April 17, 2008

Hillary Clinton Channels March BizzyBlog Wright-TUCC Bulletin Post

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:53 pm

My, this is fun.

Go to about the 2:30 mark of this video (direct link), and you’ll hear Ms. Clinton bring out something yours truly first broke a month ago:

Link: sevenload.com (HT Hot Air)

Mrs. Clinton (irreverently known around here as HR4C, or “Hillary Rodham Cackling Crying Complaining Clinton”), about the Rev. Jeremiah A. Wright and his Trinity United Church of Christ:

And I think that it wasn’t only the specific remarks, but some of the relationships with the Rev. Farrakhan, with giving the church bulletin over to the leader of Hamas to put a message in, y’know, these are problems, and they raise questions in people’s minds. And so this is a legitimate area, as everything is when we run for office, for people to be exploring and trying to find answers.

A picture of the two bulletin pages devoted to Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzook’s is here.

At about 2:48 of the vid above, there’s a reaction shot of Obama, the presidential candidate I irreverently refer to as Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein ObambiObama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters).

Mrs. Clinton should be grateful that looks can’t kill.

NYT: Papal Spectators ‘Residents, Tourists,’ or ‘the Simply Curious’

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:05 pm

NYT Reported 750K Saw Mandela in 1990; Similar Papal Estimates on Way?

It’s early in the papal visit, but I have to wonder if Old Media will get into the level of detail found in the New York Times’s June 21, 1990 coverage of Nelson Mandela’s visit to New York City:

The police estimated that 750,000 people saw Mr. Mandela at one point or another – 50,000 in Queens at Kennedy International Airport and along the route, 100,000 as he passed through Brooklyn, 400,000 along the ticker-tape parade and 200,000 in the ceremony at City Hall. Hundreds of thousands more saw the events broadcast live on local television.

Based on early returns from the Washington Post and the New York Times, we may not see such an estimate regarding the pope, unless some enterprising non-media types come up with one on their own. It also seems that we will have to brace ourselves for other descriptions and write-ups designed to minimize the impact of his visit.

Though it has provided obvious crowd information about specific events, the Post’s description of the crowd along the yesterday’s procession (an event only cryptically referred to a “Popemobile route” in this itinerary) seemed a bit vague, and lacked any evidence of a query to police:

A 21-gun salute greeted the pontiff, along with a crowd of 13,500 guests assembled on the South Lawn (of the White House). Later in the day, Benedict traveled to Catholic University, which handed out 8,000 tickets to watch him arrive for a prayer service with 360 bishops and cardinals at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast Washington.

Yet the day was also marked by far less formal, more intimate moments between Benedict and ordinary people, thousands of whom lined Washington’s streets, hoisting yellow and white papal flags as the pontiff smiled and waved from the back of his white Mercedes Popemobile.

There were clusters of spectators along parts of Massachusetts Avenue and thick crowds, 15 to 20 deep in spots, on Pennsylvania Avenue. Office workers watched from windows, and other people perched on park benches and scaffolding for better views. Many showed up long before noon, the hour when Benedict was scheduled to begin his three-mile procession from the White House back to the embassy.

Though it may be out there, after a number of Google and Google News searches on relevant terms, I have not found any kind of crowd-size estimate for the procession.

Upping the ante, this New York Times story by Neela Bannerjee and Ian Urbina, though nicely titled (“A Welcome of Warmth and a Sense of Unity”), seemed to go out of its way to minimize the size of the crowd and its degree of interest in the Pope’s visit:

The festive vigil began early. By 9 a.m., three hours before Pope Benedict XVI was to drive from the White House to the papal nuncio’s residence, the devout, the distanced, and many of the simply curious lined the barricades along Pennsylvania Avenue to catch a glimpse of the popemobile.

….. Many spectators were local residents or tourists whose visits happened to coincide with the pope’s.

The New York Times’s 1990 coverage of Mandela’s visit included no similar reference to the “curious,” or to “tourists.”

Cross-posted at NewsBuster.org.

Big-Time Sort-of Carnival Catch-up (041708)

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 10:17 am

It’s time to sort-of catch up on the latest carnival posts (it’s been forever, but I’ll only go back eight weeks).

First, there’s the Carnival of Ohio Politics: 113 (The Mighty Pho; April 16), 112 (WLST’s Jill; April 9), 111 (Glass City Jungle’s Lisa Renee; April 1), 110 (Keeler Political Report’s Ben Keeler, March 25), 109 (Pho, March 19), 108 (Jill, March 11) 107 (Lisa Renee, March 6), and 106 (Ben, February 27).

