Monday, 29 July 2013

BILL AND HILL AND ANTHONY AND HUMA

Ken Berwitz

It wasn't supposed to work out this way. 

Anthony Weiner was supposed to drop out of the New York Democrat mayoral primary in disgrace, and we were all supposed to laugh about what he did and promptly forget him.

But a funny thing happened during Mr. Weiner's journey to oblivion.  He took a rest stop.

I have little doubt that Weiner will, in the near future, drop out of this primary.  There appears to be no way for him to win anymore.  Not so much for his dissolute online sex life, but because he has gone past the point of no return with mainstream media. 

If there were no other hard left ideologue to support, they might have cut him more slack.  But they have acceptably hard left alternatives - several of them - so they don't need Weiner. 

This has liberated media to notice what an unlikable, arrogant, dishonest little twerp he is. And, if news coverage over the past few days is any indicator (which it is), they are happy to notice these, er, attributes relentlessly.  

Politically, Anthony Weiner is dead meat on his way to being charred remains.

But here's the rub (sorry if I aroused you, Anthony):  until Weiner bows out, we are being treated, daily, to the spectacle of a hugely flawed public figure, with a wife - Huma Abedin - humiliatingly "standing by her man". 

Why is she doing it?  Probably because if Weiner's career should by some miracle resurrect, he will owe everything to her.  This may be a clever political calculation, but it makes her look both pathetic and devious, neither of which is doing her image any good.

Does the above description remind you of another couple from this country's recent past? A couple of folks named Clinton, one of whom - her name is Hillary in case you don't recall - aspires to be President in 2016? 

How do you suppose Hillary Clinton feels about this story being played out every day on the news shows and in late night comedy monologues?  How do you think she feels about the inevitable comparisons it raises?

And to make things even worse, until Hillary Clinton quit as Secretary of State, Abedin was one of her closest aides...which makes it nearly impossible to separate her from the Huma saga.  And every day the saga continues is a disaster for her. 

If I were Hillary Clinton - and Bill, who, I am certain, would be deliriously happy to wind up back in the White House for another 4 or 8 years, probably orchestrating a Hillary presidency behind the scenes - I would do everything in my power to make Weiner and Huma disappear faster than a rabbit in a magic act.

But, as of now, they are still center stage.  

It will be more than a little fascinating to see how this plays out.  I suggest you do what I'm doing - grab a front row seat and watch the fun.  Trust me, you won't be bored.

Zeke .... .... .... Mr. Oscar Mayer started the mayoral race with a $4 million campaign chest. ..... ..... That is "use it or lose it" money - so it costs Ant'ny nothing to keep auditioning in the news for Saturday Night Live. ..... ..... Like most things, it's "follow the money". --- Does Weiner have ANY idea what he will do next, in life ?.......... .......... (07/29/13)


"NOTHING DOING": A MESSAGE FOR SECRETARY OF STATE KERRY

Ken Berwitz

The following message of "nothing doing" is dedicated to Secretary of State John Kerry - who, throughout his 30 or so years in the senate, made "nothing doing" something of an art form.

Excerpted from an article at israelnationalnews.com:

A major faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization rejected new peace talks with Israel just hours before their scheduled resumption in Washington on Monday after a three-year break.

The leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine said that talks' resumption was a unilateral move by Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas which did not have the backing of the PLO as a whole.

What a surprise.  The Palestinian Arab "leadership", such as it is, has found a reason not to negotiate.

I mean, when did that ever happen before?

But you keep plugging away, Secretary Kerry.  Spend all your waking hours trying to convince the various factions to sit down at the table and I'm sure someone will show up any day now.  Annnnnn-n-n-n-n-n-n-nnnnnnny day. 

Besides, what is happening in the Middle East that is more worth your time than this?  Things are nice and calm everywhere else, right? 

free` I am sure the MSM will be reporting this, something along these lines. ----- 'A major faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization rejected new peace talks with Israel, obviously Israel is to blame for this, with their apartheid anti-muslim attitudes and a bunch of Jewish settler land grabbers. Blah blah blah blah blame the Jews some more. Blah blah blah blame the settlers some more. blah blah blah blame the State of Israel some more. Ad nauseam!!! Israel is stupid for even trying to negotiate with these F'n terrorists. This cartoon explains it in a way that a 3 year old could understand, it is too bad the US and Israeli governments don't have that kind of comprehension. //4.bp.blogspot.com/-zJiibKvFT1c/UfTIbb9ZVUI/AAAAAAABa6c/sZo8Ggl3n_w/s1600/Palestinian+ultimatum.jpg (07/29/13)


PUTTING THE WOOD TO ISRAEL. AGAIN

Ken Berwitz

My thanks to Paul Mirengoff of powerlineblog.com.  His blog, which discusses Secretary of State John Kerry's pressuring Israel to release over 100 jailed Palestinian Arab terrorists as a condition of restarting "peace negotiations", has made my life easy, because Paul has said pretty much what I would say. So I can just cut and paste.

Please click here to read Paul's (typically) excellent full commentary.  But for the meanwhile, let me show you three particularly important paragraphs:

It is outrageous that the U.S. would pressure Israel into such a move. MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) is right to call the release of terrorists "sure death sentence for countless Israeli citizens." Feiglin is also right to insist that "releasing 104 ticking time bombs as a bribe to start negotiations. . .is something that any moral person must rise up against." And Deputy Foreign Minister Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) is right when he says that "the mass release of terrorists only encourages terror and increases our enemies' self-confidence."

