Tuesday, 26 November 2013


The news has just come out that alec baldwin is fired from his once-a-week show on MSNBC.  Apart from his low ratings after just a few weeks of his show, the key reason (there are others, relating to his sparkling personality) is that he was caught on camera calling a photographer a gay provider of male oral sex (that is a very sanitized reference to the actual word he used).

Martin Bashir remains a show host on MSNBC.  Even with his low ratings after years on the air, the fact that he suggested someone should defecate in Sarah Palin's mouth and urinate in her face did not generate a firing.  Or a suspension.  Or even a public admonishment.  

Clearly, therefore, MSNBC considers what baldwin said about the photographer exceedingly unacceptable, but what Bashir said to Ms. Palin perfectly acceptable.

What does this tell you about MSNBC?  Probably nothing that you didn't already know.


UPDATE:  I was just talking to Kim in my office, and she asked me whether Capital One - which pays baldwin big bucks to star in the company's "what's in your wallet" commercials - has said, or done, a thing since he made his latest anti-gay slur.

Helluva good question.  When do the people over there pipe up?  On the other hand, if Capital One is hypocritical enough to use baldwin - a big time supporter of the short-lived "Occupy" movement - for the commercials, and baldwin is hypocritical enough to accept Capital One's $$$, maybe this is a match made in .... well, heaven may be a little elevated.  Think of a different place with lower altitude and fewer letters.

Zeke ... ... .... The Occupy "Movement" was rigidly organized, centrally financed and controlled agitprop. . . . . . Yes, the creatures that were the 'face' (derriere) were losers, dropouts, some homeless, and some activists. . . . . . But the simultaneous 'demonstrations' all over the country (and some overseas) were directed by a Canadian group, and financed by someone like Soros. .. . . . . . Notice how they ALL disappeared simultaneously .... just like they appeared. . . . . . (11/26/13)


Ken Berwitz

Today's Quote Of The Day winner is awarded, jointly to the Iranian foreign ministry and state press.

Here, in part, is what it has to say about the "deal' supposedly cooked up by President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry:

"What has been released by the website of the White House as a fact sheet is a one-sided interpretation of the agreed text in Geneva and some of the explanations and words in the sheet contradict the text of the Joint Plan of Action, and this fact sheet has unfortunately been translated and released in the name of the Geneva agreement by certain media, which is not true," Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham told the Iranian press on Tuesday.

"This comprehensive solution would enable Iran to fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy for peaceful purposes under the relevant articles of the NPT in conformity with its obligations therein," the agreement reads, according to a copy released to Iranian state-run media.

"This comprehensive solution would involve a mutually defined enrichment programme with practical limits and transparency measures to ensure the peaceful nature of the programme," the Iranian draft reads. "This comprehensive solution would constitute an integrated whole where nothing is agreed until everything is agreed."

The New York Times, in yesterday's lead idiotorial, said this:

Even though the temporary agreement does not achieve permanent and total dismantlement of Iran's nuclear program, no one can seriously argue that it doesn't make the world safer.

Iran says it will "fully enjoy its right to nuclear energy".  And that "nothing is agreed until everything is agreed".  So all we are left with is Iran's promise not to direct its full right to nuclear energy toward weapons - keeping in mind that Iran has consistently, unfailingly lied about its nuclear ambitions and the progress on its nuclear program for years.

But we're supposed to feel safer.  Hey, the New York Times told us so.

Congratulations to marziyeh afkham and Iran's state-run media, for making it crystal clear that what Barack Obama and John Kerry announced about the "deal" with Iran is a figment of their imagination (that's the sanitized way of saying they are lying to our faces.  Again.  As usual). Quote Of The Day honors are theirs. 

And if there were a Lie Of The Day award (which, in fact, I am considering as a new blog feature), Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry would be joint winners, for sure.


