April 23, 2014

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042314)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Meb Wins Boston Marathon, Honors Those Who Died Last Year

Filed under: General,Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Way to go!

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Understandably lost in the coverage of Meb’s remembrance of those who died last year is the fact that, at age 38, he is the oldest Boston winner since 1930. A marathoner winning any of the major world marathons at that age is a phenomenal achievement.

On a more nationalistic tone, Meb is the first U.S. winner since 1983.

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ALSO: The best revenge

Why Nike dropped me: Boston Marathon winner

Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi says he lost his running shoe deal with Nike three years ago because of his age.

The 38-year-old distance runner signed a new shoe deal three years ago with Skechers, a footwear company more known for casual “lifestyle” shoes than hard-core running gear, after Nike dropped Keflezighi from its endorsement roster.

During an interview with CNBC on Tuesday, Keflezighi said his deal with Skechers has boosted his career and helped his running mechanics.

“I’m almost 39 years old and Nike thought I was probably too old,” Keflezighi said on “Squawk on the Street.” “And with the Skechers partnership, things have been going really well.”

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April 22, 2014

If Only It Were That Easy

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:53 pm

ORPINO (The Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) either believes or wants primary voters to believe that the mere act of electing candidates they prefer to the state party’s Central Committee will cause the repeal of Obamacare.

That’s the only conceivable reaction to the mailing I just had emailed to me:

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What a sick insult to our intelligence, and a what an incredible waste of Republicans’ money.

Unless Stainbrook and Gallagher can explain how their elections to Central Committe will lead to the repeal of Obamacare (good luck with that, sir and ma’am), those who are in their district should vote for whoever is opposing them for allowing something this stupid to be released with their names on it.

These two represent Lucas County (county seat: Toledo). Apparently, Stainbrook, heaven help us, is the County Republican Chairman. He’s not some dumb schmuck who doesn’t know that the state party is willfully misleading voters about what a State Central Committee person can do.

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USAT Initially Fails to Identify 6-2 Majority in Supremes’ Mich. Racial Preferences Decision

In his story (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes — and in case it gets edited later today; Update: It did) on the Supreme Court’s decision this morning upholding Michigan voters’ 2006 approval of a ban on race-, ethic- and gender-based preferences in university admissions, USA Today’s Richard Wolf failed to identify the size of the court majority, which was 6-2. Justice Elana Kagan recused herself because she was previously the U.S. solicitor general before being named to the high court. The court’s decision effectively upholds such bans in seven other states.

Additionally, by focusing on Justice Anthony Kennedy as “the man to watch,” Wolf initially left many readers with the impression that only five justices, Kennedy and the four others usually describe as “conservative” (Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito) made the ruling. The fact is that they were also joined by Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the supposedly reliable “liberals.” Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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NewsBusted (042214)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:45 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– White House Easter Egg Roll
– Nancy Pelosi
– Chelsea Clinton
– Grandma Hillary
– MSNBC
– IRS Scandal
– Phil Ivey
– HBO’s Game of Thrones
– Jay Carney
– Keystone Pipeline

Best Line: “Photos from a magazine article about Jay Carney show he has Soviet propaganda posters in his house — which proves that Carney takes his work home with him.”

Worst Line (actually, it’s funny, but it hurts): “President Obama once again delayed his decision on the Keystone Pipeline. He promises to finally make a decision as soon as the Cubs win the World Series.”

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘The ‘We Do What We Want, Bleep You’ Administration’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog Thursday morning (link won’t work until then) after blackout expires.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042214)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:06 am

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Positivity: A Tough Teacher’s Alter Ego

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From near Los Angeles (HT Daryn Kagan):

FEBRUARY 14, 2014, 6:54 PM

As part of our continuing series “On the Road,” Steve Hartman meets the students of St. Francis High School near Los Angeles who thought they knew everything about their math teacher, Jim O’Connor. But what they found out at a local hospital taught them a life lesson.

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April 21, 2014

NBC’s Martha White: 39 Paragraphs on All-Time Record Number of Temps, Not a Word on Obamacare

If there’s a prize for most words spent in Obamacare avoidance, NBC News’s Martha C. White is definitely in the running.

