Friday, 06 March 2015


Ken Berwitz

With a tip of my imaginary hat to Jimmy Fallon.... he is lancing a boil, by making some of the Democrats who boycotted Benjamin Netanyahu's speech look like a bunch of dumbasses......which , given the stupidity of their actions, was not hard to do:



Funny, funny funny....

....and sad, sad, sad at the same time.

Warren Boehner was the dumbass. That is clear. (03/06/15)

Zeke . . . . . . . . Warren, my vote for dumbass is Harry Reid. . . . . . . . (03/06/15)


Ken Berwitz

Trying to pick Charles Krauthammer's best column is like trying to pick Ty Cobb's best hitting day.  There is an awful lot to choose from.

But his latest column, which talks about Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to a joint session of congress, is right at the top of the list...maybe even the single best of them all.

Click here to read it...but continue below to read just the first third or so....and you'll understand why I say what I do:

Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress was notable in two respects. Queen Esther got her first standing O in 2,500 years. And President Obama came up empty in his campaign to pre-emptively undermine Netanyahu before the Israeli prime minister could present his case on the Iran negotiations.

On the contrary. The steady stream of slights and insults turned an irritant into an international event and vastly increased the speech's audience and reach. Instead of dramatically unveiling an Iranian nuclear deal as a fait accompli, Obama must now first defend his Iranian diplomacy.

In particular, argues the Washington Post, he must defend its fundamental premise. It had been the policy of every president since 1979 that Islamist Iran must be sanctioned and contained. Obama, however, is betting instead on detente to tame Iran's aggressive behavior and nuclear ambitions.

For six years, Obama has offered the mullahs an extended hand. He has imagined that with Kissingerian brilliance he would turn the Khamenei regime into a de facto U.S. ally in pacifying the Middle East. For his pains, Obama has been rewarded with an Iran that has ramped up its aggressiveness in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Gaza and Yemen, and brazenly defied the world on uranium enrichment.

He did the same with Russia. He offered Vladimir Putin a new detente. "Reset" he called it. Putin responded by decimating his domestic opposition, unleashing a vicious anti-American propaganda campaign, ravaging Ukraine, and shaking the post-Cold War European order to its foundations.

Like the Bourbons, however, Obama learns nothing.

God I wish Krauthammer was wrong. But he isn't. Not even a fraction of 1%.

Thank you, sir, for saying it this well.  And let me again urge everyone who read the above excerpt to use the link I've provided and read the rest as well.


Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from a very unlikely source:  MSNBC's 10PM host Lawrence O'Donnell.  And, even more improbably, though his motivation is, I am certain, very different from mine, I agree with what he has to say.

Here is Mr. O'Donnell, making absolute mincemeat of fellow MSNBCer Alex  Wagner's attempt to exonerate Ms. Clinton's treatment of Secretary Of State email as some kind of private preserve, by telling us that Jeb Bush, while Governor of Florida, did the same thing (bold print is mine):

"You know what's funny to me about this is that a lot of people in liberal world today are using the Bush standard. Something they normally find to be evil on everything including what you order for dinner. They're using the Bush standard as the defense of Hillary Clinton. Bush's emails were legally available to everyone. Hillary Clinton's system was designed to defy Freedom of Information Act requests which is designed to defy the law. The Freedom of Information Act in all its government transparency which we obviously care about a lot more than voters do. That was a decades long liberal crusade. It was liberals pushing on this from the Nixon administration forward to say there's too much nasty stuff going on backstage, we got to find out how this is really working. The regulation that Hillary Clinton was defying is a liberal regulation. it is of a liberal spirit."

Yes, Mr. O'Donnell.  That is correct.  There is no comparison between Bush and Clinton...other than the invented one Hillary Clinton is desperately trying to sell;  a comparison which, this time - for once - mainstream media are not backing her up on.

I wonder if Ms. Clinton is aware of just how precipitous her situation is.  If there are even a few emails about, say, Benghazi, that suggest things were happening there which a) reflect badly on her performance but b) keeping federal emails private enabled her to hide from the public, it is a good bet that she is finished. 

And what do you think the chances are that such emails exist...or, more exactly, existed, since Clinton will have done everything she knows how to make them vanish?

Look, I have no illusions about Larry O'Donnell's position here.  Politically, he is much closer to Elizabeth Warren than he is to Hillary Clinton, and I strongly suspect that he would love a Warren candidacy (which, oddly enough, the Republicans O'Donnell never agrees with probably would love too, on the grounds that she would make a lousy candidate). 

