Friday, 13 December 2013


Ken Berwitz

Today's Quote Of The Day is a testament to just how far removed from the real world a "star" can become - especially in the world of sports.

Here is Robinson Cano, former New York Yankee second baseman who just signed a 10 year, $240 million dollar deal with the Seattle Mariners, on how he feels about whether his former team really tried hard enough to keep him in pinstripes:

"Honestly, I would say no.  I didn't feel respect. I didn't get any respect from them and I didn't see any effort."

FYI:  The Yankees, who have been burned by long-term contracts in the recent past (most notably, that of Alex Rodriguez), offered Robinson Cano a 7 year contract for $175 million dollars:  that's $25 million a year to extend the 31 year old Cano well past the prime years of most second basemen, thus well past when he would be worth a top-dollar salary.

Let's all say it together:  Can someone please, please, disrespect me that way?

7% unemployment, millions and millions of people underemployed, record numbers of our citizens on food stamps....and $25 million dollars a year - plus the immense perks that go with being a New York Yankeee, including huge endorsement deals - is disrespectful?

I award Robinson Cano Quote Of The Day honors for joining so many other sports figures and entertainment celebrities in showing us how completely disconnected he, and they, are from reality. 

Well, at least he didn't give us his political opinions too.....


Did New Jersey's Republican Governor Chris Christie really have lanes of the George Washington Bridge (which connects The Bronx and Fort Lee) closed for several days, to avenge the fact that Fort Lee's Mayor, Democrat Mark Sokolich, did not support him for re-election? 

That would be small.  Stupid.  Childish.  And dangerous, since would obviously affect emergency vehicles using the bridge.

Here are excerpts from Ted Mann, Erica Orden and Heather Haddon's article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal.  Make up your own mind:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie called New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week to complain about a Cuomo appointee's handling of a growing controversy over traffic pattern changes on the George Washington Bridge, a person familiar with the matter said.

Mr. Christie, a Republican, complained in a private phone call to Mr. Cuomo, a Democrat, that Patrick Foye, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was pressing too hard to get to the bottom of why the number of toll lanes onto the bridge from Fort Lee, N.J. was cut from three to one in early September, according to this person. The lane closures occurred without notice to local authorities, officials have said, and snarled traffic for a week in the small borough on the Hudson River bluffs.

Messrs. Cuomo and Christie share control of the Port Authority, which oversees Hudson River bridges and tunnels and the region's airports and is rebuilding the World Trade Center complex in Manhattan.

Democratic lawmakers in New Jersey have accused Christie appointees of ordering the lane closures to punish Fort Lee's mayor, Democrat Mark Sokolich, for not endorsing the governor's re-election campaign. Mr. Christie's campaign has denied that, and his Port Authority team has said the lanes were closed to study traffic on the bridge.

The call between the governors was an illustration of how the controversy has mushroomed into a headache for Mr. Christie. One of his top representatives at the authority, David Wildstein, resigned last week, citing the bridge closures. Democratic calls for the resignation of another top authority aide, Bill Baroni, have escalated this week.

Mr. Baroni told lawmakers in November that the incident was the result of a traffic study to determine if the lanes should be permanently taken away from the local access ramp in Fort Lee and used for traffic coming from the local highway.

Mr. Foye, testifying under oath on Monday after receiving a subpoena, said he didn't believe Mr. Baroni's version of the events was true. "I'm not aware of any traffic study," he said.

Did Governor Christie really do that?  Did he really order his underlings to invent a "traffic study" and turn the GW Bridge into a virtual parking lot?  Is he that small?

I, of course, don't know whether he did or he didn't.  But I do know that Chris Christie was small enough to create two different election days this year - one for the special senate election between Democrat Cory Booker and Republican Steve Lonegan and one for his Gubernatorial campaign against Democrat Barbara Buono - apparently so that his vote total would not compete with Booker's (who, ironically, wound up getting a lower percentage of votes than he did).  That little shenanigan cost the taxpayers of New Jersey about $24 million dollars.  

If his ego was big enough to invent a separate election day, you have to at least entertain the possibility that his capacity for vengeance is big enough to invent a bridge closing.

Will this story - assuming it actually is one - die out, or will it have legs?  Time will tell.......

Garyb HP..lets look at this as if it was a criminal investigation...Motive..whats the Motive...I live in this hoplessly liberal state. Plenty of Town peons, I mean Mayors didn't support Christie. So why take revenge on this particular mayor. Christie has higher political aspirations, if anything this was the work of underlings who need to be fired. Which is what will be done. ANYTHING to begin tearing down the threat to Hillary (01/09/14)


Ken Berwitz

Here, from yesterday's Greta Van Susteren "On the Record" show is Ms. Van Susteren's introducing a topic to Mr. Krauthammer - ObamaCare enrollments - and his response:

VAN SUSTEREN: They are quite pleased with this - 365,000 and change.

KRAUTHAMMER: Yeah, they are about as trustworthy as Soviet numbers on the production of steel.

Look, they have dribbled out all kinds of numbers and they sound impressive. But every one is meant to sound impressive and hide the real truth. For example, they tell us about the millions who have been on the website. In fact, the one-third of a million who have supposedly enrolled.

