Friday, 13 September 2013

THE HOLLYWOOD HUSH

Ken Berwitz

Have you noticed all those Hollywood folks - you know, the tinsel-town seers who had an opinion on everything George Bush ever did - protesting the Obama administration's threat to bomb Syria?

What's that you say?  Not a word? 

Well, guess what:  I haven't heard a word either.  With very few exceptions - one of them being Ed Asner, a dyed-in-the-wool far leftist with personal convictions and honor - you are hearing the non-musical version of Simon and Garfunkel's "Sounds Of Silence". 

If they have any problem with Mr. Obama's warmongering presidency (let's not forget that he tripled the number of troops in Afghanistan and 3/4 of all combat deaths there are on his watch), it is, in the words of LA Confidential's Sid Hudgens, "off the record, on the QT, and very hush-hush."

Brent Bozell, of mediawatch.org, has written an excellent column listing out the various "celebrities" who couldn't stop talking about the depredations of Mr. Bush, but have become thoroughly tongue-tied when it is their lord and savior Mr. Obama.   His first two paragraphs:

In the era of "warmonger" Republicans in the White House, the Toronto International Film Festival would have been fertile ground for bold, outspoken "dissent" from actors against war in the Middle East. Now with Obama on the brink of missile attacks in Syria, you would expect the same agitation, but this time coupled with a dash of betrayal.

Instead, the Hollywood Reporter found nothing there but an icy pile of "no comments" from more than a dozen celebs, including Susan Sarandon, Josh Brolin, Penn Jillette and Tim Robbins.

Mr. Bozell goes on to mention a bunch of others as well, but you get the idea.

Hey, I have an idea:  maybe an enterprising Hollywood writer could come up with a reality show concept for this bunch.  It could be called "Keeping Up With The Hypocritians". 

Of course, the writer would have to know this would also be the end of his/her career in tinseltown.  But what the heck.  In the era of Obama job creation there will be plenty of alternative employment opportunities.  And no college refresher courses would be necessary either.  Just stand in front of the mirror and keep repeating "Fries with that"?  


MEMORIALIZING 9/11, IN A CONCORD, MA HIGH SCHOOL

Ken Berwitz

So, how did the folks at Concord-Carlisle (Massachusetts)  High School memorialize 9/11?

Well, according to O'Ryan Johnson's article for the Boston Herald, they didn't have anyone recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  See, the student who was supposed to recite the pledge had something else to do.  And, evidently, no other student in the entire high school was able to take his/her place.

But, later in the day, a student did recite a Muslim poem about a Syrian grandmother washing her feet in a bathroom sink at Sears and sarcastically assuring the women looking at her that this is because her culture is superior to theirs. 

Unlike the Pledge of Allegiance, school personnel had no problem at all finding someone to do that.

The poem, with its elegant title, My Grandmother Washes Her Feet in the Sink of the Bathroom At Sears", was written by someone named Mohja Khaf.  Here is an excerpt:  take a look and see how you feel about its being read on 9/11, but not the Pledge of Allegiance:

My grandmother puts her feet in the sink of the bathroom at Sears

to wash them in the ritual washing for prayer, wudu,

because she has to pray in the store or miss

the mandatory prayer time for Muslims

She does it with great poise, balancing

herself with one plump matronly arm

against the automated hot-air hand dryer,

after having removed her support knee-highs

and laid them aside, folded in thirds,

and given me her purse and her packages to hold

so she can accomplish this august ritual

and get back to the ritual of shopping for housewares

 

Respectable Sears matrons shake their heads and frown

as they notice what my grandmother is doing,

an affront to American porcelain,

a contamination of American Standards

by something foreign and unhygienic

requiring civic action and possible use of disinfectant spray

They fluster about and flutter their hands and I can see

a clash of civilizations brewing in the Sears bathroom

 

My grandmother, though she speaks no English,

catches their meaning and her look in the mirror says,

I have washed my feet over Iznik tile in Istanbul

with water from the world's ancient irrigation systems

I have washed my feet in the bathhouses of Damascus

over painted bowls imported from China

among the best families of Aleppo

And if you Americans knew anything

about civilization and cleanliness,

you'd make wider washbins, anyway

My grandmother knows one culture-the right one,

Delightful.  How proud the faculty over at Concord-Carlisle must be 

And in case you think I am being sarcastic about their pride, here is what school spokesperson Tom Lucey was sent out to say: 

"We had the well-being of students at the forefront of our thinking when we chose to acknowledge 9/11 by reading a poem that focused on cross-cultural understanding rather than unsettling words and images associated with the event.  We greatly respect all those who died and suffered loss on 9/11, the responders who gave their lives, as well as those who have served and continue to serve our country. We remain grateful for these heroic citizens."

