Wednesday, 25 February 2015

RAHM REAMED: RUNOFF AHEAD

Ken Berwitz

Rahm Emanuel is a former White House chief of staff - for Chicago's adopted favorite son Barack Obama.  He is a four term congressperson.  And he is a Democrat Mayor of Chicago who has Mr. Obama's blessing

So how could he possibly be forced into a primary runoff?

By being insufficiently progressive enough and insufficiently obsequious enough to the teachers union to get a majority of Democrat votes, that's how.

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, who was a household name - in the Garcia household that is, and not very many other places - will compete with Emanuel in a runoff election on April 7th. 

How vulnerable is Mayor Emanuel? Personally, I think that if the Chicago Teachers Union's President, Karen Lewis, had not dropped out of the race due to a cancerous brain tumor (I wish her a full recovery, of course), she would be the nominee this morning.

How viable is Garcia's candidacy?  Well, he got 34% of the vote, while Emanuel - a universally-known incumbent who outspent him by 10 to 1 - got just 45%.  The runoff will be a two-person race, and Garcia will have far more name recognition than he did in the primary; maybe a lot more money too.  That makes him a serious threat to win. 

And let's remember that, in Chicago, winning the Democrat nomination for Mayor is tantamount to winning the Mayoralty.  The last time a Republican won anything significant in Chicago, Methusaleh was breast-feeding.

The runoff will be held on April 7th - just six weeks from now.  What an interesting six weeks they will be.


HILLARY'S POSITION ON REGULATING THE INTERNET...

Ken Berwitz

...explained in one cartoon - and an 8 year old one at that:

Fairness Doctrine is Fascism

Any questions?


THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from Melissa Harris-Perry, the far-left host of a weekend show on (where else?) MSNBC.

This is her wit and wisdom about the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman confrontation, spoken yesterday to an at least somewhat appreciative audience at Cornell University:

"I hope [Martin] tried to stay alive. I hope he knew that he lived in a state with a 'Stand Your Ground' law. And I hope he whooped the shit out of George Zimmerman. And it's not disreputable because he encountered a stranger who was prepared to kill him, and you know how I know? Because he killed him."

Can Melissa Harris-Perry possibly be that stupid, or so impossibly indoctrinated that facts mean nothing to her?

My opinion:  she is not at all stupid.

In case you have forgotten, eye witness testimony had Trayvon Martin attacking George Zimmerman; on top of him pummeling his head to the ground when Zimmerman shot - a reality that was further substantiated by the lacerations on the back of Zimmerman's head. 

In other words, Ms. Harris-Perry, you got your wish.  Trayvon Martin was whooping the shit out of George Zimmerman. 

And that is why he is dead today.  Happy?

I award Melissa Harris-Perry Quote Of The Day honors for showing us how completely an agenda can warp someone's ability to think and talk rationally...

...though I doubt you needed me to remind of her capacity to be irrational, given that this is the same Melissa Harris-Perry who actually asked the Attorney General of the United States if he would quack like a duck.

Gee, Melissa:  maybe if Trayvon had just said "Quack quack quack" he'd be alive today.

Ken Berwitz free - Not only am I aware of what Hillary Clinton said, but I was putting together a blog about it - something about Hiatal Hillary coming out of hillbernation to tell us what a disaster it is that there are different points of view. Keep watching. (02/25/15)

Shar Ken - can you really not get through a paragraph, after the long, verbose blogs you post? Two sentences here you go - We have become a nation that does not want to have open intelligent debate, just talk with people who agree with us already. This results in more polarity, less compromise and unfounded fears. (02/25/15)

Shar Don't you ever get tired of being scared of the shadows? Isn't it true that all bloggers, no matter which way they lean politically, really don't want to engage in a discussion? I have read some of the challenges on this blog and they have not always been met with constructive conversation. Just a "I'm right and you're wrong", or worse, name calling Well, none of us is always right or always wrong, not even our ever vocal host, but the more closed our minds get to opposing views the worse the polarity that has overtaken this country gets. Just look at Congress - they are a stunning example of what is wrong. Political debate was the name of the game in the politics of Lincoln's day, or Roosevelt's or even Lyndon Johnson's, But now we have a bunch of whiney children who stamp their feet when they don't get their own way or gloat when they do, and are seen as weak by their compatriots if they dare to compromise. But to get back to your comments - no one is going to take anything from you. Come out from under the bed now and voice your opinions. Just know that is all they are. (02/25/15)

free' Ken, I thought the same thing. Also I couldn't figure out if she was commenting on what you or what I wrote. I think Shar and Warren should hook up, that is if they don't already know each other. (02/25/15)