Well, they haven't enrolled. They have put stuff in their shopping cart. None of them have reached the cash register. They are going to show up at their doctors' offices on the first of January and then they will discover whether or not they really are enrolled.

The traditional definition, the 100-year-old definition of enrolling for health insurance, is you send a check in for your premium, your first premium, to your insurer. You are then enrolled and you are insured.

Nobody has sent a check. And we have no idea how many are enrolled.

And, because of what they like to call the "back-end problem," which makes it sound like some kind of obscure arcane problem, the back-end problem means the information about the so-called enrollment.  The stuff that's supposed to happen at the cash register, has not reached the insurer.

The insurer is oblivious unless the insurer independently, on his own, contacts the person who is getting the insurance, which is being done essentially with phones and by hand. So we have no idea how many people are enrolled despite the numbers that you hear.

Terrific.  And right on, Charles Krauthammer.  As usual, you nailed it.

Incidentally, isn't it great when a show host introduces a topic to his/her guest, and then allows the guest to talk about the topic without continual interruption?

Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren, in my opinion, is one of the only show hosts on any cable news network, Fox very much included (that especially means you, Mr. O'Reilly) who does this.  Good for her. 

And even better when the guest is Charles Krauthammer, who makes more sense in one answer than a lot of other talking heads do in one month.

ObamaCare is an unworkable monstrosity - as Charles Krauthammer, himself a Doctor (psychiatrist) knows full well. 

Me, I'm a marketing researcher by trade.  And, as such, I am amused - albeit through gritted teeth - at the efforts of many in mainstream media to "sell" the numbers being pumped out by Obama & Co. as showing improvement in this debacle on steroids - a sales job that, according to a few (not all) recent polls, may temporarily be fooling some people.

Wait until January, when we find out (assuming the administration will even release the information) how many people really signed up, how many of them are young, healthy low-riskers who are an absolute imperative for ObamaCare to work, and how many who are being counted as signed up actually are not - or, even worse, think they are but were not recorded properly by the web site, so they are uninsured and don't even know it.  See where the polls go then.

The only road I see here is downhill.  Toward a cliff.

Zeke .... ..... ...... Eligibility for ObamieKare will be done with Photo ID. . . . .. . . . To obtain & use a Photo ID --- 1) Smile . . . 2) Take a Selfie .... 3) Present Selfie to Doctor ... .... .... [ It all becomes clear, once you accept that the inmates ARE really running the asylum ] ...... ..... (12/13/13)


Ken Berwitz

ObamaCare is a disaster, our foreign policy indulges enemies while sticking it to allies, the economy is still in a shambles, with record numbers of people underemployed and/or on food stamps.....

....and then there is President Obama, at the Nelson Mandela memorial service, indulging his narcissism by taking a "selfie" with two other (equally shameful) heads of state).

The great Michael Ramirez, political cartoonist for Investors Business Daily, has just put up a cartoon which depicts this beautifully.  Here it is:


My reaction?  In a word, "Yep".

What's yours?


Ken Berwitz

On her Wednesday show, Megyn Kelly, a superstar on Fox News Channel who wipes the floor, ratings-wise, with MSNBC's Rachel Maddow and CNN's Piers Morgan, actually told her audience that Santa Claus, and Jesus, were White.

What was she thinking?  Why would she say that?

Let's start with the fact that, although Jesus is often depicted as White - certainly among Europeans - in the neck of the woods where he came from that would have been highly improbable.  Most likely he would have been darker-skinned, like today's Arabs and Sephardic Jews. 

And Santa Claus, though based on a real person (Saint Nicholas, a Greek Bishop from Lycia, which is now a southwestern province of Turkey) is an imaginary being. 

The actual Saint Nicholas probably had skin color lighter than that of Jesus.  But his skin color is not relevant to Santa Claus, because, I assume we can all agree, he did not carry a sack filled with toys to children all over the world.  And since Santa Claus is imaginary, he can look any way anyone wants him to look - skin color included.

What ever possessed Megyn Kelly to make that statement? 

Is this why there was a substitute host on the show last night?  Kelly did have a terribly bad throat problem within the past week and I suppose it is possible that she relapsed, but you have to be suspicious.

I hope for her sake she regrets her comments...and that she is on her show tonight, with something to say about it.


UPDATE:  Kelly was there tonight. 

She tried to pass off the "Santa is White" commentary as sort of a fun, jokey thing that she did not really mean.  But, in my opinion, that doesn't fly because it was clear that she did mean it. 

And her reference to the "Jesus was White" commentary was a quick one or two sentence toss-off, in which she acknowledged that Jesus not being White was a posssibility, but was news to her.

All in all, not a convincing performance.  Kelly is a very smart, very politically astute person.  But she diminished herself when she said those things, and again tonight. 


Here, folks is a picture of Cairo today:

And this one is of Jerusalem:

If it can snow in Cairo (the first snow there in something like 100 years) and there can be a blizzard in Jerusalem (about 15 inches so far, with more to come), can flying pigs be far behind?

Well, given the dietary observances of Jews and Arabs....I suggest if they're over either of these two cities, they better keep flying.

Man oh man, this global warming is gonna kill us all....

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