Thursday, 19 February 2015


Ken Berwitz

Here is the start of Michael Muskal's and Samantha Masunaga's article published Tuesday in the Los Angeles Times:

Conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh and others have blamed the current measles outbreak on children illegally crossing the southern border of the U.S.

"Children sick, healthy, you name it - poor, ill-educated, just tens of thousands of kids flooded the southern border all of last year," he said. "They were never examined before they got here. They were never examined after they got here and quarantined if they had a disease. They were just sent out across the country. Many of them had measles."

While there are many serious diseases that have moved north to the United States from Mexico and Central America, measles is not one of them.

Whew, do I feel better about illegal immigration.  It is not responsible for the current measles outbreak.  Only the "many serious diseases that have moved north to the United States from Mexico and Central America."

Knowing that Rush Limbaugh was wrong about measles, but that his overall point about illegals exporting diseases to the USA was dead on target, makes me breathe so much easier....oh, wait

If this isn't one for the "small consolation" department, what is?

free` Well since 2 journo-lists from the LA Times says so, it must be true. No need to worry anymore. /sarc. (02/19/15)


Ken Berwitz

I used to put up material like this more often.  Maybe I'll start doing it more often again, so readers are aware of why I am so skeptical of political polling.

According to a CNN/ORC poll conducted last week, a large majority of the country feels that (Republican) congressional leaders "did the wrong thing" by inviting Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address congress.  And it wasn't even close:  63% said it was the wrong thing versus 33% saying it was the right thing - almost 2 to 1 against. 

I have seen and read this statistic numbers of times over the past several days, usually for the purpose of informing us that the country does not want Mr. Netanyahu to make this speech....


...the question respondents were asked was not quite as simple as the one described above.  Here is its actual wording:

Do you think Congressional leaders did the right thing or the wrong thing by inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress without first notifying the president that they would do so?

Feb 12-15 2015

Right thing 33%

Wrong thing 63%

No opinion 3%

Whoops, that changes things a tad.

This question does not - repeat, not - ask anyone's opinion of whether Benjamin Netanyahu should have been invited to address congress. It asks whether or not the President should have been notified before the invitation was extended.  Further, Republicans claim they did notify the administration of their intent to invite Mr. Netanyahu, and got no response.

This poll, therefore, stinks.

But not to worry:  there is another poll taken about the same time (February 13-17) - this one done by the McLaughlin Group - which asks about whether the speech should or shouldn't be made.  And here are the results:

Republican House Speaker John Boehner has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress on March 3rd. President Obama and some Democrats think it should be cancelled because it is 2 weeks before an Israeli election. Israeli Prime Minister wants to speak to the American Congress to try to stop a deal that would give Iran a nuclear weapon. These negotiations are set to conclude 3 weeks after the Prime Minister's speech. Knowing all of this is true, do you support or oppose Prime Minister Netanyahu speaking to Congress on March 3rd?

Support 59%

Strongly 36%

Somewhat 24%

Oppose 23%

Somewhat 11%

Strongly 11%

Don't Know 18%

Well, well, well.

In this poll, respondents, before answering, are instructed as to what "is true" - or, more exactly, what whoever commissioned the poll and approved the questionnaire thinks is true.  And does the question tell respondents to accept as the "truth"?  That the only reason President Obama and Democrats want it cancelled is its proximity to the Israeli elections and the only reason Mr. Netanyahu wants to speak is to stop a deal that would hand nuclear weapons to Iran - which, I assure you, Mr. Obama and his people would emphatically deny.

But, with spoon-fed "truths" in place, suddenly the country is strongly in favor of Mr. Netanyahu's speech.  

This poll, therefore, stinks.

Why am I so skeptical of political polling?  That's why.

Shar But the overstepping of bounds by Congress IS what we disagree with, and why Boehner is being called treasonous. Which he is. (02/19/15)

Zeke . . . . . . . . . . That's biased polling. . . . . . . Add to it the mechanics of polling: 1) Caller-ID gives people the means to ignore polling calls . . . . . . 2) There is no directory of cell phone numbers . . . . .3) Some states do not permit junk phone calls . . . . . 4) Many people do not have land lines. . . . . . . 5) Oversaturation of the poll-ee's . . . . . . 6) Answers to poll questions are given with VERY, VERY little thought . . . . . . . . (02/19/15)

Zeke . . . . . . . . . . That's biased polling. . . . . . . Add to it the mechanics of polling: 1) Caller-ID gives people the means to ignore polling calls . . . . . . 2) There is no directory of cell phone numbers . . . . .3) Some states do not permit junk phone calls . . . . . 4) Many people do not have land lines. . . . . . . 5) Oversaturation of the poll-ee's . . . . . . 6) Answers to poll questions are given with VERY, VERY little thought . . . . . . . . (02/19/15)


Ken Berwitz

Barack Obama is my President, and he is missing a verse, so I think I'm going to help him out.

