Saturday, 01 June 2013

CHICAGO'S STRICT GUN LAWS: UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

No city has stricter gun laws than Chicago.

But - as pointed out so many times in the past - gun laws are irrelevant to people who don't obey laws. 

With this in mind, please read the following excerpts from Jonathan P. Hicks' article for bet.com, and see more proof- proof that, lamentably, can be found almost every day in Chicago:

The level of gun violence in Chicago, which has caused shock waves nationally, is continuing with eight people having been shot in the nation's third largest city in a 24-hour period that ended Friday morning, including one that ended with the death of a 15-year-old boy.

Chicago's murder rate is widely considered to be fueled by the drug wars that are fought between the city's network of gangs. The homicide rate has been largely confined to the city's south and west areas, African-American bastions of Chicago.

And in 2012, the number of murders climbed, with homicides increasing by 16 percent over the previous year.

Now tell me:  what will the gun control advocates, and politicians looking for cheap applause lines, propose to stop this carnage?  New, stricter laws that make it harder for people to legally buy guns? 

How many legally bought guns do you figure were used in the shootings you just read about?

Will they, or anyone else, be proposing legislation to do something about the supersedingly violent lyrics in the music these kids listen to?  Or in the video games they play at home, in arcades, in movie theater lobbies, etc -- the ones that reduce killing to a game in which the "winner" is whoever kills the most people in the most gruesome ways?

And what about the gangs, which everyone knows about, and which seem to operate openly, but no one has any idea of how to address?  That is the toughest problem of all, no doubt about it.  But can we agree that more gun control laws aren't going to be what addresses it?

Yes, there should be strict gun control laws, so that we minimize guns legally being put into the wrong hands.

But, no, this has absolutely nothing to do with the gun violence you just read about.  They are TWO SEPARATE ISSUES.

The sooner we realize this - and realize that the politicians getting applause for proposing more and more gun control laws are not doing squat about gun violence in places like South Side and West Side Chicago - the closer we are to realistically dealing with this scourge.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

The great Obama hole card is being played again (and you can bet it won't be the last time). 

This time it is coming from a Louisiana State Senator named Karen Carter Peterson, who bestowed her wit and wisdom upon us after the Louisiana Senate Finance Committee kiboshed her bill which would have required the state to accept federal dollars from ObamaCare to expand Medicaid coverage for uninsured people. 

Personally, I do not know what the reason was for this bill-kill.  But Ms. Carpenter has no doubt at all.  Her quote?

"It's not about how many dollars we can receive, it's not about that.  You ready? It's about race. I know nobody wants to talk about that. It's about the race of this African American president."

Omigod.  Someone voted against an Obama initiative, therefore that someone must be a racist.  Right?  I mean that has to be true, doesn't it?  What else could it possibly be, especially given that, as the polls show, everyone just loves ObamaCare to death.

And don't you love the dramatic lead-in of "You ready?" - as if Senator Peterson were letting us in on a new, just-discovered truism no one has ever heard before.  Nice touch, also, adding the premise that race - which some people, Maybe Ms. Peterson, never stop talking about - is a subject no one wants to talk about.

I therefore award Sen. Peterson Quote Of The Day honors not because what she said has not been heard, but because - I am estimating here - it is roughly the 1,000,000th time it has been heard to "explain" anyone opposing anything at all which emanates from our lord and savior Barack Obama.

If the millionth customer at the local grocery store is given a $50 shopping spree and gets his/her picture taken with the store manager, it is the least I can do for Ms. Peterson.


BILL MAHER: ADD NAUSEA

Ken Berwitz

I don't write about bill maher any more.  I've pretty much chalked him up to someone willing to make a buck by saying the most idiotic left wing garbage he can think of, and getting wildly positive reactions from an audience that has the intelligence level to want to be at one of his tapings. 

But this one I have to make note of.

As you may know, former President George Bush has, for years, run a charity event called the "Bush Center Warrior 100K" in which Mr. Bush and about 20 wounded warriors mountain-bike on a 100K run.  It is supported by major military organizations and raises money for the men and women who have served us so bravely.

But to bill maher?  This is nothing more than another chance to hit the gutter.  Here is his idea of "humor" as it relates to this event:

"George Bush, over the Memorial Day weekend, held the Wounded Warrior 100K, which was a kind of a celebration for wounded warrior who is came back from Iraq and I guess they walked or ran or something on their prosthetic limbs. And I found this to be nauseating. I mean, first he sends them off to war to get their limbs blown off and then he has them over for a barbecue. This is like the Cleveland guy having a pizza party for those girls he had in his basement."

Am I outraged by this vomit?  No, I am not. Because, based on experience, it is what I expect from this pathetic little man, who makes millions of dollars from people who, just as pathetically, consider what he says to be entertaining.

But I did not want it to go unnoticed.  So there it is.  You decide how to react.


AN INTERESTING JUXTAPOSITION (OR IS IT NIXTAPOSITION?)

Ken Berwitz

Please click here, to watch a short (less than two minutes) video, put together by revealingpolitics.com but pulled from Steven Hayward's blog at powerlineblog.com, and see the comparison - and it is stunningly similar - that most of Barack Obama's Accomplice Media are desperately trying avoid showing you.

And don't forget the accompanying cartoon:

Wow.

Transparent administration?  Yep, about as transparent as a sheet of asbestos covered in paisley drapery, then doused with tar.


THE POLITICAL LAUGH OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

The political laugh of the day comes to us from a video at politico.com, featuring Patrick Gavin, who, at about the :25 mark, says this:

"We saw a new Quinnipiac poll out this week that shows a slight downtick in the President's approval rating"

Why am I laughing?  Because the "slight downtick" is that in the past month President Obama's approval rating has gone from +3 (48% approve - 45% disapprove) to -4% (45% - 49%).  That is a turnaround of -7% in one month. 

If this were George Bush, do you think that would be characterized as a "slight downtick"?

And, in case you think Quinnipiac was a fluke, Fox News's poll shows that in slightly less than a month, Mr. Obama's approval rating went from +2% (47% - 45%) to -6% (45% - 51%).  That is a turnaround of -8%

Yep, just a "slight downtick", as defined by one of Barack Obama's Accomplice Media. 

Now you know why I'm laughing.


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