August 31, 2008

Dr. Laurie Gregg, Democrat? Also a Democratic Operative?

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:06 pm

So how did Anchorage Daily News reporter Lisa Demer end up speaking with a California doctor and getting her allegedly expert opinion concerning the circumstances surrounding Sarah Palin’s pregnancy and birth?

Obviously, I don’t know. But it’s not like Dr. Laurie Gregg was a local phone call away.

Here is what Dr. Gregg had to say about Palin’s decision to fly home from Texas (full circumstances are at the link and at tonight’s previous BizzyBlog post):

Still, a Sacramento, Calif., obstetrician who is active in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, said when a pregnant woman’s water breaks, she should go right to the hospital because of the risk of infection. That’s true even if the amniotic fluid simply leaks out, said Dr. Laurie Gregg.

“To us, leaking and broken, we are talking the same thing. We are talking doctor-speak,” Gregg said.

Is that “doctor-speak,” or Democrat-speak?

Well, I don’t know, but it could be the latter, because, “oddly enough,” there is a Laurie Gregg who is a known Sacramento Democrat and a Golden State political appointee (bold after title is mine):


Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Nine Members of the Medical Board of California

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Steve Alexander, Cesar Aristeiguieta, Stephen Corday, Shelton Duruisseau, Martin Greenberg, Mary Moran, and Ronald Wender to the Medical Board of California, Division of Medical Quality, and Hedy Chang and Laurie Gregg to the Medical Board of California, Division of Licensing.

“The assurance of safe and reliable medical services is a vital component of California’s quality of life,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “Each of these highly qualified individuals shares my commitment to public health and will work diligently to provide careful oversight of California’s health care professionals.

….. Laurie Gregg operates a private medical practice in Sacramento. She currently serves as the vice-president of the Northern California Obstetrician and Gynecological Society. She holds a Medical Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts from Pomona College. Gregg, 40, is a resident of Sacramento. She is a Democrat.

How convenient.

Given the educational institution and timeline, and her age, at a link that I visited and saved but have decided to remove, there’s almost no doubt we’re talking about the same Laurie Gregg.

Again, was there no one available in Alaska? Or Washington State? Or Oregon?

I think it’s fair to say in the circumstances that a Democrat Dr. Gregg isn’t presumptively entitled to the last word on Sarah Palin’s maternal judgment.

Why isn’t the presumption of prudence in the hands of Palin and her (so happens to be) female doctor?

Cross-posted at

Colmes Cops Out on His ‘Pre-Natal’ Post

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:46 pm

Six words would have done it, Alan: “I was wrong. I am sorry.”

But nooooooooooo.

First, Colmes “404ed” last night’s post that questioned whether or not Sarah Palin took “proper PRE-NATAL care” (emphasis mine):


For whatever reason, the post couldn’t be accessed via Google cache. Found — see Update within this post below.

Colmes’s original post, apparently in its entirety, and which he seemingly had to retrieve from Kim at Wizbang(!), was this (I took a separate partial shot of Wizbang’s graphic so I could fit it in the available space):


Colmes whined today that the reason he had to take the post down was “because of the vile comments made by a pletehora of conservatives who decided to invade the site and show us just how decent and value-driven some of them are.” Funny, Alan, you won’t let us see the comments, but my recall is that it was a free-for-all that was pretty bad in both directions.


Update, Sept. 1Here’s a Google cache of the post (saved here at BizzyBlog’s host for future reference), courtesy of NewsBusters reader coffee260, containing comments up to 4:26 a.m. after the original 9:54 p.m. post. I don’t know when Colmes 404ed it, so there may have been later comments. My “free-for-all that was pretty bad in both directions” assessment is correct. In fact, if you get past the profanity unfortunately directed at Colmes, the “substantive” counterbile from libs, while present in many fewer posts, is arguably worse than the rightie dish-outs, considering that they’re directed at a pregnant mother and her Down’s Syndrome child (e.g., “the baby isn’t hers” meme, Larry Flynt has pics of Palin, “her heavy drug use combined with her age that caused this poor childs condition”).


I underlined “pre-natal” in red, because Alan Colmes needs to visit a dictionary:

American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
A descriptive term for the period between conception and birth.

This, Alan, is the commonly understood definition. The government programs you so adore that claim to improve prenatal care don’t concentrate on the final days of pregnancy, they allegedly deal with the entire “period between conception and birth.”

So you see, Alan, what you were alleging isn’t just that Sarah Palin wasn’t a good mother because she took a flight home from Texas while her doctor knew full well what she was doing and was okay with it, you were alleging that she was a poor mother during a large portion of the eight months she carried Trig (added Sept. 1), and that taking the flight was symptomatic of her poor “prenatal” care.

How dare you?

What’s more, you chose to run with what Roger “Meathead” Cadenhead wrote instead of going to the source material at, where you will see that Palin’s female doctor was communicating with her and had no problem with what she was doing:

Palin was in Texas last week for an energy conference of the National Governors Association when she experienced signs of early labor. She wasn’t due for another month.

