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Saturday, 01 August 2015

MSNBC-CHANGE (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

Ronan Farrow.  Joy Ann Reid.  Now Alex Wagner, Ed Schultz, and the four regulars from The Cycle - Abby Huntsman, Toure Neblett, Ari Melber and Krystal Ball.  All Gone.

To be replaced by Thomas Roberts (two hours a day, and he's already on), Chuck Todd (who, when not on MSNBC, is overseeing the continued decline in Meet The Press ratings) , Brian Williams (will he be doing segments on his past exploits?)  and who knows who else.

Is it just me, or does that not look promising for the network?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:15 AM   Add Comment

OIL UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil bouncing in the $47 - $49 range for the past week. 

Currently at $47.12, which is 23% lower than it was just five weeks ago. 

But gasoline prices have barely dropped at all.

Draw your own conclusions.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:45 AM   Add Comment

BALTIMORE UPDATE

Ken Berwitz

Since most mainstream media have moved on from the freddie gray - Baltimore police story....just about the time that evidence started emerging which put the negative light on the city's Mayor, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, and the State's Attorney, Marilyn Mosby...I thought I'd give you an update.

-In July Baltimore had 45 homicides - the largest number for any month in 43 years.

-The total number of murders through July is 189 - compared to 119 through July of last year.  That's a 59% jump.

-And the total number of non-fatal shootings, 366 through July - is 83% higher than the 200 through July of last year.

So what does Mayor Rawlings-Blake have to say about this?

"Too many continue to die on our streets.  Families are tired of dealing with this pain, and so am I. Recent events have placed an intense focus on our police leadership, distracting many from what needs to be our main focus: the fight against crime."

Great speech.  Now:  what are you DOING about it, Ms. Rawlings-Blake - other than telling police to stand down so the people rioting, looting and burning Baltimore down after Freddie Gray's death, would have "space to destroy" to their hearts' content?

There's your update. 

How lucky Baltimore is to have such leadership.........

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:59 AM   1 comment

HILLARY CLUMSY

Ken Berwitz

I have often blogged about the fact - at least I consider it one - that, while Hubby Bubba is a great politician, amazingly fast on his feet, Hillary Clinton is a lousy on, plodding and self-destructive.

Here is the latest (but, I assure you, far from the last) example.

On Tuesday, Ms. Clinton had this to say about the devastatingly gruesome and incriminating Planned Parenthood videos: 

"I have seen pictures from them and I obviously find them disturbing."

Then, Planned Parenthood, a long-time supporter of Clinton and the recipient of millions and millinos of dollars from The Clinton Foundation, reacted, shall we say, somewhat negatively.

So, Thursday, Ms. Clinton tweeted this: 

"Proud to stand w/Planned Parenthood & for access to quality, affordable healthcare for women, men & young people"

Presto, changeo.  Not a word about those "disturbing" videos.  No demand that they be explained.  Planned Parenthood is the most wonderful thing that ever happened to us.

Clumsy enough for you?   If so, keep watching because, this being Hillary Clinton, there's going to be plenty more where that came from.

Hillary Clinton inevitable?  Believe me, she's evitable.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:44 AM   Add Comment

A HEADS-UP FOR PRESIDENT HUBRIS

Ken Berwitz

President Obama, on Tuesday:

"I actually think I'm a pretty good President. I think if I ran, I could win"

The results of a national Rasmussen poll of 1,000 voters, conducted Tuesday and Wednesday, asking whether they would vote President Obama if he were able to run for a third term:

Yes:  30%

No:   63%

Hubris, anyone?

 

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:16 AM   Add Comment

ZIMBABWE'S EXTRADITION DEMAND

Ken Berwitz

It is now being reported that Zimbabwe is demanding the extradition of Dr. Walter Palmer to face what laughingly passes for its justice system.

As you probably know, Palmer is the Minnesota Dentist who went to Zimbabwe to shoot and kill a trophy animal, and wound up killing "Cecil the Lion", which, we are told, was an iconic creature which should not have been shot at all.

Let me stop here and point out that I think Walter Palmer, whose idea of a good time is to hunt down and kill an animal which is defenseless against human weaponry, is a world class jerk.  And that, believe me, is the nicest thing I can say about anyone who does the same.   Killing for food is understandable.  Killing for sport is unconscionable.

That said, however, why did Palmer go to Zimbabwe to kill a lion? 

The answer:  because it is LEGAL to go to Zimbabwe and kill a lion.  All you need is the proper documentation (which, I'm sure you have already guessed, costs a lot of money) and the assistance of guides who can take you to an animal you can kill (which, I'm sure you have already guessed, costs a lot more money).

Want to know how much?  The going rate for a 10 day "find 'em and kill 'em" safari in Zimbabwe is US $49,000.  Palmer claims to have paid $55,000.

The only reason that Walter Palmer killed Cecil The Lion is because the guides he paid for took him to Cecil instead of a different lion.

And the only reason any lion or other animal in Zimbabwe is killed for sport, is that Zimbabwe legally allows it and profits handsomely from it.

So now, embarrassed by the fact that Cecil's killing has exposed its dirty "pay to slay" industry, Zimbabwe is effecting outrage, and wants to divert attention from its own policy by putting the wood to Palmer, whose $55,000 it happily took for the legal "right" to do what he did?

Zimbabwe's government should be told by the Obama administration, in whatever diplomatic language it can devise - or maybe no diplomatic language at all - to go screw itself.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:20 AM   3 comments

Friday, 31 July 2015

MARILYN MOSBY - WHO IS THAT JAIL CELL FOR?

Ken Berwitz

Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby has cells ready for each of the Baltimore 6 - the police officers she is charging with various felonies related to the death of Freddie Gray.

