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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

BS ALERT

Ken Berwitz

I just received this email from what, based on the logo (which I am not posting) looks like it came from Chase Bank.

CHASE
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Thanks for choosing Chase.

I would think that anyone who has the IQ of an average silverfish knows this is a fraud; an attempt to get personal information that could then be used to extract money.

But, just in case, there it is.

Consider yourself forewarned.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 12:01 PM   2 comments

PRESIDENT OBAMA'S MESSAGE TO BALTIMORE

Ken Berwitz

From David Jackson's article in USA Today:

"The President highlighted the Administration's commitment to provide assistance as needed and will continue to receive updates on the situation from Attorney General Lynch and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett," the White House said in a statement.

The Justice Department is also investigating the death of Freddie Gray, who was killed while in Baltimore police custody. Gray's funeral preceded Monday's violence.

Hogan, who activated the National Guard, said Obama urged him to have law enforcement officials exercise restraint, and the governor said he would.

"But," he added, "I assured him we weren't going to stand by and allow our city of Baltimore to be taken over by thugs."

There you go.  President Obama's message to Baltimore is that restraint should be exercised.  But he wasn't talking to the street thugs who are busy rioting, looting and burning the city down, he was talking to law enforcement.

In other words, this is President Obama's version of giving those who wish to destroy space to do that - the brilliant strategy of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake. 

Yep, that's working out just perfectly.

And Governor Larry Hogan's response?  Again, excerpted from the USA Today article:

Hogan, who activated the National Guard, said Obama urged him to have law enforcement officials exercise restraint, and the governor said he would.

"But," he added, "I assured him we weren't going to stand by and allow our city of Baltimore to be taken over by thugs."

Exactly right.  The only adult in the room.

There are still almost 21 more months left to the horror show that is the Obama administration.  I count the seconds.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:40 AM   Add Comment

AS BALTIMORE BURNS: MARTIN O'MALLEY VS. HILLARY CLINTON - A COMPARISON

Ken Berwitz

The tweets say it all:

Martin O'Malley

I'm saddened that the City I love is in such pain this night. All of us share

a profound feeling of grief for Freddie Gray & his family(1/2)

Martin O'Malley

We must come together as one City to transform this moment of loss & pain into a

safer & more just future for all of Baltimore's people(2/2)

Don't miss your chance to get a free Hillary 2016 bumper sticker!

https://cards.twitter.com/cards/18ce53ysfi6/i8ax

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:16 AM   1 comment

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from David A. Clarke, sheriff of Milwaukee County:  a man who knows a thing or two about what it takes to keep order in a major city.

Here is what he had to say about Freddie Gray's death and the rioting/looting which is now taking place:

"Like Baltimore, like Ferguson, like New York and many other areas, where failed liberal government policies have led to high unemployment, chronic poverty, failing schools, this is what besets the Baltimore area. Ninety percent of the homicide victims in the Baltimore area are Black, as are 90 percent of the suspects. That a bigger problem than Freddie Gray. 

"And I'm not trying to dismiss the death of Freddie Gray, but these individuals that are rioting and looting right now and throwing rocks and bottles do not know Freddie Gray, do not care about Freddie Gray, and if they were in a nightclub in Baltimore, would shoot and kill him for bumping into them on the dance floor.  And I don't think that is an overstatement because we've seen that sort of thing here in the Milwaukee area.

"Just the slightest provocation, and these individuals are so willing to settle disputes with violence. That's what we're seeing play out right here in Baltimore."

Do you think Sheriff Clarke would handle this situation by giving rioters and looters "space to do that"?   And do you think rioters and looters would be as emboldened to hit the streets if they knew that someone with Mr. Clarke's understanding of what is going on were in charge, instead of people who thought they could solve the problem by appeasing thugs - i.e. people who would sieze on any weakness to escalate their behaviors, not slow them down?

I award Sheriff David A. Clarke Quote Of The Day honors for saying what, I firmly believe, just about everyone knows but so many - notably including the useless Mayor of Baltimore - pretend, for politically correct reasons, not to know at all.

Thank you, Sheriff Clarke.  If it weren't for the fact that Milwaukee benefits so greatly by your presence there, I would beg you to take the first plane to Baltimore.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:50 AM   2 comments

BALTIMORE: WHEN I WISH I WAS WRONG

Ken Berwitz

Obviously, when I blog an opinion I think I'm right - otherwise I wouldn't be blogging it.  And, also obviously, I usually feel good when my opinion turns out to be correct.