White managed to burn through almost 40 paragraphs and nearly 1,600 words in a report carried at CNBC on the all-time record number of workers employed by temporary help services. But she somehow managed to completely avoid mentioning Obamacare, which used to be known as the Affordable Care Act until President Obama and his Health and Human Services regulators made 40 changes to the law originally passed by Congress, some of which directly contradict the original law’s language. The closest she came was noting that using temps “lets companies avoid the cost of providing benefits like health insurance” — which has always been the case, except that health insurance is and will continue to be a lot more expensive, giving companies even more incentive to avoid adding to their own payrolls. Excerpts follow the jump.

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UAW Gives Up on VW-Chattanooga Appeal; AP Pretends Dem Congressmen Can ‘Investigate’ Election

Earlier today, just an hour before a hearing was to begin at the National Labor Relations Board, the United Auto Workers union dropped an appeal of the election it lost in February as it attempted to become the bargaining representative for workers at Volkswagen’s Chattanooga, Tennessee plant.

In a writeup which appears at the Associated Press’s “Big Story” but which somehow failed to appear in a 6 p.m. search on “UAW” at the Big Story site (sorted by date), reporter Erik Schelzig pretended that two Democratic Congressmen who last week started an “inquiry” into the circumstances surrounding the union’s loss will be conducting a “congressional investigation.” No they won’t, because they can’t, because their party is in the minority. What they can do is conduct a theatrical exercise which looks like a “hearing” which has no power and which a responsible AP reporter wouldn’t call a “congressional investigation.” Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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Comment of the Day: On NBC’s David Gregory

News Item: “As ‘Meet the Press’ struggles in the ratings, plenty of questions for host David Gregory”

Last year, the network undertook an unusual assessment of the 43-year-old journalist, commissioning a psychological consultant to interview his friends and even his wife. The idea, according to a network spokeswoman, Meghan Pianta, was “to get perspective and insight from people who know him best.” But the research project struck some at NBC as odd, given that Gregory has been employed there for nearly 20 years.

From a commenter at Ann Althhouse’s place:

… that’s a sound procedure whenever someone brings an illegal assault weapon magazine into the workplace.

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Politico’s Nather Imagines Non-Existent Rift Between Cliven Bundy and Tea Party

Last Tuesday, in an incredibly childish piece, even by his non-standards, Politico’s David Nather acted as if the resistance at Clive Bundy’s ranch was endorsed and supported entirely by the tea party movement and/or Republicans and/or conservatives, so he could then characterize their post stand-off behavior — i.e., pursuit of their longer-term political goals — as some form of abandonment.

I was tempted to ignore Nather’s nattering, but a couple of subsequent events are making Nather look even more foolish than usual. The first is the fact that Bundy still has significant armed assistance, something the Politico reporter appears not to have anticipated. The second relates to allegations of misbehavior, including illegal property destruction, by Bureau of Land Management agents. First, let’s get to some of Nather’s blather (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Common Core: ‘This Is Dumbing Our Children Down’

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:12 am

The audio quality if far less than perfect, but the message is crystal clear:

Arkansas Mother Obliterates Common Core in 4 Minutes!

If you’re pressed for time, go to the 1:50 mark, where the parent goes through a Common Core problem, gets the two-step answer to the “What did they count by?” problem from Board of Education members, and then shows them how Common Core demands that fourth-graders solve it:

If they solve it in those two steps, they get it marked wrong.

They are expected to draw 18 circles with 90 hash marks solving this problem in exactly 108 steps.

The mother claims that Common Core’s “rigorous standards” include “skipping rote memorization of multiplication tables,” which is “hindering their ability to master long division and fractions later on in the semester.”

I’d like a confirmation of that deliberate avoidance of multiplication tables from someone who knows. (Update: Confirmed in a conversation this morning.)

This is indisputably a recipe, as the parent stated, for “dumbing our children down.”

I’ll leave it to readers to determine developers’ motivations.

Suggestion: Find out where politicians on the ballot stand on Common Core. If they’re for it, it’s hard to imagine why you would choose to support them in upcoming primaries and general elections.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042114)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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9:45 a.m.: Housing and mortgage lending update, local bank edition

Quarterly mortgage originations geared down at Fifth Third Bancorp, while the servicing portfolio was reduced and home loan assets were cut.

As has been the case with all lenders to so far report first quarter activity, business slowed from the fourth-quarter 2013.

At the Cincinnati-based company, mortgage production was down 35 percent on a quarter-over-quarter basis, Fifth Third said in its first-quarter earnings report.

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Positivity: Best Shift Ever – Waitress Receives Life-Changing Tip

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From “Prank It Forward” on March 31 (Ht Daryn Kagan):

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