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Tuesday, 21 October 2014


Ken Berwitz

Most people do not like being treated like simpleminded children. 

I assume this applies to the members of the Kingdom Impact Global Ministries church, who were treated exactly that way by supporters of Senator Kay Hagan.

From Derek Hunter's article at

The contest between incumbent Democrat Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis is...turning incredibly ugly.

Churchgoers in Fayetteville returned to their cars Sunday to find a political flyer on their windshield - which is to be expected 16 days before an election.

Dawn McNair's daughter found one of the fliers on her mother's car and noticed the picture. "My daughter said, 'Mom, look in the background. They're lynching somebody.' It's the lynching of an African-American man," Dawn told the Fayetteville Observer.

The message to the black parishioners was clear: Vote for the Democrat to protect the black president.

The local chapter of the NAACP doesn't see a problem with the flier. President of the Fayetteville chapter, James Buxton, told the Observer, "That's what the community feels. That if the Senate is taken over by the Republicans, and it remains the Republicans (in the majority) in the House of Representatives, they're going to impeach him."

The authority line on the flier reads "Not endorsed by any candidate. Paid for by Concerned Citizens of Cumberland County." It listed no address, and a search of the Internet turns up no results for the groups.

A spokesman for Hagan's campaign was quick to distance the candidate from the lynching flier, telling the Observer, "I don't know anything about the group or flier. We don't coordinate with outside groups."

The problem here is not that an anonymous individual or group put out hate material on behalf of one of the candidates.  Unless it can be shown that there was a direct tie between the candidate and the source of this ugly garbage, that would be entirely unfair.

The problem, in part, is that it insults the intelligence of every person it targets...which is to say Black parishioners at that church.

Another part of the problem is that the NAACP - at least the President of its Fayetteville chapter - thinks it is just fine.

On the other hand, since the NAACP, through its Americans for Equality offshoot, was responsible for the "James Byrd" ad in 2000 - one of the most disgusting, dishonest ads I have ever seen - maybe this also goes a little deeper than the Fayetteville chapter.

And a third part of the problem - arguably the most significant of the three because of its implications for the upcoming elections - is how Senator Kay Hagan supposedly "distances" herself from the flyer. 

Read Ms. Hagan's statement closely, and you will see that she does not in any way criticize the flyer's message, she only says she doesn't know where it came from.

In other words, she says she hasn't got a thing to do with it, but is perfectly happy to derive its full "benefit".

If you're asking me (and you sort of are if you're reading this blog), weaselly crap like that is a reason to vote for her opponent, Thom Tillis.  A big one.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 12:09 PM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

Today's quote, and it is a beaut, comes to us from President  Barack Obama.  Speaking on al sharpton's radio show, he said this:

"And so some of the candidates there - it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turnout.  The bottom line is though, these are all folks who vote with me, they have supported my agenda in congress, they are on the right side of minimum wage, they are on the right side of fair pay, they are on the right side of rebuilding our infrastructure, they're on the right side of early childhood education."

Holy excrement.

We have Democrats all over the country desperately trying to run away from President Obama; desperately trying to convince voters that they differ with his policies.  And there he is - on the radio show of a career racist/Black supremacist, no less (come to think of it, how could anyone be less) - essentially telling those same voters that they are lying in their teeth.

Yes, he cited legislation that, if it were all they supported Mr. Obama on, might be ok with most voters.  But you can bet the house, car and first-born that Republicans will be reminding those voters that the support also extended to ObamaCare, amnesty, his foreign policy, etc. etc. etc.

I award Barack Obama Quote Of The Day honors for - again, since this is the second time in about a week - assuring the voters that Democrat Senators and House members can try to run from his agenda, but they are part and parcel of it.

If I were Republican National Committee head Reince Priebus, I would send him a gift basket.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:19 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

When I was growing up, my mother reacted to bad news (which, not infrequently, related to my performance in school) by saying "I need this like I need a loch in kop" - Yidddish for "hole in the head".

I doubt that Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks much Yiddish.  But, if she did, she might be using that expression today, in reacting to the re-emergence of Monica Lewinksy (or, as some indelicately referred to her, Monica Blewclinsky).

I doubt that you need me to remind you of who Monica Lewinsky is.  But I'm going to do so anyway, because it gives me a chance to put the problem she presents in perspective:  Monica Lewinsky was a powerless White House intern, who Hillary Clinton's husband, Bill Clinton - the head of the organization she worked for - had a variety of sexual relationships with.  In the workplace, during the workday. 

