January 23, 2007

New London, CT (Hereafter Referred to as ‘Keloville’) Has a Crime Wave

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:41 pm

People are very unhappy (New London Day link will require free registration after a short time, and a paid subscription after a week).

How unhappy are they in what BizzyBlog will henceforth refer to as Keloville? Jay Wheeler, president of the city’s East Willetts Avenue Neighborhood Association, is clearly quite peeved:

Wheeler said he is mobilizing as many people as he can to protest at the next City Council meeting. He and others will line the entry to City Hall and hold signs, then will pack the meeting to demand that councilors respond. The council next meets Feb. 5.

Then he is planning more “dramatic” moves, Wheeler said Sunday.

“I hate to do this and embarrass the city, but in order to light a fire under the City Council, we’re going to hire people to stand at every (major) entrance (to the city) with signs saying, ‘Turn back, it’s not safe,’ ” Wheeler said.

He’s going to put up bright orange caution signs at the entrances to his neighborhood – by the rotary on Willetts Avenue, by Howard Street – that read “Caution: Drugs and Violence Ahead.” And he has other ideas that he doesn’t yet want to reveal.

Whoa.

One can’t help but think that if those running Keloville had been paying more attention to basic services like public safety and focusing less on destroying perfectly good neighborhoods in the name of “development” (which appears to have gone nowhere since they got Susette Kelo, the Cristofaros, and others out of the way last summer), the city might be a safer place to live today.

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UPDATE: Interested-Participant, who has been at this blogging thing more than twice as long as yours truly (I’m tired just thinking about that), recalls that New London rejected police applicant Robert Jordan in 1996 — because he was too intelligent. Read this brief and still-available New York Times story about a US District court’s bizarre ruling on the matter. I wonder whether a too-intelligent African-American applicant would really have faced the same problem Mr. Jordan did?

With all due respect to city leaders who came up with this “brilliant” screening process (i.e., NONE), criminals can sometimes be pretty smart people too, and it would be nice to think that the good guys have the best and the brightest on their side trying to apprehend them. That’s clearly not the case in New London, which in a possibly related development, has a crime wave. I wonder if the same dumbing-down of applicants is going on in other areas of city government (like maybe the New London Development Corporation)?

Blog Post of the Day: George Reisman on the ‘Red and Green’ New York Times

In the introduction to a great read-the-whole-thing post (he has no other kind) on January 12, where he skewers the Times’ class-envy mentality, Reisman puts forth a great analogy:

Like a traffic light, The New York Times alternates between Red and Green. (There is actually little fundamental difference between the two. The Reds want to abolish the individual’s pursuit of happiness on the grounds that it results in exploitation, monopolies, and depressions. The Greens want to abolish it on the grounds that it results in acid rain, destruction of the ozone layer, and global warming.)

At the post’s conclusion, he summarizes what The Times is all about:

The Times and its reporters and editors regard the doctrine of egalitarianism as an axiomatic truth and insinuate it at every turn in all aspects of the newspaper. With respect to egalitarianism and all that goes with it, there is no distinction between news column and editorial at The New York Times. Apart from such features as classified advertising, the entire paper is one huge, day-in and day-out editorial for egalitarianism, collectivism, and Marxism.

When one reads The New York Times, one should know what one is getting. It is not unvarnished news, but the news as seen through the lens of a distinct philosophical and political doctrine, a doctrine that is hostile to the freedom, prosperity, and happiness of the individual, and thus to the foundations of the United States.

The Media’s Annual ‘Let’s Downplay the Washington March for Life’ Day Plays Out As Usual

Filed under: Life-Based News,MSM Biz/Other Bias — Tom @ 7:34 am

Life News has the real story:

Proving the pro-life movement is alive and well despite abortion advocates obtaining control of Congress last November, hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates participated in the annual March for Life. The mood was optimistic and positive despite 34 years of legalized abortion since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

Independent confirmation of the size of the crowd, plus additional chances for readers to get a perspective on the number of people present (no aerial shots, unfortunately), is at “Barbara’s Public March for Life 2007 Gallery,” where Barbara says:

As a former radical leftist, I attended many demonstrations in Washington, DC. Now having attended the March for Life two years in a row, I’m amazed at how under-reported the March for Life is – and all too aware of how that under-reporting contributes to the rampant stereotyping of pro-lifers as middle-aged white males. I actually saw very few of those today! What I saw were hundreds of thousands of people willing to brave the cold (DC had its first snow of the winter the night before) to affirm that a baby in the womb is not property to be destroyed, but a person that those committed to human rights must defend. It’s a child, not a choice!

