Wednesday, 16 October 2013

THE NEW JERSEY MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION

Ken Berwitz

For whatever it means or does not mean to you:

After voting, I re-registered one of  my cars on line, using New Jersey's Motor Vehicle Commission web site.

New Jersey has its good points and its bad points.  But the online registration procedure is one of its very best.  It was simple to navigate, explanatory every step of the way, and I was finished in no time.

Can whoever put this web site together contact ObamaCare?  Fast?

Zeke .... .... the NJ MVC is privately owned. When Christie Whitman was governor (R), she outsourced the Dept of Motor Vehicles processing -- computers, clerks, buildings, etc. .... The Dems screamed Holy Hannah, Patronage Payoff, etc .... but it's been run much more efficiently at lower cost. . . . . Whenever I've had to go to the local MVC office, people always are walking out muttering the same thing, "I put too much money in the Parking Meter". (10/16/13)


LA MER

Ken Berwitz

A quick break from the day's news - which probably includes the inevitable deal to keep government open and the media assurance that Republicans got their backsides handed to them - to enjoy a beautiful song.

Most of us know - and enjoy - Bobby Darin's terrific version of "Beyond The Sea".  But not everyone knows that it was originally a French song called La Mer, sung by the great balladeer and writer Charles Trenet.

Trenet was a very complex man.  Singer, composer, author....a man who performed for the nazis during the 1940-44 occupation, but was attacked by the nazis for his open friendships with Jewish performers.  And a gay man - either overtly or covertly depending on which account you believe (I've read both).

Click here for his performance of this classicly beautiful song, at l'Opera Bastille in 1993 - when he was 80 years of age.  I bet it will charm you to your core, and put a great smile on your face....as it certainly does to mine.

Enjoy.


THE DEMOCRATS' PYRRHIC VICTORY?

Ken Berwitz

Pyrrhic victory:  A victory that is offset by staggering losses.

ObamaCare will go on as planned.  Therefore the Democrats have won a huge victory today. 

Or have they?

If ObamaCare is a roaring success, Democrats will probably win both the house and the senate next year, giving President Obama the full monty he had for his first two years (not that he needs it, given his penchant for acting outside the constitution).  And y'know what?  They will deserve it.

But if ObamaCare turns out to be the disaster which I (and a surprising number of liberal and leftward people I have spoken to) expect it will be, what then? 

Let's talk real here.  If ObamaCare fails the public is going to blame Democrats, not Republicans - even if some in the media try their best to convince them of the opposite. 

And the same Republicans who are being tarred and feathered today for their opposition to ObamaCare in its current form - at a time when there is no election and it doesn't count - just might be perceived, next November, as political Cassandras, who should have been listened to when they warned us, when there is an election and it does count.

Well, we've got until then to find out, don't we? 

To paraphrase the immortal Bette Davis as Margo Channing...."fasten your seat belts; it's going to be a bumpy year".

free` The only reason I disagree with you is my sister. She is a highly educated special needs teacher at a public school and was president of the teachers union. As of last week she still believes that people are being helped by the ACA. She believes that people who like their insurance have gotten to keep it and the price of insurance and medical care have come down in price. And she knows nothing of any waivers. She is the perfect Obama voter and don't forget, there were enough of them to not only elect the man to disastrous first term but re-elect him to a second. May G-d have mercy on those of us who didn't vote for him or the leadership we now have. (10/16/13)


ELECTION DAY IN NEW JERSEY

Ken Berwitz

I just voted in New Jersey's special election to finish Deceased Senator Frank Lautenberg's senate term (an election which should not have taken place, since Governor Christie should have appointed a replacement for the remainder of the term).

I arrived at the polling place at 10:40 - over four and a half hours after it opened.  I was voter #34. 

That is an average of 7 or 8 voters per hour.  Per hour. 

But Governor Christie had to spend the estimated 24 million extra dollars, and disrupt every school which doubles as a voting location (mine included) so Cory Booker would not steal some of his thunder on the real election day (when schools are closed).

I assume you already know what I think about this special election thing.


THE BOOKER/LONEGAN RACE

Ken Berwitz

It is 7:45PM - 15 minutes before the polls close in New Jersey.

My expectation (not prediction, I don't make them) is that Cory Booker will win by about 13 - 15%. 

I don't know if I will ever forgive Governor Christie for appointing his law office buddy Jeff Chiesa (AKA Jeff Who????) to baby-sit the Senate seat left vacant by Frank Lautenberg's death for a few months and then run this ridiculous special election three weeks before the scheduled election day.  Why, other than his ego being fragile enough to suspect Booker might get more votes than he would, did Mr. Christie not simply appoint a Senator - a real one, not a Jeff Chiesa - to finish out Mr. Lautenberg's term? 

Anyway, it won't be long before we see how things shape up.  There's always the possibility of a surprise, but this time it would be an especially big one.  I wouldn't count on it.

free` Just about every time I see Gov. Christie, he is yuckin it up with one Democrat or another. It looks very strange to me. (10/16/13)


MEDIA SPIN: HOW THEY DO IT (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

This morning's Today Show led with a story about the possible government shutdown. 

It was almost completely negative in its tone, with dire warnings about the disaster which would befall us all if a shutdown were to occur -- not dissimilar from what we heard on Today about the sequester (which started March 1st, continues to this day, with so little overt impact that most people, I suspect, have forgotten about it altogether).

The government shutdown story went on for almost two and a half minutes (2:21 to be exact). 

During that time, Republicans were mentioned 6 times and the tea party was mentioned once. 

Democrats?  Never mentioned once. 

So the only connection between this negative story and a political party is with Republicans.  100%.

Media spin:  that's how they do it.


WHILE THEY TELL YOU THAT REPUBLICANS ARE BEING BLAMED FOR THE SHUTDOWN......

Ken Berwitz

Since most of what passes for mainstream media these days are telling us that Republicans are vastly more likely to be taking a pounding over the possible government shutdown, I thought you might want to see some data they are somehow overlooking.

Here is how President Obama has made out over the last week in Rasmussen's daily tracking poll:

 Date  

Presidential Approval Index  

 Strongly Approve  

 Strongly Disapprove  

 Total Approve  

 Total Disapprove  

10/16/2013

-16

28%

44%

46%

52%

10/15/2013

-16

27%

43%

48%

50%

10/14/2013

-15

28%

43%

48%

50%

10/13/2013

-14

27%

41%

50%

48%

10/12/2013

-13

27%

40%

51%

48%

10/11/2013

-10

28%

38%

51%

47%

10/10/2013

-7

30%

37%

51%

47%

And, in case you think this a one-poll fluke (like the NBC/WSJ poll showing Republicans far more to blame than Democrats than the others, which media went so ga-ga over several days ago), please note that, in the same 7 days, Gallup's daily tracking poll has gone from 46% approve/48% disapprove to 42% approve/51% disapprove.

What does this mean?  Frankly, not a great deal, since polls certainly can be inaccurate and data can certainly be fluid. 

But when media heavily feature poll data which show one side of things - in this case Republicans taking a beating on the shutdown - while largely burying other poll data which show the other side - President Obama's ratings dropping heavily as he continues to refuse any negotiations to end the shutdown - what does that tell you about the way this situation is being reported? 

How much easier it is to "win" when the referee is on your side.....


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