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Tuesday, 01 September 2015

THE BUSH-TRUMP SMACKDOWN

Ken Berwitz

Jeb Bush has put out a very effective anti-Trump ad, especially if you happen to live in Iowa.  The issue is, whether it benefits Jeb Bush.

Here's the ad:

 

 

As you can see, other than a "Jeb" logo at the very end, Bush has issued a generic anti-Trump ad, showing he has been on both sides of major issues, he identifies significantly as a Democrat rather than a Republican, he has a warm spot in his heart for Hillary Clinton, and - very important, given the fact that it is the first primary state - he specifically separates himself from Iowans.

This, therefore, has the potential to be a very effective ad which might take Trump down a peg or two. 

But since it offers nothing to promote Jeb Bush other than the visual of his logo, it benefits every one of his Republican opponents as much as it benefits him.  And, on the negative side, it guaranteed Trump would fire back with an ad of his own (which he has already done).

Ironically, this could also work in Bush's favor  - partly because, as the old adage goes, bad publicity is the next best thing to good publicity, and partly because the ad is so repulsively unfair to Bush (it suggests he considers illegal aliens who murder people to be loving people) that there could be a pro-Bush backlash. 

But the greater likelihood is that Bush and Trump are hurting each other.

For which every other Republican hopeful owes them a debt of gratitude.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 16:53 PM   Add Comment

THE IRAN "DEAL" - A FRAUD ON THE AMERICAN PEOPLE?

Ken Berwitz

On June 24th, in reaction to Associated Press investigative reporter George Jahn's article about the USA offering high-tech reactors to Iran, and Iran refusing to allow inspections, I wrote this:

According to George Jahn's article for the Associated Press,:

The Barack Obama and John Kerry-led United States, along with other nations that do not give a damn about Israel, are now willing to offer high-tech reactors and other equally potent equipment to Iran, in return for a promise that it won't use them for atomic arms.

This is after Iran's Supreme Leader, ayatollah ali khamenei, informed his "negotiating partners" he would not allow inspections of nuclear facilities or interviews with Iranian scientists...

...not that this matters, since Iran's current "government" has a rich history of ignoring every deal it has agreed to anyway.

My feeling is, why deal with a middleman?

If Barack Obama and John Kerry are going to do this much to facilitate the building of a nuclear weapon - which Iran, as it has promised numerous times, will then drop on Israel - why not just do it ourselves.

Hell, with Obama and Kerry negotiating, we're doing everything but. So why not go all the way?

You can't say it wouldn't be a legacy builder.

On August 19th, in reaction to Mr. Jahn's discovery that a side deal will - incredibly - allow Iran to self-inspect a site it probably is using to develop nuclear weapons, I wrote this:

For anyone still conning him/herself into believing the nuclear "deal" cooked up by Barack Obama and John Kerry is in any way going to impede Iran's development of nuclear weapons...

...here is the first paragraph of George Jahn's article for the Associated Press:

Iran will be allowed to use its own inspectors to investigate a site it has been accused of using to develop nuclear arms, operating under a secret agreement with the U.N. agency that normally carries out such work, according to a document seen by The Associated Press.

Iran will use its own inspectors?????????????????????????????????

That does not even qualify as insane.

If you still think this deal has any validity, other than to validate Iran's well-justified belief that it is dealing with a pair of incompetent, inept jokes, along with a Useless Neutered UN that won't cry a tear if one of its nuclear warheads hits Tel Aviv, I don't know how to reach you.

And today, we have this, excerpted from Fred Fleitz's truly unsettling article at Investors Business Daily:

...the side deals are almost certainly a U.S. initiative to quietly drop the PMD (Possible Military Dimensions) issue by separating it from the nuclear agreement and placing it in a secret IAEA-Iran agreement that the American people and Congress cannot see.

As such, the side deals violate the requirements of the Corker-Cardin bill (the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act), which requires that the administration provide to Congress all documents associated with the Iran nuclear agreement - including all side agreements.

