Saturday, 14 December 2013

THE ARAPAHOE HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTER

Ken Berwitz

The information about Karl H. Pierson, the student at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado who shot a fellow student (she is in critical condition) and then killed himself, remains sketchy, and - as with all stories like this - subject to change.

Right now, it appears he entered the school with the intent of killing a faculty member - a teacher or a librarian - who somehow caught wind of what was happening and left before there was a confrontation.  It is not yet clear how or why he shot the other student before turning the gun on himself.

He also either had, or planted in the school - possibly for use during his attack - two molotov cocktail-like devices.

And there are reports that, based on his social media entries, Pierson was a leftward Democrat who sarcastically derided Republicans (don't expect to see much about that in mainstream media unless it is 100% confirmed, and even then don't expect to see as much as you would if he felt this way about Democrats).

Again, none of this is confirmed.  So don't be surprised if it changes in the next few days.

One other thing:  Arapahoe High School is just 8 miles from Columbine High School where, 14 years ago, eric harris and dylan klebold killed 12 students and injured 24 others, before killing themselves as well.  It is also just 16 miles from the Aurora, Colorado movie theater where, last year, james holmes opened fire, killing 12 and injuring 70. 

What in the world is going on in that part of Colorado?


OBAMACARNAGE: THE MONEY-SAVING LIE

Ken Berwitz

It is hard to keep track of all the lies associated with ObamaCare.  For example:

-Most of us know about the "keep your insurance" lie and the "keep your doctor" lie. 

-Most of us know that the web site, which was supposed to be fixed by the beginning of this month, is nowhere close.

-Fewer are aware (but, I suspect, most are highly suspicious) about the ridiculously overblown claims regarding signups (i.e. including everyone who looked at the plans and picked one, without noting that, to be in it, they have to actually pay premiums).

But how many are aware of just how bogus the "it will save you money" claim is?  Most mainstream media sure aren't reminding us of that claim, are they?

Well, Jonah Goldberg, writing for nationalreview.com, has written a terrific piece which explains of how much of a lie that is.  Here is the key segment:

First, Obama promised on numerous occasions that the average family of four will save $2,500 a year in premiums. Where did that number come from? Three Harvard economists wrote a memo in 2007 in which they claimed that then-Sen. Obama's health-care plan would reduce national health-care spending by $200 billion. Then, according to The New York Times, the authors "divided [$200 billion] by the country's population, multiplied for a family of four, and rounded down slightly to a number that was easy to grasp: $2,500."

In September, the Obama administration's Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services used far more rigorous methods to predict that ObamaCare would increase national health-care spending by $621 billion. Using Obama's own math, that would mean - according to Chris Conover, an economist at the American Enterprise Institute and Duke University - each family of four in America will spend an additional $7,450 thanks to ObamaCare.

Of course, that methodology is still bogus. But it's probably closer to the truth.

I urge you to read Mr. Goldberg's article in full, because it goes far beyond just the money-saving lie. 

What Mr. Goldberg shows us - as I have tried to do over months and months of blogging - is that ObamaCare is built on little other than lies; lies which his Accomplice Media have allowed him to perpetuate with virtually no pushback. 

Investigative journalism?  Analyses debunking the more obvious lies?  No, no, no.  Not for years.  Not until the web site was so disastrous, and seen by so many people, that they had to say something about it - something that most of these so-called "journalists" have been happy to walk back over the past two weeks, based primarily on Obama & Co's fraudulent claim that it is now "fixed".

Yeah, the fix is in all right.

ObamaCare is an unworkable monstrosity, predicated on making fools of the taxpaying public - and supplicants of enough people to insure still more Democrat Dependency votes in the future.

Do we need significant health care reform?  Yes we do.  Must people who are in need, often desperate need, of health care be helped?  Yes they must.

But is this the way to do it?  Absolutely not. 

Dump this monstrosity and give us real answers, not a "make 'em dependent and you own 'em" political circus.


THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN POLITICS DONOR LIST

Ken Berwitz

This one is for anybody who is under the illusion that large corporations always operate on behalf of Republican/conservative interests.

The Center for American Politics (CAP) is a wholly left wing group, which has done little but love and defend Barack Obama and Democrats.  It was founded by John Podesta, at one time President Clinton's chief of staff.

