Sunday, 15 February 2015

GOOOOD MOOOOOOORNING, CENTRAL NEW JERSEY

Ken Berwitz

Nine degrees, several inches of new snow on the ground, and a howling wind, with gusts at least 30-35MPH and probably more.

Goooood Moooooooorning , Central New Jersey.


BUSH'S TURN AGAIN

Ken Berwitz

Yesterday I blogged about the attacks on Jeb Bush in the Washington Post (for something he may or may not have done at the age of 14) and on Scott Walker in the New York Times, for the crime of leaving college before getting a degree.

Today it is Bush's turn again.

The New York Times' big story, splashed across the middle of page 1? 

Dynasty's Son

Jeb Bush Used Connections Freely When Father Was in Washington

As you might expect, the article, by Steve Eder and Michael Barbaro, goes on to detail how a young Jeb Bush used his familial connections to get places.

Ok, fair enough.  If it happened, it happened.

And, of course, next week, The Times'  Mr. Eder and Mr. Barbaro will have a first page story about how Hillary Clinton became a partner at the Rose Law Firm when Hubby Bill became the Attorney General of Arkansas, then became a Senior Partner when he became Governor, and then headed the Arkansas Education Task Force when she was appointed by Hubby Bill while still Governor, and then as the head of the Health Care Task Force when she was appointed by Hubby Bill while he was President.

I'd say I can't wait to read that article....but I won't, since I have a feeling the wait is going to be...how do you say it?....oh yeah.....endless.

And I won't be waiting for it to show up in the Washington Post either.  Or the LA Times.  Or the networks.

Anyone who thinks media in this country are not partisan has a screw loose.


AND THEY CANCEL OUT YOUR VOTE.......

Ken Berwitz

I just got this video from my sister.

I have no comment to make about it.  Just watch the video...then decide whether to laugh or cry.

And remember that every one of these people can cancel out your vote.

Zeke They certainly do - starving our public education systems with incompetent teachers and biased, agenda-driven curricula has resulted in some real ignorance, especially in California, Maryland, New York and other Blue States. (02/15/15)

Josie They certainly do - starving our public education systems has resulted in some real ignorance, especially in Texas and other Red States. (02/15/15)


THE COPENHAGEN SHOOTINGS, AND A QUESTION

Ken Berwitz

Police in Copenhagen, Denmark, have shot and killed the man who, yesterday, 

-first opened fire at a free speech debate at the Krudttonden cultural center, hosted by Lars Vilks, a cartoonist whose material has included unflattering images of the Islamic prophet Muhammed.  Vilks, who understandably believes he was the intended target, escaped unharmed, but film director Finn Norgaard was killed,

-and then opened fire at a Synagogue, killing one of the Jewish men there who, due to Islamic radical activity, stood guard while a bar-mitzvah was in progress.

My question is directed to President Obama:

Do you think these shootings, like the ones at the Paris kosher market, were "random' too?

Or will you finally, after 6 years of ducking, dodging and prevaricating, acknowledge that the problem is radical Islam?

I await your answer.


CORNELL AND NIMBP

Ken Berwitz

Most of us are aware of NIMBY - the acronym for "Not In My Back Yard" - which refers to hypocrites who think undesirable entities (like jails, halfway houses, drug rehabilitation centers, etc.) are just fine....as long as they're in someone else's neighborhood.

Well now we have Cornell University, bastion of all that is liberal/left, showing us the meaning of NIMBP:  "Not In My Back Pocket".

Excerpted from Carmine Sabia's article at bizpacreview.com:

Sometimes, the best education is the one life gives you.

Students at the prestigious but liberal-leaning Cornell University found that out the hard way last week, when they stormed the office of school President David Skorton to protest a modern-day example of socialism at work.

On Feb. 5, Skorton posted a memo on the school's website notifying students that all who opt out of Cornell's health care program next year will be charged a $350 fee, Fox News reported.

