Monday, 16 September 2013

AN OLD TIMERS' LAMENT

Ken Berwitz

Our pal Toy Insurance Bob just sent this to me.

I can't say I agree with everything you are about to read, and the Jay Leno" quote at the end is not entirely his (it is analgam of Leno and others).  But there is enough truth to it - not to mention entertainment value - that I thought I'd put it up.

Enjoy:

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, '40s, '50s,
'60s and '70s!!


First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. 
 
They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. 
 
Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies, in baby cribs, covered with bright colored lead based paints.
 

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, and, when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps, n
ot helmets, on our heads.
 

As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.. 
 
Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. 
 
We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. 
 
We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this. 
 
We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.  And most of us weren't overweight. WHY? 
 
Because we were always outside playing...that's why! 
 
We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the street lights came on.  No one was able to reach us all day.  And we were OKAY.
 

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps, and then them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes.. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.. 
 
We did not have Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were  n
o video games, no 150 channels on cable, No video movies or DVDs. No surround-sound or CDs.  No cell phones.  No Personal computers.  No internet.  No chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS.  And we went outside and found them. 

 

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth, and there were no lawsuits from those accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, and no one would call child services to report abuse. 

We ate worms, and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and - although we were warned it would happen we did not put out very many eyes. 

We rode bikes, or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them. 

Little leage had ryouts, and not everyone  made the team.  Those who didn't had to learn to deal with the disappointment.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unusual.  Most parents actually sided with the law! 
 
These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers, and inventors ever. 
 
The past 50 to 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.. 

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all. 
 
If YOU are one of those born between 1925-1960, CONGRATULATIONS! 
 
You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good. 

While you are at it, forward it to your kids, so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were. 

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?

 
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The quote of the month by Jay Leno: 

 "With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?"


HOW KENOSHA WISCONSIN BECAME INVISIBLE TO THE MEDIA

Ken Berwitz

Kenosha Wisconsin is a city of over 100,000 residents, and the home of among others, actors Orson Welles, Don Ameche and Daniel J. Travanti.

You'd think it would be a bit hard to lose.

But not when we are dealing with a national media which do not want the general public to know about a major story in that city.  Then it is very easy to lose - to the point of virtual invisibility.

Excerpted from Barnini Chakraborty's article at the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:

Teachers from one of Wisconsin's largest unions have jumped ship -- voting overwhelmingly to abandon the group in the latest in a string of setbacks for the struggling labor movement following Gov. Scott Walker's union overhaul two years ago.

The decision this week to disband by members of the Kenosha Education Association came after the organization was stripped of its certification and told it had lost its power to bargain for base wages with the district. The group was decertified after missing a key deadline in the annual reapplication process.

The development is in keeping with an overall downward spiral for Wisconsin's public worker unions. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported earlier this year that tens of thousands of teachers and other government workers have left their unions since the Walker-backed law took effect.

Known as Act 10, the set of reforms includes a provision that says unions won't be recognized by the state unless 51 percent of all potential members support them in annual elections.

According to Reuters, elections in 2011 and 2012 -- in which 207 school districts, 39 municipal and six state units participated -- resulted in 32 unions and their affiliates, or about 13 percent, being decertified.

However, those decertifications are on hold until the legal cases involving Act 10 are resolved in court.

The state is still knee-deep in legal challenges to Act 10 and until all of those are decided, the rulings of the lower courts serve more as a moral blow than anything else. However, as these losses pile up, some say it's only a matter of time before the unions lose their footing in Wisconsin.

Earlier this week, in an unrelated case, federal judge William Conley ruled that Walker's public union restrictions are constitutional. It was the second major victory for Walker's Act 10.

As you can see, the local story is that Kenosha's teachers, once given a chance to voice their preference, rejected the union.

The bigger story is that this same scenario is playing out all over the state of Wisconsin.

But the biggest story?  It is that national media have barely reported that it is happening.

You may recall the coverage these same media gave the union protests - often violent and uncontrolled - when Governor Walker attempted, successfully as it turned out, to rescind some (by no means all) of the unions' collective bargaining rights, and raise the amount members would have to pay for their health care. 

It was non-stop, every day, for months.  And unrelentingly negative for Governor Walker.  

But now, when the union members are decisively rejecting those same unions in Kenosha and other Wisconsin cities?  Try and find a feature, a panel discussion or an article outside the state.

I conclude from this, that our supposedly neutral media are, in fact, so far from neutrality that it is laughable to even use the word when talking about them.

Hey, here's an idea:  maybe they should turn in their press credentials and become magicians. 

I mean, people who can make a city like Kenosha, Wisconsin invisible certainly have earned the job description, haven't they?


