Wednesday, March 26, 2014

President Obama Has My Full Support (and he should have your's)

I understand politics.  I know Republicans are positioning for the mid-term elections, as well they should.  I personally hope they take control of the Senate and expand their majority in the House.

I also realize Senators Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and even Governor Mitt Romney are positioning themselves for a possible run for the Presidency in 2016.  I respect all these men and believe any one of them is capable of becoming a good President.


But I was deeply distressed by Senator Cruz comments today that I felt attacked President Obama in a personal and very derogatory manner.  I find this upsetting.

Cruz said, in summary, that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russians were "Openly Laughing at President Obama" and he went on to imply that President Obama's weakness was a valid cause for the Russians to belittle the President.  Here is a link to the story:  http://washingtonexaminer.com/ted-cruz-the-russians-are-openly-laughing-at-obama/article/2546343

I hope, when and if Senator Cruz becomes President he is given substantially more support than he has shown President Obama today.

I would have respected Senator Cruz much more if he had instead warned President Putin that America stood strongly behind President Obama and that Putin was making a tragic mistake to think for even a moment that America was weak or lacked the determination to stand by our principles, our allies and our President.

Had Cruz given that tough speech he would, quite literally, be a shoo-in for President in 2016.  America does love a strong leader who places principle above politics.  Playing petty politics in the face of Vladimir Putin is a mistake Senator Cruz and others should not make.

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Global Warming Isn't Settled Science, Heck, It's Not Even Science

Climate Change is a reality.  It's been a reality since the very beginning of  the Earth.  And do I ever have a surprise for you, Continental Drift is real, too.

There actually was an ice age.  The earth is warmer now. The Earth is changing, evolving, and these changes will continue until the Earth no longer exists.  And even that end is coming.

But, alas, Global Warming, while a genuine concern, is hardly science.  While there are anomalies that have occurred over the last 75 years they indicate absolutely nothing.  Serious, credible and fully accredited scientists do not believe that global warming is happening at all.  Moreover they are absolutely POSITIVE that the anomalies often cited by Global Warming Zealots are not even remotely man made.

James Delingpole has written an excellent report titled "Earth is Safe From 'Global Warming' Say The Men Who Put a Man on the Moon."  Citing over 40 scientists, Astronauts and ex-NASA employees who have formed The Right Climate Stuff Research Team Delingpole reports:

The planet is not in danger of catastrophic man made global warming. Even if we burn all the world's recoverable fossil fuels it will still only result in a temperature rise of less than 1.2 degrees C.


It's not necessary for you agree with they ex-NASA scientists. But you must not deny that there is serious and legitimate debate.  

Political footballs do not science make.

The bottom line is not to deny climate change, but to carefully study it further and stop the hysteria that leads to political warfare, false fund raising, political posturing and the efforts to ban and censor anyone who dares to disagree with the Zealot's Warming Alarmist Creed. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Tolerance, Acceptance and Love

Just exactly what are LIBERALS supposed to stand for?  When I talk and correspond with my many Liberal friends they tell me that they are accepting of others, their lifestyles and their choices.

As an example Liberals support lesbians, homosexuals and transgender people and seek to have society accept them and give them both equal rights and equal protections under the law.  This is no different than past championing of equal rights rights for minorities and for women, two battles that are not yet fully won.

Liberals fight discrimination.  Liberals are the champions of the oppressed.  Liberals are caring, understanding, tolerant and loving people.

Except, of course, when they're not.  Sadly, for about 95% of people who claim to be Liberals, tolerance, acceptance and love are just pure bullshit.

Most folks who claim to be Liberals or call themselves "Progressives" are actually the "Taliban of the Left," living in a cesspool of hate and malice toward all who don't follow the unyielding scripture of the elite left's political mandates.  Today's Liberals nether seek to understand or accept anyone who differs by even a fraction of a millimeter from the demanded principles.

All too many so called "Liberals" are, in reality, misogynists, racists and religious bigots.

This week's tragic example of left wing bigotry was occasioned by the death of Shirley Temple Black.

A reading of last weeks blogs, news stories (from the "we're always in total denial about our overtly left leaning bias" mainstream media) and entries on Facebook and Twitter, provided a litany of evil behavior supposedly practiced by the one time beloved child star.  In reality it all boiled down to one single unforgivable sin: Temple Black was a ...... gasp! .... Republican!

