Saturday, 28 February 2015

THE MOST AMAZING FURNITURE I HAVE EVER SEEN

Ken Berwitz

Apropos of nothing political...If you have not seen this furniture, prepare to be amazed.  Make that AMAZED.  Because it is unlike anything you have ever seen.

I could write more, but the only way to understand and appreciate what I'm talking about is to watch this video - which comes to us from our pal Hall Of Fame Jerry:



       

Did I exaggerate?  Even a little? 

The value of this use of space is enormous - but most especially for people living in cramped quarters (imagine what it would do for someone living in a city apartment).

Fantastic. 

Ok, back to politics, which is overloaded with people who take up too much space, no matter how little space we're talking about.

@ 09:33 AM   1 comment

THE OTHER LIE-RS SCANDAL

Ken Berwitz

As readers of this blog know, a ton of previously "irretrievable" emails from the former head of the IRS Tax Exempt Division, lois "liar" lerner, have been retrieved (which, of course, means they were never irretrievable at all), and the Treasury Department's Inspector General has instituted an investigation to determine whether they show criminal activity.

I specify that readers of this blog are aware of this news, because if you rely on CBS, or NBC, or ABC for your news, you don't know that it exists.  Not one of those three devoted so much as one second to it.

But, as Matthew Balan of newsbusters.org, points out, they had no problem finding news time for that idiotic argument over whether a dress is white and gold or black and blue, and of two llamas that ran through an Arizona town, among other inanities that, in any rational world, do not qualify as "news" at all.

That is the other Lie-RS scandal.  Real news - which might cause someone to think bad thoughts about the way the IRS has been used under Barack Obama - is purposefully blacked out.

Keep 'em ignorant and you own 'em.  The motto of what passes for network news today.  And one of the greatest assets of the Obama administration.

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SELMA AND TRAYVON?

Ken Berwitz

Do you think there is a connection between the events, 50 years ago, in Selma, Alabama and the shooting, three years ago, of Trayvon Martin?

If so, you'll love the fact that President Obama has managed to tie them together, as seen in the following excerpt from Susan Jones' article at cnsnews.com:

"Next week, Michelle and I and the girls will be traveling to Selma to pay tribute, not just as a president or a first lady or as African Americans, but as Americans -- to those who changed the course of history at the Edmund Pettus Bridge," President Obama told a gathering at the White House on Thursday.

Obama mentioned the "legends and giants of the civil rights movement" as well as "the countless American heroes" who aren't named in the history books, all of whom marched and sang and organized "to change this country for the better."

He also thanked Trayvon Martin's parents for attending the White House reception marking African-American History Month: "Today, on the third anniversary of Trayvon Martin's death, showing all of our kids -- all of them -- every single day that their lives matter, that's part of our task," the president said.

The Selma march was an invaluable moment in United States History - one that accelerated the cause of equal rights for all people regardless of color.  The danger those marchers put themselves in and the sacrifices they made, exposed the reality of Black oppression in Selma and elsewhere, woke people up to the inequities people of color faced, and made the USA a better, more equitable country.

Now what did Trayvon Martin have to do with this?  Why were his parents invited to the White House?   Why were they cited at the ceremony where Selma was invoked?  And why - other than raw racial politics - did President Obama not-so-subtlely reference the "Black lives Matter" rallying cry of the sharptons and other race hustlers, whose only apparent concern regarding Black victims is for ones they can claim - either accurately or fraudulently - were the result of White racism?

Trayvon Martin was not killed because he was a Black man demanding equal rights.  He was killed because he attacked George Zimmerman, at that time a neighborhood watch volunteer, who thought he was acting suspiciously - and who called his suspicions in to the police.  The shooting did not take place because Martin was walking down the street minding his own business, or rushing to the safety of his father's girlfriend's house.  It took place because Martin was on top of Zimmerman, pounding his head into the concrete sidewalk, and Zimmerman defended himself. 

That is why Zimmerman was found innocent in a court of law.  And that is why the eric-holder-led Department of Justice, which was itching to put Zimmerman away, had to admit the evidence was not there to do so.

I could go on about the thuggish lifestyle Trayvon Martin was effecting - the tattoos, the "grille" (gold teeth a gangsta-wannabe would put over his real ones), the three suspensions from school that year, the women's jewelry found in his possession which he could not explain, the fact that what he bought at the convenience store were ingredients which, when combined with codeine, made a well-known quick-high drink called, among other things, "sizzurp", "lean" or "drank"...

...but that would spoil the choirboy narrative about Trayvon Martin that President Obama, abetted by his Accomplice Media, shoved down our throats.

Trayvon Martin had nothing to do with Selma.  Trayvon Martin's death had nothing to do with the reasons people risked their lives in Selma.  And President Obama's intermingling of the two, by inviting, and thanking, his parents at the Selma gathering, stains their memory.

It was a disgrace.

@ 07:54 AM   1 comment

THE NEMTSOV KILLING

Ken Berwitz

Another political enemy of Russian President vladimir putin has met a sudden, untimely death.

What a surprise.

Boris Nemtsov, a former Deputy Prime Minister who, today, was about to lead a protest against Putin's governance, never got to today.  He was shot and killed yesterday near the Kremlin.

Nemtsov was going to accuse Putin of lying to the people about Russia's involvement in The Ukraine.  Putin denies Russia had anything to do with it, but Nemtsov was going to produce evidence that his government was supplying both troops and weapons.

You can read all the particulars in this Associated Press report.

