Monday, 26 August 2013


Ken Berwitz

I watched a few minutes of "Morning Joe" today.  And in that few minutes, host Joe Scarborough - former conservative Republican, current who knows what - gave his viewers this "information" about George Zimmerman:

"He is a man who recklessly went in, was told by the cops to stay away, regardless of what you think of him he disobeyed the cops' orders and he kept chasing this guy.  And if you want to quibble about the last seconds, of who was fighting who, that's fine, quibble about it, that's why he's walking the street..."

Let's count the lies:

-He is a man who recklessly went in, was told by the cops to stay away:  It was a 911 dispatcher, not "the cops".  The dispatcher, who was not a police officer, had no authority to tell George Zimmerman to do anything.  And, in any event, the dispatcher did not tell Zimmerman to stay away from the person we now know to be Trayvon Martin, he said following him was not needed.  Here is the transcript of their exchange, so you can see for yourself...

911 dispatcher:  Are you following him?

Zimmerman:  Yeah.

Dispatcher:  Ok.  We don't need you to do that.

Zimmerman:  Ok

 ...or, if you prefer, click here and listen to the tape itself, as it was played in court;

-He disobeyed the cops' orders and he kept chasing this guy:  Again, Zimmerman was not ordered by the cops to do anything.  And, as you can see in the above transcript, when Zimmerman was told following him was not needed, he agreed.

-And if you want to quibble about the last seconds, of who was fighting who, that's fine, quibble about it, that's why he's walking the street:  Quibble?  There's nothing to quibble about.  Eye witness accounts had Martin on top, and the lacerations on the back of Zimmerman's head were consistent with his head being beaten into the concrete sidewalk. 

The lies continue.  And the Joe Scarboroughs of the world continue to show themselves as liars, and/or ignoramuses....maybe even worse.

Ken Berwitz free - I hope you're wrong. Please note that I am not disagreeing, I am hoping. Scarborough has become is less and less Florida panhandle/more and more Upper West Side.... (08/26/13)

free' Ken, If your last paragraph was a multiple choice, I choose #3 Even Worse. (08/26/13)


Ken Berwitz

"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?":  Me, at the end of last week's blog about al-assad's use of toxic gas which, we now know, killed well over 1,000 Syrian people.

With the above in mind, I thought you might like to see the following excerpts from Ira Stoll's report in the New York Sun, dated January 26, 2006 - over seven and a half years ago.  The conveyances he talks about are aircraft, not trucks, but the point is exactly the same:

The man who served as the no. 2 official in Saddam Hussein's air force says Iraq moved weapons of mass destruction into Syria before the war by loading the weapons into civilian aircraft in which the passenger seats were removed.

The Iraqi general, Georges Sada, makes the charges in a new book, "Saddam's Secrets," released this week. He detailed the transfers in an interview yesterday with The New York Sun.

"There are weapons of mass destruction gone out from Iraq to Syria, and they must be found and returned to safe hands," Mr. Sada said. "I am confident they were taken over."

Mr. Sada's comments come just more than a month after Israel's top general during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Moshe Yaalon, told the Sun that Saddam "transferred the chemical agents from Iraq to Syria."

The flights - 56 in total, Mr. Sada said - attracted little notice because they were thought to be civilian flights providing relief from Iraq to Syria, which had suffered a flood after a dam collapse in June of 2002.

Mr. Sada said that the Iraqi official responsible for transferring the weapons was a cousin of Saddam Hussein named Ali Hussein al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali." The Syrian official responsible for receiving them was a cousin of Bashar Assad who is known variously as General Abu Ali, Abu Himma, or Zulhimawe.

An article in the Fall 2005 Middle East Quarterly reports that in an appearance on Israel's Channel 2 on December 23, 2002, Israel's prime minister, Ariel Sharon, stated, "Chemical and biological weapons which Saddam is endeavoring to conceal have been moved from Iraq to Syria." The allegation was denied by the Syrian government at the time as "completely untrue," and it attracted scant American press attention, coming as it did on the eve of the Christmas holiday.

Nice of our media to have conveniently forgotten this when they reported bashar al-assad's use of chemical weapons on his own people.  And nice of them to continue conveniently forgetting it ever since, right to the present.

These people may think they are journalists.  Their business cards may say they are journalists.  But they are not journalists.  They are propagandists for one side of the political aisle.

How do they even face themselves in the mirror?

