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Monday, 24 November 2014


Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from Joe Scarborough, the erstwhile Republican who now toils for MSNBC - and who seems to have an open-your-big-mouth chip somewhere in his cerebrum that occasionally kicks in (maybe it's the Starbucks blend he drinks) and makes him say things he should be embarrassed to say....but won't be, since, at MSNBC, they might get him a raise and bonus.

This morning, as tensions heighten while we wait for a grand jury decision on the Michael Brown shooting, Scarborough decided it would be a great time to remind audiences of the Trayvon Martin shooting, by saying this:

"We don't know the evidence. We just don't know the evidence. It's not like Trayvon, where you had a guy chase a guy around a neighborhood and shoot him because he was Black."

Uh, Joe.....

You forgot that George Zimmermann was not chasing anyone around a neighborhood, he was part of a neighborhood watch. 

And you forgot that he called the movements of Trayvon Martin in to a police dispatcher before doing anything, thus announcing that he was watching Martin...the exact opposite of what someone intending to commit a racist murder would do. 

And you forgot that eye witness testimony, and physical damage to Zimmermann, indicated that Trayvon Martin attacked him and was on top of him when the gun went off.

And you forgot that, based on the evidence, a racially mixed jury found Zimmermann innocent.

Or maybe you didn't forget any of this.  Maybe that open-your-big-mouth chip opened wide, and convinced you to make a comment, however untrue, which was so inflammatory that it could do nothing but make things worse in Ferguson, Saint Louis, and anywhere else where "the wrong grand jury conclusion" would send people out into the streets.

I award Joe Scarborough Quote Of The Day honors for showing us a combination of such poor personal judgment and so false a narrative of the Trayvon Martin incident, that......the MSNBC crowd must be dancing in the streets.

Way to go, Joe.  Now:  can I convince you to please consider decaf every now and again?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:08 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

Multiple sources are reporting that Chuck Hagel is resigning as Secretary of Defense - either that or he has been told to resign, which is marginally more pleasant than just being canned.

I have to admit I have no opinion on this. 

I never got any sense that Hagel was a player in this administration, nor that President Obama ever intended that he be one. 

To me, Hagel was more a Republican toss-in, meant to create a sense of bipartisanship (a little like Democrat Norman Mineta serving as Secretary of Transportation in the Bush administration).  It didn't work, of course, any more than it worked for Bush.  These things rarely do.

I won't miss him.  I barely remembered he was there.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:42 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

Here is a landmark arch located near where Michael Brown "protesters" marched in Saint Louis.

And this is what they did to it:>

shaw graffiti

"WE BURN YOU BURN WITH US FTP (fuck the police).

Asking again: why are these people not cleared from the streets?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:49 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

A quick question about Bill Cosby:

If all the women accusing him band together, can they file a crass action suit?

Just asking.....

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:24 AM   Add Comment

Sunday, 23 November 2014


Ken Berwitz

My wife and I did Route 9 today, hitting a number of stores on a stretch from Rte. 520 down to Freehold Raceway Mall.

One of the stores we hit was the Christmas Tree Shop.  My wife was interested in buying a small, folding hair dryer for travel, and found a Revlon unit - model RVDR5001 - at what appeared to be a very good price:  $9.48.

But since we were also going to Harmon's, - which has the same parent company and provides 20% off coupons, she said why not buy it there; it's only about $2, but we're going there anyway.  She assumed, of course, that the price in both stores would be about the same.

Well, it wasn't. 

When we got to Harmon's, we found the same unit.  But it was double the price, at $18.99. 

That is not a typo, folks.  Two stores with the same parent company, just a couple of miles apart, with one at $9.48, and the other at $18.99.

Amazed, my wife asked the manager about it.  Here is the conversation as we remember it:

-My wife (holding the unit in question):  "We were in the Christmas Tree Shop and saw this hairdryer there".

-Manager: "Yeah"

-My wife: And the price there was $9.48".

-Manager: "Yeah".

-My wife:  You're at $18.99.  Will you honor the Christmas Tree Shop price"

-Manager (with no facial expression and in a monotone): "No, we don't do that" - and she walked away.

