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Sunday, 29 November 2015


Ken Berwitz

My wife and I are on our way out the door.  But I am blogging quickly to note that Chuck Todd, host of Meet The Press, is interviewing Donald Trump (by phone) - and Trump is making mincemeat of him.

Todd's demeanor suggested he thinks of Trump is an idiot, that he (Todd) is much smarter, and he can take Trump out on, among other things, Trump's claim that he saw people celebrate 9/11 on television.

To say the least, it isn't working out.

Todd - between trying to talk over Trump and his "how exasperating this jerk is" look as Trump spoke - made a complete fool of himself....and probably helped Trump get more votes in the process.

What a combination.  A thin-skinned, classless barroom loudmouth with a monumentally large ego (which, at least to some extent, is based on accomplishment), and a pretend "journalist" with an ego far beyond his professional capabilities.

One other thing:  as I have said several time in the past few days, I saw the same thing Trump did on TV, from the same place (Paterson, NJ).  About this, he is 100% correct.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:51 AM   1 comment


Ken Berwitz

On Friday, I wrote a blog titled "Donald Trump:  Thin-Skinned, Classless Barroom Loudmouth".  In it, I excoriated Trump for his disgusting imitation of New York Times writer Serge Kovaleski's debilitating physical condition.

I stand by what I wrote then.  

But it occurs to me that, as a matter of fairness, I should also point out the reason for Mr. Trump's anger at Mr. Kovaleski.

Here is what he wrote for the Washington Post, on September 18th - one week after the 9/11 terrorist attacks:

"In Jersey City, within hours of two jetliners' plowing into the World Trade Center, law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river."

Now, Kovaleski says he has no memory that this ever happened - a convenient case of amnesia for someone wanting to call Trump a liar.

So while Trump's reaction was that of a thin-skinned, classless barroom loudmouth, let's understand that Kovaleski is no innocent babe in the woods either.

Let me end by reminding you, as I did in a previous blog, that I remember those celebrations too.  I remember them being reported on television.  And, in speaking to other people, including people who would never vote for for Donald Trump in a million years, they remember them too.

Which means that these news venues have archives with such reports....which they are withholding.

Why would they do this - other than a dislike of Trump, coupled with complete lack of professionalism...and integrity?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:18 AM   2 comments


Ken Berwitz

Columnist/commentator George Will has put together a voluminous - but, believe me, only partial - list of demands and punishments from the Academic Brownshirts who are trying to complete the job of making our colleges and universities centers of hard-left indoctrination, and its students into mind-numbed robots who spout nothing but the party line.

Here are just two paragraphs' worth (but read the entire column and you'll find plenty more):

The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, an irony-free campus, declared the phrase "politically correct" a microaggression. The master of Yale's Pierson College said his regrettable title reminds distressed students of slavery. Wesleyan University's student government threatened to cut the school newspaper's funding because it published a column critical of campus leftists. Wesleyan created a "safe space," a.k.a. a house, for LGBTTQQFAGPBDSM students (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Queer, Questioning, Flexual, Asexual, Genderf---, Polyamorous, Bondage/Discipline, Dominance/Submission, Sadism/Masochism).

A Washington State University professor said she would lower the grade of any student who used the term "illegal immigrants" when referring to immigrants here illegally. Another Washington State professor warned in his syllabus that white students who want "to do well" in his "Introduction to Multicultural Literature" should show their "grasp of history and social relations" by "deferring to the experiences of people of color." Another Washington State teacher, in her syllabus for "Women & Popular Culture," warned that students risk "failure for the semester" if they use "derogatory/oppressive language" such as "referring to women/men as females or males".

Is this your idea of what institutions of higher learning are supposed to do?  Does this give you any confidence that students who attend such an institution will leave with an expanded mind and a body of knowledge that prepares them for the real world?

To me, the answers, self-evidently, are no, it isn't and it doesn't.

It is time - long past time, actually, that we take our colleges and universities back, and make them colleges and universities again.  

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:05 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

We now know a lot about the "man" responsible for the Planned Parenthood massacre (with, I am sure, a lot more to come in the following days).

-We know his name is robert lewis dear.

-We know he has at least a two-decade history of offenses, including spousal abuse and animal cruelty.

-We know that he does not like Barack Obama.

-We know that, last year, he registered as an unaffiliated voter (no party) and as a woman (that's not a typo).

-We are told that he said "no more baby parts" when taken into custody, which makes it very likely that his target was not some individual at Planned Parenthood, but the organization itself.

-Several people who know him are saying that he was rambling and incoherent at times, but had no idea he would cause anyone harm.

I wonder if we will ever know enough about robert lewis dear to fully understand what he did at that Planned Parenthood location.  I wonder if we can.

Two thinks I don't wonder about, though:  robert lewis dear must either be jailed or institutionalized for the rest of his life...

