October 11, 2007

Light Posting and Moderation Alert

Filed under: General — Tom @ 7:00 am

Business concerns mean I won’t be posting until late tonight, maybe tomorrow morning, and won’t be moderating much of anything, if anything at all, until then.

Couldn’t Help But Notice (101107)

Walter Williams, on Rush:

Rush’s show, as well as many of his competitors’ shows, has ended much of the isolation among Americans. For example, if you were against racial quotas, you were made to feel like a racist by the major media. With the growth of talk radio, people found out that they were not alone and that being against racial quotas didn’t make one a racist. As such, talk radio has been a painful thorn in the sides of those whose agenda is to control the news and debate as a means to control our lives.

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Brent Bozell, on Rush:

How disingenuous was this leftist attack on Limbaugh? Let us count the ways.

….. Less than two minutes after uttering the words “phony soldiers,” Limbaugh elaborated on the subject, explaining exactly what he meant by the term. He named one Jesse Macbeth as an example of a phony soldier. Macbeth had become an overnight darling of the far left, a self-described Iraq war veteran and Purple Heart recipient who posted a YouTube video denouncing American military atrocities he’d witnessed.

Except he was never awarded a Purple Heart. He was never in Iraq. In fact, he was never in the military, period. He was tossed out of boot camp after four months. Macbeth is now in prison serving a five-month term for falsifying Army records and applying falsely for veterans’ benefits. Limbaugh was right.

Limbaugh also pointed out that he wasn’t the first to discuss the Macbeth phony soldier story. Brian Ross had filed a report on this man several nights before, on ABC’s “World News.” Ross even used the term “phony soldier” — and not a soul on the left found fault with that.

So the left returned with another charge: Limbaugh had used the plural, “phony soldiers,” therefore Limbaugh’s sole example — Macbeth — was inadequate. So are there any other “phony soldiers” out there? Jeffrey Sullivan, the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, thinks so. Besides prosecuting Macbeth, he’s prosecuted another five “phony soldiers.” Jim O’Neill, the assistant inspector general for investigations at the Veterans Administration, confirms that the federal government is presently conducting another 60 such “stolen valor” cases. Rush was right, in spades.

As usual.

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Christopher Alleva (HT Instapundit) at American Thinker looked at various media companies’ Z Score, which is an indicator of the likelihood of bankruptcy. Below 1.8 is “distress,” which historically predicts a 70% chance of bankruptcy within two years. Between 1.8 and 3.0 is “Grey” (indeterminate), and above 3.0 is “safe.” Alleva has the specific scores at the link. Here’s his summary:

News Corp., The Washington Post, Gannett and Scripps all score well the above 1.8 high risk threshold. These companies are diversified communications media companies with a number of high performance segments offsetting the structural decay of their newspaper properties. The other companies in the danger zone are all mainly pure-play newspaper businesses that made the fatal decision to buy out competitors at a false bottom similar to Movie Gallery’s bad move.

McClatchy, Lee. The Journal Register and to lesser extent the New York Times should be placed on the watch list. Is this a preview of coming attractions? Perhaps.

To be fair, I think Alleva airbrushed News Corp’s 2.139, which is a deeper shade of grey than investors would like to see.

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A one-word response to Phil Klein’s conclusion at the end of this report — “Yup”:

But one thing it does make clear is that no matter how scripted Hillary is, over the course of a long campaign, she will not be able to mask her contempt for average Americans who dare to challenge her.

Read the whole thing. There’s also audio at Hot Air.

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USA Today reported a few days ago that securities lawsuits, sometimes know at trial lawyer-drive “strike suits, are down over 50% from nine years ago. As was the case the last time I looked at this, there’s a “firm” reason for this situation — “the indictment-induced (relative) inactivity of law firm Milberg Weiss.” My reaction today is the same as it was then — “Good.”

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I wanted to say more on this, and will within a few days. For the moment, I’ll just opine that State Auditor Mary Taylor’s plan for consolidating internal audit reporting in state government and making sure internal auditors report to someone other than agency bosses is vastly superior to Ted Strickland’s plan, which I would describe as “cosmetically improved status quo.” I also believe that Strickland’s threat to veto the bill containing Taylor’s plan (HR 166) once it reaches his desk has nothing to do with any belief in his idea’s superiority (it is objectively inferior; the whining about costs is a smokescreen, and almost certainly not true in the big picture), and everything to do with a determination to deny the state’s lone Republican statewide officeholder the ability to claim a legitimate accomplishment.

Positivity: Accident victim thanks man for finding her, calling for help

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From Denver:

Worker emptying trash spotted woman trapped under her Jeep
October 6, 2007

DENVER (KWGN) — A Castle Rock woman is recovering after a harrowing experience that nearly cost her her life. On Friday, she finally had the opportunity to say thank you to the man who saved her life. She is now on the road to recovery at the Briarwood Rehabilitation Center in Denver.

Kathy Evans had tears in her eyes as she talked about the man who saved her life a few weeks ago.

“He’s a good man,” said Evans. “I’d like to give him a hug because he went above and beyond the call of duty.”

Kathy is talking about Andrew Robbins. On September 19th, Robbins found Kathy lying underneath her Jeep at a campground in the mountains.

“My feet caught on the straps in the Jeep, and I lost my balance and fell out,” said Evans. “I knew I was in trouble because I couldn’t move.”

For two days, Kathy was lying in the dirt.

“I thought I was dead,” said Evans.

Until Robbins spotted her while on his trash route, that is.

“And he pulled up and he just jumped out of his truck and barreled over towards me,” said Evans. Robbins then called 911.

Evans was in such bad shape that she had to be airlifted to Swedish Medical Center.

“He literally saved my life,” said Evans. “I’d have been dead because it was real close. Because I was so close to being dead when they got me to the hospital. I was so close to freezing to death.”

Go here for the rest of the story.