Sunday, 09 June 2013

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from Professor Henry Graff, who taught American History and Diplomatic History at Columbia University for almost a half century.

Professor Graff was contacted by Wayne Root, who, as he notes in his latest piece (use the link and read it all), has questionned whether Barack Obama ever attended Columbia - and, if he did, whether it was as a foreign student, which mans he would not be constitutionally eligible for the presidency).  Root points out that he cannot find any Columbia student who attended during those years - himself included - who remembers ever seeing Mr. Obama.  The fact that Mr. Obama has steadfastly refused to release his Columbia records (or, for that matter, any other college records) makes things that much more mysterious, and that much more suspicious).

Here is what Professor Graff had to say about Barack Obama and his supposed tenure at Columbia:

"I taught at Columbia for 46 years. I taught every significant American politician that ever studied at Columbia. I know them all. I' proud of them all. Between American History and Diplomatic History, one way or another, they all had to come through my classes. Not Obama. I never had a student with that name in any of my classes. I never met him, never saw him, never heard of him.

"I'm very upset by the whole story. I am angry when I hear Obama called 'the first President of the United States from Columbia University.'I don't consider him a Columbia student. I have no idea what he did on the Columbia campus. No one knows him."

Does this prove that Barack Obama did not attend Columbia University?  That he was registered, but barely showed up - possibly because he was only there as a trophy student for the school, and therefore knew he didn't have to show up for classes; he would be passed through regardless?  I don't know.

But I do know that that is one helluva quote - one which should give the people who dismiss, out of hand, anyone who questions Mr. Obama's background as a right wing kook, an idiot, or both, a reason to think a little more on the subject.  Maybe a lot more.

Thank you Mr. Root for speaking to Professor Graff.  And than you, Professor Graff, for our Quote Of The Day.


DOES GABRIEL GOMEZ HAVE A CHANCE?

Ken Berwitz

On paper, there is little likelihood that Gabriel Gomez, a former Navy SEAL, then Harvard MBA, then private equity investor, now Republican candidate for the US Senate seat vacated by Secretary of State John Kerry, can beat his opponent, long-time left wing Representative Edward Markey.

But, then again, those same words could have been written about Scott Brown when he ran against Martha Coakley in 2010.  How'd that turn out? 

Gomez, who positions himself as a liberal Republican in the mold of, say, Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, appears to be gaining ground on Markey as they head toward the June 25th special election.  In fact, one poll - a Republican polling organization, let's keep in mind - has him pulling to within 1%, with 44% to Markey's 45%.

Markey certainly has greater name recognition - he ought to, since he's been in congress since 1893 (well, actually 1976, but that's a long time too) - and, in Massachusetts party registration,  Democrats have a near-overwhelming advantage.

But Gomez is younger (47), dynamic, has a set of positions Massachusetts liberals will not dismiss out of hand (including his pro-life stance in this very Catholic state), and - here's a really important wild card - the Obama administration, which Markey has staunchly defended, is in the throes of one major scandal after another. 

Will negative feeling towards the Obama Democrat Party be the tipping point that does Markey in and sends Gomez over the finish line?  Democrats certainly are concerned about the prospect, as can be seen in the first two paragraphs of  Steve Peoples' article at huffingtonpost.com:

Fearful of another surprise Republican victory, Democrats are pouring money into the Massachusetts Senate race to succeed John Kerry and dispatching President Barack Obama to the state to rally party loyalists two weeks before Election Day.

Republicans are watching closely to see if the contest tightens enough to justify spending big on TV ads to try to repeat the shocker of 2010 when the GOP unexpectedly seized a seat long in Democratic hands.

The article goes on to suggest that both parties are going to pour a ton of money into advertising during these final two weeks of the campaign.  Neither would do so if it thought the result was not in play.

Personally, I doubt that Mr. Gomez can pull off a victory.  But it is not at all out of the realm of possibility:  I would be surprised, but not shocked, if he did.

June 25th could be a very interesting night. 

