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Thursday, 28 May 2015

HYPOCRISY ON STEROIDS

Ken Berwitz

Do you like to see people caught in hypocrisy?  I mean big-time hypocrisy.  Hypocrisy on steroids.

If so, you're going to love this.

Excerpted from John Merline's article at Investors Business Daily:

Those who think the minimum wage doesn't cost jobs might want to have a chat with unions in Los Angeles.

After pushing for a big hike in that city's minimum wage - which will climb to $15 an hour by 2020 - labor leaders now want an exemption for companies that have unionized workers.

Why? Because, according to Rusty Hicks, head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, "with a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and the employees negotiate an agreement that works for them both. The agreement allows each party to prioritize what is important to them."

The union exemption would, Hicks said, give "the parties the option, the freedom, to negotiate that agreement. And that is a good thing."

Wait just a minute.

Isn't this precisely what happens when anyone applies for a job, whether it's through collective bargaining or one-on-one?

Yes it is John.  And the do-as-I-say-not-as-I-do unions know it as well as you do. 

Could it possibly be that they fear a minimum wage this high means workers don't really need unions anymore, and therefore don't need to hand over hard-earned money in dues? 

I wonder how much these geniuses thought about that before making the $15 demand.  I wonder how much they thought about how many jobs will be lost, how many businesses will close, if the minimum wage goes up faster than the market can handle it.

I bet they're thinking about them now.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:31 AM   Add Comment

RICK: MAYBE THIS PRESIDENTIAL RUN THING ISN'T SUCH A GREAT IDEA

Ken Berwitz

I don't know when this picture was taken.  But if it were during his announcement...

Karl Frisch's photo.

...I'd say some reconsideration would be in order.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:05 AM   Add Comment

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL: SOMETIMES PIGS REALLY DO FLY

Ken Berwitz

News flash:  Amnesty International has discovered (gasp!) that hamas is comprised of some bad people.

Pigs really do sometimes fly.

Excerpted from Ari Lieberman's article at frontpagemag.com:

The so-called human rights group Amnesty International, which frequently and unjustly criticizes Israel for defending itself against today's modern-day Nazis, has issued another scathing report about this past summer's war in Gaza involving the Israel Defense Forces and Hamas. However, in a surprising and refreshing turn of events, Amnesty International actually performed a genuine investigation and issued a biting indictment of the Hamas terrorist group.

The report, one of four issued by Amnesty International concerning the war, confirms that during hostilities Hamas engaged in extrajudicial summary executions and murdered at least 23 fellow Palestinians. Some of the killings were motivated by paranoia while others were carried out just to settle scores. In less than politically correct terms, it was "justice" Palestinian style.

One incident highlighted by Amnesty International's March report bears special mention because it demonstrates Israel's near-impossible position in asymmetrical warfare and typifies the cynical manner in which Israel’s enemies manipulate a pliant and often times hostile media to their advantage.

On July 28, 2014, 13 Palestinians, including 11 children, were killed following an explosion at the al-Shati refugee camp. The Amnesty International report concluded that the carnage was the result of a misfired Hamas rocket and had nothing to do with Israeli military activity but most media outlets at the time spared no effort in blaming Israel. AFP, for example, immediately claimed that the casualties were the result of an Israeli missile strike. Other media outlets, while noting Israeli denials, did so dismissively giving more credence to Palestinian sources in almost knee-jerk fashion.

Amnesty International also faulted Hamas for storing rockets and other munitions in civilian areas including UN schools. There were several documented cases involving these types of transgressions. In one memorable and almost comical moment, an unhinged Palestinian terror apologist, Diana Buttu, attempted to justify the placing of munitions in schools by claiming that "school was out."

This is something of a landmark event for the mostly-compromised Amnesty International - which I sometimes think is the model for leftward web sites like "politifact" and "snopes", then pretend to conduct impartial investigations that, somehow, usually wind up with the folks on their side of the aisle "winning".

But, regardless of how it came to be, I commend the organization for - at least this time - seeing facts as they are, not through the prism of Palestinian Arab sympathy and Israel animus.

Congratulations, AI.  Try to keep things this way, ok?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:44 AM   Add Comment

BARACK OBAMA AND HIGH PROFILE RACIAL CONFRONTATIONS: A 6-LESSON COURSE

Ken Berwitz

Here, in 6 lessons, is a course in how President Obama deals with high profile confrontations in which race has become an issue.

Lesson 1:  Mr. Obama's comments about Trayvon Martin, who was killed by George Zimmerman after confronting and beating on him (Zimmerman was found innocent on that basis): 

"If I had a son he'd look like Trayvon"     

"Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago"

Lesson 2:  Mr. Obama's comments about Michael Brown, who was killed by Officer Darren Wilson after trying to wrestle his gun away and then apparently charging him (a grand jury determined it was self-defense):

"The death of Michael Brown is heartbreaking, and Michelle and I send our deepest condolences to his family and his community at this very difficult time. As Attorney General Holder has indicated, the Department of Justice is investigating the situation along with local officials, and they will continue to direct resources to the case as needed."

