Wednesday, 21 August 2013

THE SYRIAN SLAUGHTER

Ken Berwitz

 Depending on which report you read, the Syrian government of bashar "the butcher" al-assad used weapons laden with toxic gas (WMD's)to kill anywhere from almost 500 to 1,300 predominantly civilian Syrians yesterday.

The death toll in that forsaken country - since the people uprose against al-assad (and before rebel forces became infested with al-qaeda and its pals) - is now in the neighborhood of 100,000, with no end in sight.

The United States' role in this carnage? 

-When we could have helped the rebels, we did nothing.

-But now that the rebels are overrun with terrorists - who hate the USA's guts - we have started arming them.

I do not know how it is possible for an administration to be less competent in foreign policy than this one is.  Or how it is possible for the administration's Accomplice Media to work harder at burying its incompetencies.

One other thing:  Where do you suppose those chemical weapons came from?  Is it possible this has something to do with the convoys of trucks which left Iraq for Syria during the months before President Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, when he was "going through channels" and waiting for the Useless, Neutered United Nations to conduct realistic inspections there?

Just asking........


NIDAL MALIK HASAN'S ANONYMOUS "WORKPLACE VIOLENCE" TRIAL

Ken Berwitz

Did you know that the trial of Army Major nidal malik hasan, who admits to murdering 13 soldiers and injuring 32 others at Fort Hood, is currently taking place?

I certainly understand if you did not, since much (thankfully, not all) of what passes for mainstream media in this country have done their best to ignore it, even bury it outright.

But here we know the trial is taking place.  So let me give you the latest news about how it is being handled - news which just might make your blood boil.

Excerpted from Russell Goldman's article at abcnews.com:

Lawyers representing the family members of those killed and injured in the Ft. Hood shooting rampage were outraged today when an Army judge limited prosecutors from introducing evidence, including emails to a known Al Qaeda operative, that would establish accused shooter Maj. Nidal Hasan's "jihadi" motives.

The judge's rulings could inhibit the ability of the victims' families to claim in a civil suit that the shootings were an act of terror. Federal lawyers involved in the civil suit claim that the people shot during Hasan's murderous rage were victims of workplace violence, a designation that could sharply limit the damages in a civil suit.

"This is first degree mass murder case and motive is absolutely relevant to prove premeditation," said Neal Sher, a lawyer representing many of the victims and their family members in a separate civil suit against the government.

Prosecutors have sought to portray Hasan as a Muslim extremist, motivated by Islamist ideology and in touch with known al Qaeda member Anwar Alwaki.

"He didn't want to deploy and he came to believe he had a jihad duty to murder soldiers," lead prosecutor Col. Steve Henricks said in his opening statements. He wanted to "kill as many soldiers as he could."

Hasan, who is representing himself, previously called himself a "mujahedeen" or Muslim holy warrior and said he had switched sides in the war between the U.S. and Islamic terrorism.

I'm no lawyer, so maybe I'm just missing some very logical explanation for why judge Tara Osborn is refusing to allow evidence (and there is a ton of it) which shows hasan was acting as a fundamentalist Islamic terrorist.  But if that explanation does exist, I damn well would like to hear it.

Look, the truth is that - at least if there is any sanity at all here - no matter how much evidence is suppressed, hasan will be convicted on all counts.  How could he not be, given that he freely admits to them?

But in a courtroom where the judge seems to be taking the Obama administration's lead, by protecting a murderer against charges of terrorism - thus helping along its ludicrous claim that this self-described Muslim holy warrior was just engaging in "workplace violence" - sanity might not apply.

That said, in an effort to present all sides of the issue, two additional points should be considered:

1. Col. Tara Osborn appears, at least on paper, to be a highly qualified judge.  She is Chief Judge of the Army's 2nd Judicial Circuit, a 25 year military veteran, and she spent three years at Fort Hood;

2. However, Col. Osborn was not the original judge on this case.  She was selected after the first judge, Col. Gregory Gross, was removed - largely because he was ruled to have exceeded his authority by demanding hasan shave his beard, then fining and removing him from court when he did not comply.  The reasoning was that Commanders are entrusted with the authority to make that decision, not judges.

