Tuesday, 10 February 2015

THE BRIAN WILLIAMS OUSTER SHOW: PART THREE Ken Berwitz


NBC has just announced that Brian Williams will be suspended, without pay, for 6 months.

Do they think his credibility will grow back during that time period?

I hope not, because it won't...which means the suspension makes no sense at all. 

What does make sense is that six months is going to morph into one eternity.

But, then again, this is NBC we are talking about, so who knows?

As to what Mr Williams might be doing if this is the final chapter of his Nightly News story, I should point out that, also today, Jon Stewart has announced he is leaving The Daily Show. 

Could there be an opening here?


MINI MOVIE REVIEWS

Ken Berwitz

Here are some fast reviews for several of the movies my wife and I have seen in recent weeks.

The Theory Of Everything:  Terrific movie, terrific story, terrific acting all around.  Eddie Redmayne should win the Oscar - but may be jobbed out of it (see next review).

American Sniper:  Excellent, holds your attention throughout regardless of your political views.  Bradley Cooper is one of the best young actors around.

The Imitation Game:  Just as terrific on all counts.  Benedict Cumberbatch was wonderful - and my congratulations to him for sticking with that ridiculously cumbersome name (even though his actor father changed it to Carlton). Also, who knew Keira Knightley was that good an actress? 

Birdman - An annoying grating movie - but the kind that entertainment people love, because it's a look at things from their perspective.  Loaded with fantasy crap no one can figure out the reason for.  Acting-wise, Michael Keaton and Ed Norton were excellent.  Keaton may well steal the Oscar from Redmayne because it's probably his last chance to get one and Redmayne is a young guy.  Nothing at all against Keaton, but I hope it doesn't turn out that way. 

Unbroken - Entertaining, but way too long.  Plus, it left out the significant "rest of story" regarding Zamperini's post-war transformation from being a drunken loser to a man of faith.

The Judge:  Basically, August: Osage County with different plumbing  But Robert Duval and Robert Downey Jr. are both great.

Soon to see:  Selma, Wild, and Gone Girl.

Any questions?


A GLAZED DONUT DRIVEWAY

Ken Berwitz

Apropos of nothing political....

This morning, our entire driveway - not spots here and there, not most, but the entire driveway right to the street - has about a 1/4 inch glaze of ice on it.  Just like a glazed donut.

If you walk on it like a penguin, you're pretty much ok.  Try walking with normal strides, and expect to be flat on your back.

Driving?  Idle only, with your foot on the brake to make it even slower, or risk sliding into the street.

This is exactly the kind of situation that guarantees there will be accidents, caused by people who turn off their common sense meter as soon as they get behind the wheel of a car. 

If you live in an area with these conditions (and a lot of the country has them right now), please try not to be one of those people....or one of their victims.

Ok, back to politics, where too many minds are permanently glazed, and some participants can't turn off their common sense because they don't have any in the first place.


ISRAEL HATRED AND THE HARD LEFT

Ken Berwitz

Few things rally the hard left more than its hatred "winners".  The working premise is that the losers are oppressed by someone and the winners must, therefore be oppressing them.

And no country (other than possibly the USA - even there I'm not sure) stirs hatred than Israel:  an oasis of freedom, democracy and achievement in an area populated by countries which offer little or none of those three salutary attributes.

Yesterday, on "Morning Joe", host Joe Scarborough (who, despite his Republican background, tends to be all over the lot depending on which issue is being discussed) took on co-host Mika Brzezinski (who seems to have learned well from her Israel-hating, Jew-hating father zbigniew and his boss, President carter) on the issue of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu accepting Speaker John Boehner's invitation to address congress, the stakes involved in his doing so, and what it will mean if Democrats - evidently there may be a lot of them - boycott that address:

Here is the video, pulled from talkingpointsmemo.com:


I often disagree with Joe Scarborough.  But not here.  Here, he has nailed it perfectly. 

President Obama is busy negotiating a means by which Iran, committed to building a nuclear weapon it can use to make good on its threat to wipe Israel off the face of the map (its words, not mine) - will be able to do so...