Yep, reading about grandma washing her feet at Sears, and insulting Americans because they have the wrong culture, certainly demonstrates cross-cultural understanding....providing your understanding is that Americans don't know squat about civilization and cleanliness, but Muslims do. 

The article indicates that, after an unspecified number of parents complained, the Principal apologized for not finding another student to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  But not for the poem.

If this is the quality of education in Concord, New Hampshire, god help every student there.  And if this is tolerated by the people, god help the city of Concord.


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Suppose you were a Black parent with a school-aged child, and the local school you were expected to send that child to was named after a founder of the ku klux klan.  Would you have a problem with that?

I'm guessing you would.  A big one.

Well, incredibly, that situation currently exists in Jacksonville, Florida.  Read this excerpt from Valerie Strauss's article in the Washington Post and see for yourself:

A petition on change.org with some 75,000 signatures is asking a Florida school district to change the name of a high school that is named after Nathan Bedford Forrest, a Confederate  general and the first  "grand wizard" of the Ku Klux Klan.

And, according to Marsha Oliver, chief of communications for the Duval County School District, it doesn't matter how many people sign the petition because the process for changing a school's name is community-based and the ultimate decision resides with the school board.

The school board was asked by the School Advisory Council in April 2007 to change the name but the panel voted 5-2 against it. The board's membership has changed since then.

The school was named after Forrest when it opened with white students only in 1959, a name suggestion that came from an organization called the Daughters of the Confederacy. Now, more than half of the school's students are African American.

I don't know what is more disgusting:  the fact that the school was named for a ku klux klan founder at all, the fact that the name has not already been changed, the fact that the school board voted down a name change in 2007 (the article goes on to say none of the members at that time are still on the board now) or the fact that a justifiably outraged parent, Mr. Omotayo Richmond, had to generate a petition with 75,000 signees for a name change to finally get off the dime.

Mr. Richmond is Black.  But as someone who is not, I can assure you that it doesn't require Black skin to see the ugliness of naming a school after nathan bedford forrest.  It is like me having to send my Jewish child to a school named after hitler. 

With all due respect to Marsha Oliver, maybe she is correct to say that 75,000 signatures on a petition to right this insanely racist wrong doesn't mean squat.  But if she had an ounce of sense, maybe she should have said, instead, that she would make a point of presenting it to the school board.  You know, indicating in some way that she recognized this is a problem.

I guess I'm expecting too much.

Real racism. It comes in all forms, from all sources. No group is immune to it, or from it. Certainly not a Florida school board which can't figure out why a school, named for the first "grand wizard" of the ku klux klan, needs to be named for someone else.


THE MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE DISGRACE

Ken Berwitz

Want to see a classic example of the kind of left-wing indoctrinated, completely intolerant little fascists some colleges are turning out?

Excerpted from an article in the Middlebury (Vermont) Campus, the school's newspaper:

A 2,977 flag memorial was ripped out of the ground in front of Mead Memorial Chapel shortly before 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 11 by a group of five protestors claiming that the flags were on top of a sacred Abenaki burial site.

The flags - meant to commemorate each of the 2,977 lives taken in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks - have been posted in the grass between Mead Chapel and the Davis Family Library annually in a joint effort between the College Republicans and Democrats for nearly 10 years.

Ben Kinney 15, president of the College Republicans, spent two hours putting the flags outside of Mead Chapel on Tuesday night, and happened to be walking up the hill towards the chapel when he saw four females and one male stuffing the miniature flags into black trash bags.

Kinney said the protestors told him they were "confiscating" the flags in protest of "America's imperialism."

Sasha Schell '15 also walked by the protest.

"I was thinking to myself 'why are people cleaning them up now and why are they doing it in such a hurried and haphazard manner?' I went up and asked them what they were doing. They said 'this is an Indian burial ground and you can't have anything penetrating the earth.'"

Kinney, who said he received permission to erect the memorial from Associate Dean of Students for Student Activities & Orientation JJ Boggs, said he had never seen protests against the yearly memorial during his time at the College.

America's imperialism?  Can any sane person claim that ripping out flags memorializing innocent people who died for the "crime" of showing up at work that day is a protest against imperialism?  Even leon trotsky would have laughed in derision.