The manager was never overtly nasty.  But she was overtly distant, unresponsive, and generally as cold as ice. 

All she had to do was add a few words - maybe say "I'm sorry, it's not our policy to honor prices from that store" and smile commiseratively - which, I would bet body parts, is what she was trained to do.   And, if not that much, at least Something.  Anything. 

But she did none of those things.  We felt as though we were dismissed like two annoying children for asking a simple, reasonable question.

In any event, this again reminds us that we should always check prices.  And that we should never assume the pricing in two stores under the same parent company banner will be the same. 

And, of course, never to try to deal with this manager again for anything.


UPDATE: Not that it changes anything about our treatment in Harmon's, but, having done some checking, it turns out that the $9.48 price for this hair dryer is spectacularly low.  It's more than double everywhere else - even Amazon, where you can have one for $21.24.

Get to the Christmas Tree Shop fast!!!

Hopelessly Partisan @ 14:54 PM   1 comment


Ken Berwitz

Apropos of nothing political:

I drove by the Marlboro, New Jersey, volunteer fire department this morning. Evidently, they are in need of new members. They are also in need of turkeys which will be given out to the needy on Thanksgiving.

These are two very noble efforts. But, it seems evident to me, they do not mix well when combined into a single sentiment.

Why do I say this?  Well, here is what has  been put on the sign which graces the front of the firehouse. building.  See if you agree:


Maybe it's just me...but, somehow I think these two requests could have been positioned a tad more favorably.

Ok, back to politics, where , all too often, we wind up with turkeys - not just for Thanksgiving, but for the entire year, every year.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:33 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

You read this kind of crap and you cannot believe it happened.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon, acting with eminent logic - something I do not always credit him with doing - has declared a state of emergency and ordered the National Guard into Ferguson, Missouri.

As he absolutely, unequivocally should have.

But - you better be sitting down to read this - the eric holder-led Department of Justice has attacked Governor Nixon for doing so, on the grounds that (still sitting down? good) that this escalates the situation there.

From Tom Blumer's blog at, we have this:

"...A top aide to Holder called the governor's office earlier this week to express Holder's displeasure and "frustration," according to a Justice Department official. "Instead of de-escalating the situation, the governor escalated it," said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the subject. "He sent the wrong message. The tone of the press conference was counterproductive."

Let me get this straight:  after three months that has including rioting, looting, and, most recently, threats to kill Officer Wilson and "tear up the town", coupled with nightly screaming of such pleasantries as "fuck the police" and worse....

...and with the grand jury decision imminent - a decision which, it is very likely, will be not to charge Officer Wilson....

....the Department of Justice feels that bringing in the national guard ahead of that decision is "escalating" the situation?

What the hell does the DOJ think what has happened in the past three months was?  DE-escalation?

How vulnerable does eric holder want Ferguson, Missouri to be?  How ripe does holder, and his boss, Barack Obama, want Ferguson for the sharptons of the world to inflame this already-incendiary situation and then walk away when the violence comes, claiming "I didn't tell anyone to do that"?

Over the years, I have taken to calling the DOJ, under pathetic racist and Obama toady eric holder, the Department of Just-Us.  This incredible attack on Governor Nixon's decision to protect Ferguson stands as hard-evidence proof of it.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:53 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

A quick question:

What reason, other than being intimidated/being fearful that they will be blamed for the violence which seems sure to occur if Police Officer Darren Wilson is not indicted, would cause the grand jury to take this long before issuing its conclusions?

Intimidation works.  And intimidation aided and abetted by an Accomplice Media which barely report the ugliness, the overt threats, the overt racism being flaunted every day in Ferguson, works even better.

Beyond disgraceful.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:05 AM   2 comments


Ken Berwitz

Is a two-state solution, Israel and Palestine co-existing in peace and harmony, desirable? 

Yes, of course it is.  It always has been.  And Israelis - certainly according to the polls I have read over many years - very much want it to be a reality.

But is there any realistic, or even long-shot chance of this happening in the foreseeable future?  No, not a chance.