I've lost count of the political enemies of  the KGB-trained vladimir putin who have wound up dead.  But I better try to keep up.  Because I'd bet a lifetime of vodka that Nemtsov won't be the last.

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THE DHS SHOWDOWN

Ken Berwitz

Well, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is alive and well for at least another week.

What, exactly, is going on here?

Well, this excerpt from the CBS News's synopsis of the issue (complete with its singling out of "conservative Republicans", of course) should help:

Lawmakers in both chambers were unable to agree to a longer extension of funding due to disagreements over the President Obama's proposal to shelter millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. from the threat of deportation. Conservative Republicans in both the House and Senate wanted to insert language into a DHS funding bill prohibiting the president from moving forward with his proposed actions, but Democrats insisted on a "clean" bill devoid of any immigration riders.

Republicans chose the DHS funding fight to take a stand on immigration because the department is responsible for securing the border and issuing the work permits that would allow undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. While the rest of the government was funded through September in a spending deal reached last December, DHS funding was scheduled to expire in February so Republicans could take another crack at the president's immigration policies after assuming full control of Congress in January.

Earlier on Friday, the Senate approved a bill that extended DHS funding through September but did not tie the president's hands on immigration. The measure passed by a 68 to 31 margin, with enough Republicans joining the upper chamber's Democrats to push it over the top.

House GOP leaders, aware that such a proposal could not clear their chamber, rallied their members to support a three-week funding extension to push the immigration fight into next month.

They argued that a short-term funding extension would not free the president to act on immigration, because the implementation of Mr. Obama's plan was halted this week by a federal judge in Texas. The judge ruled that 26 states suing the federal government over the proposal had the necessary standing to pursue their lawsuit. The administration has appealed the ruling.

Why did CBS have to pollute this otherwise very good synopsis by tossing in that "conservative Republicans" reference? Does CBS think the only people against President Obama's unconstitutional power grab are conservative Republicans? 

But, that aside, the result of yesterday's political gamesmanship is that we still have a funded DHS. 

Who knows what wonders next week will hold....

@ 07:13 AM   1 comment

Friday, 27 February 2015

SPERLONGA BREAD

Ken Berwitz

Apropos of nothing political...

...if you like really great tasting, fresh, bread, try the "Sperlonga" bread they sell at Whole Foods.

Sperlonga is and unflavored, ciabatta like bread, with a crispy crust on the outside, is airy and light on the inside, and works with just about any kind of meal.  All this, for just $2.50 a loaf. Absolutely unbeatable taste and quality.

I don't know if Whole Foods sells Sperlonga bread in all their stores, but they do in the one near us.  And we couldn't be happier about it. Maybe you will feel the same.

OK, back to politics, where taste and quality struggle to achieve even mediocre levels -- and often are non-existent altogether.

@ 16:41 PM   7 comments

WEB SITE ISSUES

Ken Berwitz

Just a quick word to reiterate that I know there are still problems with the web site.  But they are being worked on by Martin and Larry - two of the best guys out there.

Please bear with us.

@ 15:09 PM   1 comment

MEDIA BIAS? NAAAAHHHH

Ken Berwitz

The Washington Post had a blockbuster story last week about Hillary Clinton's foundation accepting many millions of dollars from foreign governments while she was Secretary of State. Two days ago there was a follow-up article that showed at least one contribution - from that wonderful purveyor of human rights, Algeria - went beyond unethical to specifically illegal.

So, given that  the odds-on favorite to be the Democrats' presidential nominee next year caught in this kind of a scandal, the coverage must have been massive, right?

Wrong.

With a major tip of my imaginary hat to Curtis Houck's article at newsbusters.org, we find that, yesterday:

-CBS This Morning gave 32 seconds of coverage to this story, but nothing at all on the evening news.

-NBC - not one second of coverage, morning or evening.

-ABC - not one second of coverage, morning or evening.

But let's be fair, there could have been a much more important story out there which superseded it. 

Well, here's one:   two llamas which were, for some reason, being keptt an Arizona retirement community, got loose and gave the police a good chase before they were rounded up and brought back.

-CBS News gave the llama story 2 minutes and 31 seconds;

-NBC Nightly News gave it 1 minute and 51 seconds;

-ABC World News gave it 1 minute and 36 seconds.

I talk a lot about media bias in here.  Any doubt about why?

@ 13:29 PM   3 comments

THE LIE-RS SCANDAL: UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

The IRS scandal - which I call the Lie-RS scandal because of how many lies the people involved have told about it, has a major new component.

Excerpted from Stephen Dinan's article at the Washington Times:

The IRS's inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner's emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency's chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.

Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.

"There is potential criminal activity," Mr. Camus said.

Liars.  Cover-up artists.

Why isn't lois "liar" in jail already, for contempt - after presenting her side of the story and then refusing to answer questions about her activities as head of the Tax Exempt Division, where 501(c)4 applicants with names that suggested opposition to Barack Obama were systematically screwed over for years?

And she is far from the only one.

This stinks to high heaven.  And the obvious cover-up, complete with lies about missing "irretrievable" emails that were never irretrievable at all, would be front page news....if it were not occurring in Barack Obama's administration.

It is time - way, way, past time - for mainstream media to stop looking the other way and treating this like the major-league scandal it is.  Or do they continue to feel that suppression of free speech is just fine as long as it is conservative groups being suppressed and not them....yet?

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AN EXPLANATION IN PICTURES

Ken Berwitz

From our pal Barbie Buddy, comes this:


2 Million Bikers to DC's photo.


Any questions?

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