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UPDATE: I just watched part of the June 5th debate between Mr. Markey and Mr. Gomez on C-SPAN.

Markey comes across as a privileged patrician (I can't help wondering how much that gorgeous hair styling cost), and like an old, tired guy who is trying too hard to display a dynamism he either lost years ago or never had.

Gomez comes across as an inexperienced newcomer, talking too fast and swallowing a lot of his words, but young enough for Markey to be his father (which, with Gomez a young-looking 47 and Markey is an old-looking 66, makes a lot of sense).

In the segment I watched, Gomez made a major gaffe, when he accidentally commented that, in Syria, we should align with the right terrorist group - which he quickly corrected to the right rebel group.  Markey was gentlemanly enough to let that slide...though I wouldn't be surprised if it shows up on his advertising between now and the June 25th election.

By contrast, however, it was no accident when Markey blatantly plagiarized Benjamin Netanyahu's observation that (paraphrased) if Israel's enemies lay down their weapons there will be no war, but if Israel lays down its weapons there will be no Israel.  Gomez did not nail Markey for it - quite possibly because he was unaware of the fact that it was not an original statement.  But I would not at all be surprised if, like Markey with the "terrorist group" gaffe, Gomez's people advise voters of Markey's plagiarism of the Netanyahu comment during these last two weeks of the campaign. 


BARACK OBAMA: LIES ON TOP OF LIES

Ken Berwitz

It's the Chicago way.  When you're caught in a lie, lie again.  And continue until the other side gives up or, like Rod Blagojevich, you wind up in jail.

Barack Obama is not going to jail.  But the lies on top of lies approach is in full swing.

Excerpted from Reid J. Epstein's article at politico.com (the bold print is mine):

President Barack Obama's chief defense of his administration's wide-ranging data-gathering programs Friday: Congress authorized them, with "every member" well aware of the details.

Not so, say many members of Congress - Democrats and Republicans alike.

Typically, members of Congress "don't receive this kind of briefing," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told POLITICO Friday. They wouldn't have known about the programs unless they were on an intelligence committee, attended special sessions last held in 2011 or specifically asked to be briefed - something they would only know to do if they were clued in by an colleague who was already aware.

Durbin said he learned about the two programs himself only after requesting a briefing under "classified circumstances" after being urged to do so by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Congressional leadership and intelligence committees had access to information about the programs, he said - but the "average member" of Congress likely wouldn't have been aware of the breadth of the telephone and Internet surveillance.

There's no public record of who has attended any of these sessions - and even the Obama administration couldn't confirm the president's claim that "every member of Congress" had been briefed.

Listening to Barack Obama and his henchmen - the disgraceful toady and Obama sock-puppet eric holder very much among them - it is hard not to conclude that they are so used to their usually-reliable Accomplice Media, along with the organized left (some would call that a redundancy) either backing them up or just looking the other way, that they have great difficulty coping with the serious scrutiny that finally, at long last, is occurring. 

Me?  I'm just doing a little amateur speculating on why Mr. Obama and his people keep lying as fewer and fewer people believe a word they're saying.  Hey, my wife was the psych major, not me. 

But as for the lying itself, there is no speculation at all.  I know when someone blatantly lies to my face - which is what Obama & Co. have done continually since taking office.

And now, I suspect, a large number of people who either didn't realize what liars they are, or did know but kept looking the other way, now are being forced to concede what is in front of their eyes.

When even an ally like Dick Durbin, once Mr. Obama's fellow Democrat Senator from Illinois, don't have the stomach to back up the lies, what does it mean? 

We'll soon find out.

MSM Look Ken, only R's lie. D's misspeak. Got it? And You can trust us we always print the truth. (06/09/13)


BARACK OBAMA: LIES ON TOP OF LIES

Ken Berwitz

It's the Chicago way.  When you're caught in a lie, lie again.  And continue until the other side gives up or, like Rod Blagojevich, you wind up in jail.

