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Thursday, 18 September 2014

THE MOST BUSTED NAME IN NEWS

Ken Berwitz

Ok, ok, I admit that it's probably just an inadvertent error (I think).

But you have to admit that this screen capture from CNN's reporting of the secession vote in Scotland, taken between 3PM and 4PM, is a bit of an eye-catcher:

CNN Scotland

It's hard to win, even with a 52% majority, when the other side has 58%.  Or, maybe, 10% of the exit poll sample answered twice.  Or something.

Let's hope the network is a bit more accurate when the final count is tallied.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 18:17 PM   2 comments

SCOTS ON THE ROCKS?

Ken Berwitz

Though we won't know for sure until later today, the vote to determine whether Scotland will stay part of the United Kingdom or become an independent country appears to be very close.

It would be difficult to overstate the importance of this vote - which could literally create a war between Scotland and the rest of the UK over who gets what and for how much - and maybe a civil war in Scotland to boot, between people who want to break way and people who suddenly are told, against their will, that they live in a different country.

Regardless of how it winds up, the ramifications of this secession vote will change the UK forever. 

Let's hope for the best possible outcome.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 15:30 PM   Add Comment

ISIS IN JUAREZ? WHEN WILL WE BE ATTACKED?

Ken Berwitz

If you have any common sense at all, this probably will be no surprise to you. (If you don't, stop reading now; there's nothing for you to see).

Excerpted from an advisory from judicialwatch.com:

Federal law enforcement sources in El Paso say that a United States congressman called their office to prohibit contact with Judicial Watch in the aftermath of a disturbing story confirming that Islamic terrorists are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez.

Sources tell JW that Beto O’Rourke, a Democrat who represents El Paso in the U.S. House of Representatives, telephoned the area offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in an effort to identify-and evidently intimidate-sources that may have been used by JW. On August 29 JW reported that the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) is working in Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED).

In the piece JW cites high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources confirming that a warning bulletin for an imminent terrorist attack on the border has been issued. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies have all been placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning this imminent terrorist threat. In the aftermath of JW’s story Ft. Bliss, an El Paso Army base near Juarez, increased security measures and the sheriff in Midland County Texas-located halfway between Ft. Worth and El Paso-confirmed that he received an alert bulletin warning from the feds that ISIS may have formed a terrorist cell in or near Juarez.

The Obama administration steadfastly denies that Islamic terrorists are operating in Juarez, even as facts continue to unfold proving otherwise. Though the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has failed to respond to multiple inquiries from Judicial Watch, both telephonic and in writing, about this information it has issued statements in the media rejecting the story. Is it possible that the administration called upon a trusted ally, a federal lawmaker from the targeted area, to silence the whistle blowers?

After over five years of studied indifference to border security, supplemented by DOJ lawsuits inhibiting rather than maintaining or enhancing border security, can this be any surprise?

It is just a matter of time. 

And while the greatest likelihood is that the attack(s) will be on or near our southern border, the truth is that it could be anywhere.  With sieves for borders and easy access thereafter, why not LA, or San Francisco, or Seattle, or Denver, or Kansas City, or Saint Louis, or Chicago, or Miami, or Raleigh, or DC, or Philadelphia, or New York, or Boston or anywhere else?

Will it happen in months?  Weeks?  Days?

And when it does happen, and Obama blames Bush - as he inevitably will since he  blames him for every other failure - will his Accomplice Media again cover for him,. as they have repeatedly done all this time?  Will anyone but the most mind-numbed leftists believe them?

What happens when, like the 9/11 attacks, people again start dying, within our country, at the hands of terrorists?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 15:22 PM   Add Comment

FREEDOM OF SPEECH, PENN ST.-STYLE

Ken Berwitz

No need to explain this one.  Just read along.

As excerpted from Ashley Pratte's article at breitbart.com:

Jolie Davis, chair of her YAF Chapter, had copies of the Constitution as well as literature at the table informing students of Penn State's "speech code" policies. On the 8,500 acres of Penn State, there are only 12 small spaces designated as "Free Speech Zones" on campus. The organization's table, located outside of the Hetzel Union Building (HUB), had a poster that read "Free Speech Banned at Penn State."

After an hour or so of tabling, the YAF table was approached by campus security personnel, who told Jolie to take the table down. Jolie pressed the official with questions, asking why she had to take down her table. The campus security officer replied, "You can't have a table but you can pass out flyers." It is important to note that the area in which Davis was tabling was a "designated free speech zone."

Davis and other activists decided to film the whole encounter. Once the official realized he was being recorded, he said, "It's not going to help your cause to put this on video."...However, when she did, the officials hurried away.

Davis and other YAF activists have tabled at this exact location before; the only difference this time was now her organization was highlighting Penn State's ridiculous speech code policies. Davis said, "At Penn State not all free speech is created equal."

When is free speech not free speech?  Apparently, at Penn St., it is when speech departs from the prevailing leftward orthodoxy.

I hope you are outraged by this.  Because, sad to say, you should be.  

