Thursday, 29 August 2013

OBAMACARNAGE: NATIONAL JOURNAL'S BELATED EPIPHANY

Ken Berwitz

Well, it's almost a year too late...well beyond the point when voters could have taken it into consideration when casting their ballots.

But, for whatever it is worth now, read the following excerpts from Clara Ritger's article at nationaljournal.com and see the real ObamaCare - not the window dressing BS we have been spoon-fed by this corrupt, dishonest administration:

Republicans have long blamed President Obama's signature health care initiative for increasing insurance costs, dubbing it the "Unaffordable Care Act."

Turns out, they might be right.

For the vast majority of Americans, premium prices will be higher in the individual exchange than what they're currently paying for employer-sponsored benefits, according to a National Journal analysis of new coverage and cost data. Adding even more out-of-pocket expenses to consumers' monthly insurance bills is a swell in deductibles under the Affordable Care Act.

Health law proponents have excused the rate hikes by saying the prices in the exchange won't apply to the millions receiving coverage from their employers. But that's only if employers continue to offer that coverage--something that's looking increasingly uncertain. Already, UPS, for example, cited Obamacare as its reason for nixing spousal coverage. And while a Kaiser Family Foundation report found that 49 percent of the U.S. population now receives employer-sponsored coverage, more companies are debating whether they will continue to be in the business of providing such benefits at all.

If you read the entire article - and I certainly hope you do - you will find a chart showing where premiums are going, which will either cause you to nod ruefully if you were one of the majority who already knew what a monstrosity ObamaCare is, or blow you away if you weren't.

Is it any wonder that every major poll shows the public strongly disapproves of ObamaCare, and wants it repealed? 

And - given the acolyte-status of so many in what passes for mainstream media - is there any doubt about why ObamaCare's unpopularity with the public is going virtually unreported?

Note to Barack Obama's Accomplice Media:  Read the above excerpts from Ms. Ritger's article. 

Then use the link I've provided and read the entire article. 

Then, if you can still look at yourselves in the mirror, there is no hope for you.


50 YEARS LATER: THE "I HAVE A SCHEME" FLOP

Ken Berwitz

On August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King stood in front of the Lincoln Memorial, before a crowd estmated at 250,000 people, and inspired those people, the nation, and the world, with his "I have a dream" speech.

On August 28, 2013, exactly 50 years later, speeches were made by a succession of race-baiting hucksters, has-beens, and a President who has presided over the dividing of our country in ways we have not seen for decades.  They stood before a crowd estimated far fewer people* and demanded that Black people be given things, celebrated a Black teenager who was shot while beating a neighborhood watch captain with absolutely no history of racism, and ignored Black issues such as the disastrous percentage of out-of-wedlock births and the soaring crime rate - with most of the victims Black as well.

And we have a media that gave this event full lead-up coverage, then full coverage throughout yesterday and into the night.

These are the same media which, every year, provide virtually no coverage of the March For Life event, held in exactly the same place, which draws dramatically more people than yesterday's farce did. 

Why?  Because, to these pseudo "journalists", pro-life people are idiots and therefore a huge rally in support of their beliefs should not be covered, but people like al sharpton are heroes - or maybe racist frauds, but ones who might call critics racist and thereby ruin their careers - so they are to be celebrated and fawned over.

And these people have the nerve to associate this "I have a scheme" farce with Martin Luther King?  In my opinion, it would have made Martin Luther King sick to his stomach.

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*I originally wrote that the police estimate was 20,000 people, based on a blog at theblaze.com which claimed Mike Levine of ABC News had reported it.  But, though it might at one time have been there, that number is not currently on the link, which actually puts it at "tens of thousands".  Other venues are reporting even more:  NBC's Washington affiliate, for example, refers to "an estimated 100,000 people" -- but offers no source for the estimate.

Regardless, not even the most optimistic assessment comes anywhere near the number who showed up for Dr. King's speech.