Oh, did I mention that this is also where Mr. and Ms. Clinton lived?   Sorry, should have done that.

But now, at 41 years of age and 16 years past this scandal, Ms. Lewinsky has, for some God-only-knows-what reason, decided to go public about her serial philandering with Mr. Clinton. 

Speaking in Philadelphia yesterday morning, she had this to say about her "presidential kneepads" fling and how put-upon she felt by the fact that reported it online:

"Overnight, I went from being a completely private figure to a publicly humiliated one."

A hint for you, Monica:  If you want your life to be completely private, maybe it's not a great idea to service the single most powerful, media-covered man in the country over and over again, where he works and where he lives.  There's just a tiny possibility that news of what you are doing might come out.

And if you are sensitive to people wanting their privacy, then unless you hate Hillary Clinton's guts and your intention is to have to talk about this part of her life again, as she tries to position herself for a possible presidential run, it probably wasn't a good idea to remind everyone of what happened again at this time.

Personally, when the Clinton/Lewinsky story broke, my sympathies lied mostly with Lewinsky.  She was the powerless one.  She was the one who he could have had removed any time he wanted.  I never bought that story about her flashing a thong at him because, even if she had done so, one word from him and she would have been gone.  That minute. 

No, the culprit was Bill Clinton, not Monica Lewinsky - and that goes for the others, since (my memory is hazy on this part) I vaguely remember that it was possible she was being passed around to other Clinton cronies, including, but not restricted to, Vernon Jordan.

But now?  After largely fading into obscurity (thus retrieving at least some of that privacy she laments losing) to go public and bring it right back to the front pages and the cable news shows?  Ms. Lewinsky gets no sympathy from me.  She has no one to blame but herself.

I hope she doesn't expect any invitations to the Clintons' next cocktail party...

...(uh, well, maybe not from Hillary. As for Bill, it sure does get lonely sometimes....)

Hopelessly Partisan @ 09:10 AM   1 comment


Ken Berwitz

Why are Democrats in the awful position they find themselves in, just two weeks from the midterm elections?

Here is a lot of the answer, via an excellent summary from Josh Kraushaar's article at

All told, the cascading number of controversies and scandals in the president's second term has fed into the perception that this administration is out of its depth in doing its primary job: managing government. And that's not good for Democrats, both the party in power and the party associated with an activist federal government. The dominant theme in the campaign's final month is Democratic Senate candidates struggling to distance themselves from the president, from Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor's awkward assessment of the president's handling of the Ebola crisis to Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes's refusal to discuss whom she voted for in the 2012 election.

How do you distance yourself from a President who sandbags your effort by telling voters, in so many words, that the election is about his policies?

I don't have an answer either. 

And that is why Mr. Kraushaar is exactly correct.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 08:31 AM   Add Comment

Monday, 20 October 2014


Ken Berwitz

Let me start by commending Jonah Goldberg for his comments about how Democrats address the so-called "war on women".  (I have to, because he is paralleling whatI have said for years).  But why does he stop there?

Here is Mr. Goldberg's commentary:

This is one of my great frustrations with the way a lot of people talk about the "War on Women." First of all, this idea that women, who are the majority of the country and a majority of the electorate, are somehow this homogeneous group who only vote on these very narrow birth control issues is sort of demeaning and sexist if you think about it. But Republicans let the mainstream media get away with this, they let Democrats get away with it.

Mitt Romney carried married women by a wide margin. Mitt Romney carried white women by a wide margin. The idea that all women vote as a bloc is ridiculous. Minorities are disproportionately Democrats for all sorts of reasons we can discuss, and therefore it follows that minority women would be too, and it skews the data a little bit. But we talk about these things as if there is only one way to appeal to women which is essentially ridiculous, and I wish the Republicans were better at pushing back against that.

Specifically regarding the way Democrats talk to women, Jonah flat-out nails it.  Based on their campaign strategies, Democrats apparently see women as little more than vaginas and uteri...and believe women think of themselves the same way.  The economy?  War?  Ebola?  IRS?  VA issues?  Nah, just give 'em free contraception and abortion on demand, that ends the issue right there.

But Mr. Goldberg is only half-right.  

