Tuesday, 06 October 2015


Ken Berwitz

I apologize for the immodesty but...

...I just googled Donald Trump Barroom Loudmouth, and found a bunch of web sites using that term....

It's fun to be first.

@ 18:37 PM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

I don't like writing material of this kind - completely unsubstantiated rumors that some loudmouth tosses out at a campaign event, with absolutely nothing but that loud mouth to back them up.  

But since a loudmouth hurled charges that Marco Rubio has a sordid past  including claims of wire fraud, and finished by claiming Rubio cheated on his wife, just days after Rubio nailed Donald Trump for not being knowledgeable on policy - and on the same day that Trump put out a repulsive ad personally attacking Rubio in a particular repulsive way, which I blogged about earlier (what an amazing coincidence)....

...I thought I would post this linkto a 2 1/2 year old story, by John Cook of gawker.com, about exactly the same unsubstantiated rumors.  

Please note that Cook's article, which was published on April 15th, 2013, points out that no one was coming forth with any evidence that the rumors were true.  And not one person has come forth since then.  Two and a half years of nothing.  

Does this prove Marco Rubio has a pristine past?  Nope.  But it sure as hell doesn't give anyone a substantive reason to think otherwise, does it?

One other thing:  I don't know if Donald Trump had anything to do with this character suddenly materializing at the Rubio event, and therefore am not making any accusations.  But I have to say Trump's smell is all over it.

Make of that what you will.

@ 18:11 PM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

Today's paragraph comes to us from dailycaller.com's Chuck Ross.  He wins for writing a paragraph which any mainstream media "reporter" could as easily have provided....but which ones did?  Have you seen this before?

Here it is:

Despite what Democrats argue now, the special committee was created well before Clinton had announced her presidential bid. It was also created before anyone knew that she used a personal email account and private server as secretary of state. On top of that, House GOP leadership resisted the idea up until it was revealed in April 2014 that the Obama administration had withheld smoking gun emails from the House Oversight Committee.

Why haven't media everywhere put these facts up?  

Hillary Clinton declared for the Presidency April 12th of this year.  The investigations started way before that - something I knew off the top of my head, and I'm betting you did too.  In fact, they started a full year before.  

Asking again:  why haven't media everywhere put these facts up?  

Could it just possibly be that a great many of these supposedly neutral media people are, in reality, fawning Hillary acolytes, who can't bear to report honestly when it would damage her run for the White House (which, ironically, she is doing a bang-up job of without their help)?

Thank you, Chuck, for doing nothing other than standard-quality reporting (I wouldn't call it investigative reporting, since there was nothing to investigate - it was all a matter of public record).  

How sad that, in the current state of the art, this is so special.

@ 16:22 PM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from David Jacques, who publishes the Roseburg Beacon in Roseburg, Oregon - home of Upqua Community College, where chris mercer harper killed 9 people and injured 7 others before either killing himself or being killed by police (not 100% sure which).

This is what Mr. Jacques has to say about President Obama, who has announced he is coming to Roseburg:

"Well I think the president will not be welcomed into the community. And that is not just my opinion. We talked to dozens upon dozens of citizens, some family members of the victims, our elected officials. And you may have a copy, if you don't I'd be glad to read from it on the air that our Douglas County commissioners along with our Douglas County sheriff, who is very popular, and our chief of police all came to consensus language about him not being welcome here to grandstand for political purposes."

I doubt that this information will dissuade Mr. Obama from showing up where he is so clearly not wanted.  Never underestimate the power of a supersedingly large ego.

But don't be fooled by whatever scripted, controlled event his people will no doubt concoct for your viewing pleasure.  The people there resent President Obama using their city - a city where many, many peaceful, law-abiding people legally own guns - to score cheap political points just hours after their friends and neighbors were gunned down.

David Jacques wins Quote Of The Day honors for asking the questions, getting the answers, and bluntly explaining how his fellow Roseburg citizens feel...even if what he found out isn't what Mr. Obama would like to know.  

Do you blame them?

@ 14:46 PM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

With characteristic class and maturity, this is the ad Donald Trump has just released to respond to Marco Rubio's (absolutely correct) charge that he doesn't talk about policy because he doesn't know a lot about it:

Could this be more sniveling, consdescending or pathetic? 

What's next?  An "Are too!"  "Am not!" argument, followed by a  few "nyah nyah nyah's" and a food fight?

I am assuming the picture Trump used is Marco Rubio as a boy.  If I'm right, it means that the one and only impressive thing about this ad is that it makes Rubio as a child look more mature than he does as an adult (if that term even applies).