The secret side deals amount to national security fraud by the Obama administration. There are many reasons for members of Congress to vote against the Iran deal, but it's hard to see how anyone in Congress can vote for it in light of this deliberate attempt by the Obama administration to conceal from Congress its effort to drop a crucial benchmark needed to verify Iran's compliance with the agreement.

If people knew just how insane, how dangerous this "deal" is, if they knew just how unprotected it leaves us - and Israel, which Iran is committed to obliterating - and Saudi Arabia, and Jordan, and other countries hated by Iran which would be within its range, they would be outraged.

Lucky for Obama & Co. that mainstream media are barely mentioning the "deal" any more, except to speculate on whether President Obama has enough votes to push it through congress, not what is in it.

If we had serious media, which used investigative reporters like George Jahn, and then reported the stories as they were instead of picking and choosing in an effort to cover the backsides of politicians they preferred, Mr. Obama and Mr. Kerry might be in a lot of trouble right now.....

Hopelessly Partisan @ 15:30 PM   Add Comment

THE QUOTE OF THE DAY

Ken Berwitz

Today's quote comes to us from Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA).  More on him further on, but first his quote, which is about the presidential candidacy of Republican Ben Carson:

"[He] is a very smart, well-educated man and knows exactly what he's doing, when we have Blacks like that trying to tap into the ignorance of people who have been whipped into a frenzy, like a lynch mob, and you go to try to garner support from those folks, I think it's very disappointing that we would have that kind of political discourse going on in this country."

First off, let's think (if thinking is the correct reaction) about this quote.  Can you tell me what Johnson is saying?  Who he is saying it about?  This is about as clear as a mud puddle on asphalt pavement at midnight.

But, then again, why should we expect anything clearer from Hank Johnson?  This is the man who, on March 25th, 2010, actually - no joke, folks - questioned sending too many military personnel and their families to Guam, because the island might capsize.  His exact words:

"My fear is that the whole island will become so overly populated that it will tip over and capsize"

And in case you think I'm misquoting, or that he said it as a sarcastic joke (which his horrified staff and a couple of leftward venues which pose as "fact checkers" tried to pawn off), here is the video:

Now:  why would anyone expect an intelligent comment about anything from this man?

Incidentally, the reason I put up that date is to show you that, after making this comment (and, believe me, it wasn't the only embarrassing thing Johnson has said, not by a long shot), we have gone through the 2010, 2012 and 2014 elections.  In other words, the presumably not ignorant people of Georgia's distict re-elected Johnson three times after he said this.

But then again, these are the same voters who elected and re-elected the hardline racist and anti-Semite cynthia mckinney to congress.  So I guess I shouldn't be surprised.

I award Hank Johnson Quote Of The Day honors for showing us that, even though five years have passed since his Guam-capsize comment, he has fully retained the, er, thinking process which spawned it.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:56 AM   Add Comment

A QUICK QUESTION FOR BARACK OBAMA

Ken Berwitz

As ISIS continues to take over significant parts of a half dozen countries in the Middle East....with clear plans to expand well beyond that area....

....have you started to come up with a plan to do something about it yet....

other than your plan to call it ISIL instead of ISIS, because you think that makes you sound smarter than the rest of us, like you do when you say PAHK-ee-stan and TAHL-ee-ban instead of Pakistan and Taliban?

Whether we like it or not. you're going to be the President for another year and a half.  Don't you think it's time you came up with something?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 10:55 AM   3 comments

THREE QUOTES THAT TELL A SAD STORY

Ken Berwitz

Here are three quotes. Please note the words, who said them and the accompanying notations:

"My good friends, for the second time in our history, a British Prime Minister has returned from Germany bringing peace with honor. I believe it is peace for our time. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Go home and get a nice quiet sleep.": Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister, after signing the Munich Agreement with Hitler in 1938 - which Hitler broke months later.

"This debate has proven to me that America and Israel are fortunate to have so many passionate, diverse voices who all want the same things: a nuclear-free Iran, a secure Israel, and peace in our time. In the interest of all three, I will be supporting this deal and voting against a Resolution of Disapproval in September.": Congressperson Chris Murphy (D-FL), announced candidate for the U. S. Senate, speaking of the Iran nuclear "deal" - made with a government that has ignored the terms of every agreement it has ever made.

