Sunday, 08 December 2013

A CARTOON THAT'S WORTH (AT LEAST) A THOUSAND WORDS)

Ken Berwitz

Some cartoons are worth 1,000 words.  Some even more.  This cartoon, which speaks to where Obama & Co. is taking the country, happens to be one of them.

Let me spare you the words, therefore, because they are not needed.  Here's the cartoon:

 

Art VanDelay Outstanding : ) (12/08/13)


OUR LUCKY TRAFFIC WEEK

Ken Berwitz

First it was driving into Queens (which I blogged about several days ago), and now this.

We were in Hell's Kitchen (49th and 9th) and two different radio stations informed us that it would take at least 30 minutes to get to the Lincoln Tunnel.  So we were resigned to driving miles out of the way to the Holland Tunnel instead.

But as we drove south on 9th Avenue, traffic in the right lanes - the ones we would use to turn towards the Lincoln Tunnel on 41st St. - seemed to be moving well instead of backing up the way it would if tunnel traffic were that bad.  So I told my wife I'd at least take a look down 41st as we drove by.

Well, we looked.  And there was virtually no traffic at all. 

It turned out that the 30+ minutes to the Lincoln Tunnel was overstated by, literally, 28 or 29 of those minutes.

We zipped right through, and had no traffic on the New Jersey Turnpike either.

I know these things average out, and at some point we will pay for our great luck this week.  But it sure does feel good when it happens.


THE HOLDER -OBAMA KICKBACKS TO DEMOCRAT/RADICAL LEFT GROUPS

Ken Berwitz

I apologize to readers for not posting this earlier, but I did not know about it until this morning. 

Please read the following editorial from Investors Business Daily, which was published on Deember 3, and realize just how corrupt this administration is....and just how complicit its Accomplice Media are for not screaming bloody murder over it (usually I excerpt this kind of material, but not this time:  I want to be sure you read every word.)  the bold print is mine:

Extortion: Just when we thought its post-crisis probe of banks couldn't get more corrupt, the Obama administration has cut radical Democrat groups in on the record $13 billion JPMorgan Chase subprime loan deal.

On Page 5 of "Annex 2" of the recently released consent order, you'll find this little gem: The Justice Department mandates that JPMorgan fork over any unclaimed or unpaid consumer damages to a nonprofit group that finances Acorn clones and other shakedown groups.

They stand to reap millions. The "consumer relief" portion of the deal by itself totals $4 billion.

If the government "determines that a shortfall in that obligation remains as of Dec. 31, 2017," the agreement states, "JPMorgan shall make a compensatory payment in cash in an amount equal to the shortfall to NeighborWorks America to provide housing counseling, neighborhood stabilization, foreclosure prevention or similar programs."

Potentially billions could be distributed to Democrat activists through NeighborWorks, a government-funded "affordable housing" group that supports a national network of left-wing community organizers operating in the same vein as Acorn.

In 2011 alone, NeighborWorks shelled out $35 billion in "affordable housing grants" to 115 such groups, according its website. Recipients included the radical Affordable Housing Alliance, which pressures banks to make high-risk loans in low-income neighborhoods.

The recession has dried up funding for such groups. But Holder's massive bank shakedown could rebuild their war chests in a hurry.

He's written back-door funding for Democrat groups into other major bank deals he's brokered, including the $335 million Bank of America and $175 million Wells Fargo subprime mortgage settlements. In the fine print of those decrees, both defendants must turn over any leftover funds in escrow to affordable-housing groups aligned with Democrats.

In effect, lenders are bankrolling the same parasites that bled them for the risky loans that caused the mortgage crisis. Infused with new cash, they can ramp back up their shakedown campaign, repeating the cycle of dangerous political lending that wrecked the economy.

Under the dubious deal, JPMorgan is also obligated to donate forclosed homes to these "nonprofits" while offering home loans to "low to moderate income borrowers" in areas hit "hardest" by subprime foreclosures.

The consent order refers JPMorgan to a HUD map of "targeted" areas such as Detroit, Cleveland, Atlanta, Miami, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. In announcing the deal, Holder alleged JPMorgan "misled investors" in securities backed by subprime mortgages. Yet, oddly, the deal aids only deadbeat borrowers - not investors.

Like other recent bank shakedowns, the JPMorgan deal is really an anti-poverty program benefiting Democrat strongholds hit hardest by subprime foreclosures.