WASHINGTON NAVY YARD SHOOTING UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Terrible new news on the shootings which too place at the Washington D. C. Navy Yard massacre.

Now the death toll is up to 13, and a dozen others injured.  I won't be surprised if both totals rise higher.

One of the shooters - identified as aaron alexis of Fort Worth, Texas, has, himself, been shot dead.  But there possibly may be one or two others still at large.  There are reports that alexis used an AR 15 rifle (UPDATE:  Now media say it was a shotgun, not an AR-15.  Like most fast-breaking stories, there's a lot of misinformation at the beginning).

You will now hear screams for more, stricter gun control.  They will be highly impassioned and mostly very sincere.

But before you join them, I suggest you wait to find out whether alexis and the others, if there are any, obtained and carried the weapons they used legally.  Because if they didn't, those new gun control laws being screamed about are 100% irrelevant to what happened today.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

If, after reading today's quote, you still wonder why I rail about the quality of what passes for journalism in this country today, I give up.

As you may be aware, one or more gun wielding murderers went on a shooting spree this morning at the Washington Navy Yard.  So far the reports are that 6 are dead (including one shooter) and 10 are injured...though initial reports like this almost always change, usually for the worse.

Here, incredibly, is what CNN news anchor Carol Costello had to say about it, in the form of a question to correspondent Brian Todd:

"I used to work in Washington, live in Washington. This seems so unusual to me that a gunman could create this kind of havoc at a U.S. military facility.  Have you ever heard of it happening before, Brian?"

Todd, as gently as he could, reminded (or informed - who knows?) Ms. Costello of nidal malik hasan, the Army psychiatrist turned Islamic terrorist, who shot 13 people dead and wounded 32 others at Fort Hood, Texas in 2009.  The same nidal malik hasan who was sentenced to death for those crimes THREE WEEKS AGO.

And Carol Costello never heard of this happening before? 

I prefer to think that Ms. Costello's impossibly ridiculous comment is the result of extreme stress during this horrific shooting spree.  But it is CNN - which joined most other media in barely covering the hasan trial.  So I can't be sure. 

What I can be sure of is that no one will beat her for Quote Of The Day Honors...however much she probably wishes someone would.

Er, congratulations to Carol Costello.  I think.


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

I wish these installments of Real Racism weren't coming as fast as they are.  But they are.

This latest one is from Texax Christian University, where  santiago pinon, a religious studies professor (of all things) sent this email to his students:

"At the beginning of the semester I usually like to invite all my students of color to get together and discuss the challenges they may face during the semester. However, the time slipped by and I didn't get a chance. So, I would like to ask if you are interested in a get together on Monday afternoon? We can also discuss the exam that is coming up, if you want. I don't mind if this would turn out to be a study session for my STUDENTS OF COLOR ONLY."

Students of color only? 

Let's stop here for a moment.  Suppose a religious studies - or any other studies - professor sent the following email to students:

"At the beginning of the semester I usually like to invite all my White students to get together and discuss the challenges they may face during the semester. However, the time slipped by and I didn't get a chance. So, I would like to ask if you are interested in a get together on Monday afternoon? We can also discuss the exam that is coming up, if you want. I don't mind if this would turn out to be a study session for my WHITE STUDENTS ONLY."

What do you suppose would happen?  Would that professor be able to continue teaching?  Is there any doubt the professor would be suspended, maybe fired outright?

But here is what happened to the TCU professor:  When Robby Soave of dailycaller.com contacted the TCU about Pinon, Lisa Albert, the school's director of communications, wrote back, saying "TCU expects that professors provide equal opportunities to all students". 

That's it.  No hint of a firing, a suspension or any punishment at all.  Just a statement of the expectations santiago pinon did not in any way meet.

But let's not underestimate Professor pinon.  Probably realizing that, because a major web site had inquired about the email, his overt racism might actually see the light of day, issued this statement:

"I should have been more clear in that any study group is open to all students.  I do like to offer myself as a resource to students (particularly those of color) who may face challenges and become discouraged; goal is to encourage and offer support, so I am troubled to think some students may have thought they were being excluded from a study session because that was not at all the intention."

Yeah, sure.  That settles things all right.  I mean how could anyone possibly mistake "STUDENTS OF COLOR ONLY" for being exclusionary?

It is hard to decide who is more racist:  professor pinon, or the powers that be at TCU which, at least so far, seem perfectly willing to let this pass as if it were nothing with nothing.

Real racism.  It comes in all forms, from all sources.  No group is immune to it, or from it.  Certainly not a racist professor who lies to our faces about his racism, and a university which has no problem with his racism, as long as it favors the acceptable group.


