Sunday, 18 August 2013

WHY ALMOST NO ONE PAYS ATTENTION TO AL GORE ANYMORE

Ken Berwitz

It seems to me that, other than his most avid fans - the lifers who will rationalize anything their hero might say (this may include Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber) - not many people pay attention to Al Gore anymore. 

Why is this so?  Well, Gore's latest quote, made through his twitter account, may give you a hint.  I pulled it from Noel Sheppard's informative, actually very funny, blog about Gore at Newsbusters.org:

Tonight, @chrislhayes became this generation's Edward R. Murrow. Congrats to Brian and Ralph-and Chris-for their integrity. #PoliticsOfPower  (NOTE:  Please read Sheppard's entire blog to understand the non-Gore references).

Look, it's not like Gore is worried about what anyone thinks, having made a huge fortune in selling global warming and the impending doom of the planet to us, while ridding himself of the wife who stood by him for decades.  But things are as they are.

But comparing Chris Hayes, a one-dimensional far-left drone with the personality of an undercooked weenie, who hosts as unwatched a cable cable show as there is on prime time cable (I assume you don't need me to tell you it is on MSNBC) to one of the most celebrated icons of news reporting in broadcast history?  It is AlGoreisms like that which have sunk him to his current state. 

And, Gore, being Gore, you can bet there's more where that came from.

Zeke .... ..... .... AlbertGore was just a few hundred votes shy of being the nation's 43rd President. . . . . .... It is speculation as to whether he would have been more harmful to the country than the present incumbent. . . . . . . (08/18/13)


EGYPT PEACE AND DEMOCRACY UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

As we know, the Egyptian military ousted mohamed morsi - Egypt's democratically elected President, a member of the terrorist, fundamentalist Muslim brotherhood who used his legal election to ignore the constitution and attempt to impose shari'a law.  This touched off the civil war which is now raging there. 

Here are the latest developments:

-Reports indicate the death toll has risen to about 900.  But it is an excellent guess that this is an understated number...and that, whatever the death toll is right now, it is going to quickly rise.

-There is no end to the carnage in sight

-According to published reports, President Obama and his administration have made numerous calls to the Egypt's military leaders who are currently running the show, and those calls are not being returned

-And President Obama is on record, as of this week, as saying the United States "does not take sides" in Egypt.  This is the same President Obama who was instrumental in deposing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak - an ally of the United States (to the extent any Egyptian leader has ever been an ally) who kept peace with Israel for 30 years.  Is it fair to speculate that the disparity between Mr. Obama's actions and his words is why Egypt's military leaders won't bother talking with him now?  You decide.

If it had not been for the Benghazi massacre, the illegal war in Libya, Operation Fast and Furious, our virtually nonexistent relations with Russia, the bald faced lies about al qaeda's strength, and the dissing of major allies Israel and the United Kingdom, I would be asking if foreign policy under the Obama administration could possibly get worse than what we are seeing in Egypt.  But since all of those events preceded what is now happening in Egypt, that question won't be asked.

I count the seconds until this hopelessly incompetent, hopelessly overmatched Chicago machine politician is out of the Oval Office.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

The previous blog referenced President Obama's thoroughly dishonest contentions about al-qaeda:  specifically, that it is "on the run", "decimated" and only able to conduct limited attacks here and there.

Well, here is a quote from our Secretary of State, John Kerry.  See if it matches what is being shovelled at us by Mr. Obama:

 "...al-Qaida, as we have seen, has launched a horrific series of assaults on innocent Iraqis, even taking credit for the deplorable bombings this past weekend that targeted families that were celebrating the Eid holiday.  And this al-Qaida network, we know, stretches well beyond Iraq's borders. With many al-Qaida leaders now operating in Syria, we all need to accelerate our work in order to set the conditions for a diplomatic settlement to the Syrian crisis."

