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Friday, 31 October 2014

"SHE CAN CANCEL OUT YOUR VOTE" ALERT

Ken Berwitz

I think I'm going to start a new series:  "He/She Can Cancel Out Your Vote".  This one is reserved for people who make especially dumb comments - members of the low information, or no information, or wrong information, or make-it-up-as-you-go-along information crowd.

Let's kick it off with Lizz Winstead - who is living proof that people who are unpleasant, unfunny with farbissoner* pusses can successfully write comedy.

Ms. Winstead was on Joy Reid's show today, and was asked why she thought Wendy Davis is losing so badly in her race to become Governor of Texas. 

Winstead's answer:  "Y'know, redistricting is redistricting"

Uh, Lizz........y'know.........

If you're talking about a statewide race, redistricting has exactly nothing whatsoever to do with anything.  

Let me explain:  statewide, there is one district in Texas.  It is called Texas. There are no votes by boundaries within the state. They just count up the votes, no matter what part of Texas they come from, and whoever has more of them wins.  Got it?

But Lizz Winstead, "knowing" the effect of redistricting on a statewide election, gets as many votes as you or I do.  So she can cancel out the vote of someone who knows what he/she is talking about.

Yikes.

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*For anyone who does not know, "farbissoner' is Yiddish for perpetually unhappy/miserable.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 17:10 PM   Add Comment

NONEXISTENT VOTER FRAUD (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Terrific - if unsettling - editorial in yesterday's Investors Business Daily.

Please read it all, by clicking here

But let me give you a few highlights (or is that lowlights?):

How Many Elections Will The Democrats Steal?

The Virginia Voters Alliance (VVA) cross-checked jury duty forms with individual voting records and found that hundreds of voters in that one Maryland county cast votes after reporting they were noncitizens.

Based on the number of these unqualified voters in Frederick County, it is estimated that up to 7% of Maryland's registered voters could be illegal immigrants, enough to swing elections.

...when the VVA cross-checked voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland, it announced that it had turned up 44,000 people registered to vote in both states at the same time. The group also identified 31,000 dead voters via the Social Security Administration's Death Master File.

Maryland has also produced cases of "calibration error," where a person casting a vote sees in the voting summary the machines display that the vote has been counted for their candidate's opponent. In Illinois, when Illinois Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan voted early, he was stunned to find the vote he had cast for himself had been counted as a vote for his rival.

In another episode in downstate Illinois...Bobby Schilling, says he has received 20 reports from supporters who said that when they tried to cast votes for him, their votes were counted for his opponent, incumbent Democratic congresswoman Cheri Bustos.

Kathy Szeliga, a GOP member of Maryland's House of Delegates, told CBS Baltimore reporter Meghan McCorkell that it happened to her.

"I kept pushing the Republican guy's name and the machine kept going beep, beep, beep," as it steadfastly refused to count her vote as cast.

Democrats have long pushed for voting ease at the expense of voting integrity, pushing measures from voting by mail, to Motor Voter laws, to same-day registration, while opposing voter ID laws that require people to show up on election day with proof that they are who they say they are.

The problem of vote fraud does exist, but when all the errors seem to benefit your political party, it's easy to turn a blind eye.

Non-existent voter fraud. There sure is a lot of it.

And, as the folks at IBD say (along with me in a number of previous blogs), all the errors seems to benefit one political party.  Which - suhr-prahz, suhr-prahz - is the party pushing hard to make fraud as easy as possible to accomplish.

Quite a coincidence, wouldn't you say?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 15:03 PM   Add Comment

SCOTT BROWN AND "CANDY" PINDELL

Ken Berwitz

Remember that Presidential debate in 2012, when Candy Crowley - the moderator, who, by definition, could not offer any opinion about what either candidate said - told Mitt Romney he was wrong to say President Obama spent two weeks telling us the Benghazi attack was because of a video, not terrorism?  Remember how President Obama smugly asked her to "say that a little louder", as his supporters gleefully cheered?  And remember how Crowley admitted afterwards.....after the damage was done....that Romney was (I love this fudging of an apology) "right in the main"?