See more than enough examples here to make you vomit:

‘F*ck Shirley Temple’: Lefties bash late Republican star, smear her as ‘roaring racist’


Her failures as a woman were legion. She never once appeared nude in overtly sexually suggestive film clips like today's model teen, Miley Cyrus.  Nor did she ever abuse drugs or enter rehab like today's cultural icons and former Disney child stars Britney Spears, Demi Lovato or Selena Gomez.

She did not live life in excess, posting sexual escapades on you tube, She didn't even dare to have children out of wedlock. She did not, to our knowledge, have an abortion.  If she did, she failed the Liberal litmus test by not shouting it out to the hilltops. She did divorce once, but, alas, that wasn't enough to gain her favor in today's Liberal circles.



Sadly, once her Hollywood career was over, the tragic Mrs. Temple Black made the fateful decision to actually serve her country. Beloved around the world, she was appointed Representative to the 24th United Nations General Assembly in 1969. In 1974 she was appointed United States Ambassador to Ghana. Unlike the embarrassing Ambassadors appointed recently by President Obama, she was well qualified for her roll and was not merely rewarded for massive fund raising. Imagine! A qualified Ambassador! No wonder my pretend Liberal friends hate her.

Shirley Temple Black was first female Chief of Protocol of the United States in 1976 and was in charge of arrangements for President Jimmy Carter's inauguration and inaugural ball. Temple Black broke the glass ceiling before today's pseudo women's right leaders even knew there was a glass ceiling.

Temple Black went on to serve as the United States Ambassador to Czechoslovakia finishing her long and distinguished career in government in 1992.

She was a real leader in many other ways, most importantly going "public" about her battle with breast cancer at a time when such matters were never discussed, but were instead a matter of great shame born in silence by the women affected. The tumor was removed and a modified radical mastectomy and Temple Black went public on Television and in a feature article in McCall's (a leading women's magazine of the day), with full and graphic details. She gave hope thousands of women and restored respect and dignity for tens of thousands. In the history of supporting women Temple Back was the real deal, showing courage seldom displayed by today's so called Liberals.

O.K., now I will fess up with the sordid truth. Shirley Temple Black did enter politics as a Republican, albeit a relatively liberal Republican at a time when there still was a liberal wing of the Republican party.  She ran for Congress in 1967 on a platform of racial equality, but was defeated by a strong anti-war candidate during the height of the Viet Nam War protests.

This past week it was painful to read the blogs, tweets or listen to MSNBC.  Nobody it seems bothered to know the facts.  Hate is so much simpler. 

I'm not really sure why I posted this essay.  After Left Justice, who until 5 days ago tweeted under the name of @turnleft16 on Twitter already said all there is to say: "...while everyone (over 60) is doing their Shirley Temple memories, here is mine: She was a republican… i didnt need to know anything more— "

Thursday, January 09, 2014

What Grade Would You Give Barack Obama?

What grade would you give President Barack Obama for 2013?  If it's an "A" you'll really enjoy the thoughtful and detailed blog article by my friend Steve over on the peripateticblogger.com

Sadly I can't agree with Steve. My reply is printed below:

Whoa! I'm shocked to say the least.  It's one thing to be an Obama supporter and a strong and unyielding supporter of the Liberal agenda, it's quite another to give Obama any marks for success.

His signature accomplishment, The poorly named Affordable Care Act (to which he contributed absolutely nothing beyond overblown sales hucksterism) should be an F---.  The program will leave more people uninsured than ever before, will destroy the middle class (who will carry the financial weight of the program) and will quickly collapse into dust.  Unfortunately it may also destroy the actual health care system as it collapses.  Let us hope that doesn't happen.

Over the next four years it will be largely replaced.  Unfortunately the program is so tainted it might result in a rebound toward the Republican models rather than the single payer plan we all originally envisioned.  It certainly will cost Democrats control of the Senate in 2014.

Barack Obama is ill suited to be President and has been proven unable to accomplish the job.  None of this had to happen.  It was all avoidable and a more able politician and manager could have given us the Affordable Health Care Act we all desired and deserved.


Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Are You Gonna Stay the Night?

For the last forty years (and probably a lot longer) the question has been "How much does media (films, television, music, even commercials) affect behavior and morality and how much does it reflect current society and the reality of life?"

Liberals and the folks that control 99% of the media tell us music and films are reflective, showing real life and people's aspirations to find a place within it.

