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Sunday, 21 December 2014

CLAPPING AND LAUGHING?

Ken Berwitz

I do not know if this is true, but....

...according to London's Daily Mail an eyewitness claims there was "clapping and laughing" at the location where two New York Police Officers were shot dead by a murdering sub-human, after he bragged on Instagram that he was going to do exactly that - take out two cops.

I will hold off discussing this further until I see visual proof that it happened (I have no doubt there would be video confirmation).

If it did, I assure you I'll have plenty to say.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:40 AM   Add Comment

VERMONT'S SINGLE (NON) PAYER DEBACLE

Ken Berwitz

I am old enough to remember when Vermont was one of the most reliably Republican states in the country.

That, of course, was before the yuppie sprawl from New York and Massachusetts. 

Now it is the state, U. S. Senate-wise, of leftist Patrick Leahy, self-described socialist Bernie Sanders....and a serious attempt by its current Governor to implement single-payer (read that socialized) health care.

So how's that attempt working out?

From Sarah Wheaton's article for politico.com:

Vermont was supposed to be the beacon for a single-payer health care system in America. But now its plans are in ruins, and its onetime champion Gov. Peter Shumlin may have set back the cause.

Vermont under Shumlin became the most visible trailblazer. Until Wednesday, when the governor admitted what critics had said all along: He couldn't pay for it.

"It is not the right time for Vermont" to pass a single-payer system, Shumlin acknowledged in a public statement ending his signature initiative. He concluded the 11.5 percent payroll assessments on businesses and sliding premiums up to 9.5 percent of individuals' income "might hurt our economy."

Vermont's outcome is a "small speed bump," said New York Assembly member Richard Gottfried, who's been pushing single-payer bills for more than 20 years. But opponents says it's the end of the road.

"If cobalt blue Vermont couldn't find a way to make single-payer happen, then it’' very unlikely that any other state will," said Jack Mozloom, spokesman for the National Federation of Independent Business.

"There will never be a good time for a massive tax increase on employers and consumers in Vermont, so they should abandon that silly idea now and get serious," Mozloom added.

I love that "it's not the right time for Vermont" line.  Why not, Governor Shumlin?  Because businesses might be a tad averse to an 11.5% bump in the already-high taxation they endure, and individuals - the ones who pay taxes rather than live off of them - might be a tad averse to that 9.5% max of premium payments?  D'ya think that might have something to do with it?

But my favorite is Richard Gottfried calling this "small speed bump".  That's like saying Mount Everest is a small speed bump if you're traveling from Lhotse to Kada Pufeng.

The late Margaret Thatcher famously said "The trouble with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money".  Who would have thought that, almost two years after her death, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin would wind up seconding her motion?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:31 AM   Add Comment

NORTH KOREA'S THREAT

Ken Berwitz

Now that President Obama has told us there will be consequences for North Korea's hijacking of our freedom of speech, because it didn't like an unflattering portrayal of the deranged lunatic kim jung un it has reacted by....cowering?  Apologizing?  Promising to be more responsible in the future?

Nope. 

The state of President Obama's credibility is such that North Korea's response is to....make more threats.

From the South Korean Yonhap News Agency, we have this:

North Korea threatened to carry out ultra-harsh military action on U.S. soil Sunday, one day after U.S. President Barack Obama vowed a proportional response against the North's alleged hacking attack into Sony Pictures.

In a follow-up to the FBI's recent hacking accusation against Pyongyang, Obama vowed Friday (U.S time) to "respond proportionally," hinting at retaliatory action over the communist country's alleged hacking attack on the distributor of a controversial movie about North Korea, "The Interview."

North Korea had been suspected of involvement in last month's cyberattack on Sony after the country's repeated warnings against the firm's plan to release the movie, dealing with an assassination plot targeting North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Well, look at the bright side.  North Korea, in this one respect, has joined the preponderance of nations around the world:  it does not take anything President Obama says seriously.

Evidently, looking at Russia's Putin thumb his nose at Obama for years, Syria's al-assad crossing the "red line" Obama laid down, which he then quickly forgot, Iran's blatant continuation of its nuclear weapons program in direct violation of the "agreement" it laughingly made with Obama, etc. etc. etc. has had the logical impact. 

Simply stated, why would kim jung un believe Barack Obama, when Mr. Obama was full of bull dung every other time?

Two more years of this nightmare.  Hold on tight, keep your fingers crossed, and maybe we can get through it.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:31 AM   Add Comment

THE COP KILLER, THE SHARPTON ROUTINE

Ken Berwitz

The "man" who killed police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos was named ismaaiyl brinsley. 

The fact that, at 29 years of age, he had a rap sheet longer than the Amazon River but was, again, out of jail, is a sick statement on our criminal justice system.

He apparently murdered his girlfriend in Baltimore before taking a bus to New York City to murder police officers - any officers would do.

Before doing so he posted an Instagram message telling the world that "I'm putting wings on pigs today. They take 1 of ours...let's take 2 of theirs".  The message had 468 "likes".  Isn't that lovely?

Oh, one other thing:  al sharpton is going to hold a protest vigil today to condemn the cop killings.  This is the classic "he killed his parents, then begged the court for mercy because he was an orphan" routine.  And, incredibly, some fools are going to believe, or pretend to believe, this routine is sincere.

They need their heads examined.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:59 AM   1 comment

THE RACIAL MESS IN NEW YORK CITY

Ken Berwitz

Before Eric Garner died in a physical confrontation with New York City police, the tension between the NYPD and Mayor Bill de Blasio was thicker than thick.  Police felt that de Blasio was no fan of theirs, but someone who thought they had to be reined in - someone who saw them as guilty until proved innocent.