Ken Berwitz Shar - I would answer you if I could figure out what your point is. But the truth is, I can't. Not meaning to be offensive, but can you try that again, as one or two sentences that actually say something? (02/25/15)

free` Ken,I am pointing you to the explanation I gave Zeke on why he, you and I are wrong on this issue and every other issue. www.hopelesslypartisan.com/item_77.htm#comments ----- I hope you read it and also that your blog is able to survive the upcoming inquisition. (02/25/15)

Ken Berwitz Shar - I can get through a paragraph just fine, but I struggle with rambling ones that go in several different directions - including the low-grade insults you seem very comfortable tossing my way. That aside, I disagree with your point. There is nothing new about birds of a feather flocking together. The "problem" the internet has created is that it gives an accessible voice to every side...which media obviously dislike because they no longer have as much control over the information we are exposed to.  What any of this has to do with Melissa Harris-Perry's mindlessness is a mystery to me. (02/25/15)

Zeke . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Advice to Racists: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 - You are a very dumb Racist if you - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . call 911 - - - - - - . speak to 911 for almost 5 minutes - - - - - - . tell 911 exactly where you are - - - - - - . DEMAND they send an officer there ASAP - - - - - - - - - - - - and THEN go and shoot someone.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 - You are a very incompetent Racist if you - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . intend to murder someone . . . . . . . . . . . . but first get into a Rolling-on-the-Ground fist-fight . . . . . . . . . . . . get your head slammed repeatedly on the concrete . . . . . . . . . . . . have to wrestle your gun away from the guy on top of you . . . . . . . . . . . and THEN shoot him.. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 3 - It's so much easier to blast him from 2 or 3 yards away. . / sarc. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - (02/25/15)


REAL RACISM (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

What do you do when facts are uncomfortable?  Do you deal with those facts as they are, or simply pretend they don't exist?

The University of Minnesota apparently has decided on the latter approach.

Excerpted from Chuck Ross's article at dailycaller.com:

Facing backlash for allegedly stigmatizing minorities - particularly Black men - the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities announced on Tuesday that it will no longer include racial descriptors in crime alerts issues to students and faculty.

"This change supports our safety goals while recognize the harm that the use of race in crime alerts causes for some members of our community" the university, which has 50,000 students and is located in Minneapolis and St. Paul, said in a statement.

While the school acknowledges that many students prefer to have all descriptive information about criminal suspects made available, it feels that the cost of reinforcing stereotypes is too great to continue with the policy.

Translation:  A lot of campus crime is being committed by Black males.  Therefore, in an effort not to reinforce stereotypes, the university will just eliminate race from the crime alerts. That way, no one will know what their skin color is, and no stereotypes will be reinforced.

What planet are these people living on?

The purpose of a crime alert is to make people aware of what crimes are being committed and who is committing them.  If Black people are committing a disproportionately large percentage of that crime, that is reality.  Not racism, not stereotypes, but reality. 

Do these geniuses think that students - very much including Black students - want key elements of a criminal's description withheld from them? 

Can they possibly believe that dropping skin color from the crime alerts is not going to be seen as race-based?  Of course it will be. 

Put another way: if you wanted to stereotype Black males - really do a job of it - you would institute the University of Minnesota's new policy.  Why?  Because everyone will know the rules are being changed to shield students from being told the extent of Black criminality on campus. 

And while we're on the subject, why stop at Black?  We don't want to stigmatize short people, do we?  Or tall people.  Or overweight people who might have a glandular condition.  Or thin people, who might be anorexic.  Or people who don't dress fashionably, since maybe they are poor and can't afford preppie duds.  Are those descriptors going to be eliminated too?

