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Friday, 18 April 2014

COOKING THE COOK COUNTY MURDER RATE

Ken Berwitz

No excerpts here.  Just a link to David Bernstein and Noah Isackson's devastating article for Chicago Magazine, on how Chicago's crime statistics are being cooked to make it appear that there are far fewer murders in the city than there actually are.

Click here to read all about it.  I can guarantee you won't be bored.  But I can't at all guarantee you won't be outraged.

It is hard to think of a more disgraceful sham than to give people the false sense of security which this article shows to be concocted out of thin air. 

By doing so, the responsible parties - and how can they not include Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Chief Garry McCarthy - endanger every decent Chicagoan (and, as someone with a 33 year business association with the city, I know that a large majority of them are decent people.

To every resident and every visitor:  do not believe what you are being told by these frauds.  Do not be gulled into thinking that it is significantly safer in Chicago than it was in previous years.  Do not let your guard down. 

"Better safe than sorry" may be a cliche.  But it is a damn good one.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 17:31 PM   Add Comment

SNOWDEN JOB

Ken Berwitz

Remember edward snowden?  The guy who took all those classified documents and absconded to Russia?

Well get ready for a big surprise (if you are very gullible, that is):  he is now a willing acolyte of Russian president vladimir "KGB" putin.

Excerpted from Hadas Gold's article at politico.com:

Edward Snowden defended his participation in an annual Russian telecast with Vladimir Putin on Thursday, a move that many described as a clear propaganda effort by the Russians, with Snowden as their pawn.

In an op-ed for The Guardian, the newspaper that originally published his first leaks, Snowden said he asked about Russia's surveillence in order to push the conversation and Putin's response into the public dialogue.

"I expected that some would object to my participation in an annual forum that is largely comprised of softball questions to a leader unaccustomed to being challenged," he wrote. "But to me, the rare opportunity to lift a taboo on discussion of state surveillance before an audience that primarily views state media outweighed that risk. Moreover, I hoped that Putin's answer - whatever it was - would provide opportunities for serious journalists and civil society to push the discussion further."

After Snowden's surprise appearance at the annual television "town hall" with Putin, several critics said that Snowden was clearly being used by the Russians as part of a public relations stunt.

"Sorry, Snowden: Putin lied to you about his surveillance state - and made you a pawn of it," Eli Lake wrote in The Daily Beast, before detailing how the Russians monitor activities within their country and beyond. 

Don't bother telling snowden that, Eli.  He knows. 

 edward snowden is a lot of things, but a complete idiot is not one of them.  You can be assured that he knows exactly who and what putin is.

You can also be assured that, as snowden has shown by providing putin with this pathetic dog and pony show, he is far less concerned with government transparency, than he is with showing appreciation to the man who has taken him in and sheltered him from retribution in the United States.

And you can bet that the appreciation is going to keep on coming.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 16:59 PM   Add Comment

HYPOCRISY MATTERS

Ken Berwitz

You can't make this stuff up. 

From Sean Higgins' article at washingtonexaminer.com:

Media Matters for America is apparently resisting an effort by Service Employees International Union Local 500 to unionize its staff.

Last week, the union filed a representation petition with the National Labor Relations Board, indicating that the nonprofit media watchdog organization rejected an effort by the union to organize MMFA's staff through a Card Check election.

Neither Media Matters for America nor Local 500 responded to requests for comment.

MMFA has regularly presented itself as a supporter of organized labor. It has argued that "economists point to declining union participation as one cause of the growing economic rift in America" and claimed it was a fact that "unions increase productivity [and] do not reduce business competitiveness."

So Media Matters, that champion of unions, suddenly becomes Scab City when a union comes knocking at its doors.

Evidently, based on its own philosophy as noted in the above excerpt, Media Matters prefers lower productivity.  Go figger. 

You've heard of NAMBY (Not In My Back Yard) hypocrisy?  This, seems to be a case of NFMBS (Not For My Blog Staff).

Just imagine what Media Matters would say if the organization pulling the rug out from SEIU was Fox News (and don't stop laughing on my account).

Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:39 AM   Add Comment

THE UKRAINIAN JEWISH REGISTRY

Ken Berwitz

From Oren Dorell's article in USA Today:

World leaders and Jewish groups condemned a leaflet handed out in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk in which Jews were told to "register" with the pro-Russian militants who have taken over a government office in an attempt to make Ukraine part of Russia, according to Ukrainian and Israeli media.