The bottom line, therefore, is that we have:

-An admitted murderer who, according to massive evidence (including his own self-description) is an islamic fundamentalist terrorist responsible for murdering 13 soldiers and wounding 32 others in the name of Allah - and who, though still on active duty, refuses to shave his beard for religious reasons he never claimed until the murders were committed. 

-A judge who will not allow the evidence which shows the admitted murderer is an islamic fundamentalist terrorist who killed in the name of Allah, and a military which has no problem allowing him to wear the beard he grew as some kind of testament to the beliefs which led him to do the killing.

I hope I'm wrong about this.  But Osborn's ruling, and the allowing of that beard, makes me very, very suspicious of what is happening in this trial....and, more to the point, who is behind the stage, pulling strings.

How about you?


THE TRAYVON MARTIN LIES CONTINUE

Ken Berwitz

From day one, the only way to make, and keep, the shooting of Trayvon Martin a national opportunity for race hucksters has been to lie about what happened.

And the lies continue.

Steven Hayward, at humanevents.com, has written an excellent piece on this subject, titled "Sculptured Unreality".

Here are the first two paragraphs - just the tip of the informational iceberg, I assure you:

As a resident of Florida, I had the strange experience of hearing fairly accurate, or at least un-embellished, reports of the Trayvon Martin incident for a day or two before the national media B.S. steamroller got moving - transforming George Zimmerman into a white (later "white Hispanic") gun nut from a posh "gated community" who hunted down an apple-cheeked 12-year-old black boy and murdered him for sport.  There's no big mystery behind why the national media got so much of this story wrong.  They tend to reflexively believe stories that fit into their pre-fabricated narratives, and they accept reports from certain accredited left-leaning "activists" without question.

Once Trayvon mythology was well-established, the story got huge, and national political figures became involved, the more egregious media bungles were deliberate efforts to protect and advance what they had already created.  Later, I suspect many national media figures grew reluctant to take that Trayvon mythology away from activists they sympathized with.  The press doesn't want to spend a lot of time telling celebrated civil-rights leaders they're all wet.  A few fudged facts are a small sacrifice to offer the gods of Greater Truth.

If Mr. Hayward had stopped right there, he'd have done truth a major service.  But he continues, and gives us a ton more - at the well deserved expense the race hucksters and their all-too-willing accomplices in what passes for mainstream media these days.

I do not remember any story in my lifetime being based more completely on lies than this one is.  And now, almost a year and a half after the shooting, those lies continue to be published and broadcast, without a care in the world that they are demonstrably untrue.

A partial list (believe me, this is just a sampling):

-Trayvon Martin was not a cherubic little tween, who looked like that sweet picture media relentlessly showed us - the one that made so many people assume George Zimmerman must have been a monster to do anything but kiss him on the forehead and send the little angel on his way. 

The Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman saw, was an adult-sized 17 year old thug wannabe, with tattoos on at least one of his arms (I only saw a picture of that one side, there may have been more), a "grille" (gold false teeth that gang thugs like to wear) who was continually being suspended from school (his latest suspension was why he was able to be with his father in Sanford, Florida that day instead of attending classes). 

In addition, he had a profanity-laced social media page in which he referred to himself as NO_LIMIT_NIGGA, and a picture of himself with both middle fingers upraised. 

-He did not go to the store to buy skittles and iced tea.  He went to the store to buy skittles and Arizona watermelon juice cocktail - two of the three ingredients often used to make a quick-high drink called "lean", "drank" or "sizzurp" (the third ingredient, cough syrup with codeine, could not have been bought there).

-He was not "stalked" by George Zimmerman.  The phone records show that Martin had a full four minutes, from the time he spoke with Rachel Jeantel to the the time 911 calls came in about his fight with Zimmerman, to get to his father's girlfriend's home.  Walking at nothing more than a normal pace he could have gotten there multiple numbers of times.  This means the only reason he was not safely inside that home was because he decided not to be; he decided to confront George Zimmerman instead.