In his latest piece for, David Harsanyi explains why in stark, blunt, hard-to-dispute terms,  Read these excerpts and see for yourself (then do yourself a favor an use the link to read the rest):

After the murder of five Israelis (three of them American citizens and one of them a Druze) this week, people fired celebratory gunshots in the air, "and praise for God and the attackers poured from mosque loudspeakers soon after the synagogue attack," reported the New York Times. Fatah officials in Lebanon chimed in to let us know that "Jerusalem needs blood in order to purify itself of Jews." There were congratulatory messages on Fatah's official Facebook page and festive post-murder-spree sweets for the kids. This celebration of death - whether dead babies or dead rabbis, it matters not - not only illustrates the colossal moral gulf that exists between these societies but also reminds us that any Palestinian government inclined to entertain a viable agreement with Jews wouldn't last long anyway.

Fatah, the thin thread that any workable agreement hangs on, is in power only because it refuses to hold elections.

Barack Obama wants peace. But as always, after a round of failed talks, there is terrorism. The tensions in Jerusalem today - and by "tensions," I mean the indiscriminate killing of Jews over the past few weeks - are driven, in part, by a conspiracy theory that posits that Israelis are about to occupy the Temple Mount. Fatah's Mahmoud Abbas has used the tension to agitate his people, reportedly urging Palestinians to prevent Jewish settlers (and by "settlers," he means any Jews) from entering the Temple Mount and to otherwise confront the "fierce onslaught on Al-Aksa Mosque, Jerusalem and the Holy Sepulchre Church."

Abbas, like Yasser Arafat before him, seems to believe that inciting just a little bit of violence will make the situation untenable for the Israeli government. This reflects a deep misunderstanding of the dynamics of Israeli society and politics. With its technological, military, and economic power growing, Israel has become far less inclined to sacrifice security for "peace" today than it has been in the past. There is little internal political pressure to create an antagonistic anti-Semitic state next door - even from the left wing.

It doesn't get much clearer than that.

As I have said for years and years, the heart of the problem can be shown in just seven words:  Israel wants peace, Palestinian Arabs want Israel.

If you keep that in mind, the events taking place in Israel become far more understandable.

If, however, you delude yourself into believing that Palestinian Arabs are sincerely interested in a two-state solution, I doubt that you will be able to understand a thing.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:57 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

Today's Paragraph Of The Day honors go to Ed Morrissey, of - who is an ongoing source of intelligent, thoughtful commentary on just about every other day as well.

Mr. Morrissey's latest blog cites part of a Friday document-dump by the Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS), in which it floats this brilliant idea:

"Under current rules, consumers who do not take action during the open enrollment window are re-enrolled in the same plan they were in the previous year, even if that plan experienced significant premium increases.

"We are considering alternative options for re-enrollment, under which consumers who take no action might be defaulted into a lower-cost plan rather than their current plan."

Translation:  if your plan's premium goes way up, you don't have to do a thing.  We'll just "default" you into a "lower-lost plan".  Of course, you won't have the same coverage.  You may not have the same doctors.  And your deductible is going to go up - maybe way, way up. 

But, what the hey, it is going to cost less.  So everything is just fine....unless you get sick and actually need the insurance you're paying for.  Which is exactly what you might say about not having any insurance at all.

How does Ed see this?  Here's your answer:

The ObamaCare sales pitch has really progressed, has it not? We started at If you like your plan, you can keep your plan, which Politifact belatedly called the Lie of the Year once ObamaCare rolled out in 2013. After that, the White House line was If you liked your plan, it’s because you were too stupid to know what's good for you, but you'll like what you can pick now. Finally, we've arrived at You're still too stupid to choose your own plan, so you'll like what we tell you to like.

Absolutely correct.  And richly deserving of Paragraph Of The Day honors.

As for ObamaCare?  It is no different now than it always has been.  An unworkable monstrosity, based on an impossible model, that either must be gutted and rebuilt (my preference), or repealed altogether.

The sooner the better.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:30 AM   Add Comment

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