Lesson 3:  Mr. Obama's comments about a grand jury not indicting Staten Island NY Police Officers (of mixed races) over the death of  Eric Garner, who died hours after resisting arrest and physically being taken down and held by the neck - possibly choked - for 5 - 15 seconds depending on who is watching the video (there was no damage at all to the larynx or windpipe):

"Some of you may have heard there was a decision that came out today by a grand jury not to indict police officers who had interacted with an individual with Eric Garner in New York City, all of which was caught on videotape and speaks to the larger issues that we've been talking about now for the last week, the last month, the last year, and, sadly, for decades, and that is the concern on the part of too many minority communities that law enforcement is not working with them and dealing with them in a fair way."

Lesson 4:  Mr. Obama's comments about Omaha Police Officer Kerrie Orozco, killed in the line of duty, allegedly by a Black man;

None

Lesson 5:  Mr. Obama's comments about New Orleans Police Officer James Bennett Jr., killed in the line of duty, allegedly by a Black man;

None

Lesson 6:  Mr. Obama's comments about Brooklyn, NY Police Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, shot to death in their patrol car by a Black man:

"I unconditionally condemn today's murder of two police officers in New York City" (no mention of either officer by name)

This ends the course.  Have you learned anything?

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

CARLY CORKS ANDREA

Ken Berwitz

What happens when Andrea Mitchell fawns out a reverie about Hillary Clinton's wondrous history to Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina?

This:

 

 

There's a lesson well learned.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 20:39 PM   Add Comment

HAPPY 100TH TO HERMAN WOUK

Ken Berwitz

Tell the truth:  you thought he has been dead for many years, right?

Well, he's not.

Herman Wouk - who wrote a few, oh, pretty decent books...like The Caine Mutiny (which won a Pulitzer Prize), Winds Of War, Remembrance and Marjorie Morningstar - is 100 years old today.  And, not content with his output to date, expects to publish a new book later this year:  a memoir titled "Sailor And Fiddler - Reflections of a 100 Year Old Author".

Congratulations to this great American and great American writer.  May he continue to amaze us for years to come.

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BERNIE SANDERS IS IN. WHAT DOES IT MEAN?

Ken Berwitz

Bernie Sanders has formally announced that he is seeking the Democrat nomination for President.

His announcement came yesterday, in front of a crowd numbering in the thousands at Riverfront Park in Burlington, Vermont - very fitting since Mr. Sanders was Mayor of Burlington, before moving on to the house of representatives and the US Senate.

Can Sanders win the nomination?  In my opinion, only if he is Hillary Clinton's sole challenger - and, even then, the chances are remote.

So what does his candidacy mean to this process?

For one, he is a pull-no-punches hard leftist, who will appeal to a large segment of Democrat voters - particularly in primaries, which draw disproportionately from hardline segments.  That means Hillary Clinton is now officially in a battle.

To illustrate, suppose that Sanders does well in Iowa and New Hampshire (which is a very good bet - especially given that New Hampshire is Vermont's neighboring state).  That would propel him forward dramatically.  And even if he still could not win, it would bring home with indisputable clarity how vulnerable Hillary Clinton's plasticine candidacy really is.

A second effect of the Sanders candidacy is that other interested parties - I'm thinking of Martin O'Malley, but he might not be the only one - will almost certainly have to accelerate their decisions.  Why?  Because, right now, Sanders is enjoying default status as the one and only anti-Hillary, thus the beneficiary of all non-Hillary voter interest.  If they wait too long and allow his voter base to solidify, there might not be enough left to mount a credible campaign with.

The bottom line, therefore, is that Bernie Sanders' entry into this race is a big - potentially huge - factor.  And a big - potentially huge - headache for Hillary Clnton.

Put another way, Hidden Hillary probably cannot hide any more.  Mr. Sanders' candidacy will force her to come out and play.

And because he is a true believer who has well thought out positions which do not change over the years with every shift of the political wind, Bernie Sanders just might clean her clock when she does.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 15:04 PM   Add Comment

THE PARAGRAPH OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's paragraph comes to us from John Hinderaker, writing for powerlineblog.com.  In his latest piece, Mr. Hinderaker pumps out a litany of ugly crime statistics for Baltimore (Freddie Gray), New York (Eric Garner) and Saint Louis Michael Brown), then makes the following point:

It is really quite extraordinary. Violent crime rose until the mid-1990s, when the public demanded a widespread police crackdown that proved immensely successful. Homicide rates declined nationwide by around 50%, and there were similar drops in robbery, rape, aggravated assault and other violent crimes. QED: America had learned how to combat violent crime. But now that lesson has been unlearned, as liberals have concluded that police forces are to blame for the ills of inner-city America. The resulting attack on law enforcement has crippled multiple police forces' ability to fight crime aggressively. So, what has happened? In areas where liberals have seized control and attacked the police, violent crime appears to be returning to its mid-1990s level.

