Wednesday, 04 February 2015


Ken Berwitz

If the final score of a baseball game were 17 - 0, you'd probably say it was a complete rout.  And you, of course, would be right.

With that in mind, consider the fact that the Los Angeles Times just published a 17 paragraph article on - by the reporter's own admission - a dozen people protesting the proposed canonization of of Father Junipero Serra, who is generally credited with bringing Christianity to California.....

...but did not cover the January 22 March For Life event in Los Angeles,  with thousands and thousands of participants, which was held one block from the Times' offices.  Not a single word about it.  People who rely on the LA Times for news do not know it even took place, let alone how many people were involved.

Media bias?   Naaahhh.


Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from the President of the United States, Barack Obama.

Here is what Mr. Obama had to say about the radical Islamists of ISIS burning a captured Jordanian pilot alive:

"Should in fact this video be authentic, it's just one more indication of the viciousness and barbarity of this organization. And I think we will redouble the vigilance and determination on the part of the global coalition to make sure that they are degraded and ultimately defeated.
"It also indicates the degree to which whatever ideology they are operating off of, it's bankrupt. We're here to talk about how to make people healthier and make their lives better. And this organization appears only interested in death and destruction."

This organization?   Which organization would that be, Mr. President?  Can you think of a name?

Vigilance and determination on the part of the global coalition?  You mean the vigilance and determination which has resulted in ISIS taking over large swaths of Iraq and Syria, while killing untold thousands of people along the way for not being Islamic enough for their tastes?

Whatever ideology they are operating off of?  Are you trying to convince us that a group which calls itself the Islamic State, demands strict adherence to Islamic shari'a law, and kills people because they are not sufficiently Islamic, has not made its ideology clear enough for you to notice?

I award President Obama Quote Of The Day honors for making a statement so bereft of reality that it would have made Charles Dickens forget about Alice In Wonderland, and write Barack In Blunderland instead.


Ken Berwitz

Is radical Islam a branch of Islam? 

President Obama says no.  He will not use the term Islam when talking about it.  But is he right?

Excerpted from John Hall's article in the London Daily Mail:

A sickening video has emerged showing crowds of Islamic State supporters watching the barbaric murder of Jordanian pilot Moaz al-Kasasbeh on specially erected giant screens in the terror group's de facto capital Raqqa.

The four minute video, titled 'Muslims' Joy at Burning of Jordanian Pilot', shows men and children gathering in the busy streets of the city to watch footage of Kasasbeh being burnt alive by terrorists.

The crowd can be heard cheering and shouting religious slogans as the airman goes up in flames, before members of the crowd are interviewed and asked for their views on the atrocity, which has been widely condemned as one of the most sickening acts ever committed to film.

I doubt anyone, even President Obama, would dispute that this is radical.  And a bunch of other adjectives which should not be used to describe human beings.  But is it Islam?

Well, this act of transcendental barbarity:

-has been committed by a group called either ISIS (the Islamic State in Syria) or ISIL (the Islamic State In the Levant), or just the Islamic State.  The name may vary, but "Islamic State" is always there;

-the group demands that shari'a law (Islamic fundamentalist law) be strictly enforced;

-and when the Jordanian pilot is burned alive, the video shows crowds of Islamic State supporters "cheering and shouting religious slogans".   Be assured the slogans do not include "Jesus, our lord and savior" or "Be sure to go to Shul this Shabbos".  They are, of course, Islamic.

So what is radical Islam? If it isn't a branch of Islam, what is it?

That's a question for everyone.  But especially for you, Mr. President.  It is long past time to stop playing your absurd game of lets-pretend.  It is radical Islam. Radical Islam.  Got it?  There is nothing wrong in calling this group what it clearly is.  And doing so does not reflect on anyone but them.  Using the term Radical Islam is not the same as calling all Islamic people radicals, any more than calling Hasidic Jews ultra-orthodox is the same as calling all Jews Hasidic. 

Why do you insist on ducking a conclusion so self-evident that virtually everyone else has already come to it?  I'd love to know the answer.

Warren The reason this is resisted is the same as the reasoning behind not calling the Ku Klux Klan "Radical Christians", even though they and other groups twist the Bible to support their violent ways. It paints the whole religion with the same brush. I really do not think it is that hard to understand. (02/05/15)

free` ISIS circulated a document citing the Prophet Mohammed burning apostates to justify today’s pilot torching video. --------- ISIS has scripture to defend its barbarity. --------- In the end, therefore, IS has something to justify its actions to its supporters, impervious to counter-arguments. ---- copied and pasted from - (02/04/15)


Ken Berwitz

Apropos of nothing political.....

I like hot breakfast cereal.  Wheatena is a personal favorite, but some mornings it's too, my wife has told me what she thinks it looks like in terms that, sanitizing this as best I can, do not enhance its ingestive appeal.

Farina, by contrast, is lighter, easier to get down, and my wife has not offered an opinion about what it looks like.  But, to me, it is white, gloppy and tasteless. 

If you are going to buy Farina, I recommend Ralston's Creamy Wheat instead of HO Cream Farina or Cream Of Wheat (which used to be a Nabisco brand but now is made by B&G foods).  It costs less, seems to cook faster, and in my opinion has a bit more flavor.

Then, the secret:  add in some bulgar wheat - the kind you can buy in bulk at Wegman's or, I would think, other similar-quality stores.  Personally, I like about a 4-1 ratio of Creamy Wheat to bulgar wheat.  It adds flavor, color, and gives you a reason to have teeth...which farina does not require.

For whatever it's worth, here are the words to the jingles I remember for HO Farina and Cream of Wheat.  If you are old enough, they might bring back a memory or two:

HO:  "Watch Wilhelmia (pronounced will uh MEE nuh) eat her farina, HO Farina, Cream Farina, smooth and delicious, that's why she loves it so. HO"

Cream Of Wheat:  "It's Cream Of Wheat weather, we repeat, so guard your family with hot Cream Of Wheat."

Ok, enough.  Now back to politics, where way too many of the participants are just as White, gloppy and tasteless as farina.

steve schneider my mother made the best farina ever. i miss that, amongst many other things. (02/04/15)

Zeke . . . . . . . . . Hot oatmeal ! ! Maybe with dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, apricots, ...). . . . I find no difference between Quaker and Shoprite. . . . . . . For a different consistency, try McAnn's STEEL CUT oats (in the white can). . . . Adding wheat bran and ground flax seed is a nice variation. . . . . . . On a cold morning, add a hearty soup (like beef vegetable). . . . . . . . Trader Joe's oatmeal is also quite good. . . . . . (02/04/15)

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