That helped President Obama a lot.

I wonder if New Hampshire's senator, Democrat Jean Shaheen, will be similarly helped by WMUR's James Pindell telling Republican challenger Scott Brown he was wrong about where Sullivan Country is in relation to Concord....and then, after the damage was done, admitting that Brown was right.

During last night's debate Brown referred to Sullivan County as north of Concord.  Pindell - a debate questioner, not a debate participant - informed him it was west, not north. 

Is this a big deal?  You bet it is  One of the main attacks on Scott Brown is that he is a "carpetbagger" from Massachusetts who doesn't have an attachment to New Hampshire (FYI:  Jean Shaheen grew up in Missouri and Pennsylvania, then Mississippi, and did not live in New Hampshire until she was 26 years old).

But was Brown correct?

Well, if you draw a line due west from Concord, you will see that a large majority of Sullivan County - 3/4 or more - is north of the city.  Here's the map; see for yourself.

New Hampshire County Map

This was egregious enough for Pindell, later on - but, as with Candy Crowley, after the damage was done - to make the following admission:

"I said that Sullivan County was west of Concord, not north of Concord. The truth is, it's both. So on this point, Scott Brown was right, I was wrong, and I apologize to Scott Brown and to both campaigns."

Apologize to BOTH campaigns?  This partisan jerk ignores his neutral position as a panelist to accuse Brown of not knowing the geography of the state - thus giving ammunition to every Shaheen supporter - and he is apologizing to SHAHEEN?  

Pindell doesn't owe Shaheen an apology.  Shaheen owes Pindell a big, wet kiss and a steak dinner.

The left wing blogosphere, not at all surprisingly, has jumped all over this, by picking up only on Pindell's accusation - and either downplaying or not even mentioning his later apology.

Here are just two examples (among many others):

-Scott Brown's Carpetbagging Comes Back To Haunt Him ...

-Scott Brown Tackles New Hampshire Geography In Final ...

So there you have it.  Another "Candy Crowley" moment.  Maybe enough to take Brown, who had pulled about even with Shaheen in the polls, down enough so that he will lose a race he otherwise might have won.

What a proud moment for James Pindell.  And for WMUR, the station he works for.

Wouldn't it be refreshing - just to even things out a little - if this happened a few times to Democrats as well?

Why do you suppose it never seems to?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 13:18 PM   Add Comment

CAN SOMEONE INTRODUCE MR. HAGEL TO MR. OBAMA?

Ken Berwitz

Two days ago President Obama "assailed" ebola quarantines

His reasons? 

"We don't just react based on our fears. We react based on facts and judgnment and making smart decisions"

Today, we have this from Tom Vanden Brook's article at USA Today:

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday defended the Pentagon's decision to isolate troops for 21 days after they return from Ebola duty in West Africa.

Hagel earlier this week signed off on the recommendation from the Joint Chiefs of Staff that goes beyond guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Isolating troops for 21 days even without symptoms of the disease, Hagel said, was a "smart, wise, prudent, disciplined, science-oriented decision."

Can someone arrange to have these two fellows meet?  I'll bet they can find something to talk about.

And while we're waiting for that meeting, can we agree that this administration is an absolute, unadulterated (and, to a large degree un-adult) mess?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:04 AM   Add Comment

THE INSURANCE CANCELLATION NOTICES: HAVE THEY BEEN SENT?

Ken Berwitz

Excerpted from my blog of October 9th:

 as things now stand, 13 states, and Washington DC will be cancelling the health insurance of hundreds of thousands of people at the end of the month - because they do not comply with the requirements of ObamaCare.

...federal law mandates that people whose policies will be canceled must be notified at least 60 days beforehand.  And 60 days before December 31 is November 2 - two days before the election.

I await Mr. Obama's attempt - probably successful, given the fact that so much of what passes for mainstream media will look the other way on his behalf - to make good and sure those notices do not go out when federal law says they must.