...and that he - and people like him - should never, ever have been able to legally get a gun.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:48 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

Several days ago I blogged about The Princeton Open Campus Coalition - a large group of students at Princeton University who have had enough of being told what to think and how to act by the Academic Brownshirts who currently are taking over what used to be places of higher learning.

Here is the latest from this group, via excerpts from Steven Hayward's latest commentary at

Over 1,500 people in the Princeton community (not all of them students according to one report) have signed on to the Princeton Open Campus Coalition to President Eisgruber reported here the other day. No word yet on whether Eisgruber has agreed to meet with the Open Campus Coalition, but this is a good sign that the silent majority of non-crazy students on the campus is going to be a bit less silent.

The students are on to something: if universities demanded that its leftist scholars have a level of seriousness and engagement of (Cornel) West and (Robert) Singer, most of the radicalized "studies" departments would have to shut down, and their lightweight, jargon-spewing faculty laid off. It is precisely because they can't actually survive an open debate that they resort to intimidation, demands for safe spaces, and the closing of all debate by declaring their ideology to be settled science.

I don't agree with everything Mr. Hayward says (e.g. he claims the biggest problem with campus leftists is their cowardice, not their ideology). But I certainly see his point in the above excerpts.

Can I at least hope that what happened at the University of Missouri, and the fact that it so quickly was replicated by other colleges and universities, will finally wake this country up to the indoctrination centers such schools have become....and motivate what I am certain are the many, many students who will stand up to Academic Brownshirts if they think others are behind them?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:36 AM   Add Comment

Saturday, 28 November 2015


Ken Berwitz

The group you will read about below is "satirical".   At least as of now.

Excerpted from Pardes Seleh's article at

The Black Lives Matter movement at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) is officially being challenged by a new rival campus group, the UCSB White Student Union (WSU).

In response to a series of "black-out" demonstrations last week at UCSB and college campuses nationwide calling for "solidarity with Mizzou" black students, the UCSB WSU decided to form its own antithetical "White Student Walk Outcalling for "solidarity" with white students.

"Join us as we walk out of our classes at 12:30 PM to show solidarity for our brothers and sisters of European descent," the Walk Out event description reads. "We will march out (preferably chanting something inspiring on the way out) and meet outside of the UCSB MultiCultural Center where we will respectfully voice our complaints. We ask that only self-identified white students and allies join us."

A growth of students have been supporting the satirical WSU movement, as evident by the exponential growth of WSU clubs on college campuses over the past couple of days. Students are demonstrating, using parody in the form of a white student club, how divisive the black separatist movement really is.

Right now, what you just read is nothing more than a goof on the part of some college students.  

But, as #blacklivesmatter and its pals take over school after school, demanding segregation (yes, segregation), demanding exemption from punishment for anything they do that would get other students suspended or expelled, maybe prosecuted, and refusing to allow media coverage unless it is guaranteed to be favorable.... there any doubt that real groups which are serious about White rights are going to pop up.

The #blacklivesmatter racists may not like this, but ALL lives really do matter.  It stands to reason, therefore, that when college after college knuckles under to their "Blacks count more than anyone else" demands, non-Blacks are eventually going to react.  

And if/when they do, will mainstream media call real White Student Unions racist groups?  What the eff do they think #blacklivesmatter is?

Do you need me to tell you this ugly racial separatism is disastrous, and must be stopped?

It would be nice if someone in government - say, our President or the leading Democrat presidential candidate - stood up, condemned this racism and hatred, and demanded that all people be treated the same.

When do you figure that will happen?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:34 AM   2 comments


Ken Berwitz

Lawyers for McDonald's family, who won a $5 million settlement from the city even before filing a lawsuit, have said none of the other officers at the scene fired a shot, according to city officials.

What you just read is the 58th paragraph of a 60 paragraph article in the Chicago Tribune about Laquan McDonald, the 17 year old Black male who was shot and killed last year by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

McDonald (according to the autopsy) was high on PCP.  He had just damaged a number of cars, slashed a police car's tire, and was running (not walking) down the middle of the street wielding a knife.  

Officer Van Dyke shot and wounded him.  While McDonald was on the ground, writhng, and apparently immobilized, Van Dyke then shot him over a dozen more times, killing him --- and was stopped from reloading, possibly so he could shoot him some more.

That the release of a dashboard cam video of this shooting/killing was long overdue, is an understatement.  The incident took place a year ago (while Mayor Rahm Emanuel was locked in a re-election battle, let's not forget).  

And, given the circumstances caught on that video, Van Dyke should have been charged with murder at that time (this is not to say he is guilty - though the evidence is obviously very strong against him - but to say that his day in court is way overdue).

Now, explain to me why the family of this drug-addled, lawbreaking miscreant was handed $5 million dollars by the city of Chicago.