Obamacare requires all students to have health insurance, but those already covered are also forced to pay the opt-out fee. And they're none too pleased.

About 150 students protested the move by staging an old-fashioned sit-in at Skorton's office and a main administrative building on Monday, while others turned to 21st century hashtag activism on Twitter with the #fightthefee rallying cry, according to The College Fix student newspaper.

Poor babies....

Just how strong do you figure support for ObamaCare was at Cornell.....until these geniuses realized that they, too, would be forking out money for it?

FYI:  According to the article at Fox News, The School plan costs $2,352 a year per student....and the $350 fee for declining it will most likely not be covered by financial aid.

Did the ivied crowd at Cornell not realize that comes out of their pockets?  Or did they just figure they'd send the bill to the Koch brothers?

Welcome to the real world, kids...the one you were so happy to help create.  I hope you enjoy it as much as most of the rest of us do.

Zeke . . . . . . . . Dear Mr. Bieber: . . . . . . . I, too, am glad you are not Ken's offspring. . . . . . . I gather HIS children have reading comprehension skills. . . . . . . . . . Note that the article said there was a $350 'opt-out fee', EVEN if you had health insurance. The ONLY exception was IF you had Cornell's policy. . . . . . . . . .. Your entire rejoinder was "well, ignore the facts", as you were sure it would "they will work it out." . . . . . . . . Nowhere did Ken advocate going without medical insurance -- that was YOUR meme. . . . . . . . . The ad hominems in your last two sentences make one wonder if you are really Ms. Shar-pei. . . . . . . . . . . (02/15/15)

Justin Well, I served my country - did your kids? And I cannot stand the way you righties want to take everything from my generation, except your own pampered brats. (02/16/15)

Justin Right - Instead they just should go around without insurance and we pay the bill when they get hurt? Obviously most of them will be covered by their parent's policy under one of the best parts of Obamacare. I don't know what Cornell's problem is, but they will work it out. Meanwhile, you sound like a fool. Glad I'm not your kid. (02/15/15)

Justin Thought so. (02/16/15)

Ken Berwitz Lose the argument, change the subject. And toss in a gratuitous "you righties" to try and get people you disagree with on the defensive. Doesn't work. (02/16/15)

Zeke . . . . . . . . . . . . . PLEASE ! . . . . . . D O . . N O T . . F E E D . . T H E . . T R O L L S . . . . . . . . . . (02/16/15)


OBAMA'S "RANDOM FOLKS" REMARK (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

The Jerusalem Post's Caroline Glick has written an excellent commentary on President Obama's comment that the attack on a Kosher food store the afternoon before Shabbos was nothing more than a "random act".

I urge you to click here and read it all.  Here is the first part:

US President Barack Obama is mainstreaming anti-Semitism in America.

This week, apropos of seemingly nothing, in an interview with Mathew Yglesias from the Vox.com website, Obama was asked about terrorism. In his answer the president said the terrorism threat is overrated. And that was far from the most disturbing statement he made.

Moving from the general to the specific, Obama referred to the jihadists who committed last month's massacres in Paris as "a bunch of violent vicious zealots," who "randomly shot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris."

In other words, Ahmedy Coulibaly, the terrorist at Hyper Cacher, the kosher supermarket he targeted, was just some zealot. The Jews he murdered while they were shopping for Shabbat were just "a bunch of folks in a deli," presumably shot down while ordering their turkey and cheese sandwiches.

No matter that Coulibaly called a French TV station from the kosher supermarket and said he was an al-Qaida terrorist and that he chose the kosher supermarket because he wanted to kill Jews.

As far as the leader of the free world is concerned, his massacre of four Jews at the market can teach us nothing about anything other than that some random people are mean and some random people are unlucky.

Obama's statement about the massacre of Jews in Paris is notable first and foremost for what it reveals about his comfort level with anti-Semitism.