Those notices should already have been received by the "lucky winners" who now have to scramble for other insurance.  By law they must be received no later than Sunday.

Have they even been sent?

And where are our wonderful "neutral" media on this?  Have you seen, heard or read any mention of this deadline?  Whether policyholders affected by this have been formally notified?  Or, if so, how many have lost their insurance - insurance this administration told us flat-out they could keep - possibly with a reminder that every Democrat senator up for re-election voted for ObamaCare?

Sadly, this is what our media have become. Propagandists posing as journalists.

But listen to them squeal like stuck pigs if you call them biased.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:33 AM   Add Comment

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote - and it is as breathtakingly stupid a quote as we are going to see in this election campaign - comes to us from Louisiana's incumbent Democrat Senator, Mary Landrieu, who surely should have known better than to say it.

Ms. Landrieu is in the battle of her political life against Republican challenger Bill Cassidy.  Currently, most polls show her losing substantially - although if neither gets a majority of votes (a real possibility given the level of support for third-party candidate/Tea Party favorite Rob Maness), there will be a subsequent runoff on December 6th.

With these factors in mind - and knowing that, as a Democrat, she already has the vast majority of the Black vote sewn up - this, incredibly, is what Ms. Landrieu said in yesterday's interview with NBC's Chuck Todd:

"Let me be very, very honest with you.  The South has not always been the friendliest place for African-Americans. It's been a difficult time for the president to present himself in a very positive light as a leader.

"It has not always been a good place for women, to be able to present ourselves. It's more of a conservative place. So we've had to work a little bit harder on that. But, you know, the people trust me, I believe. Really, they do."

This statement looks like a test to see how many ways a candidate can alienate the voters Ms. Landrieu needs.  If it is, I assure you she gets an A+.

-Regarding Black people, there are only two possible benefits:  get a higher percentage of the vote or increase Black turnout.  Her comments do neither.  Percentage-wise, Ms. Landrieu is already sitting on over 90% of the vote.  Participation-wise, she is not going to boom up turnout by telling Black people that there is racism among White people in the south.  Does Ms. Landrieu think Black southerners do not already believe this; that she's letting them in on something?  

-Regarding White people - the folks she needs to win over - she has just told them that they are a bunch of racists and woman-haters.  Is that supposed to generate support for her candidacy?

There are many criteria for awarding Quote Of The Day honors.  Among them are consummate stupidity and political self-destruction.  Based on those criteria, Mary Landrieu wins, going away - going away being what comments like hers will probably result in after the election takes place.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:54 AM   Add Comment

SCARING VOTERS & THE POWER OF MEDIA BIAS

Ken Berwitz

"Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record".

"We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014."

"If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not."

Do you find that language threatening?  I know I would if I received it from a political party's state committee.

Well, according to the New York Post, that is the language of a mailing sent by New York's Democratic State Committee to residents of Manhattan and Brooklyn - both heavily Democrat-voting, of course - to encourage/bully/scare them into going to the polls.

And, what is the rationale for sending this letter? 

"This flier is part of the nationwide Democratic response to traditional Republican voter-suppression efforts, because Democrats believe our democracy works better when more people vote, not less," said Peter Kauffmann, a committee spokesman.

"The difference between Democrats and Republicans is they don't want people to vote and we want everyone to vote."

There you go.  We Democrats are the good guys.  Unlike Republicans, we want everyone to vote.  And that is why we are...er... sending this letter exclusively to areas where an increased vote total will benefit Democrats.

There is only one reason that the Democrat State Committee has no problem sending out a scare-letter like this:  it is that they are secure in the expectation that mainstream media will not make a thing of it.  Not if Democrats are doing it. 

That is the power of media bias.  It opens the door to using ugly, abusive tactics which, if there were any serious concern that media other than right-leaning venues like the New York Post, maybe Fox News and a few others, were going to be talking about it, would never see the light of day.

And that is perfectly understandable.  Becaust, while it is true that CBS News - New York has a full article about it, neither NBC-New York nor ABC-New York has it on their web page.  And a search of google's first three pages shows no mention by  CBS, NBC or ABC's national news - or the New York Times or Washington Post or any of the other usual suspects.