Why?  Because he does not at all address the fact that the Republican national platform, which is a take-no-prisoners attack on both issues, virtually destroys any chance to encourage a large number of women to reject the Democrat Party and vote Republican.  

Where is the opening for women whose views do not coincide with Republican orthodoxy on post-conception birth control (e.g. the day-after pill), and/or the premise that a child's life begins at conception, to vote Republican?  Nowhere, that's where.  

Republicans offer no olive branch to these women - the millions and millions of them.  Instead, they drive them away.  And that is just plain nuts.

Why not, for example, adopt language that says "while, as a party, we disagree with your positions, we understand that sincere people have differing views on these difficult issues"?  This is no compromise in the positions themselves, but at least might make women within this segment feel like they won't be absolute pariahs.

By not doing so, Republicans lose these women in droves - even women who agree with them on other major issues and women who are well past child-bearing age.

Jonah Goldberg's point about Democrats talking to women as if they were nothing but reproductive organs and some other stuff could not be more spot-on.  I only wish he would address the issue of Republican intractability as well.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 19:56 PM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

Here's a new idea - maybe the start of an irregularly-posted series.  I call it a "guest paragraph":  that is, a single paragraph which sums things up very well.

The first (and possibly last - I'm not sure about this) guest paragraph comes to us from the latest commentary written by syndicated columnist Mona Charen:

Voters are souring on the Democratic Party. Apparently, all it takes are six years of economic torpor; the disastrous debut of the biggest new federal program in two generations; record levels of federal debt; revelations of scandals and malfeasance at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Internal Revenue Service, the Secret Service and the Justice Department; Russian revanchism on the march; a rampaging army of (literal) cutthroats gobbling up territory in the Middle East; and the feeble and patronizing government response to a modern plague.

Way to go, Mona.  That sums it up beautifully.

And I also congratulate Ms. Charen on the rest of her column, which talks about equal pay for women and gives us plenty to think about. 

Use the link I've provided above and see for yourself; you won't regret doing so.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 14:50 PM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

I was just reading Steven Hayward's latest commentary at, which talked about a Pew Research Center study, measuring knowledgeability of current events by party affiliation. 

As you can see at the bottom of the chart, this study was conducted in late September - almost a month ago.  But without reading Hayward I would not have known a thing about it - as I suspect you didn't either.

Please look at the results, and see if you can guess why:

Modest Partisan Differences in News Knowledge

Suppose it were Democrats who knew more about almost every current event than Republicans.  Do you think you would have had to wait this long to find out? 

Do you think Pew - or any - research organization would be calling the differences "modest"?

Do you think there would have been this kind of mass blackout from mainstream media?

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

Hopelessly Partisan @ 13:05 PM   2 comments


Ken Berwitz

"Ooooooh, pickles and Little Italy,  This is such a great day!!"

That quote of the day was provided by our sainted granddaughter who, with her equally sainted brother - was taken by mom and dad to Pickle Day festivities on Manhattan's Lower East Side (without going into the reasons, pickles are a big deal in our daughter-in-law's family), and then - with some time in between for those little green guys to digest -  to nearby Little Italy for pasta, which currently is her hands-down favorite food.

I know it has nothing to do with politics.  But, being a Professional Grandpa, and knowing the way she would have emphasized those words, I loved it enough to award her Quote Of The Day honors.

Besides, who would you rather get a quote from?  A politician or a four year old beautiful, sweet, smart, funny, dynamic......etc. (fill in as many similar adjectives as you care to).

Hopelessly Partisan @ 12:03 PM   4 comments


Ken Berwitz

First, the following excerpt, from today's article about the battle for Kobani, at  Please pay special attention to the last paragraph, which I have put in bold print:

The U.S. military said late Sunday that it had dropped weapons, ammunition, and medical supplies to Kurdish forces battling to hold the Syrian border town of Kobani against Islamic State militants.

The airdrops were the first of their kind and followed weeks of U.S. and coalition airstrikes in and near Kobani. Earlier Sunday, U.S. Central Command (CentCom) said that it had launched 11 airstrikes overnight in the area.

Fox News is told by Kurdish officials in the area that they have received the supplies, dropped in open land held by Kurdish fighters. 

One official said that while the results of the mission are still being assessed, it appeared that "the vast majority" of the supplies reached the intended Kurdish fighters.