But there are times when I wish to god I would be proven wrong.  And yesterday was one of them.

From my blog titled "The Rawlings-Blake Effect", in which I castigated Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for her impossibly stupid admission that she allowed street thugs to riot and loot (her exact words: "We gave those who wished to destroy space to do that"), here is my opinion of what she should have done and what would happen if she didn't:

Unless Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is a complete idiot (and the jury is still out on that one) she should immediately be telling police do to whatever it takes to restore order.

No matter how bad she thinks things will be if the police retake the streets, the alternative - and that alternative will occur very soon if the police remain stymied - is going to be far worse.

Last night, Baltimore - especially downtown Baltimore - turned into a war zone.  17 police injured, countless acts of looting and vandalism, businesses burned down, and the Governor hurriedly (belatedly, it certainly can be argued) sending in the National Guard.

The Major League game between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago White Sox was cancelled, out of concerns for the safety of attendees, workers, even players.

A question for Mayor Rawlings-Blake: How many workers do you figure lost out on a day's pay because the game was canceled?  How many hard-working people - Black and non-Black - who pay taxes that support the street thugs committing these crimes, lost their jobs at the businesses which were looted and destroyed?  How do you suppose they feel about your brilliant idea to give those thugs an open field to destroy their places of employment? 

But don't stop at just the citizens who live in your city.  What do you think the country, and the world, now thinks of Baltimore?  How terrific a tourist season do you figure you'll be having this year?

Do I take pride in being right about this?  None at all.  Apart from the fact that - again - I wish I weren't, how could any reasonable person not have seen it coming?  The Mayor of the city tells street thugs they have a free pass to do what they do best - break, steal and destroy - so what do you think they will do?  Form a Kumbaya Committee to give tourists a big hug and directions to their hotels?

The next blog is going to be my "Quote Of The Day".  It comes from a man who has no problem seeing things clearly and talking plain common sense.  Please don't miss it.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:36 AM   Add Comment

Monday, 27 April 2015

THE RAWLINGS-BLAKE EFFECT

Ken Berwitz

In case anyone doubted what would happen after Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake told the street thugs of Baltimore they had a green light to "destroy" as long as they were within the protest marches (her exact words:  "we gave those who wished to destroy space to do that") - in effect, allowing the thugs to use legitimate protesters as human shields - here's your answer.

From Erica L. Greene and Scott Dancer's article for the Baltimore Sun:

Seven police officers were injured Monday afternoon in a violent clash with demonstrators that began near Mondawmin Mall and spread across West Baltimore. One officer was unresponsive and others suffered broken bones, police spokesman Eric Kowalczyk said.

 

Smoke filled the air as police responded with shields and a tactical vehicle. Demonstrators pelted officers with rocks, bricks and bottles, and assaulted a photojournalist, and officers fired back with tear gas and pepper balls.

 

Demonstrators set a police vehicle ablaze at North and Pennsylvania avenues. Nearby, they looted a CVS drugstore.

 

Police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk called the demonstrators "lawless individuals with no regard for the safety of people that live in that community" and said they would be identified and arrested.

 

"The group continues to be violent and aggressive. They are disobeying dispersal orders. We are working to evacuate our injured officers," police said on Twitter.

What "space" should the thugs who injured those police officers get, Ms. Mayor?  What about the "unresponsive" officer, who, from the way that reads, might be dying?  What words of conciliation do you have for him/her?  The officer's family? 

And what the hell did you expect to happen when you told rioters/looters that they had special dispensation to keep on doing what they were doing?  A festival of peace, love and hugs?

Unless Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is a complete idiot (and the jury is still out on that one) she should immediately be telling police do to whatever it takes to restore order. 

No matter how bad she thinks things will be if the police retake the streets,  the alternative - and that alternative will occur very soon if the police remain stymied - is going to be far worse.

What will it be, Ms. Mayor?  Your call.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 17:17 PM   Add Comment

A SICK, PARTISAN PROSECUTOR WITH A NAZI STREAK

Ken Berwitz

Last week I wrote about a rogue prosecutor in Wisconsin, named john chisholm, who hates Governor Scott Walker with a passion and has mercilessly gone after his supporters in the most sick, gestapo-like way I have ever seen used by someone in his position.

Well, now chisholm apparently is threatening Governor Walker himself.  For the crime of telling the public about the actions chisholm has taken.

