June 19, 2008

AFP Item On U.S. Driving Is Both Econ- and Math-Challenged

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 2:51 pm

AFPmathCeconMockIt’s not just the Associated Press that can’t get basic facts right.

No wonder Barack Obama doesn’t get challenged by the media on fundamentals — y’know, things like how many states there are in the union (he says 57 or so), whether Illinois is closer to Kentucky than Arkansas (he says it’s not), or whether Warren Buffett’s income (!) is $56 billion (Obama seems to think that income and net worth are the same).

Apparently, some in the media have similar serious problems with basic economics and math.

Check out this from AFP about Americans’ driving (bolds are mine):

Americans drive 4.5 billion fewer miles in April: report

….. beginning in 2004, the number of miles Americans put in on the roads annually began falling between 100 and 300 million miles.

And this year, the fall accelerated sharply on a yearly comparison to 4.4 billion miles.

Observers surmise a possible link between the declining number of miles driven and rising US gasoline prices.

According to a report released in April 2004 by the Congressional Research Service, the average price for petrol in the United States during the summer of 2003 was 1.74 dollars per gallon (around 3.5 liters).

Today, gasoline prices across the United States are around 3.5 times higher, averaging more than four dollars per gallon.

Reaction to first bolded item after the headline: Increasing prices reduces demand Gee, ya think?

Reaction to second bolded item after the headline: On what planet does $4 divided by $1.74 equal 3.5?

The frightening thing is that this might have been reviewed by, and gotten past, multiple layers of editors.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Things I’d Like to Post About Today ….. (061908, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 8:22 am

….. But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

  • Oh, stop it (HT Michelle Malkin) — Senator and Countrywide VIP (that would be “Very Impudent Politician”) Chris Dodd of Connecticut claims that “he has known since 2003 that his mortgage with Countrywide Financial was designated a ‘VIP’ account, but continued to deny allegations he received any discounts when he refinanced two loans.” So Dodd supposedly didn’t know what market interest rates were when he did his refis. Dood is chair of the Senate Committe on Banking. Heaven help us.
  • Rush weighs in on the Associated Press — “The AP is just an enlarged fax machine that sends out talking points disguised as news stories.”
  • Debbie Schlussel reports that among the “community leaders” the presidential candidate I refer to as Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH” (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters) visited Tuesday in Metro Detroit was Hezbollah agent Osama Siblani. At a 2006 pro-Hezbollah rally at Dearborn City Hall, Siblani “asked all those in attendance to have a moment of silence ‘for the (Palestinian terrorist) martyrs.’” Charming.
  • Yesterday, the presidential candidate I refer to as JS3M3 (John Sidney the Mad Maverick McCain III) called for “the construction of 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030.” Sounds like a lot, until you realize that France, which has about 20% of our population, has 41.
  • Does anyone besides a bunch of Democratic politicians believe that the government can own and run refineries better than the oil companies? Every Democratic politician should be asked if they agree with their colleagues.
  • While on the subject of asking questions of politicians, Victoria Wells Wulsin Whatever (VW3 for short) should be asked, now that yet another Haditha Marine has been exonerated, how proud she is of false Haditha atrocity accuser John Murtha, who came to Ohio’s Second District to speak at a VW3 campaign event in 2006.
  • All Sharpton is in it real deep (HT Instapundit) — “Sharpton himself, his business entities and his nonprofit civil-advocacy group owe millions in back taxes, documents show.” Just another FOB (Friend of Barack). A reminder: “The Reverend Al Sharpton won the hearts of delegates to the Democratic National Convention with a rousing and raucous speech” — at the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

Positivity: A Father’s Day That Almost Wasn’t

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From Arizona (video is at link):

Posted: June 16, 2008 02:15 AM

A man saved by a quick response of defibrillation and chest compression is the father in law of a leading CPR researcher. But his survival is credited to a chain of events, and not one thing or person.

“I don’t remember a thing,” Walter Locke said, as he tried to recall March 21st, the day of his heart attack and cardiac arrest.

“Well he said something about, ‘You’d better call the paramedics,” his wife Jane remembered on Sunday. “I did?” he asked her as they sat in the conference room of the Northwest Fire District station on Orange Grove Road.

“Yes,” she responded. “He doesn’t remember anything from two or three days before.”

“He’s looking a lot better than the first time I met him,” said Northwest Fire District paramedic Luke Tompkins. “He became unconscious and unresponsive and we immediately defibrillated him, started CPR, got him out to the ambulance.” …..

Go here for the rest of the story.