The airdrops are almost certain to anger the Turkish government, which has said it would oppose any U.S. arms transfers to the Kurdish rebels in Syria. Turkey views the main Kurdish group in Syria as an extension of the Turkish Kurd group known as the PKK, which has waged a 30-year insurgency in Turkey and is designated a terror group by the U.S. and by NATO.

The Turkish government, headed by Kurd-hating Islamist recep tayyip erdogan, has troops stationed right across the border, so close they can sit on their butts and watch the bombing.  And that is exactly what they are doing:  sitting on their butts.  Because erdogan would rather see an entire town massacred by ISIS than help innocent Kurd civilians.

But he has a problem with the group that is helping instead?  He has a problem with anyone at all defending the people of Kobani?

Here is my message to recep tayyip erdogan.

Go to hell.


UPDATE:  In case you think ISIS is on the ropes in Kobani, we have this from Brian Walker of CNN:

ISIS militants launched about 15 near-simultaneous attacks on Kurdish forces in northern Iraq on Monday in what Kurdish government officials and the Kurdish news agency Rudaw said was a fierce and renewed push for Kurdish-held territory.

The deadliest of the attacks targeted Mosul Dam, a hugely important location.

This is not - repeat, not - over.  Kobani needs help.  On the ground.  Or that massacre will surely take place.  And Turkey, under erdogan, is no friend and will not lift a finger.

Nothing important; just the lives of thousands and thousands of innocent people.

Hopelessly Partisan @ 11:43 AM   Add Comment


Ken Berwitz

In August, much of Gaza was decimated, as Israel - after years of ongoing rocket and missile attacks from Gaza - bombed wherever the rockets, missiles, etc, were being fired from, and destroyed as many "terror tunnels" (i.e. tunnels from Gaza into Israel for the purpose of bringing in weaponry and launching attacks) as they could find. 

At least 34 such tunnels were obliterated, with an unknown number still in operation.

Excerpted from Hillel Fendel's article at

The destruction of the widespread Hamas tunnel network was considered a major Israeli achievement of the recent war in Gaza, but the Hamas weekly newspaper Al-Risalah reports that Hamas continues digging tunnels from Gaza into Israel. 

A reporter for Al-Risalah claims to have visited an "offensive tunnel" - a term referring to an underground conduit planned to be used in an attack against Israel. Hamas has attacked Israel via tunnels of this nature in the past, either by sending armed terrorists into Israel to target Israelis, or - as in the famous case of Gilad Shalit - by capturing a soldier nearby and abducting him into Gaza.

The tunnel purportedly visited by the reporter was destroyed by Israel during the recent war, but is now apparently being restored by Hamas, dozens of meters underground.

The Al-Risalah report confirms other evidence that Israel's successful detection and destruction of terrorist tunnels during Operation Protective Edge is on the brink of coming undone. Last month, for instance, Hamas confirmed that one of its members was killed while helping to dig a tunnel.

The recent revelation comes after a senior IDF commander of the Gaza Division engineering unit last week assessed that not all Hamas terror tunnels were destroyed, confirming earlier Hamas statements which bragged that not all of the group's tunnels were destroyed.

Regardless of that, and the fact that humanitarian materials were siphoned by Hamas to build the tunnels in the first place, Israel began transporting more construction materials into Gaza last Tuesday as a "humanitarian gesture," including 600 tons of cement, 50 truckloads of aggregate and 10 truckloads of steel.

The world has likewise turned a blind-eye to the overwhelming evidence of renewed tunnel construction, with world states last Sunday pledging $5.4 billion for Gaza at a Cairo donor conference.

To review:  The world, which sat by and watched as Gaza continually attacked Israel, then (with some, but far too few exceptions) condemned Israel for doing something about it, is now funding Gaza's next attempts to attack Israel.

And, all the while, demanding that Israel make peace with Gaza.

This "logic" gives insanity a bad name.  And shames every country which hands even one red cent to Gaza without an ironclad guarantee it will be used for peaceful purposes.

Why is Israel transporting construction materials into Gaza?  Is Israel carefully monitoring where said materials are being taken and what purpose they are being used for - and gathering proof to show the international community (as if it gives a damn about Israel)?  I can't say I know for sure....but I can't imagine otherwise.

Oh, one more thing:  did I mention that the Obama administration has quietly (quiet only because most mainstream media are not reporting it) pledged $200 million to Gaza?

January 20, 2017 cannot come fast enough.

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