A SPEECH THAT WAS NOT MADE YESTERDAY

Ken Berwitz

Since the previous blog spoke of a speech about Black people and racial relations, I though I would post excerpts from another speech - one that was not made yesterday, but almost a decade ago.  Please them, then click here to read the entire speech, and decide what you think of it:

Ladies and gentlemen, I really have to ask you to seriously consider what you've heard, and now this is the end of the evening so to speak. I heard a prize fight manager say to his fellow who was losing badly, "David, listen to me. It's not what he's doing to you. It's what you're not doing."

Ladies and gentlemen, these people set -- they opened the doors, they gave us the right, and today, ladies and gentlemen, in our cities and public schools we have 50% drop out. In our own neighborhood, we have men in prison. No longer is a person embarrassed because they're pregnant without a husband. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child.

Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic and lower middle economic people are not holding their end in this deal.

I'm talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two? Where were you when he was twelve? Where were you when he was eighteen, and how come you don't know he had a pistol? And where is his father, and why don't you know where he is? And why doesn't the father show up to talk to this boy?

Fifty percent drop out rate, I'm telling you, and people in jail, and women having children by five, six different men. Under what excuse? I want somebody to love me. And as soon as you have it, you forget to parent. Grandmother, mother, and great grandmother in the same room, raising children, and the child knows nothing about love or respect of any one of the three of them. All this child knows is "gimme, gimme, gimme." These people want to buy the friendship of a child, and the child couldn't care less. Those of us sitting out here who have gone on to some college or whatever we've done, we still fear our parents. And these people are not parenting. They're buying things for the kid -- $500 sneakers -- for what? They won't buy or spend $250 on Hooked on Phonics.

People putting their clothes on backwards. Isn't that a sign of something going on wrong? Are you not paying attention? People with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. Isn't that a sign of something or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isnt it a sign of something when she's got her dress all the way up to the crack -- and got all kinds of needles and things going through her body. What part of Africa did this come from? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don't know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap and all of them are in jail. (When we give these kinds names to our children, we give them the strength and inspiration in the meaning of those names. What's the point of giving them strong names if there is not parenting and values backing it up).

Five or six different children -- same woman, eight, ten different husbands or whatever. Pretty soon you're going to have to have DNA cards so you can tell who you're making love to. You don't who this is. It might be your grandmother. I'm telling you, they're young enough. Hey, you have a baby when you're twelve. Your baby turns thirteen and has a baby, how old are you? Huh? Grandmother. By the time you're twelve, you could have sex with your grandmother, you keep those numbers coming. I'm just predicting.

What is it with young girls getting after some girl who wants to still remain a virgin. Who are these sick black people and where did they come from and why haven't they been parented to shut up? To go up to girls and try to get a club where "you are nobody...." This is a sickness, ladies and gentlemen, and we are not paying attention to these children. These are children. They don't know anything. They don't have anything. They're homeless people. All they know how to do is beg. And you give it to them, trying to win their friendship. And what are they good for? And then they stand there in an orange suit and you drop to your knees: "He didn't do anything. He didn't do anything." Yes, he did do it. And you need to have an orange suit on, too.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you for the award -- and giving me an opportunity to speak because, I mean, this is the future, and all of these people who lined up and done -- they've got to be wondering what the hell happened. Brown V. Board of Education -- these people who marched and were hit in the face with rocks and punched in the face to get an education and we got these knuckleheads walking around who don't want to learn English. I know that you all know it. I just want to get you as angry that you ought to be. When you walk around the neighborhood and you see this stuff, that stuff's not funny. These people are not funny anymore. And that's not my brother. And that's not my sister. They're faking and they're dragging me way down because the state, the city, and all these people have to pick up the tab on them because they don't want to accept that they have to study to get an education.

We have to begin to build in the neighborhood, have restaurants, have cleaners, have pharmacies, have real estate, have medical buildings instead of trying to rob them all.

