Tuesday, 06 October 2015


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   1 comment


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.

@ 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


Ken Berwitz

Today's paragraphs come to us from Mideast scholar - very brave Mideast scholar - Bassam Tawil.  His latest piece for the Gatestone Institute, published just yesterday, starts this way:

We contaminate our mosques with our own hands and feet, and then blame Jews for desecrating Islamic holy sites. If anyone is desecrating Islamic holy sites, it is those who bring explosives, stones and firebombs into Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Jews who visit the Temple Mount do not bring with them stones, bombs or clubs. It is young Muslim men who are desecrating our holy sites with their "filthy feet."

These leaders, including Abbas himself, are not willing to send their own children and grandchildren to participate in the "popular struggle." They are fully responsible for sending the children of others to throw stones and firebombs at Jews. Sitting in their luxurious offices and villas in Ramallah, they demand that Israel be held responsible for cracking down on "innocent" Palestinians. Their main goal is to embarrass Israel and depict it as a state that takes tough measures against Palestinian teenagers.

These youths are not taking to the streets to fight "occupation." Their main goal is to kill or cause grievous bodily harm to Jews. When someone tosses a firebomb at a house or a car, his intention is to burn civilians alive.

It is as if our leaders are saying that throwing stones and firebombs at Jews in their cars and homes is a basic right of Palestinians. Our leaders believe Israel has no right to defend itself against those who seek to burn Jews driving in their vehicles or sleeping inside their homes.

Mr. Tawil's poignant j'accuse comes on the heels of a series of murderous actions by Palestinian Arabs in Jerusalem (see here, and here), which have left several dead, including the parents of four young children whose "crime" was driving home - and which have, understandably, caused the Netanyahu government to crack down hard.

How many of the same Palestinian Arabs who cheered those murders will now cry out at the hardship such a crackdown will cause?

How many members of the Palestinian Authority - which signed a "unity agreement" with hamas, a terrorist group whose charter demands the vaporizing of Israel and death of all Jews everywhere, not just in Israel - will join in the crying?

Mr. Tawil wins the "Paragraphs Of The Day" award for his combination of perception, logic and courage.  How I wish other Muslims of good faith - and I am 100% sure there are a great many - would be as outward in joining him.

@ 19:12 PM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

Hillary Clinton is a human being.  Everyone knows that.

But she is a de-humanized human being.  And everyone seems to know that too....even her.

What is a de-humanized human being?  In Ms. Clinton's case, it means that, due to her comportment over many years, she comes across as scripted, focus-group tested, opportunistic, and therefore phony and dishonest.

Not surprisingly, Ms. Clinton wants to re-humanize herself - especially since the odds are excellent that she will soon be running against the very, very humanized Joe Biden.  

But, ironically, her attempt on this morning's Today Show was a clinic in how NOT to do so. Specifically, she engaged in a televised "town hall meeting" which had all the spontaneity of a moon phase....complete with a fawning TV host, in the form of Today co-host Savannah Guthrie.

Kyle Drennan, of newsbusters.org, has an excellent piece on this fiasco.  Let me show you just a couple of excerpts:

Throughout a live townhall event on Monday's Today, Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton was treated to one softball after another from her adoring supporters at NBC. One sycophantic fan set the tone: "Secretary Clinton, you've had a lot of tough questions this morning. This may be the toughest one you get all day. But many years ago we saw another Clinton at his inauguration play an instrument and have a song. What song or instrument would you play at yours?"

Moments later, attendee Esther Dickinson proclaimed: "Well, first, I want to thank you for your candidacy, you're such a role model for women my age. And so thank you for putting yourself out there."

Co-host Savannah Guthrie - who interviewed Clinton prior to the townhall event - wrapped up the infomercial by wondering: "You often say you're not running because you're a woman, you're running on the merits, and one of your merits is that you are a woman. So my question is, what are the merits of a female leader? What does a female leader bring that a man doesn't?"

As the hour-long segment ended, fellow co-host Matt Lauer remarked: "It was interesting to see her in that type of a situation, in that kind of forum. I thought the questions were good." News anchor Natalie Morales chimed in: "Really great questions, a very informed crowd..."

What a great idea.  Let's throw a "spontaneous" town hall meeting - among Hillary loving voters and a Hillary-loving host.  That'll be sure to make everyone see Hillary as a warm, fuzzy human being.

I'll just bet it convinced, oh, about one or two dozen people nationwide.

Ok, let's talk honestly:  

-Every recent poll shows Hillary Clinton with less than 50% in New Hampshire and losing to Bernie Sanders. This means there are a lot of New Hampshirites skeptical of a Clinton candidacy.

-But in this "town hall meeting", all but two questions to her are love-fests, and the two which aren't, provide opportunities to rail against income inequality and war - both of which - suh-prahz, suh-prahz - are major parts of Ms. Clinton's campaign strategy.  

-And that is before we get to the fact that, in New Hampshire, which went Democrat by just 5% in 2012 - 46% voted Republican - there was not one question during the entire "town hall meeting" which came from Hillary Clinton's right.

Does what you just read come across as spontaneous?  Credible?  Does it in any way re-humanize Hillary Clinton?  Or does it look like just the latest scripted, focus-group tested, opportunistic, and therefore phony and dishonest, dog and pony show?.

If this is the best her campaign staff can do, it's little wonder that her poll numbers are heading south faster than a snowbird after the first frost.

@ 15:41 PM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

How would you like to see some posters, and a cartoon, all which narrowly address an issue, and skim over all its facets, just to make a dramatic point?

If you're interested, I've posted six of them below.  Every one was sent to me in the past few days:

ATTN:'s photo.

Republican Bigotry, Hate, Fear, Lies and Distortion's photo.

Occupy Democrats's photo.

National Association for Gun Rights's photo.

Occupy Libtardis's photo.

Glenn McCoy's photo.

Ok, there they are.  You decide which are and aren't fair, which do and don't make a valid point.

Have fun....

@ 11:40 AM   1 comment


Ken Berwitz

Ok, I admit this is one of those things that you can find humor in, even though it isn't really funny.   But after being shut out of blogging for three days, I'm in the mood.  So here goes.

As you probably know, McDonald's dropped its "You deserve a break today" slogan many years ago, in favor of "I'm Lovin' it".

But, at least for one of its Hong Kong locations, they better never change to "I'm noticin' it".

Excerpted from Gloria Chan's article at South China Morning Post:

Police are trying to confirm the identity of a homeless woman who was found dead in a 24-hour McDonald’s outlet at a public housing estate in Kowloon Bay yesterday morning.

The woman, aged around 50 to 60 years, was found slumped over her table in a quiet corner, 24 hours after she entered the restaurant at Ping Shek Estate, while other customers were unaware what had happened.

Well, when they say "in a quiet corner", they certainly mean it.

And the fact that this is a 24 hour location (no "hey lady, you have to leave now"), and knowing the air quality of Hong Kong (which, despite the name of the city meaning "fragrant harbor", is terribly polluted), it could have been weeks, maybe months, before anyone noticed.

There is no truth to the rumor that the last thing the manager said before they carried her out was "TAKE-OUT!"

Ok, enough.  Next bad joke is yours. 

@ 10:29 AM   Add Comment

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