These tensions soared after the Garner death.  Police saw de Blasio as making it clear, if not in so many words, that he blamed the police for Garner's death and opposed the grand jury decision not to issue indictments - while having little to say about threats to kill cops, or the inflammatory rhetoric from race hustlers like al sharpton. But he did manage to make it clear that he was in sympathy with the protesters - which, of course, included the ones who blocked streets, and chanted threatening slogans, including "What do we want?  Dead cops" (this is not to say that de Blasio wanted dead cops, but where was his strong condemnation of such threats?)

Well, now two officers are dead:  not because they were doing anything to any citizen, Black or non-Black, but because they existed.  The two were shot to death in cold blood while sitting in their car by a "man" who, just previously, had posted messages on social media telling the world he was going to find cops to kill because of Garner and Michael Brown.

How bad are the relations between de Blasio and police now?  Watch this video, of de Blasio walking into a press conference about the killings and see for yourself.

Notice anything about the police in attendance?  Like which direction they were facing as de Blasio walked by?

There are at least three more years to this mayoralty.  Things had damn well better change, and fast.  Or New York is in for one ugly ride.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:32 AM   Add Comment

Saturday, 20 December 2014

THE EXECUTION OF TWO NEW YORK CITY POLICE OFFICERS

Ken Berwitz

Two New York City police officers were shot to death, execution style, in Brooklyn today. 

Initial indications are that the killer was a Black male who, according to his Instagram posts, was out to get cops because of the Michael Brown and Eric garner incidents. 

My congratulations to all the protesters who marched while chanting "What do we want?  Dead cops."  Your wishes were certainly fulfilled today. 

My congratulations, also, to the politicians who hsve been either too scared, or too complicit, to say a word against those chants and the maggots who will now rejoice over these killings.

But most of all, my congratulations to the racial arsonists - al sharpton foremost among them - who have spent the last four months pouring gasoline on the fires of racism.  Today your efforts have borne fruit.  With special shout-outs to the Democrat Party, MSNBC, and, of course, President Obama for elevating you to demigod status.  How proud they all must be.

More details as I get them.

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UPDATE:  The killer is apparently dead.  He killed himself shortly after killing the police officers.  

The world smells better already.  And hell's basement is making room for a new resident.

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FURTHER UPDATE:  The two executed officers are Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.  Based on their names, one is Asian and the other Latino.  

Hopelessly Partisan @ 19:10 PM   2 comments

SONY CEO MICHAEL LYNTON AS AN UPSET, AGGRIEVED PARTY

Ken Berwitz

CNN has an article on one of its web sites in which Michael Lynton, CEO of Sony Entertainment, hits back at President Obama for his criticism that Sony made a mistake by pulling "The Interview" without talking to him first.

Given that Michael Lynton apparently feels, that as the guy in charge, he is an upset, aggrieved party, I decided to check and see whether Mr. Lynton is active in political fundraising...and, if so, who the beneficiaries of that fundraising are.

Well, first we have this, from Rebecca Ballhaus, Peter Nicholas and Alexandra Berson's article for the Wall Street Journal:

Michael Lynton - the chief executive of Sony's U.S.-based movie, television and music unit, Sony Pictures Entertainment - and his wife were bundlers for the president in both 2008 and 2012, and donated to his 2004 Senate campaign. Bundlers raise money for a candidate from several different sources and deliver the checks in one "bundle."

The Lyntons have also given more than $300,000 to Democratic candidates and committees, including more than $13,000 to Mr. Obama.

That's a lot of money.  But it didn't stop at Mr. Obama's re-election to the Presidency.

There is also this, from opensecrets.org, which covers the period after Mr. Obama's 2012 victory:

ContributorOccupationDateAmountRecipient

LYNTON, MICHAEL
CULVER CITY, CA 90232

SONY PICTURES4/23/13$2,600Bennet, Michael F (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT1/16/13$5,000Booker, Cory (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA9/18/13$2,600Grimes, Alison (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA9/18/13$2,600Grimes, Alison (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY CORPORATION9/6/13$2,000New Jersey Democratic State Cmte (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY3/17/14$2,600Miller, Matthew Louis (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT6/13/13$2,600Booker, Cory (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT1/16/13$2,400Booker, Cory (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
CULVER CITY, CA 90232

SONY CORPORATION OF AMERICA5/8/14$20,000Democratic Senatorial Campaign Cmte (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT6/13/13$-2,600Booker, Cory (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT1/16/13$-2,400Booker, Cory (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT6/13/13$5,200Booker, Cory (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL M
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY PICTURES4/27/14$2,400Landrieu, Mary L (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL M
CULVER CITY, CA 90232

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT5/13/14$2,600Bass, Karen (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL M
CULVER CITY, CA 90232

SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT5/13/14$2,600Bass, Karen (D)

LYNTON, MICHAEL M
DARIEN, CT 06820

SONY PICTURES4/27/14$2,600Landrieu, Mary L (D)

Well, to my untrained eye, that looks like over $60,000 more - again, with 100% of it to Democrats.

So, between the personal donations and the bundling, the now-upset and aggrieved Mr. Lynton generated hundreds and hundreds of thousands of dollars exclusively for the guy he is upset and aggrieved by, and his political party. Maybe over a million.

Can you figure out my sympathy level for Michael Lynton?  Somehow I doubt you need me to tell you what it is.

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