Conservatives and media critics generally blame the media for encouraging promiscuity, bad lifestyle choices and the decline of morality in society.

In reality it is more a vicious cycle with breakdowns in traditional society portrayed in a positive way, encouraging further breakdown and movement toward a new societal structure.

Forty years ago most families, from every ethnic and socioeconomic group, had traditional marriages and families with both a mother and father in the home.

In the 1950's and 1960's the general result of teen pregnacy was a hasty marriage, the so-called shotgun wedding.

Today teen pregnancy all too often results in either abortion or unwed teen motherhood, often in a cycle of poverty.

What caused me to reflect on this situation is a Time Magazine report out yesterday that "Sexting" of the use of cell phones to act out sexual activity (including the exchange of nude photos) is now rampant among middle school aged children, even preteens. 

Today's pop music, virtually the entire "Top 40" glorifies sexual activity, often eschewing any potential of a long term relationship.  One of my favorite songs today is "Stay the Night" by Zedd featuring Haley Williams.  

LYRICS include:

"I am the fire, gasoline,
Pour yourself all over me.

Are you gonna stay the night?
Doesn't mean we're bound for life."

Enjoy this amazing, creative video, but keep in mind, every ten year old in America loves this song and hears it a dozen times every day!



This video is legally displayed here, but due to tight copyright control the copyright holder may well delete this video in the future. We apologize if it is no longer available when you read this blog.

Now let's flip the coin and show you a video from Argentine for a relatively new product not available in the United States, Coca-Cola Life, a Stevia Sweetened reduced calorie (but not calorie free) Cola.  Currently Coca-Cola has no plans to introduce the cola in the United States.

Regardless, this commercial has gone insanely viral and one viewing will tell you why. It's absolutely brilliant. One of the reasons it's gone viral is because it glorifies the family, and glorifies parenting, mother AND father parenting!





Which message do you want your children or grandchildren to see?

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Melissa Harris-Perry

I have the utmost respect for MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry. I watch her show on Saturday and Sunday mornings as often as possible. She is bright, thought provoking and entertaining, a rare combination on this otherwise morbid network. 

She gets into trouble often because of her unflinching Liberal viewpoint and it a lightening rod for Conservatives. But her worst week was last week when she callously mocked the Mitt Romney family for their adoption of an African American child.  The Twitterverse, blogosphere and Conservative news outlets exploded in outrage. And I was certainly outraged, too.

However, I Tweeted Tuesday morning that I was absolutely confident that Harris-Perry would apologize. Not thirty minutes later she did. 

She also apologized on the air Saturday. It was the most heartfelt and genuine apology I've witnessed from a public figure.  Not only did Harris-Perry deeply regret her error, I believe she genuinely learned from the experience.

In short, Melissa Harris-Perry is no Joy Reid. She is an asset to today's political debate and the most valuable member of the MSNBC Team.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy Holidays 2013

The 2013 Apple Holiday Commercial has gone viral, as well it should. This moving tribute to the importance and value of friends and family is virtually impossible to watch without tearing up.  I'm pretty sure Apple has managed to capture the real meaning of Christmas... and all holidays for all religions. 

 

This moving version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" is by the incredibly talented Cat Power and is available on iTunes.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Seething in a Cauldron of Hate

Christmas Day was an interesting time for those of us reading in the political corners of the blogs, Facebook and Twitter.  As most of you know I follow an equal number of Conservatives and Progressives/Liberals on Twitter and in my reading of blogs.  I work hard to do this as I feel it's important to get both points of view.

While my observations are merely anecdotal and not scientific, they startled me greatly.  Progressives and Liberals posted Tweets filled with hate and vitriol all day Christmas.  It was sad and disturbing to see and read.  Regularly posted were hate filled condemnations of Republicans,the Tea Party and, especially mocking or outright condemning Christians.

Meanwhile the conservatives all were posting greetings of love, cheer, blessings and Holiday Joy! Conservative posts contained pictures of family and friends, Christmas Trees and Holiday anecdotes.

I don;t understand the hate.  Seriously, I don't know why so many Liberals are consumed in hate.  It just can't be healthy.

The hate is so all encompassing, it prevents even remotely logical thought.  It becomes an obsession.  Witness this terribly sad example of hate filled insanity from Joy Reid on MSNBC.  She hates Sarah Palin so much she felt obligated to file an astonishing piece of complete nonsense about Palin's anti-biblical worship of.... Christmas Trees!  As you watch this short clip notice Sarah Palin was talking about Family Love.  Shere never once mentions Christmas Trees.  That didn't stop Reid.