"Indian burial ground and you can't have anything penetrating the earth"?   Apart from the fact that no one seemed to know, or care, about this "burial ground" until now, it is in the middle of an effing college campus.  There are sidewalks, buildings, lampposts, electrical wires, water pipes, and who knows what else going through that ground.  Forget college courses, these indoctrinated robots posing as "students" haven't even learned how to lie credibly.

If every one of the sorry excuses for humanity who did this are not suspended forthwith - and that is before we get to criminal charges relating to confiscation of property - Middlebury College might as well hand in its charter.  Because it is not a college any more; it is a willing breeding ground for lunatic-fringe left wing fascistic morons who can't stand that anyone thinks differently than they do....if you can call what they do thinking, which, admittedly, is a stretch.


THE SYRIA FIASCO: NOW THE TABLES ARE TURNED

Ken Berwitz

How long did it take for bashar al-assad to use Vladimir Putin's mastery over the hopelessly outwitted, outmatched amateur team of Barack Obama and John Kerry and turn the tables on us?  How about three days.

Excerpted from Robert F. Worth's bemused article in today's New York Times:

Not long ago, President Bashar al-Assad of Syria seemed a remote and embattled figure, with the United States threatening airstrikes and other Arab leaders denouncing him for having used chemical weapons against his own people.

Yet in recent days, he appears, paradoxically, to have turned the crisis to his advantage, making clear to a global television audience that he aims to use President Obama's own "red line" against him.

In exchange for relinquishing his chemical arsenal, Mr. Assad said Thursday, he will require that the United States stop arming the Syrian opposition - a demand that might seem wishful from the leader of a devastated country where civil war has left 100,000 dead, two million living as refugees and large swaths of territory beyond his control.

Mr. Assad outlined his demands on Thursday, telling a Russian TV interviewer that the arms-control proposal floated by his patron in Moscow would not be finalized until "we see the United States really wants stability in our region and stops threatening, striving to attack and also ceases arms deliveries to terrorists." 

 Translation:  "Sure, I'll give over my chemical weapons - or at any rate enough of them so that you can't whine and cry about it.  But first you have to become my ally and help me defeat the rebel groups, by making sure they are poorly armed, thus less able to put up a fight against me.  That way I can continue killing my own people - not with chemical weapons but with the conventional weapons I used to kill the other 100,000 of them."

In other words, our twin geniuses, Obama and Kerry, have allowed themselves to be put in a corner, where they are faced with the choice of either aiding and abetting a mass murderer, or continuing to arm the "rebels" - who, let's not forget, are loaded with al qaeda and al nusra terrorists - thus liberating al-assad to say "see, the USA never was interested in peace at all" and continue his killing spree.

Could this have been bungled worse?  Could Barack Obama have been bamboozled, flimflammed and taken to the cleaners more completely?

Putin, and his sock puppet al-assad, must be laughing so hard their bellies ache, at what feckless, inept, incompetent people are now in charge of the United States of America....and will be for the next 3+ years to come.

But this is not their fault.  It is ours.  We did this to ourselves. 

We elected, and re-elected this man to lead the country.  And we are getting exactly what he is:  a Chicago machine politician, with no qualifications for the Presidency, who is in 100 miles over his head. 

God help us.

Zeke ..... ..... .... But, the Freebie Syrian Army is fighting to make the Middle East safe for al Q'aida. . . . . Mr Obama wants to support these murdering vicious thugs. . . . . IF Syria falls there will be real tears in Iran (Syria's patron). . . . .. .. And Hezbulloh, Syria's client in Lebanon, will lack support and probably fall. . .. ... The 60,000 missiles in Hezbulloh's arsenal will then be in the hands of MVTaQ (Murdering Vicious Thugs of al Q'aida) ... who will leave them aimed at Israel, for about a week; then they will unleash them. . . . . Brilliant foreign policy by Barry and Swift-Boat Johnny. . . . . ..,. ... (09/13/13)


YOM KIPPUR (IT'S THAT TIME AGAIN)

Ken Berwitz

I am Jewish, but not at all religious. 

However I always fast on Yom Kippur, the highest holy day of the Jewish Calendar. 

Too many people suffered and died for the right to practice Judaism for me to ignore this day of atonement.  So I fast out of respect for them.

Since I also abstain from blogging on Yom Kippur, this is the last item you will see until either late tomorrow night or Sunday. 

I wish everyone of every religion, or for that matter no religion at all, peace and happiness.


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