Thursday, 15 August 2013

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's Quote Of The Day is lifted from Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin's latest piece, which talks about Egypt's bloodbath-in-progress and, more generally, about the Obama administration's pathetic Middle East policies (if you can even call them policies):

"Obama was briefed, said nothing and went back to golf. Secretary of State John Kerry took a break from his fruitless obsession with the nonexistent "peace process" to condemn the violence, but took no questions and had no policy announcement. This, in a nutshell, is the White House's approach to the Middle East - the absence of any policy and a lot of empty words.

"...Obama might as well play golf. He's dropped the ball on Egypt and the entire region, leaving the United States with few options and the Egyptian people to a bloody future in the short run and a repressive authoritarian junta in the longer run. This is a policy failure of the highest order."

Truer words have never been spoken.  And truth deserves to be honored.

So, Ms. Rubin, Quote Of The Day honors are yours. 


"PHONY SCANDAL" WATCH: OPERATION FAST & FURIOUS UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Here, via excerpts from Sharyl Attkisson's latest piece for CBS News, is the latest on the Operation Fast & Furious scandal - or, as Barack Obama and his cohorts like to call it, a "phony scandal":

Three more weapons from Fast and Furious have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, CBS News has learned, as the toll from the controversial federal operation grows.

Last November, a Fast and Furious weapon was found at a shootout between a Mexican drug cartel and soldiers where a beauty queen was killed. Two weapons used in the murder of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico on Feb. 15, 2011 also came from suspects who were under ATF watch but not arrested at the time. And two Fast and Furious AK-47 type rifles were recovered from the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010; he'd been shot by illegal immigrants who were smuggling drugs.

The Justice Department's refusal to turn over certain Fast and Furious documents led to a bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives in June 2012 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. Then, the Obama administration used executive privilege for the first time, to withhold requested documents from Congress. The Republican-led House Oversight Committee is suing for release of the material.

In addition to what you just read, hundreds of killings with Operation Fast & Furious weapons have taken place in Mexico.

But....it's a "phony scandal", right?  Nothing to see here.  Just tell the families of Agent Zapata and Agent Terry that it was all a big nothing.  They'll understand, won't they?  And don't forget to tell the same thing to the families of the dead at Benghazi.

My thanks - again, because I have thanked her several times in the past - to Sharyl Attkisson, for being one of the only mainstream media people who even tries to keep us informed about Operation Fast & Furious.

And eternal shame to the lazy, and/or unprofessional, and/or pathologically partisan other members of mainstream media, who have done their level best to bury this scandal so that the voting public has little idea of just how big it is and how many lives have been involved.  They are not "journalists", they are Barack Obama's Accomplice Media. And they are disgraces; every single one of them.

Their motto?  Keep 'em ignorant and you own 'em.


UP TO HIS OLBERMANN TRICKS.....

Ken Berwitz

When last we heard, keith olbermann, having been fired by the 34,628th different media venue (a slight exaggeration) for being an insufferable pri...er, difficult person to deal with, had been hired by ESPN to do a sports show.

Now we find out, via Noel Sheppard's blog at newsbusters.org, that olbermann - who aimed many of his most vicious, most personal insults at former President George Bush - has asked Bush to be one of his guests.  The sports connection, you see, is that at one time, many years ago, Bush owned the Texas Rangers baseball team.

No one knows for sure how Mr. Bush is reacting to this "invitation".  But if you go to Mr. Sheppard's blog - and I urge you to do so - you will find that he has listed out a number of different vituperations olbermann aimed at Bush over the years.  Taking them into account, and adding in olbermann's, er, winning personality (if you're running a contest to see which junkyard dog shows the most mange, that is), somehow I doubt Mr. Bush is going to subject himself to olbermann.

And if this is how olbermann is going to handle his new gig, I'd count on it becoming his newest old gig in relatively short time.

Eventually, if they screw up with enough teams, even left-handed relievers don't get contract offers.  When do broadcast media apply that logic to keith olbermann?


THE MILLION MUSLIM MARCH ON 9/11

Ken Berwitz

I am posting this notice without comment, other than to explain what one of the words means.

From AMPAC - the American Muslim Political Action Committee:

Million Muslim March on 9/11/13:

Assalam Alaikum Brothers and Sisters,

We at AMPAC (American Political Action Committee) are planning an historic event for 9.11.13 where one million Muslims will march to Washington D.C. and demand that our civil rights be protected by our government. 

We are demanding that laws be enacted protecting our 1st amendment . We are asking President Obama to fulfill his promise from his first campaign for Presidency of a transparent government. Lastly we are asking for the release of the 9/11 commission report to the American people. 

On 9.11.01 our country was forever changed by the horrific events in New York. The entire country was victimized by the acts done on that day. Muslim and Non Muslim alike were traumatized but we as Muslims continue 12 years later to be victimized by being made the villains. To this day every media outlet and anti Islamic organization has committed slanderous and libel statements against us as Muslims and our religion of Islam. 