Does she have one ready for herself?  Because if what you are about to read is true, there is every reason for charges - serious charges - to be filed against her.

From Kevin Rector and Allison Knezevich's article at the Baltimore Sun:

Prosecutors have information indicating that Freddie Gray "attempted to injure himself" during a previous arrest, but have intentionally withheld it from their criminal case against the six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray's apprehension and death in April, the officers' attorneys said in a court filing Thursday.

"Based upon information and belief, the State's Attorney's Office was informed of this fact, yet failed to disclose to the Defendants any statements, reports, or other communications relating to this information," they wrote.

In their filing Thursday, the defense attorneys said prosecutors have withheld "multiple witness statements from individuals who stated that Mr. Gray was banging and shaking the van at various points" after his arrest April 12, as well as "police reports, court records, and witness statements indicating that on prior occasions, Mr. Gray had fled from police and attempted to discard drugs."

The defense attorneys also said that Mosby failed to disclose her office's participation in a "private meeting" with Assistant Medical Examiner Carol Allan before receiving Gray's autopsy report, which ruled his death a homicide.

They also said Mosby was told by police that a knife found on Gray was spring-assisted - and thus illegal - before she brought charges against the officers.

In announcing the charges on May 1, Mosby said the knife was legal, and Gray should not have been arrested.

Is this true? 

We already knew that Mosby either lied about spring-action knife Gray had or was ignorant of Baltimore's laws making it illegal.

But did Freddy Gray have a history of intentionally trying to injure himself while in custody - maybe because he was high on the drugs he was selling, or maybe because he figured it might get him a lawsuit against Baltimore and a fat settlement at the end of the rainbow?  Did Marilyn Mosby have this information, so obviously critical to the case given that gray died of injuries inflicted while he was in police custody - and intentionally withhold it from the defense attorneys?

And did did freddie gray do exactly this while in police custody on April 12th?  Are there witnesses who said he did, who Mosby has kept under wraps?

I have to believe that if these allegations are true, these are serious actionable offenses which Mosby must answer for - after either immediately resigning her post as State Attorney or, at the very least, recusing herself from this case.

Stay tuned.  This could get very hot very fast.

 

Hopelessly Partisan @ 18:54 PM   Add Comment

HILLARY'S EMAIL SCANDAL - HUGE, AND GROWING

Ken Berwitz

How big is Hillary Clinton's email scandal?

Read this excerpt from John Solomon and S. A. Miller's article at the Washington Times and then you tell me:.

The U.S. intelligence community is bracing for the possibility that former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private email account contains hundreds of revelations of classified information from spy agencies and is taking steps to contain any damage to national security, according to documents and interviews Thursday.

The top lawmakers on the House and Senate intelligence committee have been notified in recent days that the extent of classified information on Mrs. Clinton’s private email server was likely far more extensive than the four emails publicly acknowledged last week as containing some sensitive spy agency secrets.

A U.S. official directly familiar with the notification, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity, said the notification of possibly hundreds of additional emails with classified secrets came from the State Department Freedom of Information Act office to the Office of Inspector General for the Director of National Intelligence.

Simply stated, this scandal is:

-Huge and getting bigger.

-Ugly, and getting uglier.

-Damaging and getting more damaging - not just to the Clinton campaign but to the country.

Hillary Clinton inevitable?  Believe me, she's evitable..

 

 

Hopelessly Partisan @ 13:30 PM   2 comments

THE TWEET OF THE YEAR

Ken Berwitz

From George H. W., - the first President Bush - who did a successful skydive at age 90, but had an in-home accident and broke a bone in his neck a few weeks ago:

"Who knew jumping out of planes was safer than getting out of bed?  Thanks to all for your kind get-well messages."

I love it.

FYI:  Mr. Bush is expected to fully recover.  That is great news. 

Looking forward to your 95 year jump, Mr. President.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:42 AM   Add Comment

HILLARY CLINTON: EVITABLE (CONT.)

Ken Berwitz

I was up early this morning, and watched about 15 minutes of "Morning Joe".  I could barely believe what I was hearing. 

Joe Scarborough, and his dyed-in-the-wool Democrat co-host Mika Brzezinski, and everyone else on the panel, was absolutely skewering Hillary Clinton for her lies about the emails on her personal server...and the fact that she told lie after lie even though there was virtually no doubt that information would soon come out disproving those lies.

Then they referenced the just-released Quinnipiac poll, which shows Ms. Clinton's favorability at an all-time low for that poll (just 40%, to 51% unfavorable) and the borderline-devastating finding that just 37% see her as "honest and trustworthy" versus 57% saying she is not. 

Even on the issue of "caring about their needs and problems" - the hallmark of her entire campaign so far - 52% say she does not.

The "Morning Joe" people, at least during the segment I watched, stuck almost exclusively to her email problems.  But, if that 52% saying she doesn't care about their needs and problems is accurate, it exposes a far deeper problem. 

Hillary Clinton has been in the public eye for upwards of 30 years.  This is not some snapshot imagery of a newcomer that can be wiped away with a few slick ads and clever turns of phrase in a stump speech.  This is where people have come to, and settled on, about her. 

Tell me what Hillary Clinton can do after all this time, to make people like her?  To make people think she is honest?  To make people think that she truly cares about them? 

And let's remember that is before a major alternative jumps into the Democrat race - while it is still mostly Bernie Sanders. 

What happens when a real opponent - Joe Biden, for example - jumps into the race. What happens when a serious candidate - other than the curiosity and entertainment value of Donald Trump - emerges?  What happens when they start talking about, reminding people about, why they find Ms. Clinton so unfavorable after all this time?

Hillary Clinton inevitable?  Believe me, she's evitable.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:35 AM   1 comment

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