...which would be just fine with the hard left.  (Doubt me?  Read this post at crooksandliars.com, and then go to the "comments" section to see what its regulars have to say about Mr. Scarborough's comments.  If you are unaware of how deep-seated the hatred of Israel is among hard-leftists, it will be a fast education for you.)

It is therefore imperative that Prime Minister Netanyahu be allowed to make his case before congress - the part of congress willing to listen, that is - and explain the danger of doing so.  Not just to Israel but to the rest of the world as well.

If President Obama had invited Mr. Netanyahu to speak to him or congress, this political brouhaha would not be occurring.  But since Mr. Obama can't stand Mr. Netanyahu or the country he leads - since Mr. Obama's tolerance for Jews seems to begin and end at hard-left Jews with fat wallets - that did not happen.

Thank you, Joe, for saying it plain.  And thanks, in advance, to the Democrats who boycott Mr. Netanyahu's addresss and - maybe there's a slim hope here - shows the "Lost Tribe" (i.e. Jews and non-Jews who support Israel but also support Obama & Co.) just what they're on board with.


THE BRIAN WILLIAMS OUSTER SHOW: DOES NBC HAVE A WOODY FOR GUTHRIE?

Ken Berwitz

I don't know if it is true yet, but drudgereport.com is reporting that Savannah Guthrie has emerged as a short-list possibility to replace Brian Williams as NBC's Nightly News anchor.

Drudge says the story is "developing".   As it does - if it does - I'll let you know.

Yeah, I realize this is pretty thin information to blog about.  But how could I resist a title like that one?


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from President Obama.  It is incredible, but he really said it, during an interview with Ezra Klein's reliably left wing, thus reliably pro-Obama, vox.com:

"It is entirely legtitimate for the American people to be deeply concerned when you've got a bunch of violent vicious zealots who behead people or randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris."

Why is this the quote of the day? Because in that one sentence we see that, in the world of Obama:

-The "violent vicious zealots" are not identified as radical Islamists, any more than ISIS or al qaeda or boko haram, or the taliban, or hezbollah, or hamas, or any of those other "extremist groups:  the fact that every one of them professes allegiance to Islam and shari'a law?  Coincidence.

-The killing of people in a kosher food store during Friday, when it would be crowded with people buying food for Shabbos (the Jewish Sabbath, which is on Saturday) was just a random shooting of folks.  You know, like on a beach or at a picnic.  Nothing at all that drew the killers to that place at that time.  No anti-Semitism there, sheeple.  Just move along, nothing to see, nothing to see.

Would Mr. Obama have said the same thing if those were White supremacist gunmen killing attendees at a Black church on Sunday?

Mr. Obama wins Quote Of The Day honors for saying something that is either so stupid, or so obtuse, or so malevolent that - if he had any capacity at all for shame - he would be apologizing every way he could think of right now. 

But since Barack Obama has no such capacity, you can kiss those apologies goodbye.


BENJAMIN NETANYAHU'S STATEMENT

Ken Berwitz

Here, in its entirety, is Benjamin Netanyahu's just-issued statement regarding current US-Israel relations and his scheduled address to a joint session of congress:

First, on behalf of the people of Israel, I wish to send condolences to President Obama, the American people and the family of Kayla Mueller. We stand with you.

Israel's survival is not a partisan issue, not in Israel nor in the United States.

This doesn't mean that from time to time Israeli governments have not had serious disagreements with American administrations over the best way to achieve the security of Israel.

Israel's first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion, declared Israel's independence in the face of strong opposition from US Secretary of State George Marshall. Likewise, Prime Minister Eshkol's decisions at the start of the Six Day War, Prime Minister Begin's decision regarding the nuclear reactor in Iraq, and Prime Minister Sharon's decisions to press ahead with Operation Defensive Shield; these were all strongly opposed at the time by American administrations.

Disagreements over Israel's security have occurred between prime ministers in Israel from the left and from the right and American presidents from both parties.

