Sunday, 17 November 2013

FROM THE "SURVIVAL MAKES STRANGE BEDFELLOWS" DEPT...

Ken Berwitz

Is fear a stronger motivator than hatred?  Does it create the strangest of strange bedfellows?

Well, if the story excerpted below from The Times Of Israel is true, the answer apparently is yes:

Israel is working on coordinating plans for a possible military strike with Saudi Arabia, with Riyadh prepared to provide tactical support to Jerusalem, a British newspaper reported early Sunday.

The two countries have both united in worry that the West may come to terms with Iran, easing sanctions and allowing the Islamic Republic to continue its nuclear program.

According to the Sunday Times, Riyadh has agreed to let Israel use its airspace in a military strike on Iran and cooperate over the use of rescue helicopters, tanker planes and drones.

"The Saudis are furious and are willing to give Israel all the help it needs," an unnamed diplomatic source told the paper.

Saudi Arabia, a Sunni Muslim country across the Persian Gulf from Iran has long been at odds with Tehran, and fears a nuclear weapon would threaten Riyadh and set off a nuclear arms race in the region.

Let's try to wrap our arms (or thawb, or tallis) around this.

Why would Saudi Arabia conmingle with the hated infidels of Israel? 

Well, how about the fact that Saudi Arabia is comprised mostly of Sunni Muslims and Iran is a Shi'ite Muslim state. 

Generally speaking, Sunnis and Shi'ites appear to hate each other almost as much as both hate Jews.  But while the Jews of Israel have never indicated any interest in attacking Saudi Arabia, the Saudis fear that Iran may have a great interest in doing so...along with attacking just about everyone else as well. 

Therefore, if the powers that be in Saudi Arabia allow Israel the opportunity to spend its lives and weaponry attacking Iran, they see the possibility of a great gain with minimal risk.  Hey, why not?  

Stalin had his useful idiots.  Saudi Arabia is settling for useful infidels.

So, is this story true?  Well, maybe it is and maybe it isn't.  No one knows for sure and you can bet the Saudis and the Israelis won't be issuing any joint press releases on the subject.  

But is it plausible?  Yes it is.

Stay tuned....

free' They better not tell Obama about it, if it is true, he will tell the media and blow any deniability for both countries. (11/17/13)

Zeke .... .... The enemy of MY enemy is MY friend. . . . . . (11/17/13)


ALEC BALDWIN'S THREAT...AND THE BROOKLYNESE REACTION TO IT Ken Berwitz


Get your crying towels out.

Alec Baldwin, a man whose entire career is based on exposure to the public - created and nurtured by publicity - is now threatening to quit show business.  

Here is why - excerpted from the piece (I am assuming) he personally wrote for huffingtonpost.com:

I am concerned for my family. In Bloomberg's New York, forty or fifty paparazzi are allowed to block streets, inconvenience homeowners, workers and shoppers, and make life miserable for my neighbors. Photographers have tripped and fallen on babies in strollers on my block. They have nearly struck my wife in the face with microphones. They provoke me, daily, by getting dangerously close to me with their cameras as weapons, hoping I will react. When I do, the weapon doubles as a device to record my reaction. And then, apparently, I lose every time. If quitting the television business, the movie business, the theatre, any component of entertainment, is necessary in order to bring safety and peace to my family, then that is an easy decision. This country's obsession with the private lives of famous people is tragic. It's tragic in the sense that it is so clearly a projection of people's frustration about their government, their economy, their own spiritual bankruptcy. You have no voice in Washington. In Washington, or in any statehouse, no one actually cares what you think. So you post online, you vote with a Roman-esque thumbs up or down on the celebrity debacle of the day. That is your right. It's also fatal misdirection of your voice and need to judge. Occupy Wall Street, on their worst day, had more integrity than the comments page of this website ever will.

Fascinating.  Let's go through Mr. Baldwin's plaintive outcry:

-I don't blame him for being concerned for his family.

-I agree that there always seems to be a large component of media, whether print, broadcast or pictorial, following him.  How sad, however, that he chose to politicize this by the reference to "Bloomberg's New York".  Did he think it didn't happen before Bloomberg was NewYork's Mayor?  Does he think it will magically stop under de Blasio?  Maybe that might happen in the rarefied fantasy world of Alec Baldwin; but not in the real world where the rest of us reside.

-Yes, the media people who infuriate him are the same media people who then will record his fury and make him look bad.  Just like they do for every other major show business personality.  Remember that scene in Godfather II, when Hyman Roth explained to Michael Corleone why he did not seek vengeance for the killing of his lifelong friend, Moe Green?   Let me refresh your, and Mr. Baldwin's memory:

"Someone put a bullet through his eye. No one knows who gave the order. When I heard it, I wasn't angry; I knew Moe, I knew he was head-strong, talking loud, saying stupid things. So when he turned up dead, I let it go. And I said to myself, this is the business we've chosen; I didn't ask who gave the order, because it had nothing to do with business."

That's right, Mr. Baldwin.  This is the business you have chosen.  And for many years, business has been exceptionally good.  Unfair though you may think it to be (and I'm not saying you are wrong) that is the way things are in the entertainment business.  You knew it all along, and you therefore have no right to complain about it.

-Then we have the dissertation about what an unfulfilled, simpering bunch of losers the public is.  Point of order:  these are also the people whose fandom made you rich and famous.  No one wants to hear you attack them for doing so.  Stop whining.