But I also hope you are not shocked or surprised.  Because, even sadder to say, you shouldn't be.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:43 AM   Add Comment

OUR CHANGING LANGUAGE

Ken Berwitz

I am sitting in my urologist's waiting room, and the TV is playing Queen Latifah's morning show. 

At the commercial break, there was an ad for Cortizone 10... which promised to eliminate "feminine itch". 

When I was growing up, if you found a girl who had a "feminine itch", it didn't mean she needed cortisone, it meant you wanted to go out with her that night.

Boy has language changed.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:46 AM   Add Comment

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from Robert Gates, President Obama's first Secretary of Defense - a man he valued so greatly that he held him over from the Bush administration.

Here is what Mr. Gates had to say about whether or not the United States needs ground troops to fight ISIS:

"There will be boots on the ground if there's to be any hope of success in the strategy."

That clear enough? In 18 words, Mr. Gates affirmed what just about anyone who thinks for even one minute about this conflict knows:  that bombing from the air may give you great "kill" ratios, and keep your troops safe, but it cannot stop ISIS from growing and advancing.

By all means train the Kurdish peshmerga.  By all means retrain the Iraqi Army - the one we left to crumble and disintegrate by leaving in 2011 with no residual troop presence there.  But we must - must - be involved on the ground if this is to have any hope of succeeding.

I award Robert Gates Quote Of The Day honors for just, plain telling the truth - even though it is not a pleasant truth to hear.  Thank you sir.  And my sympathies, in advance, for the hatred which will descend on you for doing so.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:48 AM   Add Comment

JACKASS JOE STRIKES AGAIN. AND AGAIN. AND AGAIN.

Ken Berwitz

Someone must have forgotten to lock the closet after feeding time. 

Because Vice President Joe Biden, somehow, got out.  And here is what he managed to "accomplish" in just one day, as excerpted from Sean Sullivan's article in the Washington Post:

After leaving a rally in Des Moines, Biden unexpectedly made news at a diner when he seemingly opened the door to committing ground troops to fight the Islamic State in Iraq, an option the Obama administration has diligently batted down as it has moved to expand air strikes in the region -- and that President Obama himself rejected anew in remarks at MacDill Air Force Base Wednesday. "The American forces that have been deployed to Iraq do not and will not have a combat mission," he said.

A reporter asked Biden whether he agreed with the comments of Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who on Tuesday left the door open to the possibility of boots on the ground. "He said that if in fact he concluded that was needed he would request it from the president. His conclusion is that it is not needed now," Biden responded

But might it be needed? "We'll determine that based on how the effort goes," said Biden.

At the rally, Biden delivered an enthusiastic speech brimming with populist notes. But his message was overshadowed by his story of a meeting he had with Lee Kuan Yew, the former prime minister of Singapore. The story was meant as a compliment.

"On the way back from Mumbai to go meet with President Xi in China, I stopped in Singapore to meet with a guy named Lee Kuan Yew, who most foreign policy experts around the world say is the wisest man in the Orient," explained Biden in his remarks at a kick-off rally for the Nuns on the Bus “We the People, We the Voters” bus tour.

Biden's use of the word "Orient" was widely mentioned on social media. Some quickly denounced it.

"Vice President Joe Biden's insensitive remarks are offensive to both Asian-Americans and our Asian allies abroad," said Ninio Fetalvo, the Republican National Committee Asian American and Pacific Islander spokesman, in a statement. "His comment is not only disrespectful but also uses unacceptable imperialist undertones." Fetalvo called on Biden to apologize.

Hours earlier, Biden had walked back his use of the word "Shylocks" in a Tuesday speech, after the head of a major Jewish organization criticized him for it.

I can almost hear the screams from President Obama's strategy room:

"Who left the closet unlocked?  I want that effing idiot fired.  NOW!  We managed to keep Biden stuffed away for almost the entire campaign season, and look what happened when he got out.  In JUST ONE DAY!  From now on three people are on BCD (Biden Closet Detail), not just one.  And, for God sake,  NO SUGAR IN HIS COFFEE!"

Me? I hope he escapes again. 

Not for nothing do I call him Jackass Joe. And I certainly never said it wasn't entertaining to hear him in action.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:34 AM   Add Comment

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

UH......MISS GARRETT.....?

Ken Berwitz

On July 7th, I blogged about the smug assurance given us about a possible ebola outbreak. from Laurie Garrett, a Senior Fellow on global health at the Council of Foreign Relations who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for chronicling an ebola outbreak in the Congo. 

Here is what Ms. Garrett had to say at that time:

"I think the last thing we need to be concerned about is 'oh, will ebola come to America'. So let's just take that off the table for now and get real.

"Getting real is, we have an unprecedented situation that's very hard to forecast, because we've never had urban ebola before as well as rural. We've never had a situation where ebola's coming out of the rainforest, and the rainforest happens to cut across all three of the countries. So we don't actually know how many of these cases are reintroductions from the wild bats and monkeys that usually are the transmitters of this really rare virus in humans. The third thing is, it's cross-border we've never had that situation before..."

My reaction at the time was:

Am I missing something here?  How can Ms. Garrett first tell us it is ridiculous to consider the possibility that ebola will come to America - "...let's just take that off the table for now and get real"....