Is this conclusion correct?  All you need do is use the link, read his entire piece, complete with statistics, and see if you can argue otherwise.  Trust me, it won't be easy.

I award John Hinderaker Paragraph Of the Day honors for packing a boatload of facts and logic into so few words. 

How I wish he were wrong.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:58 AM   Add Comment

BUSH BLAME IN THE OBAMA ERA

Ken Berwitz

You cannot make this stuff up.

This transcript of an actual Q and A between a reporter and President Obama's paid liar, Press Secretary Josh Earnest, took place last week.  Media coverage of outrageous crap from the Obama administration being what it is, I just saw it a few minutes ago: 

Q Jeb Bush said yesterday that "ISIS didn't exist when my brother was President." He has a point, doesn't he?

MR. EARNEST: No, I don't think that he does. We've sort of been through the history here.

Q ISIS didn't exist when his brother was President.

MR. EARNEST: Well, again, I think that's missing the point, actually. But I'll allow others to critique his position.

Q I mean, what about that, though? I mean, ISIS - the larger point there is that because the President decided to complete a full withdrawal from Iraq - and of course we can go back and debate the circumstances around that, but you didn't have the status forces agreement with the Iraqis that you wanted to have and so forth - that that vacuum allowed ISIS to develop into the threat to this country and to that region that they are today. Isn't there something to that?

MR. EARNEST: No, there's not. Because, again, the outgrowth of - we know that ISIL was an outgrowth of al Qaeda in Iraq that did not exist prior to the fateful decision made by the previous administration to launch an invasion of that country. And that is also a relevant fact.

Well, there you have it sports fans.  ISIS (or ISIL, which is what the really smart people like Barack Obama call it) did not exist until 2011, years after George Bush left office.  But it's all his fault because we invaded Iraq in 2003.

I have a question for Josh Earnest and his boss:  In January, 2014 - five years after President Bush left office - President Obama characterized ISIS as a nothing-with-nothing group; a "jayvee squad", to use his own words.  But today, less than a year and a half later and entirely under President Obama's stewardship, this map shows what ISIS controls (with the land area growing larger every day).


isis map

You are looking at a land area greater than the entire United Kingdom.

And then there is the untold number of people who, as ISIS expanded over the past 16 months, have been tortured and murdered in the most gruesome ways possible for their "crime" of not believing in the same form of Islam that ISIS represents.

Maybe Mr. Earnest and Mr. Obama can advise us who the hell is responsible for that?  Bush?  Reagan?  Taft?  Waldo?  The Man in the Moon?

There are 20 more months before we see the end of this nightmare administration and its pack of liars.  It can't come too soon.

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NEW YORK AND BALTIMORE: TWIN CITIES OF VIOLENT CRIME

Ken Berwitz

As you probably know, crime in Baltimore - most specifically violent crime - is jumping through the roof.   

Police, whom Mayor Rawlings-Blake and State's Attorney mosby seem to think of as a problem rather than a solution, are apparently backing off situations where there could be any possibility that, in the normal course of usual police work, they would be blamed for some kind of wrongdoing and maybe even charged with a crime. 

The result is a huge spike in murder - currently running at a 15 year high, with 35 homicides so far in May alone...and, presumably, a similar spike in other crime statistics as well.   Just this past Memorial Day weekend there were 28 shootings and  9 dead.

But don't think Baltimore is the only one.

New York City, under hard-left Mayor Bill de Blasio - who, with his formerly worthwhile police commissioner William Bratton, allowed "protesters" to march through the streets chanting "What do we want"  "Dead cops"  "When do we want them?"  "Now" - is having its own murder/violent crime resurgence

In March, the The New York Daily News reported that murders were up 15% over 2014.  Yesterday, The New York Post reported that murder in Manhattan is up 45% (that should do wonders for the tourist trade...).

The moral of this story is that by suppressing cops you encourage thugs.  

Hello, Baltimore.  Hello, New York City?  Anyone listening?

Oh, one other thing:  since the vast majority of victims are Black, when do Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake and New York Mayor de Blasio apologize to the decent, law-abiding Black citizens who have been put so much further in danger?  Or are the street thugs and their enablers more important?  More valuable?  More deserving of concern?

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UPDATE:  Add Saint Louis to the list...as explained by John Hinderaker of powerlineblog.com.  I will be writing more about what he has to say in a subsequent blog.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:17 AM   Add Comment

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