That off-budget welfare program - underwritten chiefly by JPMorgan, BofA, Wells, Citibank and other large banks - now totals $86 billion and climbing. It's a fraud, one using Wall Street to finance a social agenda.

Unless you are an IBD subscriber, or a financial professional specifically involved in lending of this kind, I'm betting this is the first you know about what eric holder - arguably the most amoral, corrupt Attorney General this country has ever had - is perpetrating.

Earlier I apologized for not blogging sooner about what, in effect, is holder's - and Obama's - resurrection of the ACORN debacle.  But, in fairness, I am one person, without any staff, who blogs avocationally. 

Now, what about mainstream media - the people who at least claim to do this professionally?  Who have the means to accumulate, digest and disseminate this kind of information that I only dream about?  What's their excuse?

What conclusion can we draw other than that a great many of them continue to be Barack Obama's Accomplice Media - i.e. supposed "journalists" who have forgone journalism to support the presidency, and agenda, of Barack Obama?

The disgrace they bring to themselves and their profession is enromous. And the damage they do to this country by declining to make this kind of information available to the public is profound.  


GREAT GUACAMOLE

Ken Berwitz

I just made a batch of what I consider to be really great guacamole.  I learned the recipe from the guys who make it at Dos Caminos in New York City and were nice enough to let me watch every step of the way.  And then I added a couple of my own.

And so, in the spirit of sharing, here is the recipe.  Feel free to use it at will - and let me know how it comes out:

 

Great Guacamole

 In a good-sized mixing bowl, combine:

-Two avocados, scooped out of the shell.  (But don't chop them up until I tell you to)

-Two tablespoons chopped red onion (up to three if you like - as I do)

-Two tablespoons chopped cilantro (up to three if you like - as I do)

-One half a medium to large chopped tomato

-One quarter to one half a chopped jalapeno pepper (i.e. mild to medium/spicy - you decide the heat level)

-The juice of a half lime;

-One or two heaping tablespoons of nice, chunky medium salsa (this, folks, is the key extra ingredient - the one that gives it so much more color, flavor and zing).

Chop up the avocados by holding a tablespoon in each fist, facing straight down, and "beating a drum" until they have a nice, rough texture -- i.e. partly smooth and partly in small chunks. 

Finally, finish mixing the guacamole (which should be pretty mixed already because of how you chopped up the avocados).

Enjoy!!


CENSORING CRITICISM OF OBAMACARE?

Ken Berwitz

Has Santa Clara, California decided that it is illegal to criticize ObamaCare?

That looks like a strange question, doesn't it?  But read this account by Eric Owens at dailycaller.com, and you may reconsider:

A California county has banned a veteran employee from criticizing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act because a coworker who overheard the criticism was offended.

The employee is Norina Mooney, who has logged some 20 years of work experience with Santa Clara County, the epicenter of Silicon Valley.

According to Mooney's attorneys with the Pacific Justice Institute, she made some water-cooler talk with a fellow employee about the high number people who have had their insurance policies canceled under Obamacare.

Later, a supervisor called Mooney into a private meeting and allegedly dressed her down for the attempt at chitchat because an unidentified person had overheard the small talk and been offended.

In the future, the supervisor said, Mooney must exit the government building should she have anything adverse about Obamacare or otherwise political to say.

Mooney's attorneys noted that this edict is an odd one considering Mooneys claim that the office environment is replete with pro-Obama paraphernalia. She noted that her coworkers openly wore Obama campaign attire to work at election time as well.

If this is true, it means that employees in Santa Clara County's offices are allowed to promote Barack Obama at will, as overtly as they care to...but someone opposed to his signature legislation has to leave those offices to voice that opposition.

What country does that sound like?  Did someone move Santa Clara County to Venezuela? 

Well, look at the bright side. I'm sure Attorney General eric holder will be all over this egregious breach of free speech.  Expect a lawsuit roughly three days after Sarah Palin announces she is starting a national Martin Bashir fan club.

free` Ken asks; "What country does that sound like?" ----- As a California native it sounds exactly like California. I mentioned on this blog before the last election, the fear of putting up a lawn sign or bumper sticker that wasn't pro-Obama. They destroy your property if you do. So this is no surprise to me. I know California isn't a country, but before the Dems took over, we were the 5th largest economy in the world. (12/08/13)


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