None of these disagreements led to a rupture in the relationship between Israel and the United States.

In fact, over time, our relationship grew stronger.

But we do have today a profound disagreement with the United States administration and the rest of the P5+1 over the offer that has been made to Iran.

This offer would enable Iran to threaten Israel's survival.

This is a regime, Iran, that is openly committed to Israel's destruction. It would be able, under this deal, to break out to a nuclear weapon in a short time, and within a few years, to have the industrial capability to produce many nuclear bombs for the goal of our destruction.

This is not a personal disagreement between President Obama and me. I deeply appreciate all that he has done for Israel in many fields. Equally, I know that the President appreciates my responsibility, my foremost responsibility, to protect and defend the security of Israel.

I am going to the United States not because I seek a confrontation with the President, but because I must fulfil my obligation to speak up on a matter that affects the very survival of my country.

I intend to speak about this issue before the March 24th deadline and I intend to speak in the US Congress because Congress might have an important role on a nuclear deal with Iran.

Thank you.

There it is.  

Does it make sense?  More or less sense than the Obama administration is making?

You decide.


THE OBAMA ILLITERACY PROGRAM

Ken Berwitz

Watch this video - which is simultaneously very funny and absolutely appalling - in which Mark Dice asks people to sign a petition supporting illiteracy - that's right, illiteracy.  And as you do, please keep in mind that every person who signs the petition can cancel your vote:



Still wondering how someone like Barack Obama got elected?  Or what the term "low information voter" means?

Somehow, I doubt it.

Shar I consider this a cheap shot. I know many, many people with advanced degrees who voted for Obama, in fact the average education levels for those who voted for him were higher than non-voters, I do recall from the last election. Stereotyping that people who voted for him and support him are "illiterate" is right-wing propaganda. (02/10/15)

Ken Berwitz Shar - you do have a point about average education levels for those who voted for him being higher than non-voters. One of our grandchildren is in elementary school and the other in pre-school, and both are non-voters.  On the other hand, I'm pretty sure neither of them would sign a petition supporting illiteracy. (02/10/15)

Shar I meant people who voted for someone other than Obama, of course. Perhaps you would like to quote them on illiteracy. (02/10/15)


THE NETANYAHU ADDRESS: UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from Justin Sink's and Mike Lillis's article at thehill.com:

More than a dozen congressional Democrats say they plan to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of Congress amid conflicting signals over whether he will pull out from the March 3 address.

Netanyahu struck a defiant tone during a campaign event in Israel on Monday, saying he was "determined" to present the case for why Israel opposed the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran "before the members of Congress and the American people."

"This is not a political issue or a party issue, neither here nor there. This is an existential issue, and I approach it with the fullest responsibility," he said.

Earlier today I blogged about Joe Scarborough who, as a Republican, says he hopes every Democrat threatening to boycott this address does so.

From a purely partisan perspective, I can certainly understand why.  Scarborough hopes that this, for once and for all, will show the Lost Tribers just how far this President and his party have strayed from their formerly strong support for Israel - and just how striking the difference is between Democrats and Republicans...even when we're talking about what, as Mr. Netanyahu correctly states, is an existential issue. 

There is nothing - repeat, nothing - clearer than Iran's commitment to vaporize Israel.  And the danger to Israel of a "deal" with Iran which would would enable Iran to build a nuclear weapon and follow through on that commitment is unspeakable.

For Barack Obama, this may be political.  For Barack Obama, everything is political.  But for Israel, this is not political.  It is a matter of survival.

And after 6 years of one Obama foreign policy disaster after another, this has the potential to be the single worst of them all. 

If Benjamin Netanyahu can convince congress that Iran - the world's single most prolific exporter of terrorism, which has lied about its intentions from day one - should be prevented at all costs from obtaining nuclear weaponry, he will have performed an invaluable service;  not just for Israel but for the entire world.

Is that what Democrats should be boycotting...and Lost Tribers making excuses for?  You tell me.


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