Basketball players -- multimillionaires can't write a paragraph. Football players, multimillionaires, can't read. Yes. Multimillionaires. Well, Brown v. Board of Education, where are we today? It's there. They paved the way. What did we do with it?

Very harsh words, wouldn't you say?  Very strong.  Very provocative.  Very accusatory.

Now:  which stone cold racist said those things?

His name is Dr. William Henry Cosby Jr.  But most of his fans call him Bill. 

And this is no urban fantasy either.   Bill Cosby said those words on May 17, 2004, at an NAACP event commemorating a different 50th anniversary event:  the Supreme Court's Brown v Board of Education decision, which ended the thoroughly racist "separate but equal" school charade.   

I don't know that I agree with everything Mr. Cosby said on that day.  But I do agree with a lot of it.  And I know for excrement-sure that some form of a speech like this should have been made in Washington DC yesterday.  

How I wish I were surprised that it was not.


HASAN'S DEATH SENTENCE

Ken Berwitz

As he had hoped, nidal malik hasan has been sentenced to death for the murder 13 unarmed human beings and injuring of 32 others at Fort Hood, Texas.

I say that he hoped for this verdict because, acting as his own lawyer, hasan made it virtually impossible for the court to impose any other sentence. 

See, now, by law, there is an automatic appeal.  And therefore hasan will be tried again, and can again present his message of radicial islamic lunacy at that time.

Regardless, it seems certain that hasan will spend the remaining days of his sorry life in a wheelchair, crapping and pissing himself, with no one to scream ALLAHU AKBAR to but the four walls.  Which is fine with me.

 

free` Ken, Are you certain about the auto-appeal thing being that this was a military court? (08/29/13)

Ken Berwitz Free - sad to say, the answer is yes. (08/29/13)

Zeke .......... IIRC, the military appeal process is fairly quick. . . . . Not sure, but I'd guess that Major Hassan will be meeting his 72-year-old virgin in the next year. (08/30/13)


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's Quote Of The Day comes to us from Allen West, former career military officer, former (and maybe future) congressperson, and current Director of NextGeneration.TV.

This is part of what Mr. West had to say about  the lead-up to yesterday's "I have a scheme" farce (you can read it all by clicking here):

"Dr. King stated that, 'America has given the Negro people a bad check, a check which has come back marked insufficient funds.' Today, the government is issuing electronic benefits transfer cards and even recruiting for enrollment. The government is issuing free cell phones. This is not the dream King wanted, the nightmare of dependence.

"North of Dr. King's birthplace in Atlanta, a young black teenager sits accused of shooting a 13-month-old baby in the face. We know of the killings in Duncan, Okla.,  and Spokane, Wash., the murders in Chicago and the school bus beating in Gulfport, Fla. Black males comprise 6 to 7 percent of the American population but are responsible for nearly 55 percent of violent crimes ... that is not part of the dream.

"We are witnessing the complete breakdown and collapse of what was the foundational strength of the black community, the family. Today, 72 percent of black children are born out of wedlock ... that is not part of the dream.

"It is, however, the result of the soft bigotry of low expectations.

"The hypocrisy is that liberal progressive Democrats support the choice of a woman to kill black babies but reject the choice of the same woman, or parents, to seek a quality education for black children. President Obama ended Washington, D.C.'s,  school voucher program in 2009, yet his progeny attend the elite Sidwell Friends, and now the Obama DOJ is going after Louisiana for its school voucher program.

"So where are the voices speaking up about these issues?"

I assume you don't need me to explain why Mr. West wins Quote Of The Day honors.

Oh, one other thing.  That magnificently descriptive line about "the soft bigotry of low expectations" did not originate with Allen West (though he obviously would have been proud to say it did).  The man who first spoke those words (which were penned by speechwriter Michael Gerson, then approved by him) was President George W. Bush. 

Mr. Bush's exact quote, made at the 2000 NAACP convention, was:

"Some say it is unfair to hold disadvantaged children to rigorous standards. I say it is discrimination to require anything less--the soft bigotry of low expectations."