This policy puts an asterisk - a truly vile one - next to the name of every Black student on campus, including every Black student who has nothing to do with crime, which I assume to be the vast majority.  It hangs a big, fat sign on their backs, saying "MAYBE I'M THE BLACK CRIMINAL THE CRIME ALERTS ARE NOT TELLING YOU ABOUT". 

This is supposed to make things better?  This is supposed to prevent the reinforcement of stereotypes?  You would have to be an idiot to believe that....or, evidently, a University of Minnesota administrator.

Real racism.  It comes in all forms from all sources.  No group is immune to it and no group is immune from it.  Certainly not the "brain trust" (such as it is) of a University that thinks singling out and stigmatizing Black people somehow protects them from being stereotyped.


HIATAL HILLARY EMERGES - EXCEPT.....

Ken Berwitz

Hold the presses.  There has been a Hillary Clinton siting

Hiatal Hillary, who has barely been seen in public for months, has emerged from her self-imposed Hillbernation.  But, of course there is a catch.

The catch is that she only did so to engage in as doting a love-fest interview as you will ever see, with someone named Kara Fisher, an internet wonk into hero-worship and fawning. 

Who else do you think Hillary would subject herself to an interview with?   Did you expect a round-table with Fox?

In any event, the talk turned to President Obama's attempt to regulate the internet.  Ms. Clinton, not at all surprisingly, supports this idea. 

Want to know why? 

From Ms. Clinton's own lips, via Charlie Spiering's remarkable article at breibart.com:

"Nobody wants to associate with anybody who doesn't agree with them politically.  You can't have a conversation, people won't listen to each other, they listen to different media, and those different media (outlets) tell different stories about the very same thing that you're watching unfold in front of your eyes."

Forgetting for a moment that the premise of this statement - that no one wants to associate with people who disagree with their politics - is beyond ludicrous (I'm a classic example in my own life), what exactly is Ms. Clinton's solution?  To have one media source telling one story?  That would be better than some quaint, antiquated relic of an idea like, say.....freedom of thought?

I assure you Hillary Clinton does not like a lot - maybe most - of what I write here.  So what will she do about it?  Shut me down unless I toe the line? 

Bill Clinton was the single greatest politician I ever saw.  Hillary Clinton is among the worst.  And this harebrained quote - which I guarantee to be used against her early and often by her critics...and maybe even a few people who otherwise would be on her side...is a case in point.

Go back into Hillbernation, Ms. Clinton.  You sounded much better when you were saying nothing.


THE IRAN WE ARE DEALING WITH

Ken Berwitz

What kind of a deal can the United States possibly hope to make with Iran?

Well, maybe Iran's attitude toward the USA might give us a hint.

From Robert Midgely's article at London's Daily Telegraph (What?  Do you think our media would be reporting something like this?):

Iranian state television has broadcast footage showing military drills which target a replica of a US aircraft carrier.

Video appears to show missiles being fired from the coast and speedboats striking the vessel.

The exercises, which also included the shooting down of a drone and planting undersea mines, were the first to involve a replica of a US aircraft carrier.

General Mohammad Ali Jafari, Chief commander of Iran's Revolutionary Guard described the "problem" of "extraterritorial enemies", referring to the United States.

The drill, called Great Prophet 9, was held near the Strait of Hormuz, through which one fifth of the world's oil passes.

What does it tell you that Iran - in the middle of sensitive negotiations with the USA regarding its ability to have nuclear capability - would intentionally use a replica of a US aircraft carrier in a seek-and-destroy exercise?

Does it give you any confidence that Iran gives a damn about the kind of deal Barack Obama and John Kerry cut with them?  Or does it tell you, as clear as glass, that Iran is 100% unconcerned about what we think or do - at least as long as Obama and Kerry are in charge - and will proceed as if, regardless of any deal, it doesn't have to answer to us at all?

Isn't this the same Obama and Kerry who are moving heaven and earth to prevent Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from speaking to a joint session of congress -- during which he will warn about Iran's intentions?

To summarize: 

-Iran can practice attacking and destroying a US aircraft carrier right in front of Obama and Kerry's faces and the negotiations continue without a hitch. 

