Tuesday, 17 February 2015


Ken Berwitz

Why are we losing the war against radical Islam?

Read this exchange between Chris Matthews and Marie Harf, the little girl Obama trots out as State Department spokesperson to recite her lines just like she was in a school play, and you won't wonder:

MATTHEWS: What do we do as Americans when we look at 21 Christians beheaded for the purposes of humiliating us, the Christian world, the Western world? It's aimed at us, those pictures . .  Well, how do we win? How do we stop this? I don't see it. I see the militias, the Shia militias coming out of Baghdad; they're all Shia. The Sunnis hate them. The Sunnis are loyal to ISIS rather than going in with the Shia. You've got the Kurds, the Jordian air force and now the Egyptian air force, but I don't see -- if I were ISIS, I wouldn't be afraid right now. I would figure there's no existential threat to these people. They can keep finding places where they can hold executions and putting the camera work together, getting their props ready and killing people for show and nothing we do right now seems to be directed at stopping this. 

HARF: We cannot win this war by killing them. We cannot kill our way out of this war. We need in the longer term--we need the longer term to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups.  Whether it's lack of opportunity for jobs --

Even the usually pro-Obama Matthews couldn't stomach this.  His incredulous reaction:

MATTHEWS: We're not going to be able to stop that in our lifetime. Or 50 lifetimes. There's always going to be poor people; there's always going to be poor Muslims, and as long as there's poor Muslims the trumpet's blowing and they'll join. We can't stop that, can we? . . . This sounds like we're going to get rid of juvenile delinquency in America over time by erasing poverty and improving education. Sure, over time. But the American people I think are getting humiliated morally by this. We are seeing these pictures, and what are you supposed to say: I'm going to think about something else? What are the American people supposed to do about this, right now? They're watching right now. What do they supposed tp do to stop these indecent killing of people? This burning alive of that good pilot, the whatever they did to the American woman over there, whatever they did, whatever they're doing to these people, beheading them, beheading them. What are we doing to stop this? It sounds like we can't stop it. 

At the beginning of this blog I asked why we are losing the war against radical Islam. And, in answer, we have a sing-song woman-child barfing out non-answers about root causes and lack of job opportunity. 

What the HELL does that have to do with the war we are fighting against murder-crazed lunatics right now, besides nothing?  

Even if we could completely eradicate the "root causes" and provide plenty of good jobs for every ISIS or al qaeda or taliban or hezbollah or hamas jihadist over the next generation (which there is absolutely no chance of happening), how does that address what they are doing today?  Now?

When a radical Islamist murderer joyously beheads people in the name of allah, will the victim be less dead if we only show that we care about his stunted upbringing? 

If Marie Harf's barf is the answer from President Obama and his administration - which it is - you now know the reason that we are losing the war against radical Islam.  As we will continue to lose it for at least the next two years, until this woeful, useless administration is history.

Zeke . . . . . . Eat at Abdul's Falafel Stand to oppose ISIS Terrorism. . . . . . . . . . . Death to the Unbelievers ! . . . . Have a nice day. . . . (02/17/15)

Zeke . . . . . . Eat at Abdul's Falafel Stand to oppose ISIS Terrorism. . . . . . . . . . . Death to the Unbelievers ! . . . . Have a nice day. . . . (02/17/15)

Zeke . . . . . . . . . . Roasting Prisoners of War IS a Job that Americans won't do. . . . . . . . . . . . (02/17/15)


Ken Berwitz

Another five or so inches of snow and way below-normal temperature (I'd say cold as hell, but that seems a bit of a contradiction, doesn't it?).

The kind of a day that makes me wish they were right about Global Warming...

...oh, wait, when it's cold out they call it Climate Change.

But keep those grants coming, guys. 

Hmmmm, maybe "cold as hell" isn't such a contradiction after all.  Because, no matter what the temperature is, these folks will be asking for more grants until hell freezes over.

Zeke . . . . . . . Favorite BIG, SCARY NAMES for Climate Fearmongering . . . . . . . . . . . . . • Climate Rambunctiousness . . . . . . • Terrestial Thermoclime • . . . . . . • Transmongrification Apocalypse . . . . . . • Planet Death Watch . . . . . . • Climate Derangement Syndrome . . . . . . • The Globacaust • Disrupt-n-warm-a-unstustainableness . . . . . . Globalaciously • Death Weather . . . . . . • Peak Weather . . . . . . • White Man’s Wind . . . . . . • Irritable Climate Syndrome . . . . . . • Climageddon . . . . . . • Climate Gone Wild . . . . . . • Frankenclimate . . . . . . • Anthropocalypse . . . . . . • WetterBlitzkrieg . . . . . . • Climate Jihad . . . . . . • Climatus Interruptus . . . . . . . . . . . . (02/17/15)


Ken Berwitz

Here is the handwritten letter Alex Rodriguez has written to baseball fans.

Alex Rodriguez handwritten apology 150217 [203x114]

Yes, this is the same Alex Rodriguez who lied by denying his use of drugs for years, and who engaged an army of lawyers to prevent any repercussions from his use of the drugs he lied about.  The same Alex Rodriguez who agreed to a year's suspension only after putting everyone through the ringer every way he could to avoid paying any penalty for his actions.

As a Yankee fan for many, many years, let me say that I wish Alex Rodriguez would never play another game for my team. 

I know this isn't going to happen, but it would give me great pleasure if they ate Rodriguez's contract by either releasing him - even if it has to be with full pay - or by telling him "you can put on that uniform, and we will have to pay you, but, unless we are down to one player and it would cause the forfeiture of the game, you will never be put on the field.  Ever.


Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from the always-entertaining Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN).  It seems Rep. Ellison is not pleased with voting laws, and has decided to offer his wit and wisdom on this subject. 

Here it is:

"Now I also think we need to make voting easier. It should be easier. In other countries it's easier. Why should voting be so difficult? Tuesday? Who thought that up? I mean the fact is, is that there's a wide variation in when people can vote. Uh, you can't necessarily register to vote on election day. I've often asked myself why you should have to register to vote."

And if you don't - can't - believe that he actually said this (which certainly is understandable), here's the video to prove it:

A few insights for Mr. Ellison:

-It isn't hard to vote. 

-It isn't hard to register.

-Tuesday is entirely incidental.  It could have been any other day.  And no matter which day was picked, the same "why that day?" question could have been asked just as easily.

-The fact that there is a wide variation in when people can vote is why there are absentee ballots and early voting periods.  Apparently you are unaware of this, so I'm pleased to be able to bring it to your attention.

-Why would it be necessary to register to vote?  Hey, no reason at all.  Just declare everyone a qualified voter and count 'em up.  In fact, while we're at it, why not let people legally vote more than once?  Actually, why hold the elections at all, why not just ask you who you think would have won.  If Big Julie from Chicago can do it with dice, why not Big Keith from Minnesota with ballots? 

I award Keith Ellison Quote Of The Day honors because - at least in my opinion - he has proved that anyone, regardless of intelligence or logic level, can become a member of congress.

It's not like he's the only one.  But what you just read/saw puts him at the top of the list for now (until he is displaced by someone else which, given the quality of some of his counterparts, should not take long).


Ken Berwitz

This update is dedicated to Marie Harf and the Obama administration.

From Kate Pickles' article at London's Daily Mail:

Militants from Islamic State have burned 45 people to death in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, according to the local police chief.

Col Qasim al-Obeidi said the motive was unknown but he believed some of the victims were members of the security forces.

He has pleaded for help from the government and international community and said the compound, which houses the families of security personnel and local officials, was now under attack. 

It follows the capture of al-Baghdadi, near Ain al-Asad air base, by ISIS fighters last week.

There's the latest, Ms. Harf and Mr. Obama. 

If you'd like I will try to find information about the names of the radical Islamist jihadists who did it, so you can ask about their poverty-stricken youth and offer them entry into a job-training program.  I'm sure they'll be rehabilitated in no time.

Or, maybe you might consider your time better spent in trying to explain how you ever allowed a virtually complete pullout from Iraq without a serious residual force staying there....and what you now can do to prevent a victory - yes, a victory - by the Bush administration from becoming a loss that will make Iraq even worse than it was when saddam hussein was in power - like you allowed in post-qaddafi Libya.

free` All that is left for the dems to do with Iraq is to cut off all funding, like they did to Vietnam after we won that war. Then we will have the Iraq-Vietnam meme that the left screamed about during the Iraq war, for it to be the same. (02/17/15)


Ken Berwitz

That title - which is completely accurate, I assure you - presumably means that President Obama is very happy with a judge's ruling today.

Well, he isn't.

Yesterday, a federal judge in Texas, Andrew Hanan, ruled in favor of the 26 states which filed lawsuits, that Mr. Obama's executive action on immigration - which would effectively legalize something like five million illegals without bothering to go through congress - must be put on hold until it is either legislated in the congress or adjudicated in the courts. 

In response, the (not surprisingly) agitated White House issued this statement:

Still wondering why the title of this blog is accurate - why Judge Hanan and President Obama are in agreement?

The answer is that, before he decided to play tinhorn dictator instead of President, Mr. Obama wholeheartedly supported exactly this means of addressing immigration reform.

Want proof? Speaker Of The House John Boehner's office has put together a list of 22 different times when President Obama said just that.  You can read them all by clicking here.  But, for the moment, here are three examples - all of which were stated by Mr. Obama while he was President:

  • "[T]here are those in the immigrants' rights community who have argued passionately that we should simply provide those who are [here] illegally with legal status, or at least ignore the laws on the books and put an end to deportation until we have better laws. ... I believe such an indiscriminate approach would be both unwise and unfair. It would suggest to those thinking about coming here illegally that there will be no repercussions for such a decision. And this could lead to a surge in more illegal immigration. And it would also ignore the millions of people around the world who are waiting in line to come here legally. Ultimately, our nation, like all nations, has the right and obligation to control its borders and set laws for residency and citizenship.  And no matter how decent they are, no matter their reasons, the 11 million who broke these laws should be held accountable." (7/1/10)

  • "I do have an obligation to make sure that I am following some of the rules. I can't simply ignore laws that are out there. I've got to work to make sure that they are changed." (10/14/10)

  • "I am president, I am not king. I can't do these things just by myself. We have a system of government that requires the Congress to work with the Executive Branch to make it happen. I'm committed to making it happen, but I've got to have some partners to do it. ... The main thing we have to do to stop deportations is to change the laws. ... [T]he most important thing that we can do is to change the law because the way the system works - again, I just want to repeat, I'm president, I'm not king. If Congress has laws on the books that says that people who are here who are not documented have to be deported, then I can exercise some flexibility in terms of where we deploy our resources, to focus on people who are really causing problems as a opposed to families who are just trying to work and support themselves. But there's a limit to the discretion that I can show because I am obliged to execute the law. That's what the Executive Branch means. I can't just make the laws up by myself. So the most important thing that we can do is focus on changing the underlying laws." (10/25/10)

That clear enough? 

At this point you may be asking yourself how the same President who said the above words, could also put out the statement referenced earlier.

My answer is in the form of a question; one I have asked again and again for years, as lie after lie has been exposed:  How can anyone believe a word this President says?

I don't know how to answer it better than that.

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