 

I know Reid hoped to illustrate some flaw in Sarah Palin, perhaps Biblical hypocrisy, but she sailed way off the mark into sea waters of stunning stupidity. Only sheer hatred can take you this far off course.

Compare Palin's Chirstmas Greeting with Michelle Obama's wonderful White House tour of the many Christmas Trees found throughout the Obama Home and Nation's Capitol.  You'll notice immediately how Sarah Palin's message and Michelle Obam's message are virtually IDENTICAL!! Yet Joy Reid's hate and vitriol are reserved only for Sarah Palin.

 

It is interesting to note that no Christmas Tree was ever displayed in the White House until 1856 when President Franklin Pierce, a Democrat from New Hampshire, installed the very first White House Christmas Tree. The move was incredibly unpopular. There was even talk of impeachment for President Pierce for allowing a pagan German tradition into the White House.

It is the ultimate irony that Joy Reid is condemning Palin for following a tradition started by a open minded Democrat President.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Anecdotal Evidence

ObamaScare
by SCOTT SCHABLOW


So far, my experience with The Affordable Care Act provides me with ZERO confidence that any part of it will ever produce anything other than chaos. I am hereby renaming the plan ObamaScare, because frankly it frightens the hell out of me. Friends tell me stories about premiums rising 1000%, A friend called the Alabama Insurance Department and the spokesperson there said the average Alabamian may see a 300% increase in premiums. That is IF ANYONE EVER GETS TO COMPLETE THE PROCESS! I spent a couple hours filling out the online application. The section before the identity verification kept losing my information each time I logged off, even after repeated saves. Each time I logged back in I had to re-enter the same information. This game I repeated SIX TIMES at about 30 minutes each. I FINALLY got to the end of the section and I was ready to embark on the ID verification process and present the submitted application tfor verification.

But wait, after I submitted the information for the ID verification process I got an error saying that my ID could not be verified online. I needed to call the Healthcare Marketplace. Where is this cool sounding marketplace? Near the Wharf in SanFran? Or maybe PepperPlace in B'ham? Nope it's nowheresville. I place the call. After waiting on hold a short while I heard, "Hello this is the hellfiredamgeplace whatdjks;aieh kdsljf". Assuming that the inaudible mumbling I just heard actually confirmed I had called the correct place, I proceeded with, "Yes, hello, I am trying to fill out my application at Healtcare.gov (I really wanted to say I'm battling ObamaScare Gallactica!) and I got to the part where I need to verify my identity and I got an error saying to call this number."

She says "OK." Silence. . . more silence. . . not a word. Me: "Hello, is anyone there?' She: "yes." Then more silence, but this time I can hear someone in the background whispering, "Ask him mumble mumble blah blah." More silence (even the mysterious whispers have stopped). Then, like someone jumping out of a closet in front of an unsuspecting kid feeling this way through a dark hallway, "SIR, WHAT CAN I HELP YOU WITH?" Well by now I'm thinking, you can get me one of those portable de-fib units they have at public spaces - and set that phaser to stun 'cause you just gave me a heart attack! I recomposed myself and essentially repeat the same, "the web site told me to call you" blurb. Then I added is this the right number?" She assures me it is and that some other people have had trouble in that spot." BINGO, SCORE WE HAVE A WINNER, she knows what I'm talking about! Smooth sailing ahead! I wait with great anticipation for forthcoming wisdom; an action plan to set this thing into motion!

She says, "Umm, just a minute" and puts me on hold. Tick tock, tick tock. Another blanket of silence has covered this corpse of a customer service call. And this has officially, at this very second, shredded my hope of ever seeing my family alive again. Oh, sorry, It just felt that way. She returns again, this time at a normal volume level and the mumbling is understandable. But it's not exactly professional, or semi-professional or even business casual. It's an insulting combination of slang phrases and one word sentences that has no place in an private office conversation, much less in a customer service center. Things like "do wut," uh-huh, gonna, naw, nuttin', ain't and more. Aside from the slacker talk, the bottom line is the system wouldn't work for me, nobody could fix it, tell me why or what's wrong or anything. Oh, except I needed to write down my name, address, telephone number, and MAIL it with a copy of my driver's license, social security card, a lock of my hair, a DNA swab, a urine sample, fingerprints, a retinal scan, a psychological evaluation and my Facebook password. I asked her if she could just get a copy of the stuff she's needin' from the NSA, because they've been following me for years. Silence. Me: "I'm just kidding, I'll send the stuff, gimme the address. " She does and proceeds to tell me it would take 3 to 8 weeks to get verified. I'm no math whiz but I know there is not 8 weeks left in the year. "Ma'am, if it takes 8 weeks, what am I supposed to do for health insurance in the meantime. She: "I dunno" I hang up, resolved to find a real solution.