Yet our Government either sits idly by and does nothing to protect our freedoms or it exacerbates the problem with its constant war on terrorism in Islamic countries, congressional hearings on Islam in America, and its changes to the NDAA law. 

These lies told to the American population has made it impossible for us to do true Dawa*. Why do we have to defend our religion while doing Dawa? Why can't we just share the perfection of the Quran and the beauty of our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SWS)? 

It is time for us as Muslims in America to stop being defensive and start being proactive by using our right to vote and our freedom of assemble and let our voices be heard by our country and the world. Stand with us help us fight the injustices being committed against us. 

Help us to wake the American citizen up to the truth and together Muslim and Non Muslim can take our country back to its true Democracy which is "For the people by the people". Our Prophet in his final message told us: "Whoever sees an injustice should set it right by means of his hand; if not, by his tongue; if not, then by his heart and that is considered to be the weakest of faith." And more to the point "If my nation are afraid to say to the oppressor, 'O oppressor!', then there is no hope in them."

Sincerely your Brothers and Sisters in Islam

On behalf of AMPAC

Isa Hodge

Chief of Operations "Million Muslim March"

AMPAC

*"Dawa" means "summons" or "invitation", usually for the purpose of converting non-Muslims to Islam.

What do you think about a "Million Muslim March on 9/11"?  Your call.....

(Anon) What do you think about a "Million Muslim March on 9/11"? .... Target rich environment? (08/15/13)

bob w They should march off a cliff into bacon fat!!! (08/15/13)


THE NEW YORK TIMES EDITORIAL ON EGYPT

Ken Berwitz

Today's lead editorial in the New York Times is about the carnage which continues, and accelerates, in Egypt.

As I write this, reports indicate there are over 500 dead and 3,500-4,000 injured so far.  I assume out of hand that a) this underestimates the true number and b) in any event it is going to rise far above its current level in very short order.

And what does the Times have to say - specifically as it relates to President Obama's role in these awful events?  Here, from the editorial, titled "Military Madness In Cairo", are the excerpts which mention him:

(A murderous civil war)...would be a tragedy for Egypt, which until recently believed it was on a path to ending decades of repression and dictatorship. And it would be a foreign policy disaster for the United States. Egypt is the most populous and influential country in the Arab world. It is also Israel's most strategically important neighbor.

President Obama must make clear his unequivocal opposition to the Egyptian military' conduct. He can do so by immediately suspending military aid and canceling joint military exercises scheduled for September. These steps can be reversed if the generals change their ways, but, until then, the United States should slam the door on an aid program that has provided the Egyptian military with a munificent $1.3 billion a year for decades.

Mr. Kerry spoke out again on Wednesday, but it is now up to Mr. Obama to act. A cautious statement from a deputy press secretary in Martha's Vineyard that the Obama administration "strongly condemns" the violence and is reviewing the aid program is unlikely to get the generals attention. Canceling next month's joint exercises, which is now being considered, might. And if suspending a $1.3 billion subsidy does not do the trick, it will at least tell rank-and-file Egyptians that the United States is no longer underwriting repression.

Washington's influence on Egyptian public opinion generally is limited. That has less to do with the low-key tone Mr. Obama has taken than with the preceding decades of uncritical United States support for past dictators like Mr. Mubarak and the military forces supporting them, to the neglect of most of Egypt's 84 million people. It is past time for Mr. Obama to start correcting that imbalance. Suspending assistance to Egypt's anti-democratic military would be a good place to start.  

Notice anything missing?  Like even one word about the fact that President Obama's intrusion into Egypt's affairs - specifically his decisive role in deposing Hosni Mubarak, who, whatever his faults, kept peace in Egypt and held to its peace treaty with Israel, for 30 years? 

By facilitating Mubarak's removal, Mr. Obama set in motion the events which resulted in the Muslim brotherhood - outlawed under Mubarak - becoming rulers of Egypt, the largest Arab county in the world. 

That, in turn, gave the US-hating, Israel-hating, Jew-hating Muslim brotherhood member, mohamed morsi, the chance to become President.  And, once President, the opportunity to ignore Egypt's constitution and attempt to turn the country into a shari'a law state - which he did everything in his power to accomplish, until the military stepped in and removed him.

Now we have an incipient civil war, in which there is the potential for many thousands to die....and the most radical Islamic elements ready to fill the leadership void such a war would create, and take control of Egypt.

Funny - the Times didn't mention a thing about this. 

I guess there just wasn't enough room.

But there was room to note that President Obama's "low-key tone" (is it low-key to help overthrow the government?), has less to do with our now-diminished influence in Egypt than "decades of uncritical United States support for past dictators like Mr. Mubarak".  In other words, the problem isn't Barak Obama's doing at all, it is that the USA supported Mubarak until Obama dumped him. 

See, 30 years of Middle East peace between Israel and Egypt, and Mubarak's outlawing of the terrorist Muslim brotherhood during that time, were far less desirable than what is happening now.

Remind me:  wasn't the New York Times a credible source of news and opinion once?  I seem to remember that it was, but - to paraphrase Woody Allen at the end of his great movie "Radio Days", with the passing of each year, those memories do seem to grow dimmer and dimmer.