David French, writing for National Review, is all over this - in a way you will never see from mainstream media (unless the rogue prosecutor happens to be a Republican, that is).  Here are a few excerpts from his latest piece:

If a prosecutor wants to assure the public he's not out of control, perhaps he shouldn't suggest that critics could be prosecuted.

On Saturday, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker commented on Milwaukee District Attorney John Chisholm's use of armed, pre-dawned raids against conservative targets of his extraordinarily expansive "John Doe" investigations:

"I said even if you're a liberal Democrat, you should look at (the raids) and be frightened to think that if the government can do that against people of one political persuasion, they can do it against anybody, and more often than not we need protection against the government itself.

"As [National Review] pointed out, there were real questions about the constitutionality of much of what they did, but it was really about people trying to intimidate people...

"They were looking for just about anything. As I pointed out at the time, it was largely a political witch hunt."

As public criticism goes, this statement is mild - especially when the criticized conduct included officers swarming into homes, taunting, yelling, denying access to lawyers, barging into sleeping kids' rooms, threatening to batter down doors, and then demanding silence from the victims. And keep in mind that not one of the women who came forward to describe these raids has ever been charged with any crimes (#WarOnWomen?) In fact, Walker's critique is milder even than Heather Digby Parton's at the very left Salon. She called the raids "intimidation, pure and simple."

But Walker's comment was apparently too much for Chisholm, who broke his own (official) silence about the John Doe investigations with this remarkable statement:

"As to defamatory remarks, I strongly suspect the Iowa criminal code, like Wisconsin's, has provisions for intentionally making false statements intended to harm the reputation of others."

Think about what is this genius saying.  He doesn't like Governor Walker talking about his ugly, disgusting, brownshirt-like incursions into people's homes, complete with threats that they must never tell anyone what happened.  So, instead of apologizing profusely for gestapo-like tactics - as any decent human being would do - he is suggesting (threatening) that Scott Walker's criticism is somehow a criminal act.

Does john chisholm think that the Governor of his state is as helpless as the innocent people he treated the way hitler youth treated Jews?  Remember:  not one of the people whose homes he invaded in the night was ever charged with a thing.  This was pure, 100% intimidation of political opponents.

What a pathetic pig.

If there is a way to remove this sack of manure from any position of authority in Wisconsin, it should be implemented immediately.  He is a crap-stain on the state's reputation.

I would think - or at any rate hope - that self-respecting Democrats, no matter how they feel about Governor Walker, would be screaming for john chisholm's head, just so as not to be in the position of having to explain/justify his unexplainable, unjustifiable actions.

Are they?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 15:57 PM   Add Comment

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from the Mayor of Baltimore, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.  Here is her explanation of how she views procedure when there is rioting on the streets of the city she is sworn to uphold the laws in.  The bold print is mine:

I've made it very clear that I work with the police, and instructed them to do everything that they could to make sure that the protesters could exercise their right to free speech. It's a very delicate balancing act because while we tried to make sure they were protected from the cars and the other things that were going on, we gave those who wished to destroy space to do that, as well. And we worked very hard to keep that balance and to put ourselves in the best position to deescalate. And that's what you saw.

Wow. You can't say Ms. Rawlings-Blake just pumps out standard-issue responses.  I mean, how many other major city mayors will freely admit to giving rioters and looters "space to do that"? 

Incidentally, CBS-Baltimore is reporting that "The Baltimore Police Department says they have received a credible threat that numerous gangs have entered into a partnership to 'take-out' law enforcement officers." 

Will Mayor Rawlings-Blake give the gangs conspiring to take out police officers "space to do that" also?

And will she give the stores that were damaged and looted some financial space to repair their businesses?  Or is that on the businesses, which now will be charged the full deductible and have their property damage premiums raised through the roof?

I award Quote Of The Day honors jointly to Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake for showing the citizens of Baltimore what magnificent "leadership" she provides, and the citizens who elected her for bringing that "leadership" on themselves.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 12:35 PM   1 comment

THE PARAGRAPH OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's paragraph comes to us from Eleanor Clift, a virtually 100% Democrat-friendly, Hillary-friendly source..

...but one who has started her latest blog for dailybeast.com with this:

It's a mistake for the Clinton campaign to write off conservative author Peter Schweizer as a right-wing hack. It won't work, and it's not true. If he were as off-base as the campaign and its allies portray him, would a high-quality publication like The New York Times risk its reputation by partnering with him? And would Common Cause, the gold standard for good-government groups, which is currently chaired by former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich, be calling for an independent review that would be made public of all large donations to the Clinton Foundation?