Zeke .... .... .... Exactly HOW do the Obamatrons KNOW that it is the Evil Syrian Gub'mint that is using the poison gas. .... .... (Seems like very, very limited objectives for something that would provoke a world-wide reaction). ..... ...... The Free-Syrian-Army's Democracy-Rebels (aka al Q'aida) did seize a number of Assad's weapons arsenals, and liberated the conten ts. .... .... .... Also, the US has been facilitating the transfer of munitions from Qadaffi's Libyan weapons depots to the SFA's clutches -- and given Ambassador Stevens was offed in that process, one can assume the US hasn't been inspecting the shipments real close. ..... ...... ...... We should support the Good Guys in the Syrian conflict ---- except there are NO good guys there ..... .... (08/26/13)

Ken Berwitz zeke - thanks!! one point more salient than the next. (08/26/13)


Ken Berwitz

I find it very difficult to figure out whether Democrats, as a political party, are more interested in Black children getting the best quality education, or in Black children getting a lousy education which leads them nowhere, so that teachers' unions can be appeased - and the Black population can stay dependent, thus reliant on government assistance which Democrats, like big sugar daddies, will  "do them a favor" and hand out to get votes.

Why would I say such a thing?  Well, here is the latest example, as excerpted from Eric Owens' report at

The U.S. Justice Department is suing the state of Louisiana in federal court in New Orleans to prevent low-income students and their families in 34 public school systems from using vouchers to attend private schools for the 2014-15 academic year.

The federal government contends that the private school vouchers have "impeded the desegregation process," reports The Times-Picayune.

The desegregation process of which feds speak has been going on for almost 40 years-since the presidential administration of Gerald R. Ford.

Under Louisiana's statewide voucher program, called the Louisiana Scholarship Program, students from families below a certain income threshold can enroll in private schools on the state's dime if the state gives their public schools a grade of C, D or F.

The Justice Department's main contention is that vouchers will upset the delicate racial balance of the public schools. Independence Elementary School in Tangipahoa Parish lost five white kids because of vouchers. This change bolstered "the racial identity of the school as a black school," DOJ lawyers argue.

"The loss of students through the voucher program reversed much of the progress made toward integration," Obama's Justice Department asserts.

State Education Superintendent John White calls these claims "a little ridiculous," according to The Times-Picayune. Overall, he notes, virtually all the students and families who are using vouchers are black.

White reflected that it's odd that Justice is now using a 1975 lawsuit intended to desegregate schools to force poor black students to attend bad public schools. 

Unbelievable.  With all the issues that the Obama/holder Department of Justice should be going to battle over, it picks this one:  an effort to make good and damn sure Black parents are denied a way of rescuing their children from schools which will doom them right at the starting gate.

Most Black parents, no different than most White parents, want their children to get a good education so they can succeed in later life. But, as Mr. Owens makes crystal-clear, the Obama administration, the left, and groups such as the formerly meaningful/now hopelessly compromised NAACP, do not share this goal. 

Apparently, they are much happier, much more comfortable, with Black children mired in the schools least likely to allow motivated students to progress. 

Better to have as many as possible fail, so that the same complaints can be made in the same speeches by the same tired, stale speakers at the next national convention.

Anyone who cares about children, regardless of their color, should be outraged by this lawsuit. 

Outraged, but sadly - given who is pushing it and who is supporting it - not surprised.  Not in the least.


Ken Berwitz

If sheer mindlessness were the only criterion for Quote Of The Day, this one, by French foreign minister Laurent Fabius, would win multiple times:

"Even if we speak of other neighbouring countries - the dramatic conflict in Syria, Lebanon, Egypt - the fact remains that the Israeli-Palestinian issue is one of the issues, perhaps the central one, for the region.  In a particularly troubled regional environment, it is even more important that we advance towards peace here.  If these negotiations are successful, it will be a thunderbolt for peace...a great stabilising element."

How ridiculous is this?  In the words of's John Hinderaker: 

Fabius says that "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians will be a "thunderbolt" and "a great stabilising element" in Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. This is insanity. What concession could Israel make that would cause Assad to stop gassing his people? Or that would cause his opponents to lay down their arms? Or that would reconcile the Egyptian Army and the Muslim Brotherhood? Or that would cause Egyptian Muslims to stop burning down churches? Or that would stop the violence in Iraq? The conflicts that have set the Middle East aflame have zero to do with Israel. If Israel disappeared from the face of the Earth, it would do nothing to resolve the violent conflicts in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Tunisia, Libya or anywhere else.

Why do diplomats like Kerry and Fabius persist in this craziness?

Exactly right, John. 

It is utterly amazing that someone with this fun-house-quality view of things could be the Foreign Minister of a major country.  Or even a minor one.  A host at MSNBC, maybe:  but in a responsible position where there is any kind of substantial audience paying attention?  Wow, off the charts.

A comment by someone so obtuse that he joins our equally useless Secretary Of State in equating a non-existent and non-happening "peace" between Israel and Palestinian Arabs with peace throughout the Middle East, must be recognized.  And, in here, that is what we do.

Quote Of The Day honors are yours, Mr., Fabius.  Congratulations.

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