is this is tantamount to the Post saying "Ok, it's official.  You own us.  Tell us what we can and can't report about your activities and we'll dutifully acquiesce to your dictates"

How is this different from the way Pravda reported about Stalin?  or how the North Korean "press" reports about kim jung-un?

Why is the Washington Post whoring for eric holder? 


WIFE-BEATING ETIQUETTE

Ken Berwitz

This is for anyone interested in the proper wife-beating etiquette....and for anyone who still thinks that Barack Obama did Egyptian society any good of any kind by facilitating the removal of Hosni Mubarak. 

Please click here to see a 3:32 video from the invaluable Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI.org),  of Sa'd Arafat, an Egyptian cleric, speaking on Egypt's Al-Rahma TV in February, and explaining to the show host the proper ways to beat a wife.

Want to see a few of his tips? Ok, here's a sampling for you:

"Allah honored women by (instituting) the punishment of beatings."

"The Prophet Muhammad said 'Do not beat her in the face and do not make her ugly'.  See how she is honored?  If the husband beats his wife he must not beat her in the face."

"He must not break her bones, injure her, break her teeth or poke her in the eye.  There is a beating etiquette.  If he beats to discipline her he must not raise his hand high.  He must beat her from chest level.  All these things honor the woman."

"With what should he beat her?  With his bare hand?  With a rod?"  "He can use a short rod"

To the husbands reading this blog, I urge you to take my advice:  do not beat your wife and then tell her that this is because you honor her.....unless you sleep with one eye open and have neither knives nor Krazy Glue in the house.

Now, a question:  When was the last time one of the so-called "women's groups", like NOW, for example, but the others as well, has put out a statement denouncing the Islamic precept of wife-beating?  Or marched in front of a few Mosques demanding that the clerics speak out against it to show they do not accept this practice?

You don't remember any?  How can that be.  Heck, they're women's groups, aren't they? 

What's that you say?  No money in it...and maybe a little fear of fundamentalist reprisals?  Oh, ok, that explains everything.


A DRIVE FROM HELL

Ken Berwitz

Yesterday, my wife and I had occasion to drive from central New Jersey to Queens,and then up to Westchester.

A few highlights:

-Massive delays on the Staten Island Expressway, due to a construction project that, from appearances, is scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2087.  My wife informed me, in her very special way, that she never wants to see the Staten Island Expressway again.  I would type her verbatim thoughts on the matter, but I'm afraid my fingers would catch fire.

-Then, once we finally got the the Verrazano Bridge to Brooklyn, a decision:  do we take the Belt Parkway or the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.  Our thought process:  if we took the Belt, not only would we be in for more construction, but we would also have to drive the always-impossible Van Wyck Expressway to get where we were going (near the intersection of the Grand Central Parkway and Long Island Expressway).  So we picked the BQE.

The result?  More major delays, extending from about Atlantic Avenue right through to the Kosciuszko bridge and its Long Island Expressway exit.  We will never know for sure whether that was a mistake, since, as impossibly crowded and stop-and-go as the BQE was, it is a good bet that the Belt/Van Wyck combination would have been just as bad and maybe even worse.  As an incidental aside, unless I am mistaken, they last paved the Kosciuszko when we lived in Queens, 40 years ago.  And there are so many deep gouges and ruts in what is left of the road surface that it is almost impossible to avoid them.  This must put tire and wheel alignment shops all over NYC in continual state of ecstasy).

-Then slow-moving traffic on the LIE all the way to where we were going.

Not surprisingly, due to all the extra time we were stuck in traffic, the whole day's schedule was screwed up.  So we had to abbreviate the familial visits we made in Queens, hop in the car and head up to the Westchester location.  So back on the LIE, to the Van Wyck North. 

-Finally, a pleasant surprise:  The Van Wyck segment we had to drive on (as opposed to the segment from the Belt to, say, Union Turnpike), was relatively uncrowded for part of the ride.  But then?  Kaboom.  Stop and go again, on the rest of the Van Wyck, then the Hutchinson River Parkway, then the Bronx River Parkway, all the way to where we were going.

Keep in mind, this should not have been an especially heavy travel time:  i.e. between the moring and evening rush hours on a weekday.

God help anyone who has to ride these roads every day.

Ken Berwitz zeke - y'mean you didn't know that already? (05/31/13)

Zeke ..... ..... I was driving down to the Perth Amboy Marina yesterday. .... .... The Garden State Parkway was simply not moving - - - Serious accident at 135. .... ... Traffic was stopped for the medevac copter to land. - - - - Called the rest of the crew and told them to sail off without me. .... ..... Radio reported a 10 mile backup. .... .... Conclusion: Global Warming causes traffic jams . . . . (05/31/13)


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Do you have any sense that Attorney General eric holder would be able to part the Red Sea?

No?  Then you have a beef with MSNBC analyst Michael Eric Dyson. 

If what you just read seems a little weird....well, maybe a lot weird.....I suggest you read the first part of Dyson's comment about eric holder, from yesterday's Martin Bashir show:

"I think the attorney general should step down too - off of that plateau where he resides in high principle and whip some head. But he shouldn't give up his office. What he should understand is he's the chief law giver of the United States of America so to speak. He's the Moses of our time, and at least for this administration."

eric holder?  High principle?  The Moses of our time?