-He was not shot down in cold blood.  Martin was shot while he was on top of Zimmerman beating him on the concrete sidewalk - as the eye witness accounts, and Zimmerman's injuries (broken nose, lacerations to the back of his head) confirmed.

-And Zimmerman was not a racist - as clearly demonstrated by the fact that he had a history of positive interracial relationships (his Black prom date and his Black previous business partner to name just two examples).  The FBI spent almost a year and a half investigating George Zimmerman and found nothing racist about him. 

Let me repeat what I said before:  I do not remember any story in my lifetime being based more completely on lies than this one is.

And the lies continue.....

Ken Berwitz zeke - Evidently, it's the residual (dwindling, I hope, but still very much there) power of what passes for mainstream media. (08/21/13)

Zeke .... ... .... So, Ken, how is it that with all the electronic and traditional media - - - we have 'The Big Lie' remaining the Perceived Reality? (08/21/13)


A SHORT NOTE TO VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN

Ken Berwitz

Dear Mr. Biden;

Sometimes things hit us in ways that make the other stuff seem very small and distant.

It is true that we have our political differences, and that I have used this blog to make fun of you many times. 

But a child with cancer far, far transcends any of those things.

I wish your son, Beau, not just a successful procedure, but a perfect recovery and a nonexistent recurrence.

Best Regards


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Don't you love it when someone you often are at odds with agrees with you?

Today's Quote Of The Day winner is Camille Paglia, the brilliant writer and philosopher, who is intelligent enough not to simply be a left wing drone, but to actually think about issues - which results in her opinions sometimes differing from the leftward norm, because they are not based on cruise-control-generated, doctrinaire BS.

Here, from her interview with Tracy Clark-Flory at salon.com, is what Ms. Paglia has to say about Hillary Clinton as the potential 2016 Democratic presidential candidate:

"It remains baffling how anyone would think that Hillary Clinton (born the same year as me) is our party's best chance. She has more sooty baggage than a 90-car freight train. And what exactly has she ever accomplished - beyond bullishly covering for her philandering husband? She's certainly busy, busy and ever on the move - with the tunnel-vision workaholism of someone trying to blot out uncomfortable private thoughts.

"I for one think it was a very big deal that our ambassador was murdered in Benghazi. In saying "I take responsibility" for it as secretary of state, Hillary should have resigned immediately. The weak response by the Obama administration to that tragedy has given a huge opening to Republicans in the next presidential election. The impression has been amply given that Benghazi was treated as a public relations matter to massage rather than as the major and outrageous attack on the U.S. that it was."

Throughout history, ambassadors have always been symbolic incarnations of the sovereignty of their nations and the dignity of their leaders. It's even a key motif in 'King Lear.' As far as I'm concerned, Hillary disqualified herself for the presidency in that fist-pounding moment at a congressional hearing when she said, 'What difference does it make what we knew and when we knew it, Senator?' Democrats have got to shake off the Clinton albatross and find new blood.

"What exactly has she ever accomplished?"  Wow, I wish I had written tha.....oh, wait.

I think from now on I'm going to refer to the accomplishmentless Ms. Clinton as "Hollow Hillary".  I think it perfectly describes her because who ever got more adoring press by achieving so very little?

For being dead-on correct about Hollow Hillary, Quote Of The Day Honors are Camille Paglia's. 

And, of course, she is welcome to quote me any day. 

Zeke... . . . . . What has Hillie done ? Why, when Hub Willie was doing Interns in the Oval Office, Hillie was putting together the Nation's Universal Health Care Plan. Of course, it was all wasted blathering. And Obama used ... well he used NONE of it . . . . But, as has often been proclaimed, Hillie is the Smartest Woman in the Room. . . . . . . . (08/21/13)


THE TRAYVON MARTIN LIES CONTINUE

Ken Berwitz

From day one, the only way to make, and keep, the shooting of Trayvon Martin a national opportunity for race hucksters has been to lie about what happened.

And the lies continue.

Steven Hayward, at humanevents.com, has written an excellent piece on this subject, titled "Sculptured Unreality".