"Those who do not remember history are condemned to repeat it": George Santayana, Spanish philosopher, who was 100 times more intelligent and insightful than both of the above two men combined.

End of blog.  If you need more than this, I can't help you.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:49 AM   Add Comment

THE ASTOUNDING HACKABILITY OF HILLARY CLINTON'S EMAIL

Ken Berwitz

Patrick Howley is an investigative reporter who works for breitbart.com.

For the benefit of most mainstream media, let me help you out and define what that term is:  it means someone who takes a story and investigates it, to find out what is beneath the surface.  You should try it one of those days.

What Mr. Howley has found out is encapsulated in the first few paragraphs of his latest piece.  But be sure to click here to read the rest, so you can read how completely referenced, thus credible, his findings are (the bold print is mine):

Records reveal that Hillary Clinton's private clintonemail.com server shared an IP address with her husband Bill Clinton's email server, presidentclinton.com, and both servers were housed in New York City, not in the basement of the Clintons' Chappaqua, New York home.

Web archives show that the Presidentclinton.com Web address was being operated by the Clinton Foundation as of 2009, when Hillary Clinton registered her own clintonemail.com server.

Numerous Clinton Foundation employees used the presidentclinton.com server for their own email addresses, which means that they were using email accounts that, if hacked, would have given any hacker complete access to Hillary Clinton's State Department emails, as well.

The bombshell revelation raises new concerns about the possible illegality of Hillary Clinton's private email use. The former Secretary of State is under federal investigation for potentially violating the Espionage Act by allowing people without a security clearance to access classified information. The fact that Hillary was sharing an email network with a private foundation means that people without a security clearance almost certainly had physical access to her server while she was working at the State Department.

I have an 8 1/2 year old grandson who is very computer knowledgable.  I suspect that by the time he is 10 or 11 - maybe earlier, but almost certainly not later - he would be able to hack that account if given the chance. 

So how do you think the Chinese, the Russians, the Iranians, the North Koreans, or any other country would have made out?  How do you think they did make out?

How incompetent, or uncaring, or both, Hillary Clinton must have been to allow this?

And how egregiously did she lie about it?

This is who we want sitting in the oval office for four, maybe eight years?

Not even four, maybe eight seconds, thank you.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:29 AM   Add Comment

Monday, 31 August 2015

THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-KNOXVILLE: FROM PC TO BS

Ken Berwitz

Earlier today I blogged about the left wing lunatics at Washington State University.  Now we have this, from the University of Tennessee - Knoxville (UT-K).

Excerpted from an article at breitbart.com (you didn't expect it to be from one of the networks, did you?  I hope you're not that naive):

The University of Tennessee Knoxville posted a language guide Wednesday titled "Inclusive Practice: Pronoun Usage," encouraging students to use non-"gender binary" words to describe their peers.

Donna Braquet...director of the university’s "Pride Center," wrote:

We are familiar with the singular pronouns she, her, hers and he, him, his, but those are not the only singular pronouns. In fact, there are dozens of gender-neutral pronouns.

A few of the most common singular gender-neutral pronouns are they, them, their (used as singular), ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr.

These may sound a little funny at first, but only because they are new. The she and he pronouns would sound strange too if we had been taught ze when growing up.

Let's stop and think about this for a minute.  ze, hir, hirs, and xe, xem, xyr?  Those "among the most common singular gender-neutral pronouns?  To me, they look like the kind of thing that happens when I accidentally start typing with my fingers one over to the left or right.

Now let's look at the accompanying chart which was supplied, just in case any student doubted how serious the school was about this:

diversity.utk.edu

 

In any event, there - unaccountably, I'm sure - was a slight bit of negative reaction to this re-invention of the English language.  So what did UT-K then say?

A statement from a university spokesman said: 'We would like to offer clarification of the statements that have been made referring to gender-neutral language.

'There is no mandate or official policy to use the language. The information provided in our Office of Diversity and Inclusion newsletter was offered as a resource to our campus community on inclusive practices.

'We recognize that most people prefer to use the pronouns he and she; we do not dictate speech.