If I were blogging a Quote Of The Day feature then, you can bet that would have won it for him, hands-down.


A SPEECH THAT WAS NOT MADE YESTERDAY

Ken Berwitz

Since the previous blog spoke of a speech about Black people and racial relations, I though I would post excerpts from another speech - one that was not made yesterday, but almost a decade ago.  Please them, then click here to read the entire speech, and decide what you think of it:

Ladies and gentlemen, I really have to ask you to seriously consider what you've heard, and now this is the end of the evening so to speak. I heard a prize fight manager say to his fellow who was losing badly, "David, listen to me. It's not what he's doing to you. It's what you're not doing."

Ladies and gentlemen, these people set -- they opened the doors, they gave us the right, and today, ladies and gentlemen, in our cities and public schools we have 50% drop out. In our own neighborhood, we have men in prison. No longer is a person embarrassed because they're pregnant without a husband. No longer is a boy considered an embarrassment if he tries to run away from being the father of the unmarried child.

Ladies and gentlemen, the lower economic and lower middle economic people are not holding their end in this deal.

I'm talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was two? Where were you when he was twelve? Where were you when he was eighteen, and how come you don't know he had a pistol? And where is his father, and why don't you know where he is? And why doesn't the father show up to talk to this boy?

Fifty percent drop out rate, I'm telling you, and people in jail, and women having children by five, six different men. Under what excuse? I want somebody to love me. And as soon as you have it, you forget to parent. Grandmother, mother, and great grandmother in the same room, raising children, and the child knows nothing about love or respect of any one of the three of them. All this child knows is "gimme, gimme, gimme." These people want to buy the friendship of a child, and the child couldn't care less. Those of us sitting out here who have gone on to some college or whatever we've done, we still fear our parents. And these people are not parenting. They're buying things for the kid -- $500 sneakers -- for what? They won't buy or spend $250 on Hooked on Phonics.

People putting their clothes on backwards. Isn't that a sign of something going on wrong? Are you not paying attention? People with their hat on backwards, pants down around the crack. Isn't that a sign of something or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isnt it a sign of something when she's got her dress all the way up to the crack -- and got all kinds of needles and things going through her body. What part of Africa did this come from? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don't know a damned thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Shaligua, Mohammed and all that crap and all of them are in jail. (When we give these kinds names to our children, we give them the strength and inspiration in the meaning of those names. What's the point of giving them strong names if there is not parenting and values backing it up).

Five or six different children -- same woman, eight, ten different husbands or whatever. Pretty soon you're going to have to have DNA cards so you can tell who you're making love to. You don't who this is. It might be your grandmother. I'm telling you, they're young enough. Hey, you have a baby when you're twelve. Your baby turns thirteen and has a baby, how old are you? Huh? Grandmother. By the time you're twelve, you could have sex with your grandmother, you keep those numbers coming. I'm just predicting.

What is it with young girls getting after some girl who wants to still remain a virgin. Who are these sick black people and where did they come from and why haven't they been parented to shut up? To go up to girls and try to get a club where "you are nobody...." This is a sickness, ladies and gentlemen, and we are not paying attention to these children. These are children. They don't know anything. They don't have anything. They're homeless people. All they know how to do is beg. And you give it to them, trying to win their friendship. And what are they good for? And then they stand there in an orange suit and you drop to your knees: "He didn't do anything. He didn't do anything." Yes, he did do it. And you need to have an orange suit on, too.

So, ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you for the award -- and giving me an opportunity to speak because, I mean, this is the future, and all of these people who lined up and done -- they've got to be wondering what the hell happened. Brown V. Board of Education -- these people who marched and were hit in the face with rocks and punched in the face to get an education and we got these knuckleheads walking around who don't want to learn English. I know that you all know it. I just want to get you as angry that you ought to be. When you walk around the neighborhood and you see this stuff, that stuff's not funny. These people are not funny anymore. And that's not my brother. And that's not my sister. They're faking and they're dragging me way down because the state, the city, and all these people have to pick up the tab on them because they don't want to accept that they have to study to get an education.