Jews emerging from a synagogue say they were handed leaflets that ordered the city's Jews to provide a list of property they own and pay a registration fee "or else have their citizenship revoked, face deportation and see their assets confiscated," reported Ynet News, Israel's largest news website, and Ukraine's Donbass news agency.

Is this true? Is the Ukraine regressing back to 1930s Germany?

I don't know one way or the other. 

Let's remember that Russia - Vladimir Putin's Russia - has taken Crimea from The Ukraine, massed its troops on the Ukrainian border, and has its thugs within the country attacking Ukrainian police stations, military facilities, etc.

Would it surprise me if this is a strategy by the KGB operative turned President, Putin, to create a "reason" for invading?  Not at all.  I trust Putin as far as I can throw him.  And I have no doubt that he would have no problem using Jews as the basis to do so.

For these reasons, I will wait to see how this plays out before coming to any conclusions....and suggest that you do too.

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UPDATE:  From Sam Sokol's article at the Jerusalem Post:

Leaflets calling on Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk to register themselves with pro-Russian separatists may not be the work of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic, Jewish groups have said.

Pro-Russian militias, allegedly with Russian backing, are currently occupying government buildings in several eastern Ukrainian cities. Ukrainian attempts to dislodge the secessionists have thus far been unsuccessful, with rebels disarming Ukrainian troops sent to stop them as well as capturing a number of armored vehicles.

Ukrainian Jews have indicated that they are unsure of the flyer's provenance, telling The Jerusalem Post that it is impossible to determine its connection to the separatists.

Speaking to the Post by phone from Kiev, Eduard Dolinsky of the Ukrainian Jewish Committee said that the flyers appeared to be a provocation, but it was impossible to say who was responsible.

Rabbi Pinchas Vyshetsky, a resident of Donetsk, also called the flyers a provocation and theorized that it could be the work of "anti-Semites looking to hitch a ride on the current situation."

Chief Rabbi Yaakov Dov Bleich has blamed the Russians for a series of anti-Semitic attacks in Kiev over the past several months, linking them to Russian President Vladimir Putin's comments on protecting Russian speakers, Jews and ethnic minorities as the rationale for his annexation of the Ukrainian region of Crimea.

The flyers in Donetsk may be a Ukrainian effort to do the same to Russia, Dr. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center said.

Let's wait and see who, if anyone, takes "credit" for this sick, nazi-like tactic...and who, if anyone, exploits it for their own ends.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:49 AM   1 comment

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from the re-doubtable* Jay Carney, President Obama's Press Secretary, during a discusson, yesterday, at George Washington University:

"I remember we had some discussion during 2012 about well, is it appropriate for the president, the sitting president and candidate, to give interviews with Jon Stewart and others. And the answer was yes, again because the young voters we were trying to reach are more likely to watch The Daily Show than some other news shows. But also, I think if you look back at 2012 and the series of interviews the sitting president of the United States gave, probably the toughest interview he had was with Jon Stewart. Probably the most substantive, challenging interview Barack Obama had in the election year was with the anchor of The Daily Show."

In that one statement, Carney - not meaning to, I assure you - indicted mainstream media as directly as any Obama critic could.

The toughest interview Barack Obama got was from one of his supporters, who does a comedy show? What does that tell you about the treatment he was afforded by mainstream media?

I award Quote Of The Day honors to Jay Carney for making the egregious mistake of telling the truth by exposing how valuable President Obama's Accomplice Media was to his re-election campaign.  The fact that Carney certainly did not mean for it to come out that way?  Think of it as an extra bonus.

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*I have the hyphen in there because the actual word, "redoubtable", means formidable/impressive/worthy of respect - which does not fit here. 

I created re-doubtable to mean something that you would do well to doubt, and then doubt again - which, based on five years of experience, would include just about everything that emanates from anyone in this administration.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 07:38 AM   Add Comment

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

SHUTTING IT DOWN FOR ONE DAY

Ken Berwitz

There will be no blogging from now through tomorrow.

My beautiful mother - who was as sweet and gentle a woman as God ever put on this earth, a dedicated mother (she had to be with the three children she had - especially me) and an amazingly gifted musician, has passed away.

We are laying her to rest tomorrow.  

The blog will resume on Friday.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 19:32 PM   6 comments

THE VOTING RIGHTS LIES (DOES THIS ADMINISTRATION EVER TELL THE TRUTH?)

Ken Berwitz

Here is the latest pack of lies from the Obama administration...which will have to squish in with all the others...less and less room in that department.