'We do strive to be a diverse and inclusive campus and to ensure that everyone feels welcome, accepted, and respected.'

That so, guys?  You didn't actually expect students to incorporate this newspeak into their everyday language?  Then why did you issue that statement and that chart in the first place? 

Tell you what:  Any student who believes you didn't want him or her (uh, is that zir and hir, or did I forget an "x" or two) to incorporate your newspeak into their everyday language, is not bright enough to be at a universi.....uh, actually that is incorrect:  maybe the student is bright enough to be at your university.

Just curious, is there a major at UT-K for "Being A PC Clown And Making A Fool Of Yourself For Lots Of Tuition Money"?

Hopelessly Partisan @ 18:25 PM   1 comment

THE 20,000+ BIRMINGHAM MARCHERS MAINSTREAM MEDIA DIDN'T NOTICE

Ken Berwitz

Earlier today I blogged about the #blacklivesmatter marchers who chanted about pigs in blankets and frying them in bacon....a crude allegory celebrating violence against police.

But did you know that, Saturday morning, there was a march in Birmingham, Alabama  - a multi-racial "All Lives Matter" march organized by White conservative Glenn Beck and Black Birmingham Pastor Jim Lowe - which generated a crowd of over 20,000 - possibly the single largest march in that city since the 1963 civil rights marches?

From Joe Songer's article at al.com:

Led by conservative activist and talk show host Glenn Beck, more than 20,000 people chanting "All Lives Matter" marched the historic civil rights route from Kelly Ingram Park to Birmingham City Hall this morning.

"It's about taking our church out in the streets," Beck said. He said marchers came from as far away as China, Dubai and the Netherlands.

Actor Chuck Norris, a conservative activist known for his martial arts, action movies and TV show "Walker, Texas Ranger," marched about two rows behind Beck. Alveda King, a niece of civil rights activist the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., marched in the front row. Bishop Jim Lowe, pastor of the predominantly black Guiding Light Church in Birmingham, co-organized the march with Beck and marched with him at the front. As a child, Lowe attended Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, where the march started, a headquarters church for the civil rights movement in Birmingham. Lowe and his sisters were in the church when a KKK bomb blew up the church and killed four little girls on Sept. 15, 1963.

I'm betting you didn't know about this until now.  And it's a pretty good bet, too, because mainstream media, in its continuing effort to suppress any racial news that is not sympathetic to the most leftward agitators, declined to report on it.  Google "Birmingham All Lives Matter march" and look at the first few pages - see for yourself. 

You'll find that, other than local coverage, not one story at ABC.  Or CBS.  Or NBC.  Or the New York Times.  Or the Washington Post.  Or the LA Times.....etc. etc. etc. etc. etc. ad infinitum, ad nauseam.

And, yes, these are the people who call themselves "journalists" - and who look down on the venues which did report about this march.

Pathetic does not begin to describe them.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 16:10 PM   Add Comment

ANOTHER 150 CLASSIFIED EMAILS - MORE TO COME?

Ken Berwitz

From Katie Pavlich at townhall.com, we now know that at least another 150 classified emails have been found on Hillary Clinton's server. 

With more to come.

I'm not sure this can hurt Ms. Clinton, however.  Not because it isn't ugly, but because,it seems to me, just about everyone who cares about the fact that she lied to our faces about the emails every step of the way already knows, has internalized, and has reacted to it.

But:  what if they start finding things on the emails that are incriminating:  things about, say, Benghazi or other issues that smell like week-old unrefrigerated fish?

If I were a member of the Clinton team I'd be a tad worried about this.

Like cold-sweats in the night.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 15:48 PM   Add Comment

A PICTURE THAT SPEAKS FOR ITSELF

Ken Berwitz

From the Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police, via our pal, Museum Curator Jerry....

Massachusetts Fraternal Order of Police's photo.

 

14 officers died in August, 7 in the last 9 days. A Texas Deputy was ambushed and assassinated yet there is no outcry, no outrage, and no comment from our President

There is an explanation needed here.

Not of what the picture and words mean, but from the person they are referring to.

Don't count on getting it.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 14:25 PM   Add Comment

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