We have to begin to build in the neighborhood, have restaurants, have cleaners, have pharmacies, have real estate, have medical buildings instead of trying to rob them all.

Basketball players -- multimillionaires can't write a paragraph. Football players, multimillionaires, can't read. Yes. Multimillionaires. Well, Brown v. Board of Education, where are we today? It's there. They paved the way. What did we do with it?

Very harsh words, wouldn't you say?  Very strong.  Very provocative.  Very accusatory.

Now:  which stone cold racist said those things?

His name is Dr. William Henry Cosby Jr.  But most of his fans call him Bill. 

And this is no urban fantasy either.   Bill Cosby said those words on May 17, 2004, at an NAACP event commemorating a different 50th anniversary event:  the Supreme Court's Brown v Board of Education decision, which ended the thoroughly racist "separate but equal" school charade.   

I don't know that I agree with everything Mr. Cosby said on that day.  But I do agree with a lot of it.  And I know for excrement-sure that some form of a speech like this should have been made in Washington DC yesterday.  

How I wish I were surprised that it was not.


SEALING THE DEAL FOR BOOKER

Ken Berwitz

Once I knew that New Jersey's special election for the senate was between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Bogota, NJ Mayor Steve Lonegan, I put the odds at about 99% to 1% that I would be voting for Booker.

But those odds have now changed dramatically.

It seems that rumors have arisen regarding the unmarried Mr. Booker possibly being gay (no specific evidence, just rumors).

And here, via Mackenzie Weinger's article at politico.com, are Lonegan's comments about it:

"Maybe that helps to get him the gay vote, by acting ambiguous."

"It's kind of weird.  As a guy, I personally like being a guy."

 "I don't know if you saw the stories last year. They've been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o'clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure."

"I don't like going out in the middle of the night or any time of the day for a manicure and pedicure. It was described as his peculiar fetish, is how it was described.  I have a more peculiar fetish.  I like a good Scotch and a cigar.  That's my fetish, but we'll just compare the two."

That's Lonegan's reaction.  Now here's mine:  Lonegan's leering, snide, obnoxious, innuendo-laden vomit has lowered my chances of voting for him from 1% to 0%. 

Earlier I told you my voting odds have changed dramatically.  Well, Lonegan's chance has dropped 100%:  you can't get a more dramatic change than that.

Someday, in some way, Steve Lonegan might say a word or two about the substantive issues that mean something to New Jerseyans.  But if he's talking about manicures and how much he likes scotch and cigars, in an effort to avoid those issues and, instead, hope that negative feelings toward gay people will somehow propel him to victory, that time clearly has not yet come.

Little wonder that, other than a short stint as a small-town Mayor (Bogota has less than 10,000 people), Lonegan has lost every election he's ever run in.

Zeke ......... ......... Cory Booker is a Dem Machine Politician. .... ..... He is ONLY concerned with the Dem Party and what it can do for him. ..... .... Newark has continued to be Detroit-East under him. . . . . Education, despite huge state subsidies, has been worse than abysmal. . . .. . . Mr. Lonegan desperately needs training in public speaking -- he sounds like he is still in Jr. High. .... .... Lonegan does identify specific problems in NJ that desperately need solution. . . . .. . .. Nothing to convince me HE is the one to do oit, though. . . . .. .. . He did a good job as Mayor of Bogata. (08/29/13)

Ken Berwitz zeke - I'm not saying Cory Booker is an ideal candidate. Far from it. My decision is based on choosing between two candidates with positions I disagree with...but one of them at least willing to see both sides, and the other a hardline take-no-prisoners ideologue....who also happens to be a narrow-minded jerk. I'll go with door #1 (08/30/13)


PRESIDENT OBAMA'S SYRIA THEME SONG

Ken Berwitz

Ever hear of Sid Robin or Charlie Shavers?  Probably not.