Looking the other way when this happens is aiding and abetting it.  That's something the media venues I'm referring to apparently do not care about anymore.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:20 AM   Add Comment

Thursday, 30 October 2014

ABOUT THAT VIDEO OF A HOT BABE WALKING IN NYC....

Ken Berwitz

Tell me:  did you need a video to know that a hot looking babe, with big boobs and a tight sweater, who walks through New York and comes across groups of men, is going to hear comments that might relate to the fact that she's a hot looking babe with big boobs and a tight sweater?

Fact of the matter is, with maybe one or two exceptions, the only "catcalls" she got were guys good-naturedly acknowledging that she was hot looking...which she was - and which, of course, was why she was picked for the video. 

Who did you think they'd pick?  This year's winner of the Rosie O'Donnell lookalike contest?

I love the way media are trying to turn this into something more than the most predictable reaction in the world.




Hopelessly Partisan @ 15:17 PM   2 comments

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from Zev Chafets, the American born Israeli official, author and political commentator.

As you may know, Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic has reported that, a senior Obama administration official called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a "chickenshit". (He also informed us that Netanyahu "has no guts", and that President Obama think he "has no political courage" - along with plenty more, which you can read about by clicking here.

Mr, Chafets, has an opinion about how he thinks Prime Minister Netanyahu sees President Obama and his administration.  It is as follows:

"After the American misreading of the Arab spring, the infamous Obama red-line in Syria, U.S. abandonment of Iraq, the chaos in Libya and the American failure to understand, let along contain, Islamic terrorism, this administration is not seen by Jerusalem as a font of wisdom. Nor is its sniping taken seriously."

That gets Quote Of The Day honors because, though I don't know if those are the specific words Prime Minister Netanyahu would use, I like them so much that I don't care.

Congratulations to you, Zev.  Neither you nor Mr. Netanyahu could have said it better.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 14:49 PM   Add Comment

THE END OF MARY BURKE'S CANDIDACY?

Ken Berwitz

Mary Burke is the Democrat candidate for Governor of Wisconsin - which makes her the holy grail on legs to Wisconsin's public sector unions, whose hatred of Republican incumbent Scott Walker makes snakes and mongooses look like they have a mild disagreement by comparison.

Until about a week ago, this was a close race, with polls showing the lead bouncing between Ms. Burke and Mr. Walker...until a couple of days ago, when the Marquette University poll, which had the two in a tie two weeks ago, showed Walker jumping to a 7% lead.

Assuming that poll is accurately showing a sudden, decisive move in Walker's favor, maybe this excerpt from M. D. Kittle's article at wisconsinreporter.com has something to do with it:

In attempting to explain her two-year work hiatus in the early to mid-1990s, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has said she was just burned out after an intense period of leading European operations for Trek Bicycle Corp., her family's Waterloo-based global manufacturer.

In fact, Burke apparently was fired by her own family following steep overseas financial losses and plummeting morale among Burke's European sales staff, multiple former Trek executives and employees told Wisconsin Reporter.

The sales team threatened to quit if Burke was not removed from her position as director of European Operations, according to Gary Ellerman, who served as Trek's human resources director for 12 years. His account was confirmed by three other former employees.

It should be noted that Gary Ellerman is Chairperson of the Jefferson County Republican Party - which, of course, makes his account of things highly suspicious.  On the other hand, as seen in the above excerpt (and elsewhere in the article), Mr. Ellerman's account is corroborated by multiple other sources.

Funny; for some strange reason, Ms. Burke, while claiming her two year hiatus after heading European operations was because she was burned out and needed the time, somehow neglected to mention the part about being canned by her own family for the company's poor performance under her stewardship.

It is still possible that Scott Walker will lose this election to Mary Burke.  No one knows the final tally until there is a final tally.   But if this revelation is not a "last nail in the coffin" for her candidacy, I will be astonished.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:40 AM   Add Comment

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