As has been the case for decades, those who are supposed to bring us the news couldn’t and/or wouldn’t accurately report what was occurring right in front of them:

  • Sam Hananel of the Associated Press only referred to “thousands of cheering abortion foes” in his report, but made sure we knew that Sam Brownback “later hosted a reception on Capitol Hill for about 200 of the activists.”
  • The Washington Post said the crowd was in the “tens of thousands.” The Post’s devoted three of the eight pictures in its slide show to the pro-abortion side, and in the show’s final slide said that DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton gave “a rousing speech in favor of women’s right to choose abortion at a rally …. outside the Supreme Court.” No mention was made of the size of the crowd there.
  • The AP’s primary story about the march referred to “thousands of abortion foes.”
  • The New York Times Sarah Abruzzese’s main report (probably requires free registration) referred to “thousands of abortion opponents.” Abruzzese also (corrected; thanks to commenter “Beth” for noting) The Times’ Sheryl Gay Stolberg had a snarky sidebar (probably requires free registration) that ridiculed President Bush for not addressing the crowd in person (“phoning it in”), even though previous prolife presidents (Bush 41 and Reagan) began what has come to be a tradition, and despite the fact that the logistics of presidential security in such a throng would be daunting.

For crowd size context, look at this picture from the prolife rally this previous weekend in San Francisco, where the San Francisco Chronicle reported that 20,000 attended. The marchers are compressed into a long line that is the width of two lanes of traffic, while the Washington throng pictured at the Life News link above is at least 6-8 lanes wide, and appears to extend back through many blocks.

Every year for the past 34 years, hundreds of thousands of prolife advocates have marched in Washington. In almost every year, the March for Life has been the single largest demonstration taking place in the nation’s capital. And every year for the past 34 years, incontrovertible evidence that what has become the formerly Mainstream Media is incorrigibly biased against what Life at the Frontier calls “The Greatest Mass Movement of Our Time” is there for all who have eyes to see.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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UPDATE: Michelle Malkin just noted the disparity in treatment by the Washington Post of recent marches relating to immigration and against the Iraq War, which included much more coverage and aerial photos.

BHOO Crying Croc Tears for Detroit’s Car-Company Laggards

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:17 am

Skeptical Optimist notes that BHOO (Barack Hussein “Obambi” Obama; the “Obambi” nickname has been used by Chicago beat writers for years, and was also employed by the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd) wants to bail out Detroit’s Big Three.

I guess some “corporate fat cats” are OK, while others are “evil.” Ya don’t suppose there might be a correlation between a liberal’s attitude towards a given corporation and whether or not its workforce is unionized, would you?

SkepOp notes the economy-stifling and innovation-inhibiting nature of such proposals.

School Quality: A Periodic Reminder

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:12 am

Every year or so, as long as it remains true (prediction: a LONG time), we should remind ourselves that public school teachers are more likely than the rest of the population to send their kids to private schools (HT Club for Growth).

This Is Nice, But It Shouldn’t be Necessary

Filed under: Business Moves,Privacy/ID Theft — Tom @ 6:07 am

Banks are starting to offer free identity-theft insurance.

Though I’ve noticed some planned improvements, I’d be more impressed if better measures were in place to prevent ID theft.

Car insurance is understandably a “clean up the mess” situation, because accidents happen. ID theft is not analogous, because the banks selling you the insurance are the same people who should be doing more to prevent the messes.

Say It Ain’t So, ASA

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:02 am

At the American Shareholders Association blog, Dan Clifton believes that tax increases are coming into office with the next president, regardless of who it is:

For 2007-2008 we expect tax increases to pass Congress but be vetoed by the President. At the same time we expect the President’s tax cut a year come to an end. After 2008, regardless of who is President, tax increases will be enacted ending one of the greatest taxpayer-friendly times for American taxpayers.

He notes that if he is correct, the 15-year run of no new taxes (1994-2008, inclusive) will equal the previous record of 15 years (1952-1966, inclusive).

The post has some great historical analysis of how tax cuts have led to increased tax receipts for the government compared to what was “expected” before the tax cuts took place.

Positivity: Parrots Do Job When Smoke Detector Fails to

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Iceland:

01/15/2007 | 11:54

Parrots save owner from fire

A woman escaped from her burning house in Vopnafjördur, east Iceland, on Saturday morning. She said her parrots woke her up and saved her life.

The house owner, Gunnhildur Ásmundsdóttir, woke up when her parrots, which were in a separate room, started squawking. The fire detector had not gone off. Morgunbladid reports.

Ásmundsdóttir had to break a window on the upper floor to get out of the house, as the fire had blocked other exits. She managed to get out onto the roof of her garage with the parrots. Her cat also jumped out of a window to safety.