Anyone who thinks Clinton & Co. can deflect this book - which, let's remember, has not even hit the shelves yet (it's out on May 5th) - with the usual "ah, it's just the vast right wing conspiracy that's out to get pore ol' Bill and Hill, they don't have anything, there's no evidence, blah blah blah ad infinitum ad nauseam" crap, is dreaming.  Eleanor Clift knows it and so should anyone else who is paying even the slightest bit of attention.

Hillary Clinton inevitable?  Believe me, she's evitable.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:08 AM   Add Comment

BLACKS LIVE MATTER? TO WHO? ABOUT WHAT?

Ken Berwitz

Here are the first few, and last few, paragraphs of an excellent piece by Daniel Greenfield, writing for frontpagemagcom (I have to think it is excellent, because it parallels what I have been blogging about for months) which talks honestly - and tragically - about the "Black Lives Matter" protesters/rioters/looters/racists:

Baltimore has the fifth highest big city murder rate in the country. The four cities ahead of it are Detroit, New Orleans, Newark and St. Louis. All these cities have something in common. Not racism, but race.

 

The killers and the dead are black.

 

The murder rate in Baltimore stood at 37.4 to 100,000 people. There have already been 63 murders this year. Fifty-six of the victims were black. Of the 16 murders in the last 30 days, 14 of the victims were black.

 

If black lives really mattered, then black violence would matter. But that would mean taking responsibility for a broken culture which few leaders in the black community are ready to do.

 

Instead the death of Freddie Gray in police custody became the excuse for another round of #BlackLivesMatter riots, looting and assaults. Rather than dealing with the violence killing black Baltimore, it became another excuse for more of the same.

 

The advocates for #BlackLivesMatter might want to talk to Vincent "Vito" Smothers, a black Detroit honors student who had killed a dozen black people by his twenties.

 

"When you grow up in the hood, you learn: if you sell drugs, you're going to end up one of two things-in jail or dead," he told an interviewer. "Those are the results of that life."

 

That's what happened to Freddie Gray. It's what happened to countless young black men across the country. Instead of fighting crime, the #BlackLivesMatter movement is pushing more violence and fewer cops, more crime and more criminals. And that means more dead young black men lying in the morgue.

 

For black lives to start really mattering, black violence has to matter.

Freddie Gray should be alive today.  Although we still do not know all the facts, what evidence we do have very strongly points to police misconduct being the cause of his death.  And that is tragic and wrong - even for a convicted drug dealer like Gray (let's remember in all this that Freddie Gray was not what you'd call a choirboy, any more than Michael Brown or Eric Garner or Walter Scott, .etc.).

But what is also true - which many people do not know because most of our media somehow keep neglecting to mention it - is that every day in this country, on average, more than 17 Black people are murdered.  And almost all of them are murdered by other Blacks, with the majority being young Black males killing other young Black males.

How many protests have the "Black Lives Matter" people mounted about that?

It has been 261 days since Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri.  At 17 per day, that is 4,437 people who are just as Black as Michael Brown, just as Black as Freddie Gray...and just as dead.  How many of them have the "Black Lives Matter" people protested?  How many of them do you think they could even name, let alone give a damn about?

The unarguable conclusion, it seems to me, is that if there is no racial and/or anti-police statement to be made about a Black death, that death does not mean a thing to these people.  Black lives which can be exploited for their political/racial purposes are the only Black lives they care about.  That, and - for some - the opportunity to break things, burn things, and loot whatever is not nailed down.

Most sadly of all, who does this hurt?  Which communities are most damaged by the actions of these people?  You can fix or replace things that are broken.   You can rebuild commercial properties. You can  restock store shelves.  But how do you repair attitudes about races of people?

Maybe - maybe - if enough prominent Black people spoke out about what is really taking Black lives, the racial damage could be significantly lessened and people would redirect their anger and their energy towards what will result in the most saving of lives.  Maybe - maybe - if we heard from Black members of congress, well known clergy, and other such figures explaining that, however wrong police misconduct is, it is a tiny fraction of what causes Black deaths in this country, it could turn a few corners.

But where are they? 

They're right in dead center of the "Black Lives Matter" bandwagon, that's where. 

Based on their lack of any serious attention to Black on Black murder, this sorry bunch does not care about the vast majority of dead Black people any more than the "Black Lives Matter" protesters do.

What's the answer?  Until the reality of Black on Black murder is honestly faced, there isn't one.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:47 AM   Add Comment

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