Today a friend tells me the new web site actually works. But she also says that I better get back in there quick because she had to start over. I login tonight and the application resumes on STEP NUMBER ONE. All the information I have entered again and again is gone. Along with it is a popup message saying that I need to remove, delete and destroy the old application and start all over again. Lucky number seven, right? Well tonight, I aint' doin' nuttin' like 'at. Gonna chill away from ObamaScare and dream of a better time.

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Scott Schablow is a long time friend. He is the Director of Digital Marketing & Social Media for The Hip Brand Group in Birmingham, Alabama. This essay originally appeared on Scott's Facebook page and is reprinted here with his permission. 




Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Religion and Science

Liberals tend to mistrust organized religions, especially rigid and structured sects that demand great conformity among its practitioners.  That mistrust turns to outright rebellion if that religion tries to force conversion and dictate the practices of those who do not believe.

This mistrust is not without merit as throughout history religions and cults have abused their power to convert or even enslave their opponents.  It the religion demands total acceptance of doctrine without question it can become a tool to force absolute compliance and demand contributions of money, resources and time from believers and non-believers alike.  In the end, organized religion is often all about money and power, rather than faith and belief.

Because science thrives on inquiry, experimentation, observation and questioning of pre-conceived ideas, scientists are often at the forefront in conflict with religion.  Religion tends to brook no questions, tolerate no denial, permit no experimentation and, all too often, forbids even observation of nature.


One of the greatest scientists in history, Galileo Galilei, was ensnared in the conflict between religion and his own scientific inquiry, observation and development of theories that explained the facts he observed.

In 1633 Galileo was arrested, tried during the Inquisition, forced to renounce his findings and theories and was imprisoned only to be released and forced to live under house arrest until his death. He was forbidden to discuss this theories unless he labeled them as "fiction."

Most people know the biography I've outlined above.  What you might not know is the Galileo was often wrong in his theories! Factually, provably, stunningly wrong!  For example, in his zeal to prove the earth revolved around the sun, he predicted the movement of the tides based on his theories.  He was wrong, horribly wrong [ as a side note, tides are influenced by the gravitational pull of the moon, not the sun ]. Galileo's theories about the movement of the tides were pure bunk!  This absolute failure was used as "proof" that he was a heretic during his trial.

Further, because his theory about the tides was wrong the Jesuit's used his failure to infer that his entire idea that the earth revolving around the sun was also wrong. Since he was imprisoned and forbidden to research and forbidden to write, he could not vindicate himself.

Of course, Galileo was, in fact, correct about the earth and the sun.  He was also correct about, quite literally, hundreds of other theories and ideas. The Catholic Church realized, almost immediately the error of its conflict with science and has spent the better part of the last 300 years forgiving and eventually pardoning Galileo.

Today we have a new, powerful and money hungry religion, it's the religion of Global Warming and human influenced damaging climate change.  Like the Catholic Church of the 17th century, the Church of Global Warming demands absolute and unquestioning adherence to the per-prescribed set of doctrines and beliefs.  Global warming zealots permit no questioning of the holy scriptures and will not tolerate for even a moment any observation of facts that does not fit into the rigid belief system.

Their mantra is "This is Settled Science," or "97% of Scientists Agree." Neither statement is remotely true. What is true is the "Popes of Global Warming" are making millions of dollars off the paranoia their doctrine creates.

Unfortunately, the current facts on the ground fly in the face of the organized acolytes.  We are, in reality,in the early stages of a global cooling cycle that will likely last another 50 years.  Ice is rapidly reforming in the Arctic, and the Antarctic is the coldest its ever been in recorded history.  Every projection so far issued by Global Warming scientists has failed to predict the current cooling.  Predictions of extreme storms has also failed as were are now in the eighth year of the quietest period for hurricanes and tornadoes since 1900.