Mr. Podesta has just accepted a position in the Obama administration as a senior advisor....which prompted calls for his organization to release a donor list ($10,000 and over) so the public could know where its $42 million dollar budget came from.

Here, from John Hinderaker's blog at powerlineblog.com, is the list.

* Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, one of Washington's most powerful lobbyists.
* American Iron and Steel Institute
* America's Health Insurance Plans, or AHIP
* Apple Inc.
* AT&T
* Bank of America
* Blackstone, one of the largest multinational private equity firms
* Blue Cross Blue Shield Association
* Citigroup
* The Coca-Cola Company
* Comcast NBCUniversal
* CVS Caremark Inc.
* Eli Lilly and Company
* Facebook
* GE
* Goldman Sachs
* Google
* Japan Bank for International Cooperation
* Microsoft Corporation
* Northrop Grumman, defense contractor
* PepsiCo
* Samsung
* Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States
* Time Warner Inc.
* Walmart
* Wells Fargo

Surprised?  Don't be.  As Mr. Hinderaker points out:

CAP's disclosure is a timely reminder that large corporations are not, in general, supporters of free enterprise. Many of them love to partner with government to suppress innovation and competition.

Please remember this list the next time you are assured that corporate America is umbilically tied to Republican/conservative causes.

It is just plain not true.


TO OUR GRANDNIECE...

Ken Berwitz

Apropos of nothing political, but everything familial....

...was it worth driving in extra-ugly weather to downtown Brooklyn so we could see you as Clara in Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker"?

Yep.  You were great.

And going over the Manhattan Bridge, through Manhattan on Canal St. and into the Holland Tunnel back to New Jersey was a snap.  I doubt that it took us more than 10 - 12 minutes. 

I can't say the subsequent drive home was a pleasure trip, but we got there safe and sound...and that's the important thing, right?

Plus, we hope you liked the box of chocolates.

Ok, back to politics, which is also like a box of chocolates...except it usually leaves a bad taste in our mouths.


THE OTHER ATTEMPTED MURDER

Ken Berwitz

With all the news about karl h. pierson's ill-fated attempt to kill one of his teachers, resulting in a fellow classmate being shot and Pierson committing suicide, the attempted terrorist bombing of Wichita Mid-Continent Airport is getting far too little attention.

But not here.

Excerpted from Pete Williams' article at nbcnews.com:

A 58-year-old airport worker was charged Friday with allegedly planning a suicide bombing at a passenger terminal at the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport in Kansas.

The suspect, Terry Lee Loewen, an avionics technician who lives in Wichita, was arrested earlier in the day as he attempted to use his security pass to drive a vehicle that he thought contained explosives onto the tarmac at the airport, law enforcement officials said at a news conference in Wichita. In fact, the car contained only dummy explosives.

Loewen, who is white, became radicalized after reading extremist Islamic material on the Internet, Grissom said.

Investigators tell NBC News that Loewen had been under scrutiny since August, when he began having an online exchange with someone he thought was a like-minded individual but who turned out to be an FBI employee. 

"Let me preface the bottom line by saying I have become 'radicalized' in the strongest sense of the word, and I don't feel Allah wants me any other way," he said in one message, according to the complaint.

Why is this story so underplayed? 

Well, part of it, of course, is that - not for lack of effort - no one died.  That's a biggie for sure.

But I can't help thinking another part of it is that loewen was going to commit mass murder with explosives, not guns - a reminder that gun control laws do not necessarily prevent people from killing other people, maybe lots and lots of other people.

And then there is the fact that, based on his own words, loewen had become a radical Islamic.  And we don't want to offend Islam, do we?  The fact that this carries an extremely offensive implication about Muslims - i.e. they make no distinction between mainstream and radical Islam?  Wellllll, we won't talk about that.

One other thing:  Did the FBI use surveillance techniques to monitor terry loewen?  Does President Obama approve of how they did it?  Would he rather that they had not done so?

Just asking....

Zeke .... .... ..... The EXPERTS in mass carnage all agree -- explosives are the way to go. Mass terrorism is most efficient and dramatic with a satisfying detonation. - - - Thousands of Jihadists all agree -- from Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Thailand, Syria, anywhere Terrorism is fashionable. . . . . . .. Guns just don't have the same Economies of Scale. . . . . . (12/14/13)


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