There has not even been a trial yet. What if information comes to light that exonerates Officer Van Dyke (who claims McDonald, in addition to the knife we see in the video, was reaching in his waistband - maybe for a gun)?  Why would the family of get a penny then?

It's not like Laquan McDonald was a model citizen.  According to an article in the Tribune three days ago - a very sympathetic one - McDonald, who had a horrible upbringing, "racked up numerous juvenile arrests and spent time in juvenile lockup".  So let's not discount the possibility that there's more to the story.

This reeks to high heaven.  The stench is one of Chicago politics:  withhold the tapes and pay Laquan McDonald's family a fortune, to keep their mouths shut until after the election.

Do I know this happened?  No I do not.  But it certainly looks/smells that way.

And where does the Chicago Tribune tell us about the $5 million dollar payoff?

At the very bottom of a long article where most people won't even read it, that's where.

Shame on the Chicago Tribune.....and far more shame on Rahm Emanuel if he is involved in this pre-emptive enriching of Laquan McDonald's family.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:21 AM   1 comment


Ken Berwitz

Is Turkey's President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, at least tacitly supporting ISIS - not because he loves the group, but because he sees it as the lesser of two evils for his own purposes?

Michael Burleigh of London's Daily Mail thinks this might be the case.  And he presents a compelling argument in his latest commentary - excerpts of which I am posting below:

The clash between Russia's Vladimir Putin and Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, after Turkish F-16s shot down a Russian fighter, is one which has set the entire world on edge as diplomats desperately work overtime to reduce the tension.

Putin is not blameless in this affair. His air force has been probing Western air spaces provocatively in a number of different locations in recent months. But was the Russian president right, after the downing of the jet, to accuse 'back-stabbing' Turkey of being the accomplices of ISIS terrorists?

And was there any truth in Putin's accusation yesterday - made just as Moscow was expelling 39 Turkish businessmen attending a conference in Russia - that Turkey is propping up ISIS by buying oil from them?

This latest claim inevitably prompted a furious response from Erdogan, who accused Putin of slander. But the fact is that Erdogan's regime has on many occasions turned a blind eye to ISIS activity in Turkey, as well as to Turkish businessmen and smugglers doing trade deals with the jihadist butchers.

To be fair, on the surface, Turkey's president is fully involved in the fight against ISIS. In October he allowed U.S. jets to use Turkey's Incirlik air base for operations against ISIS, pledging that his forces, too, would join the fight.

But the truth is that Turkey's planes have aimed their missiles almost exclusively at the one army which poses a real threat to ISIS, and has won countless battlefield victories against them - the Kurdish PKK forces inside Syria. 

The trouble is that Erdogan, who has spent years ruthlessly concentrating power into his own hands, considers the Kurds an even greater threat to his nation than ISIS.

This is a mess.  And a potentially disastrous one for what passes for world peace these days.

In Russia we have a KGB-trained thug who relishes opportunities to use his country's military might.  One who, through a combination of bullying and deft gunboat diplomacy has, to much of the world, become the strongest player on the international scene - certainly stronger than what many of us see as a feckless, spineless United States President.

In Turkey, we have a hardline Islamist who has taken what once was a shining light of the Muslim word - almost a century of democracy and tolerance - and regressed it to an intolerant, increasingly fundamentalist state (much to the delight of enough Turkish people to make me wonder if, under the surface, it always was that way).

The good news:  it is not inevitable that there will be a military clash between these two countries.  

The bad news:  it is a serious likelihood.  Neither Putin nor Erdogan are about to back down - at least not as of now.

So what we have to hope for is that one or both of two very bad people, each spoiling for a showdown, decide that peace is more important than their personal egos and what they view as national honor.

Keep your fingers crossed.  This could go either way.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:14 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

Three dead, nine wounded, and a suspect (in technical terms only - he is clearly the shooter) in custody.

Why did he do it?  We don't know his motives for sure yet, but it is pretty certain they related to Planned Parenthood - whether against the organization itself, one or more people in it, or someone he knew who was there at the time.

I'll hold off judgment on the why of things until more information is obtained.  But whatever his reasons, we are dealing with a sick lunatic.

To be continued.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 06:48 AM   1 comment

Friday, 27 November 2015


Ken Berwitz

Congratulations are in order.

As I type this, Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" - the city's major shopping street - is virtually closed on one of the busiest sales days of the year,  because thousands of protesters, led by Jesse Jackson, have shut it down, demanding "Justice for Laquan".

What this will do to get "Justice for Laquan (McDonald)"?  Nothing.  

What it will to to exasperate and infuriate untold numbers of Black and White shoppers trying to take advantage of today's sales? Plenty.

What it will do to hurt the stores, maybe cause some layoffs of employees - again, both Black and White?  Plenty.

What it will do to polarize people's racial attitudes and create outrage based on skin color?  That is likely to be the greatest "accomplishment" of all.

Way to go, Jesse.  Mission accomplished.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 16:03 PM   1 comment

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