This is not to say, that Global Warming isn't happening.  It is to say, like Galileo's theory of the tides, the early attempts to prove the theory are stunningly wrong. Eventually, scientist will determine the truth if......  if the religion of Global Warming allows real scientists to investigate further without condemnation or restraint.

Therein lies the problem. Today the zealotry of the Global Warming establishment seeks to have skeptics fired, lose research grants, face public ridicule and be driven into the modern equivalent of house arrest.

The recent revelation of facts has denied the Global Warming Priests of virtually all their arguments supporting Global Warming. Like the Church, when the facts no longer match the scripture, they fall back onto the threat of Hell and eternal damnation. Those who don't believe are heretics, possessed by the devil.

Witness this little piece of religious horror from Greenpeace. This isn't science, it's a quest for money, power and believers:





Saturday, November 30, 2013

If a Tree Falls in the Forest...

If a tree falls in the forest and.... The New York Times fails to report it, did it really fall?

Clearly there is a recent and very disturbing trend of the major media that leans leftward to downplay or even ignore rather major news stories.  To be certain, news organizations whether they lean left or right have always modified their reporting in a way that places their philosophies and political leanings in a more favorable light.  Fox News does it and so does NBC News.  This leaning, if you'll pardon the pun, is not news.

But now we see major news organizations simply fail to report news at all, ignoring it as if it doesn't exist.

MSNBC is especially bad about failing to report news unfavorable to Democrats or the Obama administration.  Often, when major news breaks, most people channel surf to get the best reporting and the most viewpoints.  When they reach MSNBC they find there is no story at all, no coverage.  It's not that a story is painted in a positive light, it's that the story doesn't exist.

I'm not sure the public is harmed by this practice as there are many options for news and most people do scan the channels and surf the news websites.  It's not a cover-up.... well, at least it's not a successful cover-up.  

But to see this happen again and again in The New York Times is disturbing.  And it's a well documented and pervasive problem.

There is an example happening right now.  Our nation has been plagues with mostly teens committing assualts on primarily elderly white adults in what has been dubbed "Knockout Games."  The New York Times basically hasn't reported on this nationwide trend beyond a snippet claiming that such attacks doesn't exist or are an "urban myth."

This is all the more funny because even as the Times denies their existence, while city leaders denounce the growing attacks in New York as Hate Crimes. Here's just a small a report from CBS News Channel 2 in New York

Police have arrested four men in connection with an assault in Brooklyn. The suspects allegedly hit the victim without warning, similar to recent incidents related to the so-called “knockout game” in which mobs of young people randomly sucker-punch innocent people for fun.
Around 2:45 a.m. Friday, investigators said a 24-year-old Jewish man was surrounded by four men and punched in the face on 18th Avenue in Borough Park. NYPD officers were nearby in an unmarked police car, commissioner Ray Kelly said Friday afternoon. The victim told investigators he heard one of the attackers say, “I’ll do it to this guy,” right before he was surrounded and punched, sources told CBS 2.
 The suspects fled, but were quickly apprehended and taken into police custody, sources said. The victim identified the suspects, police said. “I commend the excellent police work that we saw this morning,” Assemblyman Dov Hikind said in a statement. “I am grateful that these four thugs are off the streets and am hopeful that they will be treated with the severity of the law. I urge continuing diligence in dealing with this issue.”
Hate crime detectives were interviewing the four suspects — three Hispanic men and one Indian male — and the victim at the 66th Precinct, sources said.  The four men face assault charges, but those may be upgraded, CBS 2′s Don Champion reported.
The suspects range in age from 28 to 38, police said. There have been seven so-called “knockout” or “polar bear” assaults in the Crown Heights and Midwood sections of Brooklyn since October, Kelly said Wednesday. The alternate name “polar bearing” comes from the fact that the victims are white.
Councilman David Greenfield said the attacks have targeted Jewish people, with victims ranging from a 12-year-old boy to a 78-year-old woman. “These are anti-Semitic knockout attacks and it’s not a game,” said Councilman David Greenfield, who is calling on the men arrested early Friday morning to face gang assault charges.
Conservatives are enraged that The Times, Slate Magazine and MSNBC continue to deny the attacks and to deny any racial overtones, in spite of overwhelming exidence.

As Liberals we ought to be even more enraged.  After all it is the Liberal Media denying us the news we need to make intelligent decisions and provide balanced responses to conservative hysteria.  The answer is not to cover-up the news but to cover it fairly.