OBAMACARE: UNSALABLE

Ken Berwitz

After three years of Barack Obama, his administration, and his accomplice media relentlessly telling us about how wonderful ObamaCare will be, and how anyone who opposes it is a neanderthal,  right wing, mouth breathing, turn-back-the-clocker....

....the people still are not fooled.  At least not if the polls are any indication.

According to the just-released NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll:

-31% of all respondents think ObamaCare is a good idea;

-23% think it will have a positive impact on our health care system;

-12% think it will have a positive impact on their families;

-52% think it will cause their health insurance costs to rise.

And President Obama's reaction to public sentiment about his signature legislation?

"For the 85 to 90 percent of Americans who already have health insurance, they're already experiencing most of the benefits of the Affordable Care Act even if they don't know it.  So all the implementation issues that are coming up are implementation issues related to that small group of people, 10 to 15 percent of Americans ... who don't have health insurance right now, or are on the individual market and are paying exorbitant amounts for coverage that isn't that great."

Translation:  "I lied to you when I said people who are happy with their current health insurance can keep it, and the only way I can sell this monstrosity is to perpetuate the lie and convince as many suckers as possible that it is true...and that if they doubt me it is because they just don't know what they're talking about.  Yeahhhh, that's the ticket...."

Speaking as a male who has occasionally walked into a subway turnstile the wrong way, I can tell you that, to me, ObamaCare is a little...no, make that a lot...like getting whomped in that very sensitive lower part of the genital area.  There is this ghastly few seconds when nothing hurts at all, but you know the pain is coming, it is going to be intense and you are going to be in agony.

The difference is that, when you're whomped in that area, there is absolutely nothing you can do to prevent what is about to happen.

But ObamaCare is politics.  And in politics there is always something you can do. 

I wonder if congress - and I'm talking not only Republicans but Democrats - especially Democrats in vulnerable districts - will act accordingly.

There is still time.

Zeke .... ..... I am very grateful to Barack Obama. . . . . Previously, I never fully appreciated the profound insight of George Orwell. . . . . .the reality of totalitarian and authoritarian practices, and of doublethink. . . . . . Dystopia (the opposite of 'Utopia') is a reality. . . . . . . . . (09/16/13)


THE SYRIA FIASCO: PROPPING UP OBAMA

Ken Berwitz

A great many of Barack Obama's accomplice media continue in their increasingly desperate effort to prop him up by trying to convince their readers/viewers/listeners that his amazingly inept, incompetent non-performance on Syria was not inept and incompetent at all, but some kind of masterful diplomacy. 

In order to do that, it is necessary to perpetuate the lie that Obama, through our equally inept, incompetent Secretary of State, John Kerry, actually proposed that Syria turn over all its chemical weapons. 

It is also necessary to pretend that it wasn't Vladimir Putin, taking a ridiculous offhanded comment by Kerry, and using it as an opportunity to create a kabuki-theater charade wherein al-assad almost, but not quite, promises to turn over his chemical weapons.... provided that the USA leaves him a free shot at continuing to massacre his own people, both "rebels" and civilians, using conventional weapons.

With this in mind, I thought I would remind you of how the "turn over your weapons initiative" actually came into being.

One week ago, during a press conference, Margaret Brenner of CBS News asked Kerry what Syrian President/dictator bashar al-assad would have to do to prevent the USA from bombing his country.  Her exact question was:

"...is there anything at this point that his government could do or offer that would stop an attack?"

And here, verbatim, was Kerry's answer:

"Sure. He could turn over every single bit of his chemical weapons to the international community in the next week. Turn it over, all of it, without delay, and allow a full and total accounting for that. But he isn't about to do it, and it can't be done, obviously."

In other words, the "proposal" was a sarcasm tossed out by Kerry...who, just in case anyone thought he might seriously believe al-assad would do such a thing, made sure to emphatically indicate that he did not.

And, just in case Kerry's immediate disclaimer was not enough, the State Department put out an email which stated that:

"Secretary Kerry was making a rhetorical argument about the impossibility and unlikelihood of Assad turning over chemical weapons he has denied he used.  His point was that this brutal dictator with a history of playing fast and loose with the facts cannot be trusted to turn over chemical weapons, otherwise he would have done so long ago. That's why the world faces this moment."

Is it now perfectly clear that neither Barack Obama nor John Kerry had a thing to do with this charade of an "initiative"?  I thought so.

And will the Obama accomplice media now stop lying to us by claiming otherwise?   I didn't think so.

The Accomplice Media's motto:  "Keep 'em ignorant and you own 'em"

free' In my experience once someone is found out to be a liar, people never really trust that person again. The MSM or accomplise media will have their comeuppance. I pray. (09/16/13)


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