Wednesday, 18 February 2015

THE REAL FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

Ken Berwitz

From our pal Barbie Buddy....and no explanation needed.


Purple Clover's photo.


A QUESTION FOR LUIS GUITTIEREZ....

Ken Berwitz

A question for to Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL):

Can you please tell us which country you are representing.  Assuming you know yourself.

Thank you in advance for your answer.


LOOKING FOR AN EXPLANATION

Ken Berwitz

"No religion is responsible for terrorism, people are responsible for terrorism": Barack Obama this afternoon.

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people":  An argument Barack Obama rejects.

Explanation, anyone?

free' My favorite bumper sticker. If guns kill people. Do pencils misspell words??? (02/18/15)

Shar I will try? Religion is theology that gives guidance to living our lives. terrorism twists beliefs to instill hatred against others, practiced by ISIS, Hitler, the KKK, the Westboro Baptist church, etc. blaming a whole religion for an act of terror is incorrect. Without terror you still have religion. Guns are hunks of metal made for no other purpose than to kill or harm something, which makes them different than most anything made by man. Without guns, it is difficult to be killed by the swiftness of gunshot, either on purpose or by accident. (02/19/15)

Shar Poor argument. You completely miss the point, which is that individuals decide whether and how to use both religion and guns. (02/20/15)


RICE A RUNNER?

Ken Berwitz

Rice-A-Roni used to advertise itself as "The San Francisco Treat".  Maybe it still does.

Condoleezza Rice, however, may wind up being a treat for all of California.

Though she has not declared a candidacy to replace retiring Senator Barbara Boxer or, for that matter, said she was even interested in doing so, a new Field Poll was released today showing Ms. Rice ahead of California's Attorney General Kamala Harris, the leading Democrat aspirant and only formally announced candidate.

Look, we're talking almost two years in the future, and a lot can happen between now and then.  But it certainly gives us something to think about - and, given Condoleezza Rice's popularity, just might give California Democrats more than a few restless nights' sleep.

I'll keep an eye on this one.


KEEPING ISRAEL IN THE DARK

Ken Berwitz

Can Barack Obama's ego be so immense that, out of personal dislike for Benjamin Netanyahu...and for Israel....he would keep Israel in the dark about US-Iran negotiations on a nuclear deal?

Helluva question.

Please read this excerpt from Avi Lewis's article at timesofisrael.com, and see if you can find an answer:

European officials have confirmed that the US State Department cautioned them against providing Israel with sensitive information on the current round of negotiations with Iran over its alleged nuclear weapons program, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The account came amid vehement denials by the White House and State Department that they had stopped updating Jerusalem on the progress in the talks, even though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hinted Monday that Israel was indeed being kept in the dark.

The comments echoed those of an Israeli official interviewed for the report who quipped that he received only "empty" briefings on the looming deal, signalling perhaps a further chill in ties between the Obama administration and the Jewish state that The New York Times compared to "posting notes to each other on a refrigerator door."

Can this possibly be?  Can the President of the United States be so thin-skinned, so personally vindictive, that he would withhold such information from Israel?

Let's remember that Iran is a) the single most prolific exporter of terror in the world today and b) has made 100% clear its intent to wipe Israel off the map...which nuclear weaponry, effectively used, could certainly accomplish.

We are not talking about some silly political skirmish here.  We are not talking about whether or not a couple of lanes on a bridge are open to traffic.  We are talking about life and death for one of our staunchest allies.

Every time I wonder how this presidency could get worse, Mr. Obama shows me.  How I wish he didn't, but he does.

Less than two years to go in this nightmare administration.  I count the seconds.


GERALDO'S HIP HOP HUFFINGTON HULLABALOO

Ken Berwitz

Geraldo Rivera, interviewed by Huffington Post Live host Josh Zepps, had this to say about hip-hop music:

"Hip-hop has done more damage to black and brown people than racism in the last 10 years...(find) a youngster -- a Puerto Rican from the South Bronx or a black kid from Harlem who has succeeded in life other than being the one-tenth of one-tenth of one percent that make it in the music business -- that's been a success in life walking around with his pants around his ass and with visible tattoos..."

Interesting point; especially given the forum.

Well, Huffington Post regulars certainly had some opinions about Mr. Rivera's thoughts on hip-hop.  I would tell you to trust me when I say that most of them were angry and negative - see, hip-hop is a great cultural event and has little to do with the lack of cultural preparedness so many young minority fans wind up with.  The real culprit is....

Yknow what?  I'm not going to do this.  You have the link on the first line of this blog.  Go there and read some of the comments.  See what you think.

Definitely worth a look.

free` Sorry Ken, but I refuse to be counted as a person going to HP.com. They get enough wacko libs giving them revenue without them counting me as an HP reader. I will just assume he is being called a racist. (02/18/15)

Ken Berwitz free - more an idiot than a racist, but you get the general idea. Let's just say he is not being hailed as a deepthinker. (02/18/15)


ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS AS VICTIMS

Ken Berwitz

I just read Curtis Houck's blog at newsbusters.org, which is titled "Networks Paint Illegal Immigrants as Victims After Judge Halts Obama's Executive Amnesty".

In it, Mr. Houck puts up verbatim commentary from the major networks, all of which paint illegals as victims because a Texas judge has put President Obama's executive order, giving them virtual amnesty, on hold until it is ruled on in future litigation or congress enacts relevant legislation.

Note to Curtis Houck: they are partly right.

The millions of illegal immigrants from Mexico to the United States 4-5 million of whom would be affected by President Obama's executive order (millions of others would not), are, in fact, victims. 

But they are not being victimized by the United States.  They are being victimized by their home country, Mexico.