 But the truth is the truth, and for stating the truth so well, Quote Of The Day honors are his.


Ken Berwitz

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that, last year, I wrote several commentaries about Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and his apparent corruption problems involving an ophthalmologist named saloman melges, whom Menendez accepted much in the way of gifts and other largesse from...and got something like $700,000 in campaign contributions from him....possibly in return for Menendez using his Senate position to interced on melges' behalf several times, and helping to make him fabulously wealthy.  You can read all about it in this blog from April 9, 2014, among others.

I assumed Menendez would be charged with corruption at that time, and made a point of saying that his clock was ticking:  Tick tock tick tock tick tock.  But, despite my expectations, nothing happened....


...Menendez came out strongly against President Obama's Iran policy last month.

And now, seemingly out of the blue, CNN is reporting that the Department of Justice, still led by the disgraceful toady and Obama sock-puppet eric holder, is suddenly drawing up the corruption charges that never came to be last year. 

Coincidence?  Yeah sure.  And the cow jumped over the moon.

Less than two years until this nightmare ends.  I count the seconds.


Ken Berwitz

This one is for anybody who believes Barack Obama was unaware that, far from being "virtually decimated" as he told voters during his 2012 re-election campaign, al-qaeda was strong, and growing.

Excerpted from Daniel Halper's article at which, in turn, quotes copiously from a Wall Street Journal article I don't have access to (subscriber-only):

White House provided 17 handpicked documents to the Combatting Terror Center at the West Point military academy, where a team of analysts reached the conclusion the Obama administration wanted. Bin Laden, they found, had been isolated and relatively powerless, a sad and lonely man sitting atop a crumbling terror network.

The White House provided 17 handpicked documents to the Combatting Terror Center at the West Point military academy, where a team of analysts reached the conclusion the Obama administration wanted. Bin Laden, they found, had been isolated and relatively powerless, a sad and lonely man sitting atop a crumbling terror network.

It was a reassuring portrayal. It was also wrong. And those responsible for winning the war-as opposed to an election-couldn't afford to engage in such dangerous self-delusion.

"The leadership down at Central Command wanted to know what were we learning from these documents," says Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, the former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, according to the transcript of an interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier for a coming Fox News Reporting special. "We were still facing a growing al Qaeda threat. And it was not just Pakistan and Afghanistan and Iraq. But we saw it growing in Yemen. We clearly saw it growing still in East Africa." The threat "wasn't going away," he adds, "and we wanted to know: What can we learn from these documents?"

At precisely the time Mr. Obama was campaigning on the imminent death of al Qaeda, those with access to the bin Laden documents were seeing, in bin Laden's own words, that the opposite was true. Says Lt. Gen. Flynn: "By that time, they probably had grown by about-I'd say close to doubling by that time. And we knew that".

Translation:  When Barack Obama was telling us al-qaeda was virtually gone, it in fact was rapidly growing and strengthening. Which he damn well knew, but told us about al-qaeda's virtual demise anyway.

Does this surprise you?  And, if so, why? 

Does this man ever tell the truth about anything?

Less than two years to go before he is out of office (unless he uses his phone and pen to unilaterally declare a third term, that is).  I count the seconds.


Ken Berwitz

Here, I am sorry to say, is another installment of a series I wish I had no reason to blog about: real racism.

Surprise, surprise.  Chris Matthews is again pushing the claim that Voter ID laws - i.e. laws that require all voters  - not voters of any one racial group but all voters - demonstrate they are who they say they are - are a deliberate attempt to suppress the Black vote.

Is Matthews talking racism?  You're damn right he is.   Matthews is telling Black people, in so many words, that they are less capable of getting an ID card than members of any other race.  And THAT is racism.

Yesterday, while interviewing Congressperson James Clyburn, Matthews had this to say:

Well, Congressman, you've been through all this from the hell of the past to what we have today, but, what do you make of these Republicans who even though some of them are going to show up with you as your colleagues this weekend down in Selma, they're out there pushing all these voter suppression efforts, these voter ID card requirements in states like even Pennsylvania, where you have the leadership of the Republican legislature, which dominates the legislature, openly saying we're doing this to win votes, because we can keep the African-American from voting, especially older people, it's going to help us win statewide elections.

I mean, that seems to me completely in violation of the purpose of the Voting Right Act, this game they're playing about voter I.D. Cards. 