Let's forget, at least for the moment, Mr. Kerry's impossibly ridiculous suggestion that Syria - with something like 100,000 dead at the hands of bashar "the butcher" al-assad and an al-qaeda-infested oposition - is going to settle its problems through diplomacy.

Let's instead concentrate on the fact that, whatever else we can say about John Kerry, his assessment of al-qaeda is dramatically more realistic than that of the President of the United States. 

Yes, al-qaeda is alive and well.  I wish it weren't, but it is.  And, yes, al-qaeda is operating through many countries and is every bit as functional as it was years ago, maybe even more so.

President Obama's incessant chest-thumping braggadocio about "getting" osama bin laden - which a) he had little to do with and b) occurred only because we implemented surveillance and information-gathering techniques he is on record as opposing - did not result in the decimation of al-qaeda.  But lying about it sure did result in a lot of votes for Mr. Obama in 2012, didn't it?

So, though far from my favorite guy, John Kerry gets Quote Of The Day honors today, for doing nothing other than talking honestly about what his boss so blatantly lies to our faces about.

Congratulations...I think.


BLUE JASMINE

Ken Berwitz

A quick, non-political blog, to review Woody Allen's new movie, "Blue Jasmine", which we saw last night.

In typical Allen form, it features excellent actors - in this case, Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin and Peter Sarsgaard among them - but also lesser known actors of considerable talent like Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale and  - I'm amazing I'm saying this about him, since I've never liked the guy until this movie - Andrew Dice Clay.

But the premise that Blanchett and Hawkins' characters grew up as sisters, their annoying, unrealistic verbal exchanges, the unlikability of Blanchett's character - so complete that you don't even cut her slack for being deranged - and (I've never said this about a Woody Allen movie before) the heavy-handed, not-at-all-credible dialogue, turns what could have been a winner into a loser.

Maybe it's just a temporary lapse, or maybe Allen, now in his late 70's, is not what he used to be (hell, even Babe Ruth fell off at the end).  But this was barely worth seeing.

Ok, back to politics.


THE TINHORN DICTATORSHIP PRESIDENCY (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Just how frequently does President Obama act outside the constitution?

In answer to that question, Investors Business Daily has put together a devastating chronology, which lists out some (probably not all) of Mr. Obama and his administration's more egregious extra-constitional activities.

I'm going to post a sampling of just three, from this year alone.  But I urge you to use the link I've provided, go to IBD's editorial, and read them all:

July 17, 2013: The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals joined the federal appeals courts in D.C. and Philadelphia in ruling President Obama's National Labor Relations Board recess appointments - who by law must be approved by Congress - were unconstitutional. Thus far, the president has ignored the ruling.

July 1, 2013: The Obama administration unilaterally decided to delay the employer mandate provision of ObamaCare for a year, which is to provide information to the feds about the extent of an applicant's insurance. Never mind that the law states the mandate must go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014 - they are now relying on the "honor system" from applicants to determine if they are qualified for subsidies.

June 25, 2013: The Supreme Court ruled in Shelby County v. Eric Holder that Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act is "unconstitutional" and that "the formula can no longer be used as a basis for subjecting jurisdiction to preclearance." Instead of complying with the ruling, Holder filed suit to order Texas to submit to preclearance, in defiance of Congress' authority to legislate and the Supreme Court's authority to rule on the constitutionality of the law.

The last time I checked, the oath of office requires a President to give a damn about the constitution.  Its exact words - the ones President Obama has agreed to twice, are:

 "I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."

Is Barack Obama doing this?  If you read the above excerpts, and the rest of that IBD list, I don't know how you can answer in the affirmative.

To Investors Business Daily:  my deepest thanks to you for putting together this list. 

To most of the rest of what passes for mainstream media, however, I have a question:  where the hell is YOUR list? 

Or are you still so far in the tank for Barack Obama, so completely his Accomplice Media, that you don't care whether he is acting within his legal constitutional limits?

On the other hand, never mind.  It's pointless to ask a question I already know the answer to.


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