By de-judaizing the victims, who were targets only because they were Jews, Obama denied the uniqueness of the threat jihadist Islam and its adherents pose to Jews. By pretending that Jews are not specifically targeted for murder simply because they are Jews, he dismissed the legitimate concerns Jews harbor for their safety, whether in Diaspora communities or in Israel.

If nothing distinguished Coulibaly's massacre at Hyper Cacher from a mugging or an armed robbery gone bad, then Jews have no right to receive unique consideration - whether for their community's security in London or Paris, or San Francisco - or for Israel's security.

As subsequent statements from administration spokespeople made clear, Obama's statement was not a gaffe. When questioned about his remarks, both White House spokesman Josh Earnest and State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki doubled down on Obama's denial of the anti-Semitic nature of the massacre at Hyper Cacher. Earnest said that the Jews who were murdered were people who just "randomly happened to be" at the supermarket.

Psaki said that the victims didn't share a common background or nationality, pretending away the bothersome fact that they were all Jews.

Just as bad as their denials of the anti-Jewish nature of the attack on Hyper Cacher, were Psaki's and Earnest's belated revisions of their remarks. After coming under a storm of criticism from American Jews and from the conservative media, both Psaki and Earnest turned to their Twitter accounts to walk back their remarks and admit that indeed, the massacre at Hyper Cacher was an anti-Semitic assault.

Exactly right.  And 100% disgusting.

Less than two years left to this nightmare of an administration.  I count the seconds.


AL SHARPTON AS A SELLOUT

Ken Berwitz

What does a hardline Black activist say about a "Black leader" who you consider a sellout, happy to hold out his hand and have it filled, no matter who is doing the filling?

I may have an answer for you.

I just read an article by Glen Ford, writing for the Florida Courier, a weekly publication directed to Black readership.  It seems Mr. Ford does not think al sharpton is on board with the Black Lives Matter movement.  Mr. Ford feels sharpton's sellout is that he is way too accommodating to the establishment. (FYI: he has little use for Oprah Winfrey as well, for the same reason).

Here is an excerpt from Mr. Ford's article.  But there is a lot more, so please use this link to read it all:

Al Sharpton, a highly ecumenical prostitute who has serviced clients ranging from the most rightwing, down-and-dirty Republicans (Roger Stone, 2003-04); to plutocrats from Hell (Michael Bloomberg); to his current (but now endangered) hookup as the snitching King Rat and activism-deflator for a corporate Democratic president; a man who has lain down with whole kennels of flee-bitten dogs, now defames as "tricks" the young people who stood up to militarized police and dared to make grassroots politics a reality in 21st century America.

The jackleg preacher with the signature pimp-adour hairstyle - whose self-proclaimed heroes are not MLK or Malcolm X, but sports gangster Don King and entertainer James Brown - appears to believe the young organizers are as morally debased and materially obsessed as himself; that self-aggrandizement is their real motivation. "And they play on your ego. 'Oh, you young and hip, you're full of fire. You're the new face.' All the stuff that they know will titillate your ears. That's what a pimp says to a ho."

Sharpton is actually confessing to his own deepest yearnings.

The youth have scoped Sharpton's whole card: he is a fraud, an activist-for-hire who has found his niche in the bosom of the beast.

Now there's a man who does not like al sharpton.

Interesting, isn't it, that - albeit for wholly different reasons - Republicans/conservatives and a hardliner like Glen Ford come to the same conclusion about execrable al.

Wouldn't you love to see Glen Ford on sharpton's MSNBC show, debating this issue?  In fact, I challenge al sharpton to have Mr. Ford on his show, to debate the Black Lives Matter movement and how Black "leaders", such as himself, have comported themselves as it has progressed.

Tell you what, though:  don't hold your breath waiting for Ford to get the invitation; it isn't coming.  sharpton would have to answer to someone his core constituency might like even better than him....and that is exactly what he does not want to happen.


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