Why do Mexicans come here by the millions?  Why are there currently something like 12 million Mexican nationals in total who have left their native country for the United States?

Did they come here because it is a good life to live in the shadows, worried every day about deportation, to be paid lower-than-low wages by unscrupulous employers who know they can't do squat about it, to know that if they need a day off,  for sickness or personal reasons, they risk being told never to come back again, etc. etc. etc. etc. etc.?

No, they did not come here because it is a good life.

They came here because it is a better life than they can have in Mexico, as full citizens with full "rights" (such as they are).

They came here because Mexico - a well-to-do country with enormous natural resources and booming industrial, agricultural and hospitality industries - treats them like such garbage that they cannot live successfully in their own country.

It is tragic and shameful that Mexico treats its own people this disgracefully...

...and outrageous that our media, instead of blaming Mexico for not giving millions and millions of its own people a chance at decent lives, blames the USA instead because we don't do it for them instead.

So, yes, Mexicans are victims. 

But when will our media - and the so-called advocates for illegal immigrants - a) talk honestly about who is victimizing them and b) demand that the true victimizers do something about it?

One other important point:  just to be clear on this, my problem is with the Mexican government.   It is not with Mexican people.  I know too many wonderful people of Mexican citizenship - and ancestry - to think otherwise.

free` That 12 million number is a joke. That number has been used for at least 2 decades now. In that 20 years the population of this country has grown by more than 75 million people. Where are they getting this 12 million number from? My bet would be that the number is over 20 million illegals in this country right now. (02/18/15)


THE PRESIDENT'S SPEECH ON EXTREMISM

Ken Berwitz

President Obama just made a short televised speech on religious extremism.

In it, he pointed out that groups such as ISIL (or ISIS as just about everyone but President Obama calls it), al Qaeda, etc. call themselves Islamic.  He is right about that.

He also pointed out that these groups do not define Islam; there are a great many Islamic people who do not subscribe to the murdering barbarism of these groups.  He is right about that too.

But when he claims that these groups pervert the religion of Islam, he is not right.  Those groups may be perverse to us, but they are more than just some off-the-rails nutjobs, alien from true Islam. There are enough of them, and enough adherents, for them to represent, thus be defined as, a branch of Islam.

And he is wrong to ignore the extremism of Islam as it is practiced in many entire Islamic countries and regions within more diverse Islamic countries.

Click here to read a rundown of individual Islamic countries to see how strictly shari'a law is enforced.  You'll find plenty of it, and plenty of what we would call extremism within it.

Then click here and find out that, in 5 Muslim countries, amputation is a legal punishment, in 9 Muslim countries you can legally be stoned to death and in 13 Muslim countries you can be executed for rejecting the Islamic faith.

The bottom line?  Islam is an umbrella under which there is considerable diversity of practice.  And extreme - or, if you will, radical - Islam is a significant part of what is under that umbrella.

All the dancing and wordsmithing in the world will not change that, Mr. President.  It is long past time we deal with things as they are, not as you wish and will them to be.

free` "All the dancing and wordsmithing in the world will not change that, Mr. President. It is long past time we deal with things as they are, not as you wish and will them to be." ----------------- Ken, You could not have said it any better. (02/18/15)


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from former two-time Mayor of New York City Rudy Giuliani.

Last Friday, Mr. Giuliani spoke before a symposium hosted by the Iranian-American Community of Arizona:  "Countering Islamic Fundamentalism and a Nuclear-Armed Iran."

What did Mr. Giuliani say that wins him Quote Of The Day honors?

To show you, please click here, then scroll down to the first video taped segment of his speech.

If you go to about the 10:15 mark, you will hear Mr. Giuliani talk about the Ayatollah of Iran, his intention to obliterate Israel, what he thinks of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's upcoming speech to a joint session of congress, and what he thinks of President Obama's opposition to that speech:

Here is the key portion (which starts at about 10:30):

"I believe the Ayatollah is truly insane. He lives in a different world from the real world in which we live, which is probably the best definition of insanity you can have. He's like the guy walking around Bellevue Hospital thinking he's George Washington (laughter). He's a madman.

"He's announced that he wants to destroy the state of Israel. And we are upset that Prime Minister Netayahu wants to come here and defend his country? When someone who is a few hundred miles away wants nuclear weapons and has threatened to destroy his country of 6 or 7 million people? It's smaller than New York City.

"Believe me, when I was Mayor of New York, if someone threatened to destroy New York City, I would go anywhere, any place any time and I wouldn't give a damn what the President of the United States thought, to defend my country. (thunderous applause). That is is a patriot. That's a man who loves his people. That's a man who protects his people. (applause continues throughout). That's a man who fights for his people, unlike our President."

I award Rudy Giuiani Quote Of The Day honors for saying, in the plainest, bluntest - and truest - way he can, what so desperately needs to be said about what is going on between the Obama administration and Iran's terrorist government and why it is so important that Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks before congress.

But that's not all. There is something else to say that is every bit as important.

Please note that the audience Mr. Giuliana spoke to - the one which cheered his words - was comprised mostly or exclusively of Iranians and, I am suspecting, mostly or exclusively of Muslims.

It is therefore an important lesson for anyone under the misapprehension that all Iranians/all Muslims think and act alike; that they all either engage in, or sympathize with, the hate-filled leaders of today's Iran and the lunatic jihadists they support in the Middle East, Europe, and, no doubt, here as well.

Anyone who thinks that if you've seen one, you've seen 'em all, is just plain ignorant about Iranians and Muslims - as this audience's reaction to the words of Rudy Giuliani plainly shows.


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