Did I exaggerate? Is there anything here that Matthews is objecting to, other than the idea that Black people would (gasp) have to show the same kind of ID they need to drive a car, get on a plane, get a library card, cash a check, be served at a bar, etc. etc. etc?

Funny, when Black people needed a valid ID for all those other things, the Chris Matthews' of the world didn't have any problem with it.

Illustratively, a driver's license has been required to drive a car since before either of us was born.  But did you ever hear a word from any of these hypocritical frauds complaining that Black driving was being suppressed?  Even one?  Nope.

Only when the requirement is being implemented for voting - i.e. to minimize voting fraud - is it a plot against the Black population.


Incidentally, that reference to the Republican legislature, is as phony as the claim that Voter ID equals Black voter suppression. 

It is based on the following comment that Republican House Majority Leader Mike Turzai, made to a partisan Republican group, before the 2012 election: 

"We are focused on making sure that we meet our obligations that we've talked about for years. Pro-Second Amendment? The Castle Doctrine, it's done. First pro-life legislation - abortion facility regulations - in 22 years, done. Voter ID, which is going to allow Governor Romney to win the state of Pennsylvania, done."

Did you see anything there about Black people?  Me neither. 

Turzai, when questioned about this, said his point was that requiring a voter ID would mean less voter fraud and that would help Romney - which, given the fact that, when the election was actually held, some precincts in (heavily Democrat) Philadelphia - showed 100% support for Obama and 90%+ turnout - which stinks to high heaven and beyond - just might indicate he had a point.

If Chris Matthews had a scintilla of honesty on this issue, he would be apologizing for what he said - to his viewers for the BS claim that Voter ID is Black voter suppression, and to Black people for his implicit claim that they are somehow less capable of getting a Voter ID than other races...which is both overtly racist and enormously insulting to them. 

But he doesn't, so he won't.

Real racism.  It comes in all forms, from all sources.  No one is immune to it and no one is immune from it.  Especially not a loudmouthed, whining hypocrite who invents racism where it does not exist, and then uses racism to make his non-existent point.

Ken Berwitz For whatever it's worth, I sort of assume that Warren, Justin, and Josie are the same person. Same style of writing, and absolutely nothing but trolling. No original thoughts, no facts, just shooting out insinuating little digs, hoping that there is a response...which I am happy to give - on my terms, and only when I have decided to use the comment to make a point of my own. The last thing I hope this person thinks is that he or she is in control of these exchanges. That's not happening. (03/06/15)

Ken Berwitz Meryl - Do you have a valid ID? Did you have to "jump through a hoop" to get it? Do Black voters have to do anything more or less than White voters to get one? I don't in any way deny that racism is very much alive and well - as I have written in numerous blogs. But that is not the same issue as voter ID. In my opinion, the one and only reason to oppose voter ID is enabling illegal votes to be cast. (03/07/15)

Ken Berwitz That so, warren? Your trolling is getting weaker and weaker. Every voter has the same requirement and the ID is free. If you want to talk intelligently, I'm all ears. If you want to post silly comments that are supposed to get a rise out of me (which they never do), you need something better to do with your time. (03/06/15)

Warren You obviously don't live in the south. I do and these laws are clearly to discriminate against blacks. (03/06/15)

Zeke . . . . . . . . . @ Warren : . . . . . WHICH laws do you believe discriminate ? . . . . I find it difficult to believe that such laws exist presently . . . . . . . .With a black Attorney General, a black President, strong and well funded civil rights organizations. . . . . . (03/06/15)

Zeke . . . . . . . . . What Ken Say ! ! ! . . . . . . . . . . . This blog Deserves a better grade of Troll. . . . . We have a multi-personality troll. . . but none of them is really interesting. . . . Just canned attempts at snarkiness, refusing to respond to debate points, positing unsupported extreme statements as fact. . . . . . . . . (03/06/15)

Warren See - no debating here. And no sense of reality, just words on a page. (03/06/15)

Meryl Watched the segment last evening. I think Chris Matthews did a fine job of proving what he said by playing clips of Repubs talking about the voter ID laws and how they were going to affect the elections esp. in regards to the minority vote. I do live in the South, and yes racism is alive and well here and so is Jim Crow--it's just not as much as in your face as in the past. The Repubs have gotten sneakier. They don't just come out and deny you the right to vote, you just have to jump through a few more hoops. They just want people (minorities who typically vote for Democrats) to get frustrated and not vote. Chris Matthews was right on!! (03/07/15)

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