Sunday, 08 February 2015


Great day ahead. My wife and I are taking our sainted grandson to the intrepid museum on Manhattan's West Side. 

He can't wait, and neither can we.

I'll tell you all about it in a subsequent blog.


Ken Berwitz

Remember that explanation of why President Obama would not meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when he comes to the United States and addresses a joint session of congress?

Remember that he said it would come too close to the Israeli elections, and he had a long-standing policy of not interfering in other countries' elections?

Did you believe him?  Do you still actually believe anything this man says? 

Excerpted from Jacob Kornbluh's article at

After announcing he will be skipping Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress for a trip abroad, US Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry both met on Saturday with Labor leader Isaac Herzog on the sidelines of a security conference in Munich, Germany.

The two sides insisted that the meetings were informal. But it reportedly revolved around security matters and the Zionist Union's defense strategy, Israeli media reported. 

On Friday, Biden announced he'll miss Netanyahu's speech to Congress due to a pre-scheduled overseas trip, yet unnamed. Both Kerry and President Barack Obama said last month that they would not meet with Netanyahu during his visit to DC, citing its proximity to the March 17 elections.

But that didn't stop them from meeting with Herzog, who's trailing Netanyahu and the Likud Party in recent polls.

Liars. Hypocrites. 

I read today that Prime Minister Netanyahu is considering cancelation of his trip and the address to congress.  I hope he does not do so...but would, at this point, understand if he did.

Here's something else I hope:  I hope Mr. Netanyahu wins a landslide victory in the upcoming Israeli elections....and exit polling shows the Obama administration's behavior is among the primary reasons it happened.

As it should be.


UPDATE:  It appears that what I read was least for now.  Prime Minister Netanyahu has made it clear he intends to address congress.



Ken Berwitz

What a great day we had today!!

Our grandson loved the intrepid. 

He was fascinated by the ship, the many planes on its flight deck, the fact that they could take off and land on that deck (with all of 250 feet to do so), he couldn't wait to get in the pilot's seat of every aircraft he was allowed on, and he was ecstatic about sitting, upside-down, in the Mercury space capsule replica and fiddling with the controls (with his grandmother, who is just great about things like this, upside-down right next to him).

I did my part too.  I sucked it up and took him on the 4-D (not 3-D, but 4) "ride" to a  "distant planet" in which there is a video of a roller coaster track you are "riding" on, and seats that replicate how you would be bounced around during the breakneck-speed ride.  My wife was happy to forgo the "pleasure"....but our grandson asked if we could do it again.

In addition to the many general admission exhibits, we booked a one-hour tour, called "planes explained".  Our guide, Keith, turned out to be an anthropologist with a love of planes - and boy did he know his he had to, since our grandson asked more questions - good ones, too - than any of the adults we were with.

Food-wise there is an Au Bon Pain on the Intrepid - which was exactly what we would have wanted:  good quality, quick service, moderate prices -- and a very nice fellow, Oscar, who took care of us while we were there.

As for parking, we had a discount coupon - $24 for a lot about two blocks from the entrance.  But we easily found street parking a block and a half away (47th, just east of 12th, for you New York drivers), and my wallet never left my pocket.

Our grandson couldn't have been happier.  And, as grandparents, all we had to hear was "Can we do this again?  When?" to be even happier than he was.

Do you need me to tell you we'll be doing this with him again?  I didn't think so.


Ken Berwitz

Many years ago, I was a student at Saint Louis University. It was not a successful experience; I left after one year. 

But compared to what you are about to read, it was a smashing success. 

 Excerpted from an article at

Saint Louis University has commissioned a sculpture to be erected on campus that administrators say they hope "captures the spirit and importance" of a weeklong "Occupy SLU" protest last fall on the urban campus that decried oppression, racism, racial profiling and police tactics.

For six days in mid-October, community activists refused to leave the St. Louis campus in a protest intended as an extension of the summertime riots that had wracked nearby Ferguson over the police shooting of Michael Brown.

Three social justice groups - Tribe X, the Metro St. Louis Coalition for Inclusion and Equality, and the Black Student Alliance - ook over the campus and lived in tents around its clock tower.

Flying an upside-down American flag, they gave speeches and "teach ins" on topics such as "conscious awakening, systematic oppression, white supremacy, and students' responsibility to the community" according to a YouTube video that documented the demonstration.

The demonstrators left only after the university agreed to all 13 of their demands, one of which was a "mutually agreed upon commissioned artwork."

There is only one word for this. Cowardice. 

A left wing activist group - a racist one at that - takes over part of the campus for a week,  and whatever they want, they get?

 I wonder if the administration will do the same if, next week, a Muslim group takes over that quad and demands  that Wednesday becomes "burqa day".

Way to go guys. I'm sure you are teaching SLU students a valuable lesson.  But, if I were you, I would be ashamed of just what lesson that is.

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