He says that ISIS (actually he says ISIL, but no one else does), al-qaeda, etc. are perversions of Islam

That's where the missing verse comes in. 

They are not perversions of Islam, they are perverse versions of Islam.  And there is a big difference.

A perversion of Islam implies that what groups like ISIS and al qaeda do (along with boko haram, the taliban , hamas, hezbollah, etc.) has nothing to do with the Koran/Islamic teaching. 

But that is not true.  Those groups practice perverse versions of Islam.  What they do is very definitely based on the Koran/Islamic teaching, but perverse in nature compared to other more moderate Islamic  belief systems.

This is not some fine-tuning distinction.  It is the difference between letting Islam off the hook entirely or acknowledging that there are some versions of Islam that are beyond ugly - which there are and which MUST be addressed or we are in for a lot more from them, and in the very near future.

I hope this helps President Obama out.  But I doubt it.


Ken Berwitz

This blog is dedicated to the "if he only had a good job he would not turn to a life of terrorism" folks - like that Harf-witted State Department spokesperson and, apparently, her boss as well.

Excerpted from Laurie Hanna's article in London's Daily Mail:

The bloodthirsty leader of the Islamic State was once a secretary working in office admin, newly released documents have revealed.

Brutal Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was captured by American soldiers in 2004 in Iraq, and records from the time have revealed his life before he turned to terror.

The declassified documents show that al-Baghdadi - registered under his real name of Ibrahim Awad Ibrahim Al Badr - was held for 10 months in a military prison in the south of the country.

The terrorist's status was listed as 'civilian detainee', which means he was not then officially thought to be an insurgent. His occupation was written as 'Administrative Work (Secretary)'. 

He was registered as married, and an uncle is listed as being his next of kin - although all of his relatives' names have been redacted.

Although his date of birth is also redacted, he is believed to be 43-years old-and has a wife and a young son. 

Administrative secretary?  That sounds like a job to me.  Husband and father?  That sounds like someone living within normal parameters to me.

Radical Islamist murderer?  Well, that's what he is now anyway.

I guess he figured the job opportunity and lifestyle was better in ISIS.

And I guess the Harf-witted BS this administration is trying to sell you is.....Harf-witted BS.

NOW can we fight these murderous sick bastards, instead of Harfing out platitudes and pretending they are not what they are? 

Thank you.


Ken Berwitz

First the request, in the form of this one-paragraph excerpt from an article at

Nearly two dozen US House Democrats on Thursday urged the postponement of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's planned speech to Congress, claiming the controversially-timed address could "undermine" nuclear negotiations with Iran, reports AFP.

Now the three word reaction:

It should only.


Ken Berwitz

The latest on Sheldon Silver, just two months ago, one of the two most powerful men in New York State (the Governor might - might - have been more powerful), has been indicted by a Grand Jury on three of the five federal corruption charges he was originally accused of.

His career as a power broker?  Over.  Period.

His career as a state assemblyman?  Well, he still is one, and either will or will not resign.  Indeterminate.

His capacity to damage New York Governor Andrew Cuomo?  Huge.  Read all about it in my January 24th blog.

Will that be his leverage to get off?  Will Mr. Silver, who certainly knows a little something about hardball, make it plain that either these charges go away or Andrew Cuomo's future does?

This started interesting, has gotten more and more interesting, and has the potential to become monumentally interesting.

Stay tuned.

Zeke . . . . . . . . Tell me again why the Moreland Commission was shut down by Andrew Cuomo . . . . . . . . (02/19/15)


Ken Berwitz

Is it just me or does North Korea's kim jung-un's new hair style...

Kim Jong Un new haircut

...look like he shaved the sides of his head a little further up, and someone sprayed on a nice, thick layer of Flex-Seal...

As Seen on TV Flex Seal Clear

...that stuff they advertise on TV for sealing roof leaks, hoses, duct work, foundations, downspouts, drip pans, etc?

Just asking.

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