Sunday, 01 February 2015


Ken Berwitz

FYI:  Going into this weekend (thus two weeks into general release), American Sniper has grossed $227 million domestically, and a remarkable $47 million internationally, for a total of $274,000,000.

Moreover, it is still in thousands of theaters, and probably will be among the highest-grossing films again this weekend - maybe the single highest.

Take a good look, Hollywood - especially those brilliant folks who put out overtly anti-USA (not anti-war, but anti-USA) movies like "Syriana", "Rendition", "Redacted", "In The Valley Of Elah", etc.  You could have put out movies that do not celebrate war, but explore how wars are fought, why some things are done, and what effect they have on the soldiers who risk their lives to do those things. 

Like American Sniper.

But you didn't.  And because you didn't, because you instead put out a succession of left wing USA hate-fests, you lost untold millions of dollars (some estimates are as high as a billion dollars).

Then try to imagine how sorry I feel for you.

That's what you'll have to do. Imagine.  

Because I don't.

Zeke . . . . . . . . . . Just saw American Sniper last night. . . . . . Extraordinarily gripping. . . . . . . . . Takes you through the emotions and motivations of the characters. . . . . . Very well acted. . . . . . . . Capstone of director Clint Eastwood's movie career. . . . . . (02/01/15)

Warren Why all the fuss. It's a movie. Full of dramatic moments, action, etc. for an audience that likes that type of adventure. Seeing it or not seeing it is no measure of patriotism. (02/01/15)


Ken Berwitz

Here are the first two paragraphs of a 20-paragraph article in the New York Times, about Benjamin Netanyahu circumventing the Obama administration and accepting John Boehner's invitation to speak before congress when he comes to the United States in March:

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has been reaching out to leading Capitol Hill Democrats to try to ease criticism over his coming address to Congress, but has made little progress.

Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the Democratic leader, said Thursday that Mr. Netanyahu had called him the previous afternoon to explain why the White House had been circumvented before he was invited to speak before Congress. The prime minister has also called Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the House Democratic leader, and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York, the Senates No. 3 Democrat.

It is one of a succession of articles which make this same claim which The Times has run continuously for a week - including a front page piece in yesterday's paper talking about "A Strained Alliance..." between the United States and Israel, which contains this line:  "The diplomatic break touched off by Mr. Netanyahu's decision to negotiate an address to Congress without first telling Mr. Obama is about much more than a speech."

Get the picture? 

Well, if you believe any of this mung, then you don't.  Because we now have the following "correction":

Correction: January 30, 2015 

An earlier version of this article misstated when Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel accepted Speaker John A. Boehner's invitation to address Congress. He accepted after the administration had been informed of the invitation, not before.

What's that?  An entire week of attacks on Netanyahu claiming he end-arounded the Obama administration.....and then a tiny little "correction" that almost nobody will ever see, telling us, in the immortal words of Gilda Radner's Emily Litella character, "Never mind"?

Anything you want to know about the New York Times' attitude toward Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel, you just learned.

Now:  how about a few "corrections" from some of the other media which have skewered Mr. Netanyahu over this?  And some of the Democrats who now know better?

Don't hold your breath waiting.


Ken Berwitz

The invaluable web site currently has a link to Adam Goldman's and Ellen Nakashima's article for the Washington Post, headlined "CIA and Mossad killed senior Hezbollah figure in car bombing".

For a fleeting moment, I thought "This couldn't have happened without a presidential OK.  So maybe President Obama recognizes that Israel must fight against terrorist groups committed to the country's obliteration, and he actually supports Israel more than I thought.

But then I read the first two paragraphs of the article...

On Feb. 12, 2008, Imad Mughniyah, Hezbollah's international operations chief, walked on a quiet nighttime street in Damascus after dinner at a nearby restaurant. Not far away, a team of CIA spotters in the Syrian capital was tracking his movements.

As Mughniyah approached a parked SUV, a bomb planted in a spare tire on the back of the vehicle exploded, sending a burst of shrapnel across a tight radius. He was killed instantly.

...and I realized that this event took place before Barack Obama was in office. 

It was President George Bush who recognized the threat from Hezbollah and gave that OK.  President Obama had nothing to do with it.

False hopes not realized.  The status remains quo.  Barack Obama's reputation as a detriment to Israel defending itself - or worse - remains intact.

How I wish it were otherwise.


Ken Berwitz

If you think The Biggest Loser is only a reference to weight loss...consider the case of Joel Ifergen.  

Seven years ago, Mr. Ifergen bought the winning ticket in the Canadian lottery - worth about $27 Canadian, or $21 million American dollars.  Or so he thought.


The lottery machine expelled the winning ticket 7 seconds after the drawing had ended. 

That's right.  Seven seconds.

Here are the particulars, from Anita Li's article at

Ifergan bought two tickets for the May 23, 2008, Lotto Super 7 draw, a now-defunct weekly Canadian lottery game, at 8:59 p.m. - one minute before the deadline. His first ticket had the May 23 draw date, but his second ticket was printed seven seconds after 9 p.m., and had a May 30 draw date, the day of the next lottery drawing, instead.

Unfortunately, Ifergan's second ticket was the winner. It had all the correct numbers of the May 23 jackpot, but Loto-Quebec rejected the ticket because it said May 30. The $27 million was awarded to someone else.

Ifergan claims he should be awarded $13.5 million - half of the jackpot - because both his tickets were purchased before the 9 p.m. deadline. He says a 10-second processing lag was at fault for his lost winnings.

Looks like a pretty good argument to me.

But not to the Canadian Supreme Court which, on Thursday - after 7 years and $100,000 in legal fees - informed Mr. Ifergen it would not hear his case.

End of issue.

If I were Joel, I'd consider changing my name from Ifergen to either Ifergencan'tbelievethis, or Ifergenwuzrobbed....or Ifergenshouldgetmylotterticketsearlier. 

Maybe that would make the court's decision weigh a little less heavily on him....

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