I guess it takes an ego likeTrump's to think that his already-fading poll numbers are going to be bolstered by trying to perpetuate an infantile feud he started in the first place.

Bye bye Donald.

@ 11:48 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

According to politico.com's Edward-Isaac Dovere, Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are having lunch together this afternoon.  
What do you suppose they'll talk about?

Mr. Dovere imparts this intelligence after first telling us, in considerable detail, how Joe Biden is moving toward declaring his candidacy for the Presidency.

Is he right?

If so, what would a Biden/Warren ticket - presumably announced as a team very early - do to the single most important sales pitch of Clinton's campaign...that there should be a woman on the ticket?

And, as the Donald Trump media tsunami recedes back (as do Trump's poll numbers), is this the next "big story"?

Stay tuned.

@ 10:29 AM   2 comments


Ken Berwitz

Well, barring unforseen circumstances (unlikely, but still possible), I am finished with jury duty for three years.

As noted in the previous blog, I showed up on time for jury duty this morning.  But the cashier in the cafeteria - that's right, the cashier in the cafeteria - told me they screwed up and I didn't have to be there - why don't I check with the people in the jury room.

So I walked to the jury room...where I was told the cafeteria guy was right, and that things had happened too late to post online or message anyone, which effectively ended my stint as a juror.  

Sure enough, about 10 minutes later, in a now-very-crowded jury assembly room, we were advised that every case we were called for had been resolved without the need for a jury.  So go home, but check online after 5:00PM to see if anything changed (highly unlikely).  If it didn't, seeya in three years.

Before leaving, however, each of us had to have our juror card scanned.  Since I had the prescience to be sitting in the front...OK, dumb luck, since the front seats evidently are considered least desirable and, because I went into the jury room, those were the only ones left...I had mine scanned first.  

I strolled out of the courthouse, happy to have done my duty without doing any duty at all, and contemplating the fact that this is the same system which decides whether people should go to jail.

Ok, back to politics, where, if things went the way they should, the courthouse I was in could not have been able to hold all the necessary jurors.


UPDATE:  I just checked online....and my jury duty, such as it was, is not complete.  

Somehow, I doubt that the criminal justice system has benefited by my contribution....

@ 09:44 AM   1 comment


Ken Berwitz

My posting for most of today will be sporadic.  That is because I am going to court.

To the readers who disagree with my blogs:  sorry, guys; they're not sentencing me.  I'm just there for jury duty.

I may try to put up this or that from my smart phone while waiting to see whether they'll accept me as a juror (writing a political blog does not, I am guessing, make me a primo candidate in the jury pool) or, if they do, when and for how long I'll be involved.

I'll let you know what's going on when I can.

UPDATE:  OK, I'm in court. But it is too early to enter the jury assembly room, so I, along with a rapidly increasing number of other potential jurors, am hanging out nearby. There are tables where you can eat and drink, but the available alternatives are a Coke machine, a Pepsi machine, a Royal Crown Cola machine, and enough sugary and salty snacks to put anyone into various forms of  food shock. But no coffee, machine -  although we are asked to be here before 8:30 in the morning.  There is, however,  a small  coffee shop  which offers every one of the things , pretty much, available in the machines, along with what I would hope to be decent coffee.  I think I will find out.

More later.

@ 07:47 AM   2 comments


Ken Berwitz

I don't have the video or transcript yet, but Senator and Republican candidate for President Marco Rubio was interviewed by Matt Lauer on the Today show this morning.

His questions were awful.  Or, put another way, just the way I'd expect them for a Republican candidate.

Just about every one, it seemed to me, was asked in a way designed to provide fodder for Rubio's opponents (think Hillary).

Rubio, to his credit, kept his composure and waded through them very, very well.  On the mass murder at Upqua Community College, for example, his response  was - paraphrasing here - "why aren't we talking about why they do this, why is it only what they use?".  To Lauer's insistence that he take a position on the House of Representatives battle for Speaker of the House, Rubio reminded Lauer that he was in the Senate.  And, believe me, there was more.

This, of course, occurred after yesterday's "town hall meeting" love-in for Hillary.

It is what Republican candidates have to deal with on shows like Today.  And CBS This Morning.  And Good Morning America.  Etc. etc. etc.

Media bias?  Naaahhh

When I have a transcript I'll add to this blog.

@ 07:40 AM   Add Comment

Monday, 05 October 2015


Ken Berwitz


Is it just me, or does Hillary Clinton's campaign logo....


..look stangely similar to the logo for Hadassah, the women's Zionist organization...





...and even more strangely like the logo of a now-defunct United Kingdom grocery story?

I have no idea what to make of this.  Maybe you do.

@ 20:04 PM   Add Comment

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