Here are the first two paragraphs - just the tip of the informational iceberg, I assure you:

As a resident of Florida, I had the strange experience of hearing fairly accurate, or at least un-embellished, reports of the Trayvon Martin incident for a day or two before the national media B.S. steamroller got moving - transforming George Zimmerman into a white (later "white Hispanic") gun nut from a posh "gated community" who hunted down an apple-cheeked 12-year-old black boy and murdered him for sport.  There's no big mystery behind why the national media got so much of this story wrong.  They tend to reflexively believe stories that fit into their pre-fabricated narratives, and they accept reports from certain accredited left-leaning "activists" without question.

Once Trayvon mythology was well-established, the story got huge, and national political figures became involved, the more egregious media bungles were deliberate efforts to protect and advance what they had already created.  Later, I suspect many national media figures grew reluctant to take that Trayvon mythology away from activists they sympathized with.  The press doesn't want to spend a lot of time telling celebrated civil-rights leaders they're all wet.  A few fudged facts are a small sacrifice to offer the gods of Greater Truth.

If Mr. Hayward had stopped right there, he'd have done truth a major service.  But he continues, and gives us a ton more - at the well deserved expense the race hucksters and their all-too-willing accomplices in what passes for mainstream media these days.

I do not remember any story in my lifetime being based more completely on lies than this one is.  And now, almost a year and a half after the shooting, those lies continue to be published and broadcast, without a care in the world that they are demonstrably untrue.

A partial list (believe me, this is just a sampling):

-Trayvon Martin was not a cherubic little tween, who looked like that sweet picture media relentlessly showed us - the one that made so many people assume George Zimmerman must have been a monster to do anything but kiss him on the forehead and send the little angel on his way. 

The Trayvon Martin George Zimmerman saw, was an adult-sized 17 year old thug wannabe, with tattoos on at least one of his arms (I only saw a picture of that one side, there may have been more), a "grille" (gold false teeth that gang thugs like to wear) who was continually being suspended from school (his latest suspension was why he was able to be with his father in Sanford, Florida that day instead of attending classes). 

In addition, he had a profanity-laced social media page in which he referred to himself as NO_LIMIT_NIGGA, and a picture of himself with both middle fingers upraised. 

-He did not go to the store to buy skittles and iced tea.  He went to the store to buy skittles and Arizona watermelon juice cocktail - two of the three ingredients often used to make a quick-high drink called "lean", "drank" or "sizzurp" (the third ingredient, cough syrup with codeine, could not have been bought there).

-He was not "stalked" by George Zimmerman.  The phone records show that Martin had a full four minutes, from the time he spoke with Rachel Jeantel to the the time 911 calls came in about his fight with Zimmerman, to get to his father's girlfriend's home.  Walking at nothing more than a normal pace he could have gotten there multiple numbers of times.  This means the only reason he was not safely inside that home was because he decided not to be; he decided to confront George Zimmerman instead.

-He was not shot down in cold blood.  Martin was shot while he was on top of Zimmerman beating him on the concrete sidewalk - as the eye witness accounts, and Zimmerman's injuries (broken nose, lacerations to the back of his head) confirmed.

-And Zimmerman was not a racist - as clearly demonstrated by the fact that he had a history of positive interracial relationships (his Black prom date and his Black previous business partner to name just two examples).  The FBI spent almost a year and a half investigating George Zimmerman and found nothing racist about him. 

Let me repeat what I said before:  I do not remember any story in my lifetime being based more completely on lies than this one is.

And the lies continue.....

Zeke .... ... .... So, Ken, how is it that with all the electronic and traditional media - - - we have 'The Big Lie' remaining the Perceived Reality? (08/21/13)

Ken Berwitz zeke - Evidently, it's the residual (dwindling, I hope, but still very much there) power of what passes for mainstream media. (08/21/13)


A SHORT NOTE TO VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN

Ken Berwitz

Dear Mr. Biden;

Sometimes things hit us in ways that make the other stuff seem very small and distant.

It is true that we have our political differences, and that I have used this blog to make fun of you many times. 

But a child with cancer far, far transcends any of those things.

I wish your son, Beau, not just a successful procedure, but a perfect recovery and a nonexistent recurrence.

Best Regards


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