Sunday, 15 December 2013

KARL H. PIERSON: PROTECTING THE LEFT

Ken Berwitz

Do you know that karl h. pierson, the 18 year old who took a shotgun into Arapahoe High School in Colorado with the intent of killing a teacher - maybe a lot of others as well - and wound up critically injuring a student before shooting himself to death apparently had left wing views and sarcastically disdained Republicans?

Of course you do.  Because it is all over the mainstream medi......oh, wait.

I just did a google search.  And on the entire first page, there is only one mainstream media article which alludes to pierson's political tendencies.  It is from the Denver Post...and even in this one article, it is consigned to a single paragraph - the 17th of a 20 paragraph article - which says:

Pierson also appears to mock Republicans on another Facebook post, writing "you republicans are so cute" and posting an image that reads: "The Republican Party: Health Care: Let 'em Die, Climate Change: Let 'em Die, Gun Violence: Let 'em Die, Women's Rights: Let 'em Die, More War: Let 'em Die. Is this really the side you want to be on?"

Appeared to mock Republicans?  "appeared"???  This is in doubt?

And if you think that is not sanitized enough, the Denver Post article also states:

Thomas Conrad, who had an economics class with Pierson, described him as very opinionated.

"He was exuberant, I guess," Conrad said.

Except that is not the wording of the original article.  According to Noah Rothman at mediaite.com:

In a profile on the shooter in the Denver Post which focused on his strong political beliefs, several of Piersons classmates offered their impressions of the shooter. One of the shooters classmates described him as a very opinionated socialist. Shortly after that post was published, however, that description was edited out. The current copy simply describes him as very opinionated.

In other words, the one mainstream media source I can find on google's first page which bothers to mention pierson's left wing, anti-Republican political views at all, protects the left from those views every way it can.

Would this have happened if karl h. pierson were, say, a tea party Republican who a classmate described as "a very opinionated conservative"?  We both know the answer to this, don't we.

Remember when there actually was neutral journalism in this country?  I do.  But, then again, I'm 67 years old, and can go back a long way. 

The memory grows dimmer and dimmer.


BOB WOODWARD'S VIEW OF HOW THE BUDGET DEAL WAS REACHED

Ken Berwitz

Here is Bob Woodward's view on how it came to be that Republican Rep. Paul Ryan and Democrat Sen. Patty Murray were able to hash out a budget deal:

"I think this budget deal worked, quite frankly - let's go right to the center of this - because Obama was not part of the negotiations. He is not a good negotiator."

How did you come up with that insight, Mr. Woodward?  Could it be the fact that the only way Barack Obama seems to get things done these days is bypassing congress and making imperial declarations of policy...as if he had any constitutional authority to do so?  
And the only reason he gets away with it is that you and your fellow journalist do not call him out on it?

In any event, I hope your finances are in order...because there just may be an IRS audit in your near-term future.


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY Ken Berwitz


Today's Quote Of The Day comes to us from the brilliant columnist and TV analyst Charles Krauthammer.  It is pulled from the first two paragraphs of his latest piece for nationalreview.com:

"In explaining the disastrous rollout of Obamacare, President Obama told Chris Matthews he had discovered that 'we have these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some of which are not designed properly.'

"An interesting discovery to make after having consigned the vast universe of American medicine, one-sixth of the U.S. economy, to the tender mercies of the agency bureaucrats at the Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service."

With those few words of thinly veiled sarcasm, Mr. Krauthammer completely debunks President Obama's BS explanation for this  -and every - failure of his administration - i.e. he didn't know/he didn't realize/he wasn't informed. 

As Mr. Krauthammer makes clear, Barack Obama is whining that the cataclysmically disastrous launch of ObamaCare was due not to the incompetence of his administration - most especially Health and Human Resources Secretary Kathleen Sebelius - but to nebulous inefficiencies of precisely the governmental department he put in charge of it.  As if he had no responsibility for being aware of how that department ran, he never checked to find out, and no one ever mentioned it to him.

How can anyone in his or her right mind believe this?

For that matter, how can anyone in his or her right mind believe anything Obama & Co. say?  How many lies do they have to tell about how many things before it is clear to even the most dedicated Obamaniac?

Charles Krauthammer certainly doesn't believe them.  And his style and wit in making this clear earns him Quote Of The Day honors.

Congratulations Mr. Krauthammer.  This is not your first Quote Of The Day win...and I very much doubt it will be your last.

Zeke . . . . . . . . B u t, . . B u t . . . . EVERYTHING that el Presidente Obama wants to do will be done by " these big agencies, some of which are outdated, some [almost ALL ? ] of which are not designed properly" . . (12/15/13)


PETER O'TOOLE: R.I.P.

Ken Berwitz

Peter O'Toole has died after what is described as "a long illness" (something he was no stranger to, having been a survivor of stomach cancer for over 35 years).  He was 81 years of age.

Mr. O'Toole holds the record of  being nominated for 8 academy awards without ever winning one - frustrating, because there was never a win, brilliant because it means that, eight different times, his performance was judged one of the five best of the year.

However, he did manage to win three Golden Globe Best Actor awards and an Emmy...which ain't half bad.

Peter O'Toole did have his demons, one of which was alcohol.  Maybe that is why he did such a great job in  "My Favorite Year" - in which he played a washed up Errol Flynn-type actor who had to sober up and do a live TV show on national TV...something he did not realize was live until the night of the show.  This prompted his classic line "I'm not an actor, I'm a movie star".   

I assure you, Mr. O'Toole was the epitome of both.  May he rest in peace.


OBAMACARNAGE: WHEN GOVERNMENT RUNS HEALTH CARE

Ken Berwitz

When has government ever run anything competently?  Efficiently?  Cost effectively? 

So what happens when government runs health care?  What do you think happens?

Here is Katie McHugh's blog at dailycaller.com (too short to excerpt):

Nearly 15,000 enrollment records from Americans trying to sign up for Obamacare never made it to insurers - but the federal government does not know which records never made it to which insurer.

The federal analysis merely compares the number of times Obamacare enrollees clicked "enroll" to the number of plans HealthCare.gov sent to insurers, according to The Washington Post. Consumers who send the vanishing enrollments, or "orphan files," are not notified that their information has not been processed and an insurer did not receive sensitive financial and health-related data, meaning that they could be in for an unpleasant surprise when the Dec. 23 deadline - the last day for customers to sign up for health insurance - comes and goes.

But government officials insist that less than one percent of enrollments disappeared into cyberspace since early December, even though their data does not include duplicated and erroneous enrollments.

Government officials insist less than one percent are affected:  do you believe them?  If so why? 

And can anyone explain how the people who signed up for ObamaCare are supposed to find out whether they are part of the 15,000 (that's an estimate, it may be more) who, in fact, remain uninsured?  Why isn't the government warning them?

Remember when the three greatest lies were "your check is in the mail" "the dog ate my homework" and "I'll respect you in the morning"?  Now they're "With ObamaCare, if you like your insurance you can keep your insurance", "With ObamaCare, if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor", and "With ObamaCare, your personal information will be processed efficiently and securely".

As for the massive web site screwups and incredibly inept follow-through, like 15,000 (or more) mystery uninsureds?  Just start another pile.... 


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