....and then, her very next words are that we have an unprecedented situation (i.e. one we've never seen play out before) in which ebola is in urban areas (i.e. places where business people might travel to, and then travel to America)". 

If that isn't self-contradictory, I'd love to know what is.

Well now, two months later, as the ebola outbreak has become so widespread and so intense that there are predictions millions of people will die because of it, we have this, excerpted from Al Weaver's article at dailycaller.com - and please pay special attention to the part I've put in bold print:

According to an Ebola expert, the porous U.S.-Mexico border is creating issues that could lead to widespread contraction of Ebola, tuberculosis and a mystery respiratory disease.

Dr. Jane Orient, the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, told Laura Ingraham’s radio show Wednesday that children who have crossed the border and are now in American schools, could spread the trio of viruses as the illegal children may not have been screened or quarantined thoroughly.

According to Orient, the current situation America faces is a "public health nightmare" and that almost all cases of tuberculosis in America are brought to the country via "foreign born individuals."

Orient also warned against the possibility of Ebola being spread in America, stating that illegal children "could be" infecting other students, and that "it only takes one infected child."

"We don't know for sure the government is being real tight-lipped about this. It only takes one infected child to infect the whole classroom. [...] One infected child can infect somebody else and eventually you have thousands of cases being admitted to the hospital," Orient told the radio host.

Asking Laurie Garrett:  are you still as smugly self-assured as you were in early July?  Is ebola still the last thing we have to worry about?  Do you still think we should "get real" and forget about the possibility of it hitting our shores?

I suggest Ms. Garrett rethink those comments. 

And I insist that - if, God forbid, ebola becomes a domestic horror show because President Obama allowed illegals to enter the USA and be distributed around the country at taxpayer expense, while congresspeople who wanted to inspect where they were being held were prevented from doing so - he be made to answer for his actions...

...along with his Accomplice Media, which have looked the other way, thus allowing him to do it.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 20:08 PM   Add Comment

THE PUBLIC'S REACTION TO MASS MEDIA

Ken Berwitz

I'll make this short and sweet.

Then next time someone tells you they heard on TV, or read in the newspaper, about how low the public's opinion of congress is, mention the following Gallup poll to them:

Americans' Trust in the Mass Media

That 40% is an all-time low for the 17 years Gallup has asked this question.

And the next time someone tells you that media are not biased in favor of Democrats, ask them how come, when responses to the above question are separated by party, they come out this way:

Trust in Mass Media, by Party

As you can see, the only reason trust and confidence in mass media is anywhere near even the abysmal 40% level, is because Democrats are far more ok with what they broadcast and print - about 20% higher - than the average of non-Democrats.  Now why do you suppose Democrats are so much happier with mass media than non-Democrats?

Point made?  I kinda thought so.

End of blog.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 15:21 PM   Add Comment

SHANEEN ALLEN (CONT.): THE POWER OF SHAME

Ken Berwitz

When it comes to getting people to rethink their actions, few things are more powerful than shame.

And I can't help thinking that shame - quite possibly along with some long-overdue pressure from Trenton - is motivating District Attorney/prosecutor jim mcclain to "rehthink" his obsessive pursuit of Shaneen Allen.  Ms. Allen, as regular readers of this blog know, is the young mother of two whom he wants to jail for 3 1/2 - 10 years because she informed a New Jersey police officer she had a legally obtained gun in her possession - unaware that the permit for that gun, obtained in Pennsylvania, would not be recognized in New Jersey.

Excerpted from Linda Cohen's article for the Press of Atlantic City:

Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain told a judge his office is reviewing its position in the case of a Philadelphia mother facing prison time for bringing her legally owned gun into New Jersey.

Shaneen Allen, 27, was arrested last year after she was pulled over Oct. 1 on the Atlantic City Expressway in Hamilton Township, and told the state trooper she had her gun and a concealed carry permit with her. She says she did not know it was illegal to bring the gun into New Jersey.

McClain has faced criticism for denying Allen admission into a diversion program that would allow her to complete a program and avoid prosecution. It is a stance the prosecutor has taken in most of these cases, under the state's strict Graves Act.

"I am presently in the process of reviewing our office's position on the appropriate resolution of this matter," McClain wrote in a letter sent last week to Superior Court Judge Michael Donio.

He asked that the case be adjourned for three weeks to allow the review. Donio granted the request.

Yeah, great idea. You "review our office's position", jim. Nice of you to consider doing so after putting Ms. Allen through hell for almost a year, knowing that, as a single mother working at two different jobs, she could not possibly have the resources to effectively fight back.

Now how about you "review our office's position" on ray rice, the guy you needed no review at all to give that diversion program to - after he punched his girlfriend unconscious and dragged her by the hair out of an Atlantic City elevator.  Even if it is too late to reverse your overt show of deference to an undeserving football star,  can we, at the very least, hear a few words of remorse about it.

I'm sure Shaneen Allen would like to hear those words, as a tiny consolation while she tries to put her life back together again - assuming your office review doesn't result in continuing to treat her like an unrepentant felon instead of a hard-working woman trying to protect herself, that is.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 12:28 PM   1 comment

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