On the Econ and Social Policy front, Boring Made Dull has had these offerings:
- April 8 — Number 47
- March 20 — Number 46
- March 2 — Number 45

I have a sort-of excuse for being so tardy with all of this, but it’s lame, so I won’t burden readers with it.

Couldn’t Help But Comment (041708)

This doesn’t prove or disprove the existence of a recession, but I don’t recall heavy-hitter companies in the not-actual recession of 2000-2001 (a recession requires two consecutive quarters of negative growth; it didn’t happen), or the real recessions of the early 1980s and 1990s, delivering rosy results and outlooks. But that is what came in from IBM, as well as Coke and Intel, which announced quarterly results yesterday. JP Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo also beat reduced expectations.

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The presidential candidate I refer to as Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters) is back to wearing a flag lapel (HT and verification at Hot Air). Well, yes and no. Neither Obama nor the presidential candidate I refer to HR4C (Hillary Rodham Cackling Crying Complaining Clinton) was, as far as I can tell, wearing one at last night’s debate mutual meltdown (WSJ: “It didn’t take long during last night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to see who the winner would be: John McCain”). Perhaps there was a “don’t disturb the lefties; no patriotic displays” rule in effect.

Atlanta Journal Constitution columnist Jim Wooten predicted the pin would make a comeback during Obama’s race-relations Jeremiah Wright recovery speech. Wooten was just early on the timing. I guess it took longer for Obama’s slow-on-the-uptake handlers to realize that the Wright-related salvage efforts weren’t working.

Allah at Hot Air’s reminder (link added by me):

Conservatives naturally were blamed for making an issue of this last fall but in fact Obama’s the one who politicized it by investing the pin with such grandiose meaning that he simply had to stop wearing it in good conscience.

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Mark Steyn at the Corner noted a case in Canada where, in the process of punishing McDonald’s for failing to accommodate an employee with a disability, the geniuses on the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ignored hundreds if not thousands of years of human experience and scientific data.

It found no evidence that there is a “relationship between food contamination and hand-washing.”

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The BBC reports about the world’s biggest polluter:

China has already overtaken the US as the world’s “biggest polluter”, a report to be published next month says.
The research suggests the country’s greenhouse gas emissions have been underestimated, and probably passed those of the US in 2006-2007.

Yours truly noted this situation last June (final item at link; original UK Guardian article is here).

The world’s biggest polluter wants hundreds of billions of dollars from the West (that means the US, for all practical purposes) to help it become less of a polluter.

I would suggest that we have already given it to them in the form of hundreds of billions of dollars in trade surpluses over the years. If it’s that important, the world should be saying “You have the money to do it, so spend it already.” But it won’t.

New Pajamas Media Column (‘Airline Mergers and the High Cost of Flying’) Is Up

It’s here. It’s about the Delta-Northwest merger, how I’m not worried about the possibility of losing Delta’s Greater Cincinnati hub, and why I would in fact welcome it.

I will post it at BizzyBlog Saturday morning (link won’t work until then) under the title, “As Delta and NWA Merge: What’s a Hub Got to Do With It?”

Positivity: Bike rider saved by judo skills

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:05 am

From New South Wales Province in Australia:

 April 14, 2008

ANGELS and judo lessons kept Don Anderson alive after he walked away from a motorbike accident near The Channon last week.

A car pulled out in front of his Suzuki GSX 1400 while he was travelling about 70km/h along Dunoon Road.

Don hit the car ‘almost head-on’ and was thrown off his bike.

“I got a bit of air and did a kind of judo roll,” he said.

Don described how he tucked his shoulder down and rolled on to his side.

“It was instinctive, it all happened in a split second,” he said

Don took judo lessons as a kid and reckons something kicked in to make him roll the way he did.

Martin Shields, a mechanic at Lismore Motorcycles, said the bike was a write-off and described Don’s survival as ‘a miracle’.

“I’ve seen a lot of accidents over the years and I’ve never seen anyone walk away from one like that. It’s nothing short of a miracle, given the damage to his bike,” Martin said.

Don walked away from the accident with only bruising to his inner legs and foot.

“I’ve gotten more injuries from sitting on my daughter’s lounge – I get a crook back,” he said laughing.

The Anderson family has a strong Christian faith and Don said his daughters had prayed for him that morning as part of their morning devotion.

“It was like the angels were looking after him,” his wife Shirley said.

Don was taken to Lismore Base Hospital by ambulance.

He said when he got there hospital staff insisted he had to wear a neck brace.

“I didn’t want one, but they put one on me,” he said.

Don has been riding motorbikes for 40 years and doesn’t plan to stop now.

In fact, Don went out looking for a new bike on the same day the accident happened. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.