That wins Quote Of The Day, hands (and IQ) down. 

And, in case you are interested in the rest of Dyson's comment...:

"So, yes, some people want to put him outside of the ark of the legal community. That's just ridiculous. He is the bully, he is in one sense the whipping boy for so much of the frustration of the right-wing. As Joy Reid has brilliantly indicated, their inability to reconcile themselves to the fact they lost the election means that they will be perennially pursuing a person like an Eric Holder. In sense, they perceive him to be the most vulnerable. They attack him. But I think what he has to do is continue to hold fast. I think the president has given strong indication that he will support Mr. Holder, and, therefore, together they should go forward.

"And here's the real problem. The real problem is it's not against the law to leak classified information. That's what we need to get into our sights here. That what we need to do is shore up the law. Not figure out how to scandalize the name of Eric Holder or President Obama. Let's deal with the undergirding legal principles that are not present, and as a result of that figure out a way to get beyond this morass. Otherwise we're going to repeat this in the next administration and the administration after that as well."

That part is not included for Quote Of The Day, because it is such gibberish that I don't know whether to laugh out loud, suggest that Dyson seek out a competent doctor, or maybe both.


SEQUESTER WATCH

Ken Berwitz

Today is May 31st.  The completion of a full quarter-year of sequestration. 

And, despite the major efforts to "prove" the sequester will do enormous damage to the country - things seems to be about the same for most people - and most of us know it.

Even with a strategy of intentionally shutting down high-visibility areas which, the administration hoped, would anger and/or scare people into demanding the sequester end,  - such as ending White House tours and furloughing a ton of TSA people, to make air travel much more burdensome - the public wasn't buying.  (NOTE:  after a public outcry, money was somehow found to reinstate most of the TSA personnel - funny how easy that was to accomplish when it became obvious that the furloughs were politically damaging).

This is a big problem for the Obama administration, because... 

-.....it shows Obama & Co. were either grossly mistaken or blatantly lying to us about what would happen if the sequester went into effect (take your pick and let me know which one is the good choice), and....

-.....if people realize that the country runs just fine on less money than was in the original budget, maybe they will conclude that it runs just fine on even less than that.  And the last thing an administration committed to spending more, more and more wants, is a public which perceives it is perfectly fine to spend less, less and less.

So, faced with this reality, what is the new strategy? 

Wellllll, it seems to be the same as the old strategy.  Continue to shut things down -things that, by themselves, cannot possibly have a serious effect on the budget, but will anger the public - such as a relatively inexpensive July 4th event - and hope, this time, the people will rise to demand that sequester money be put back into the budget, so Mr. Obama has that much more freedom to continue running up our deficit.

Here is the beginning of Steve Peacock's article at wnd.com, detailing where our tax money is and is not being spent. (Who did you think would be reporting on this?  Obama's accomplice media among the major networks and major newspapers?).  Read it, then use the link I've provided to read the rest, and I'm betting you will be as outraged as I am:

Independence Day celebrations such as the annual public fireworks display at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey have been canceled due to sequestration-related cuts.

But somehow the federal government has found millions of dollars to buy yarn for prisoners.

The renowned Blue Angels of the U.S. Navy likewise must cancel shows throughout 2013 due to sequestration, the automatic budget cuts designed by President Obama. Critics have charged that the president is ordering budget cuts in the way that most dramatically hurts the public, such as closing the White House to public tours.

Surviving the budget ax, however, are U.S. penitentiary landscape-design classes, technical assistance to "increase climate resilience" in Mozambique and a planned survey of Indonesian mobile phone users, according to procurement documents WND located in routine database research.

The Department of Homeland Security's seven-year, $22 billion information technology project, known as Enterprise Acquisition Gateway for Leading Edge Solutions II, or EAGLE II, also is proceeding unimpeded.

DHS recently awarded 15 additional contracts, largely to Beltway-area vendors. The companies stand to gain an unspecified level of contracts to provide a vaguely defined "full range of business and technical management services in support of DHS offices or programs."

Adding to Mr. Peacock's points:  Has sequestration caused President Obama to curtail his golf outings?  The celebrity entertainment events he and his wife regularly arrange, during which they proudly sit front and center for the cameras? 

Is it not crystal-clear that the Obama administration, much as it orchestrated who would and would not be targeted for IRS inquisitions, is also orchestrating where federal money will and will not be spent, in an effort to push forward its agenda - no matter who and what gets trampled in the process?

And since Mr. Obama's Accomplice Media will not report these outrages, I urge everyone who reads this to tell as many of their friends as possible. 

The more people know about the sequestration scam being perpetrated by this sorry administration, the more they will know to do something about it next election day.

Zeke .... .... Mr. Obama still needs the taxpayers to pay for the wine he serves at White House Bashes. .... .... But, instead of $200 a bottle, maybe serve the "5 liters in a cardboard box" vintage. .... .... Tastes horrid, but that's sequestration. .... ..... ..... And, it's not Barry's money, it's the taxpayers'. .... .... (05/31/13)

Zeke .... .... (cont'd) ..... .... In fact, those White House dinners have a printed menu, detailing each course and each wine. ..... .... How about the Vigilant Media publishing these Taxpayer Funded extravagances -- along with the costs involved. . . . . . (05/31/13)


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