-Israel, which Iran is committed to wiping off the face of the map and - at least until the Obama era - has been a staunch valued ally of the United States, cannot have its Prime Minister speak before congress to explain why it is a bad idea to make deals with Iran.

Less than two more years of this nightmare.  I hope western civilization can survive it.


IN DEFENSE OF SECRETARY MCDONALD

Ken Berwitz

Robert McDonald is our Secretary of Veterans Affairs. 

Sec. McDonald is a West Point graduate and served in the 82nd Airborne division, rising to the level of Captain before retiring from the service and eventually becoming the CEO of Procter & Gamble.

On January 30th, while accompanied by a CBS news crew with cameras and recording devices on, he briefly spoke to a homeless man, who said he had been in special forces.  McDonald told the man that he had been in special forces too - which he had not.

And, for some reason, mainstream media has decided to make a big deal out of it - spending day after day with stories that no doubt embarrass Robert McDonald for his comment.

Was McDonald's comment due to an accidental lapse in memory (he did graduate Ranger school, but did not actually serve in special forces)?  Quite possibly.

Was it a little white lie, meant to meant to commiserate with a down-and-out fellow veteran?  Quite possibly.

Was it an intentional lie designed to make himself look good?  Possibly, but probably not:  with a West Point degree, a Captain's rank and having headed a major corporation, Mr. McDonald hardly has to inflate his background.

Most importantly:  was it so big a deal that mainstream media - the same mainstream media that do their level best to bury significant scandals (Benghazi and the IRS inquisition to name just a couple) - had to skewer this estimable man for it?

As someone who has no problem criticizing the Obama administration and its appointees, let me say that this is absolutely ridiculous.  It is a one, maybe two day "in other news" - quality story that does not deserve even a fraction of the coverage it is getting.

My advice to our collective media venues?  Lay off of Secretary McDonald and let him do his job.  He's got plenty to look after without having to deal with an inflated issue like this one.  And, to say the least, so do you.


MR. NETANYAHU REGRETS

Ken Berwitz

To the apparent dismay of Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Feinstein (D-CA), Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has declined to provide them with a private audience when he comes to the USA and speaks to a joint session of congress next Tuesday.

Here is Mr. Netanyahu's letter to Mr. Durbin and Ms. Feinstein:


netanyahu decline letter


That is a very nice way of saying "If you want to hear what I have to say you'll have to show up along with everyone else when I say it".

And how have the two Senators responded?  Here's their statement:

"We offered the Prime Minister an opportunity to balance the politically divisive invitation from Speaker (John) Boehner with a private meeting with Democrats who are committed to keeping the bipartisan support of Israel strong.  His refusal to meet is disappointing to those of us who have stood by Israel for decades."

That is a very nice way of saying "S#|+!  We tried to cover ourselves with Jewish voters by meeting with Netanyahu privately, which would then liberate us to tell them "see, we met with him" while also making President Obama happy because we wouldn't have to show up when he speaks to congress. But Netanyahu didn't fall for it.  Now we have to actually tip our hand and show whether we care more about Israel's survival than we do about kissing Barack Obama's backside."

Let me end with a question for Mr. Durbin and Ms. Feinstein:  How is Benjamin Netanyahu speaking before a joint session of congress - every member of both parties invited - politically divisive, but demanding a private audience to Democrats only not politically divisive?

Need time to come up with an answer?  I'll give you eternity to try.  And you still won't have one.

Zeke . . . . . . . . . . Gee, Senators Feinstein and Durban. . . . . . . If you feel you wuz dissed by the invite for me to speak to the US legislative branch - - - - - sheesh - - take it up with the dude what extended the invitation (Johnny Boehner). . . . . . I'm just the invited guest - here to talk about issues that could lead to Nuclear War. . . . . . . .. Isn't Nuclear War kinda important ? . . . Maybe much more so than 'make it up as you go along' politeness and protocol. . . . .. . . . . In any case, the tempest in a teapot is between you guyz 'n Barry Soetoro and Mr. Boehner. . . . . . . Come and listen to my speech - - - - it COULD save the world from Nuclear War. . . . . (02/25/15)


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