To be sure, a case can be made for releasing the prisoners when/if an agreement that truly promotes peace is reached. But to agree to a release in advance of talks, and to begin the release prior to reaching an agreement, is indefensible. Indeed, the Palestinian's insistence on such an agreement as a precondition for talks confirms their bad faith and constitutes another reason why Israel should have told Kerry to take a hike over to Egypt or Syria where the real trouble is.

It is not lost on Israelis that the U.S. (including even the Obama-led U.S.) would never release terrorists who carried out attacks that killed American citizens. The U.S. won't even release Jonathan Pollard who never killed anyone and who has been imprisoned for almost 30 years.

The one thing I would take issue with Paul on is that the US would never release terrorists who carried out attacks that killed American citizens.  In this administration, which has insisted that nidal malik hasan, who shouted ALLUHAH AKBAR as he killed 13 and wounded 32 at Fort Hood was engaged only in "workplace violence", the possibility is always there.

That said, let me go back to what Kerry, with the approval of his boss, Barack Obama, has demanded of Israel, by posing a question:

Can anyone tell me what John Kerry is demanding that Palestinian Arab leadership to do - other than bestow Israel the great honor of havin them come to the negotiating table, where - if almost a half century of history is any indicator - they will turn down whatever settlement Israel offers, while offering no alternative settlement of their own?

Is Kerry demanding, for example, that the Palestinian Authority cancel its "unity agreement" with hamas and renounce the hamas charter, which - among many other similarly vile things, specifically calls on Muslims to liberate Israel - not the so-called "Palestinian territories", but the entire state - every square inch of it....

-Surat Al-Imran (III), verses 109-111 Israel will rise and will remain erect until Islam eliminates it as it had eliminated its predecessors. (first paragraph of the charter)

-The Islamic Resistance Movement is a distinct Palestinian Movement which owes its loyalty to Allah, derives from Islam its way of life and strives to raise the banner of Allah over every inch of Palestine. (beginning of Article 6)

...and the killing of all Jews in and out of Israel...

-the Hamas has been looking forward to implement Allah's promise whatever time it might take. The prophet, prayer and peace be upon him, said: The time will not come until Muslims will fight the Jews (and kill them); until the Jews hide behind rocks and trees, which will cry: O Muslim! there is a Jew hiding behind me, come on and kill him! This will not apply to the Gharqad, which is a Jewish tree (cited by Bukhari and Muslim).  (End of Article 7)

...and the rejection of all negotiations, on the grounds that Israel, in its entirety, is Islamic land - thus rendering any "success" in bringing the parties to a table 100% meaningless right at the starting gate?

-[Peace] initiatives, the so-called peaceful solutions, and the international conferences to resolve the Palestinian problem, are all contrary to the beliefs of the Islamic Resistance Movement. For renouncing any part of Palestine means renouncing part of the religion; the nationalism of the Islamic Resistance Movement is part of its faith, the movement educates its members to adhere to its principles and to raise the banner of Allah over their homeland as they fight their Jihad (Beginning of Article 13)

Of course not. 

Palestinian Arabs, you see, are not expected to change a thing.  They are not expected to accept Israel in any form, accept the existence of Jews in any place, or show good faith in negotiations of any kind.  Those responsibilities fall 100% on Israel.  

So now, due to the pressure of Kerry and Obama, Israel is going to have to deal with over 100 convicted terrorists being put right back on the street. 

Doing what?  Opening a bakery?  Learning a trade?  Helping to build some kind of infrastructure so Palestinian Arabs can live their day to day lives in decent conditions?  Or something else. 

What do you think they will be doing?

Most dispiritingly, this latest outrage is not some kind of anomaly; it exemplifies US policy toward Israel since Barack Obama took office.  And - amazingly - enough of my fellow Jews  - including strong supporters of Israel - remain so completely owned and operated by the Democrat Party that a majority voted for Obama anyway -  both times he ran.

In this world, we don't always get what we deserve.  But, in aggregate (certainly not me personally), we voted for this man.  Twice.  So we are getting exactly what we deserve.

It makes me sick.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from ABC's veteran token conservative, George Will.

On yesterday's "This Week" show, Mr. Will - a man who certainly knows how to use rhetorical devices to his advantage - summoned up his Type A use of paralepsis, by saying:

"I will not dwell on the fact, although it is a fact, that if these two people, Filner in San Diego and Weiner here were Republicans, this would be a part of a lot of somber sociology in the media about the Republican war on women."

Way to go, George!  Tell 'em you're not going to dwell on it, while making your point completely anyway.

For both style (paralepsis, well done, is a joy to behold), and content (the point is dead-on correct), Quote Of The Day honors are yours.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from ABC's veteran token conservative, George Will.

On yesterday's "This Week" show, Mr. Will - a man who certainly knows how to use rhetorical devices to his advantage - summoned up his Type A use of paralepsis, by saying:

"I will not dwell on the fact, although it is a fact, that if these two people, Filner in San Diego and Weiner here were Republicans, this would be a part of a lot of somber sociology in the media about the Republican war on women."

Way to go, George!  Tell 'em you're not going to dwell on it, while making your point completely anyway.

For both style (paralepsis, well done, is a joy to behold), and content (the point is dead-on correct), Quote Of The Day honors are yours.


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