Ken  Berwitz

So President Obama (and Secretary of State Kerry) think an intelligent deal with Iran is that we unfreeze something like $8 billion dollars of assets, in return for them keeping the material they can build a nuclear bomb with, but assuring us they won't use it that way....which, of course, means nothing since, next to oil and terrorism, Iran's most prolific export is lying.

Here is editorial cartoonist Bob Gorrell's explanation of what has really happened:

Does that say it all, or what?

(Oh, one other thing, Mr. President:  giving the store away to Iran, while screwing our ally, Israel - not to mention Saudi Arabia - will not cause anyone to forget the ObamaCare disaster.  Maybe your staff sycophants, and some of the beltway pundits who have long since lost touch with the real world, are telling you it will.  But they are dead, 100% wrong.  Just thought you should know). 


Ken Berwitz

As regular readers are aware, last month I was contacted by Mark Labell, a former trader at Charles Schwab's Phoenix office, who read my blogs on Hobby Lobby and hoped I could help him.

Mr. Labell detailed how, after 12 years at that office, he was eventually bullied out by management...who, in no small part, used Mr.Labell's Judaism as the weapon of choice.  You can read all about his story by clicking here.

After putting up this blog, I was contacted by two other people who found the same to be true of Charles Schwab (not just the Phoenix office).  This caused me to put up a second blog.

Then there was another similar account - from someone whose name suggests he is from a different minority group - which I detailed in a third blog

This latest blog generated a comment from a woman claiming to be one of Mark Labell's co-workers, who both vouched for his character and confirmed that the traders in Schwab's Phoenix office live in fear of its management. 

Since then, I have received an email from a man who tells me his niece saw identical behavior when she worked at Schwab, and a another person from Mr. Labell's office who confirms his account of what goes on there.

In addition, two people have referred me to a web site called glassdoor.com, to see numerous other such complaints leveled against Schwab.  You can too, by clicking here.

Let me again point out that I do not know any of these people.  I have no way of vouching for their accounts of what goes on at Charles Schwab.

But I have to say that the accounts they have offered look sincere to me (you can read some of them yourself, by checking the "comments" section of each blog).  And, in any event, the more of them I see, the more credible they become to me.

I am getting to the point where I will try to contact the Schwab organization - its Phoenix office in particular, but its corporate offices as well - and offer a chance to state their side of things.  (Frankly, given that fact that I have had three different people claiming to be current or former employees contact me, I'm surprised I haven't heard from Phoenix already.)

I will let you know what happens if/when I do.

DRKNIGHT Hi Ken, do not be surprised if you meet any resistance from the Phoenix office. The person that you contacted, about a letter in which you verified. I am paraphrasing but “they witnessed several events that to them are culturally offensive and discriminating. And that they consistently put the employees in harm’s way of a working in a hostile working environment which tends to be a common occurrence at Charles Schwab. Their mentality is to protect themselves by any means necessary. Do not be surprised to hear something that all of those people were disgruntled ex-employees which I find hard to believe myself personally. I am grateful that you are involved helping out what has been going on with this corrupt environment. (11/26/13)


Ken Berwitz

This one doesn't need much explaining.

In CNN's poll last month (conducted by ORC, a long-time very reputable marketing research firm), the "generic ballot" question - i.e. which party should be elected for their congressional district - had 50% of the sample saying they preferred a Democrat to 42% preferring a Republican;  a nice, comfortable lead for Democrats.

This month?  49% say they prefer a Republican to 47% preferring a Democrat;  a 10% swing (from +8% Democrat to -2%). 

Think ObamaCare had anything to do with it?

Little wonder that Democrats are running - not walking, running - from this unworkable monstrosity. Call it the DORC:  The Democrats' ObamaCare Running Club.  

And, unless there is a remarkable (though exceedingly improbable) change in ObamaCare's fortunes, don't expect them back either. 

If you want to expect something, expect them to be joined by other members of their party:  more and more DORCs from now to election day 2014.

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