Excerpted from Hans von Spakovsky and Peter McGinley's devastating article at heritage.org:

Last Friday, in a speech at Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference, President Obama proudly announced that the Justice Department had taken on more than 100 voting rights cases since 2009. The problem with that claim is that, since 2009, the Justice Department has taken on only 39 voting rights cases-and as former Voting Section lawyer Christian Adams points out, only 13 were related to protecting minority voting rights. And, with respect to some of the cases in which the department has been involved, it lost spectacularly-such as its false claim that South Carolina's voter ID law was discriminatory.

In fact, the ever-criticized Bush administration had a much better enforcement record with much higher case numbers than the Obama administration, as was outlined in a report released by the Justice Department's Inspector General in March 2013.

Al Sharpton's National Action Network conference in New York City, where Bertha Lewis, the former CEO of ACORN, an organization convicted of numerous voter registration frauds, participated in a panel discussion earlier in the week, was the perfect arena for the President's inaccurate claims.

Consider also that Al Sharpton keynoted a voting rights rally in Ohio this March where convicted voting fraudster and former Ohio poll worker Melowese Richardson was brought onto the stage and given a hero's welcome. Sharpton embraced Richardson, despite her 2013 sentencing in state court for six counts of voter fraud...

...it is worth noting that Melowese Richardson was never charged by the Justice Department-even though she admitted, on camera, to having voted for President Obama multiple times in 2012, which is a felony under federal law.

If the DOJ is going to ignore cases in which voter fraud is being openly admitted, their prosecution statistics will continue to lose any semblance of credibility.

In my opinion, the sole voting-rights interest of Barack Obama and his disgraceful toady of an Attorney General, eric holder, is to make sure that Democrats get as many votes as they can by just about any means they can get them.  And this article brings it home with crystal clarity.

Now:  grow old waiting for most mainstream media to report these findings - which were as easily available to them as they were to Mr. von Spakovsky and Mr. McGinley.  

Nope, not important enough.  Put it in the etc. file, along with lois lerner's incriminating emails and the changing of census data so we can't check ObamaCare enrollment nu.....

....oh, what's that you say?  Someone asked Chris Christie a question about the closure of George Washington Bridge lanes?  HOLD THE PRESSES.  This is real news!! 

Hopelessly Partisan @ 17:47 PM   1 comment

IS THIS A NEW SPECIES?

Ken Berwitz

From our pal Public Relations Ann, comes this fascinating picture...and anatomical speculation:

Laugh for the night!

Spotted in East LA, Possibly a new species!
 

They are referred to as homo slackass-erectus created by natural genetic downward evolution through constant spineless posturing and spasmodic upper limb gestures, which new research has shown to cause shorter legs and an inability to ambulate other than in an awkward shuffling gait.

 The "drag-crotch" shape also seems to effect brain function. Expect no eye contact or intelligent verbal communication. History shows that this species mostly receives food stamps and full government care. Unfortunately most are highly fertile.


Is this a new species?  If so, I hope my grandchildren don't mate with one.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 16:21 PM   Add Comment

UNITED STATES HEALTH INITIATIVES BS

Ken Berwitz

The phone just rang.  I picked it up and got a heavily-accented, probably Pakistani or Indian, voice said "Hello Kenneth (the immediate tip-off that this is a BS call - no one I know ever calls me Kenneth), how are you today"? 

I asked "What can I do for you?", and the voice, for some reason re-starting his script, said "Hello Kenneth", to which I broke in and again asked "What can I do for you?"

The voice said "I am Charles Smith from United States Health Initiatives...." at which point I summarily hung up.

Charles Smith.  Ok, sure.

The only reason "Charles" lasted that long was that I wanted to hear the name of the company being touted, so I could pass it along in case you get a similar BS call.

End of blog.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 14:00 PM   1 comment

THE AL-QAEDA MEETING, AND VIDEO TAPE

Ken Berwitz

al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization responsible for, among many other things, 9/11, had a major meeting in Yemen recently, during which it pledged to hit the USA.

The meeting was videotaped.  Very professional quality.  Clearly, there was no concern at all that there would be repercussions from the United States or anyone else.

Click here to read Barbara Starr's unsettling article about the meeting at cnn.com, and see the video tape:

At this point you may be wondering how it is possible for al-qaeda to have had such a meeting, since President Obama assured us during the 2012 campaign that he had virtually decimated the group. 

Well, if President Obama had told the truth about al-qaeda - or, for that matter, anything else - you would have a point.  But since he did not - al-qaeda and its offshoots were then, as they are now, fully operational - the meeting should not surprise you at all.

What will President Obama say if al-qaeda makes good on its threat and "successfully" hits us?  And who will believe it?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 13:20 PM   Add Comment

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