Barack Obama is not going to jail.  But the lies on top of lies approach is in full swing.

Excerpted from Reid J. Epstein's article at politico.com (the bold print is mine):

President Barack Obama's chief defense of his administration's wide-ranging data-gathering programs Friday: Congress authorized them, with "every member" well aware of the details.

Not so, say many members of Congress - Democrats and Republicans alike.

Typically, members of Congress "don't receive this kind of briefing," Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) told POLITICO Friday. They wouldn't have known about the programs unless they were on an intelligence committee, attended special sessions last held in 2011 or specifically asked to be briefed - something they would only know to do if they were clued in by an colleague who was already aware.

Durbin said he learned about the two programs himself only after requesting a briefing under "classified circumstances" after being urged to do so by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.).

Congressional leadership and intelligence committees had access to information about the programs, he said - but the "average member" of Congress likely wouldn't have been aware of the breadth of the telephone and Internet surveillance.

There's no public record of who has attended any of these sessions - and even the Obama administration couldn't confirm the president's claim that "every member of Congress" had been briefed.

Listening to Barack Obama and his henchmen - the disgraceful toady and Obama sock-puppet eric holder very much among them - it is hard not to conclude that they are so used to their usually-reliable Accomplice Media, along with the organized left (some would call that a redundancy) either backing them up or just looking the other way, that they have great difficulty coping with the serious scrutiny that finally, at long last, is occurring. 

Me?  I'm just doing a little amateur speculating on why Mr. Obama and his people keep lying as fewer and fewer people believe a word they're saying.  Hey, my wife was the psych major, not me. 

But as for the lying itself, there is no speculation at all.  I know when someone blatantly lies to my face - which is what Obama & Co. have done continually since taking office.

And now, I suspect, a large number of people who either didn't realize what liars they are, or did know but kept looking the other way, now are being forced to concede what is in front of their eyes.

When even an ally like Dick Durbin, once Mr. Obama's fellow Democrat Senator from Illinois, don't have the stomach to back up the lies, what does it mean? 

We'll soon find out.

MSM Look Ken, only R's lie. D's misspeak. Got it? And You can trust us we always print the truth. (06/09/13)


THE LAUGH OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Sometimes you just can't believe they have the cajones.....

According to an Associated Press article, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), highest-ranking Democrat of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a "conservative Republican" manager in the IRS's Cincinnati office - unnamed of course - has assured investigators the IRS's targeting of Tea Party, Patriot and other apparently conservative groups emanated entirely and exclusively from his office, and that there is no indication of Washington DC being involved at all.

We don't know his name.  We have no basis for believing he is a "conservative Republican".  But we are supposed to ignore the mountain of evidence, including testimony from one person after another whose names we do know, and buy into this claim...which, conveniently, exonerates Barack Obama and his administration.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Thanks, Mr. Cummings.  That is the laugh of the day, month, year and decade.


THE LAUGH OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Sometimes you just can't believe they have the cajones.....

According to an Associated Press article, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), highest-ranking Democrat of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a "conservative Republican" manager in the IRS's Cincinnati office - unnamed of course - has assured investigators the IRS's targeting of Tea Party, Patriot and other apparently conservative groups emanated entirely and exclusively from his office, and that there is no indication of Washington DC being involved at all.

We don't know his name.  We have no basis for believing he is a "conservative Republican".  But we are supposed to ignore the mountain of evidence, including testimony from one person after another whose names we do know, and buy into this claim...which, conveniently, exonerates Barack Obama and his administration.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Thanks, Mr. Cummings.  That is the laugh of the day, month, year and decade.


ANOTHER LAUGH OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

This caused me to spontaneously bust out laughing, so I can't resist posting it.

Here is Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), speaking about the administration's all-pervasive intrusion into our privacy:

"At this point the only way to prevent people from hearing your conversations is to have them on MSNBC"

I don't care whether you are a Republican, Democrat or Independent: if you aren't laughing at that, you have no sense of humor.

 

 


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