ACCOMPLICE MEDIA ALERT: CNN DIVISION

Ken Berwitz

This is an easy blog to write, since all I'm doing is posting the beginning of Larry Elder's latest piece at townhall.com:

The headline at CNN Money was, "Why America's Youth Aren't Finding Jobs."

If you expected an analysis of how and why President Barack Obama's policies hurt the job market for the young, think again. Believe it or not, CNN wrote a piece, supposedly explaining the tight job market, without using the following words: Obama, Obama administration, taxes, regulations, "stimulus" program or, of course, ObamaCare.

Stunning.

Apparently, CNN believes the country has been on autopilot for the last five years, with policy decisions by the White House having no effect, for good or for ill. Since CNN will not, let's examine the major economic decisions by this administration and their impact on the job market.

Do yourself a favor and use the link I've provided to read the rest of Mr. Elder's piece - which is just as informative, and just as incredulous as the above.

Do you recall CNN - or, for that matter, any other mainstream media venue - giving George Bush a complete free pass on bad economic news during his presidency?  Me neither.

I call them Barack Obama's Accomplice Media.  Any doubt about why?


JESSE JACKSON JR'S BIPOLAR WINDFALL

Ken Berwitz

Would you believe that a half-baked defense scam which a jury did not believe - as well it should not have - is going to hand Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, both of whom are on their way to jail sentences for stealing money for their personal gain, a comfortable nest egg for the rest of their lives?

I kid you not.  Read about it in the following excerpts from an article at judicialwatch.com and see for yourself:

Although disgraced Illinois Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. suddenly developed a "mood disorder" as the feds were about to indict him, he qualifies for generous government disability payments because it's considered a debilitating mental illness.

Of interesting note is that Jackson Jr., sentenced this week to 2 1/2 years in prison for corruption, never showed any symptoms of a "mood disorder" during his 17 years as a federal lawmaker. The mental illness surfaced abruptly last summer as the congressman, a member of Judicial Watch's Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians list, was about to get criminally charged.

The late onset of what we now knows is a debilitating mental illness makes Junior eligible to get $8,700 per month in government disability pay, according to a news report that also says the slammer-bound politician can get a partial federal pension of $45,000 despite his transgressions.

Let's see.....$8,700 a month, plus $45,000.....that comes to $149,400 a year.

Well, heck;  at least it's under $150,000 (allow me that one gritted-teeth sarcasm, please.  Thank you).

If this doesn't outrage every decent person in the country, I will be disheartened.

But, given the current state of mainstream media, if they report, and come down hard on, the prospect that Jackson Jr. and his wife will wind up with this kind of money for that kind of BS....I will be amazed.  Which, in its own way, is even more disheartening.

free' IMHO lawbreakers in the government should have stiffer penalties than those that don't work for the government. And certainly no benefits. (08/15/13)


BARACK OBAMA - OUTDOING HIMSELF AS A LIAR

Ken Berwitz

I am not making this quote up.  I got it straight from an Associated Press article at Washington's CBS News site:

These are the words of President Barack Obama, the man who worked dilligently to depose Hosni Mubarak, talking today about the deadly chaos Egypt now is dealing with as a direct result of what has happened after he facilitated Mubarak's ouster:

"America cannot determine the future of Egypt, that's a task for the Egyptian people.  We don't take sides."

Could this man possibly be a bigger, more blatant, liar?

If so.....how?


ACCOMPLICE MEDIA ALERT: CNN DIVISION

Ken Berwitz

This is an easy blog to write, since all I'm doing is posting the beginning of Larry Elder's latest piece at townhall.com:

The headline at CNN Money was, "Why America's Youth Aren't Finding Jobs."

If you expected an analysis of how and why President Barack Obama's policies hurt the job market for the young, think again. Believe it or not, CNN wrote a piece, supposedly explaining the tight job market, without using the following words: Obama, Obama administration, taxes, regulations, "stimulus" program or, of course, ObamaCare.

Stunning.

Apparently, CNN believes the country has been on autopilot for the last five years, with policy decisions by the White House having no effect, for good or for ill. Since CNN will not, let's examine the major economic decisions by this administration and their impact on the job market.

Do yourself a favor and use the link I've provided to read the rest of Mr. Elder's piece - which is just as informative, and just as incredulous as the above.

Do you recall CNN - or, for that matter, any other mainstream media venue - giving George Bush a complete free pass on bad economic news during his presidency?  Me neither.

I call them Barack Obama's Accomplice Media.  Any doubt about why?


BARACK OBAMA - OUTDOING HIMSELF AS A LIAR

Ken Berwitz

I am not making this quote up.  I got it straight from an Associated Press article at Washington's CBS News site:

These are the words of President Barack Obama, the man who worked dilligently to depose Hosni Mubarak, talking today about the deadly chaos Egypt now is dealing with as a direct result of what has happened after he facilitated Mubarak's ouster:

"America cannot determine the future of Egypt, that's a task for the Egyptian people.  We don't take sides."

Could this man possibly be a bigger, more blatant, liar?

If so.....how?


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