But, amazingly enough, 75 years ago, in 1938, Mr. Robin and Mr. Shavers wrote what apparently is the theme song of Barack Obama's Syria fiasco.

It's title?  "Undecided".  Here are the first two verses:

First you say you do
And then you don't
And then you say you will
And then you won't
You're undecided now
So what are you gonna do?

Now you want to play
And then it's no
And when you say you'll stay
That's when you go
You're undecided now
So what are you gonna do?

Many individuals and groups have recorded "Undecided".  But its single best-selling version was the 1951 version by The Ames Brothers.

Personally, I think if they had known about Mr. Obama and his Syria "policy" (if you can call it that), they'd probably have recorded it as The Aimless Brothers.

Under President Obama we have become an international joke.  Syria is just the latest reason why.

(By the way, if you want to hear a spectacular version of "Undecided", just click here and listen to, in my opinion, the greatest female jazz/pop singer of them all:  Ella Fitzgerald.  I guarantee you won't be sorry that you did.


A CLOUD FORMATION WITH AN OPINION

Ken Berwitz

This appears to be a real picture.  If so, it is a cloud formation I probably would avoid being under....


SEALING THE DEAL FOR BOOKER

Ken Berwitz

Once I knew that New Jersey's special election for the senate was between Newark Mayor Cory Booker and former Bogota, NJ Mayor Steve Lonegan, I put the odds at about 99% to 1% that I would be voting for Booker.

But those odds have now changed dramatically.

It seems that rumors have arisen regarding the unmarried Mr. Booker possibly being gay (no specific evidence, just rumors).

And here, via Mackenzie Weinger's article at politico.com, are Lonegan's comments about it:

"Maybe that helps to get him the gay vote, by acting ambiguous."

"It's kind of weird.  As a guy, I personally like being a guy."

 "I don't know if you saw the stories last year. They've been out for quite a bit about how he likes to go out at three o'clock in the morning for a manicure and a pedicure."

"I don't like going out in the middle of the night or any time of the day for a manicure and pedicure. It was described as his peculiar fetish, is how it was described.  I have a more peculiar fetish.  I like a good Scotch and a cigar.  That's my fetish, but we'll just compare the two."

That's Lonegan's reaction.  Now here's mine:  Lonegan's leering, snide, obnoxious, innuendo-laden vomit has lowered my chances of voting for him from 1% to 0%. 

Earlier I told you my voting odds have changed dramatically.  Well, Lonegan's chance has dropped 100%:  you can't get a more dramatic change than that.

Someday, in some way, Steve Lonegan might say a word or two about the substantive issues that mean something to New Jerseyans.  But if he's talking about manicures and how much he likes scotch and cigars, in an effort to avoid those issues and, instead, hope that negative feelings toward gay people will somehow propel him to victory, that time clearly has not yet come.

Little wonder that, other than a short stint as a small-town Mayor (Bogota has less than 10,000 people), Lonegan has lost every election he's ever run in.

Zeke ......... ......... Cory Booker is a Dem Machine Politician. .... ..... He is ONLY concerned with the Dem Party and what it can do for him. ..... .... Newark has continued to be Detroit-East under him. . . . . Education, despite huge state subsidies, has been worse than abysmal. . . .. . . Mr. Lonegan desperately needs training in public speaking -- he sounds like he is still in Jr. High. .... .... Lonegan does identify specific problems in NJ that desperately need solution. . . . .. . .. Nothing to convince me HE is the one to do oit, though. . . . .. .. . He did a good job as Mayor of Bogata. (08/29/13)

Ken Berwitz zeke - I'm not saying Cory Booker is an ideal candidate. Far from it. My decision is based on choosing between two candidates with positions I disagree with...but one of them at least willing to see both sides, and the other a hardline take-no-prisoners ideologue....who also happens to be a narrow-minded jerk. I'll go with door #1 (08/30/13)


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