-And, finally, there is Mr. Baldwin's hosanna for Occupy Wall Street - a sort-of protest movement which quickly degenerated into a cesspool of anarchy, thievery, violence and rape.  Occupy Wall Street wound up lasting, in any meaningful form, for just a few months....only because it was watered and fertilized by media.  Absent their ongoing love affair with this, or anything, leftward, I doubt it would have existed more than one or two days.

By the way, didn't Alec Baldwin make a ton of money over the past couple of years doing ads for Capital One Bank?   Aren't banks just like Capital One the arch-enemy of Occupy Wall Street?  Does the term "hypocrite" come to mind.....in Times Square billboard-sized letters?

Let me end by addressing Mr. Baldwin's threat to leave the entertainment business:  in the not-very-immortal words of this born Brooklynite....who's stoppin ya?

Zeke .... ..... To : Al Baldwin - - - - - You ! .... You said back then that if G. W. Bush won the election, you'd leave the US and live in Canada. .... .... News for you: Bush won ! - - - So Al, get out of here --- just leave ! .... ... Do not Pass Go, .... Do not Collect $200. ..... Just GTFO ! - - and don't let the Door hit your Ass on the way out. . . . . (11/17/13)

Zeke .... ..... To : Al Baldwin - - - - - You ! .... You said back then that if G. W. Bush won the election, you'd leave the US and live in Canada. .... .... News for you: Bush won ! - - - So Al, get out of here --- just leave ! .... ... Do not Pass Go, .... Do not Collect $200. ..... Just GTFO ! - - and don't let the Door hit your Ass on the way out. . . . . (11/17/13)


THE MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY "PANEL DISCUSSION"

Ken Berwitz

Sometimes you don't know whether to laugh, to cry or just to shake your head in wonderment.

Here, as pulled from Tim Graham's blog at newsbusters.org, are a couple of segments from a "panel discussion" hosted by left wing feminist/member in good standing of the Professionally Oppressed, Melissa Harris-Perry, featuring - please tell me you are not surprised by this - a group of similarly left wing feminists.

First we have Lizz Winstead - incredibly, a comedy writer - telling us who should be summarily disqualified from any discussion of birth control:

"I never have understood how anybody gets a seat at any decision-making table by saying two different things. One: 'I'm not a doctor, and I know nothing about science, but -'Okay, out! Two: 'I want to reduce the number of abortions, and the way I want to do that is to remove access to affordable birth control.' You? Out!

Just curious:  Have you ever heard anyone, no matter how "pro-life" describe him/herself that way?  Of course not.  What we have here is Winstead taking a factual statement and a position on abortion, adding her ad hominem opinion of it, and then giving the heave-ho to what she herself has created.  Pathetic.

Next, we have this fascinating colloquy from the amen choru...er, panel Ms. Harris-Perry put together to second her every thought:

IRIN CARMON, MSNBC.com: In Ohio, the quote-unquote right-to-life [movement] is suing to block the Medicaid expansion, which does not cover abortion. It covers contraception. And they - you know, there's a split, but there's two groups that are suing that don't want low-income women to have access to contraception.

HARRIS-PERRY: So no contraception, no abortion - compulsory pregnancy - and then, the children that you have, have to be hungry. Because that is what will punish you for having had sex.

WINSTEAD: That's right.

HARRIS-PERRY: That is what will punish you.

WINSTEAD: They don't want poor women to have joy.

ANTHEA BUTLER: No they don't, and they want to sacralize sperm, and it's time we quit sacralizing sperm in this country, and making it the most important thing that there is. 

Huh?  Wha?  

Ok, let's take them one by one:  

-Assuming Ms. Carmon is correct (often a mistake when we talk about MSNBC), a couple of groups (not the entire right-to-life movement) are suing to prevent contraception as part of medicaid.  This would not - repeat, not - prevent them from getting contraception, only from medicaid (thus the taxpayers, about half of whom are pro-life if you read the polls) paying for it.  So she, of course, is wrong.

-Since Ms. Carmon is wrong, so is Ms. Harris-Perry's "no contraception-no abortion" claim.  Regarding the pro-life people's ultimate goals, however, she is at least partly correct.  Yes, some people want abortions to be illegal, and some want contraception illegal.  But so what?  There are two sides to every issue in creation with advocates on both of those sides.  Why should abortion and contraception be different?  

-Don't you love Winstead then piping in that these demons-on-earth are against women having joy?  Uh, excuse me, Lizz, but if women are not having the kind of sex that results in babies, then men are not having that kind of sex either...so they are just as deprived of joy as women are.  But why bother with the inherent gender-neutrality part of things, when you're in the midst of a feminist rant.

-And then my favorite:  Anthea Butler, who I understand to be a religion teacher, talking about "sacrilizing sperm".  Sacralizing sperm??????  Wow.  

In his blog, Tim Graham refers Ms. Butler's comment as an "anti-Catholic crack".  Y'know, a less genteel fellow than yours truly might think of that not as a verbal reference but as a physical one - which might well apply to the entire panel.  

But far be it from me to be that crude.  (Well, maybe not so far.  In fact I better stop this blog right now before I succomb....)

Zeke .... .... .... ..... Dang ! .... I'm willing to personally pay for Birth Control --- the gub'mint should pay for all expenses (dinner, flowers, gifts, champagne) incurred in GETTING to the point where Birth Control is needed . . . . . . (11/17/13)


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