Early Thursday — she thinks it was around 4 a.m. Texas time — she consulted with her doctor, family physician Cathy Baldwin-Johnson, who is based in the Valley and has delivered lots of babies, including Piper, Palin’s 7-year-old.

Palin said she felt fine but had leaked amniotic fluid and also felt some contractions that seemed different from the false labor she had been having for months.

“I said I am going to stay for the day. I have a speech I was determined to give,” Palin said. She gave the luncheon keynote address for the energy conference.

Palin kept in close contact with Baldwin-Johnson. The contractions slowed to one or two an hour, “which is not active labor,” the doctor said.

“Things were already settling down when she talked to me,” Baldwin-Johnson said. Palin did not ask for a medical OK to fly, the doctor said.

“I don’t think it was unreasonable for her to continue to travel back,” Baldwin-Johnson said.

So the Palins flew on Alaska Airlines from Dallas to Anchorage, stopping in Seattle and checking with the doctor along the way.

“I am not a glutton for pain and punishment. I would have never wanted to travel had I been fully engaged in labor,” Palin said. After four kids, the governor said, she knew what labor felt like, and she wasn’t in labor.

More on Dr. Laurie Gregg, whose quote in the article has been lapped up by lefties far and wide, in a bit.

As stated earlier, Alan — Six words: “I was wrong, I am sorry.”

Waiting …..

Classless Alan Colmes: OMG, the Palins Eloped!

Filed under: Life-Based News,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:30 am

PalinsAndTrig.jpgAlan Colmes has been on a downward spiral for the ages since John McCain introduced Sarah Palin as his presumptive Vice-Presidential nominee.

Fellow NewsBuster Warner Todd Huston caught Colmes scraping bottom at his Liberaland web site last night, as the lefty talker and Sean Hannity piñata asked “Did Palin Take Proper Pre-Natal Care?” in connection with Palin’s pregnancy and childbirth earlier this year. Trig Palin was born with Down’s Syndrome on April 18.

A whiff of sanity appears to have prevailed, as the entry is now empty. Also not present: an apology. (Update, 3:30 p.m.Here’s Colmes’s “apology.” You can decide whether it’s adequate or simply blame-shifting.)

But apparently Colmes has no problem with this entry he put up on Friday afternoon about the circumstances surrounding Todd and Sarah Palin’s wedding (full entry follows; links were in original):

Conservative Family Values

In her speech in Dayton today, Gov. Sarah Palin announced that she and her husband are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary, which means they were married on August 29, 1988.

On April 20, 1989 – less than eight months after they eloped – their first son, Track, was born.

I think I can guess the real reason why they eloped, and it wasn’t to save money on an expensive wedding.

Colmes’s snide reference is to this Almanac entry, which reads:

After returning home, Palin eloped with her high school boyfriend in 1988 to save money on an expensive wedding.

Alan, do you know who pays for traditional weddings?

Stipulate for the moment that Colmes might be correct, and that Palin was pregnant at the time the couple married. Is it really inconceivable to Colmes that Todd and Sarah, who had known each other for many years, might have decided to spare their parents, none of whom as far as I can tell were wealthy, an extravagant expense?

One commenter at Colmes’s post made this telling point:

If it’s true then what matters is that Palin has demonstrated her pro-life bona fides not once but at least twice in her life. Once at marriage, the second time after finding out the baby she was carrying would have Down (sic) Syndrome.

The story of the Palins, and Colmes’s reaction, also brings to mind a fairly well-known Republican whose wife was three months pregnant when they married. He was also ridiculed as “somehow” being a values hypocrite by Colmes’s philosophical predecessors.

It turns out this Republican and his wife had a decades-long romance for the ages. The publication of a treasure trove of letters this Republican wrote to his wife over many decades caused even hardened liberals to tear up as they were read. Normally curmudgeonly Mike Wallace was moved to say:

I had no idea. I knew that they adored each other: she him and he her. But the stuff that you read here is — it’s extraordinary.

….. Listen, I used to look at them when they were in public situations like this. And come on — I mean, the adoring look and all of that, and the way that he looked at her. I used to say, come on, it couldn’t be that. Turns out it was, and the letters make it so apparent.

If you can get through the September 9, 2000 CNN interview about this man’s letters to his wife Nancy without choking up, you may need to check your pulse.

This Republican also served as governor of a Western state. He also was a pretty effective politician.

That Republican was Ronald Reagan.

Be careful what you wish for, Alan.

Cross-posted at

Positivity: Woman without hands or legs discovers ‘true joy’ after converting to Catholicism

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:44 am

From Ulan Bator, Mongolia (YouTube video is also here and at link)

Aug 20, 2008 / 09:03 pm – Lucia Otgongerel was born in Mongolia 30 years ago without hands or legs.  She lived in a deep depression until 2002 when she converted to Catholicism and, as she explains, discovered “true joy.”  Today she works in the capital city of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, as a teacher for seven children with special needs.

Now Lucia claims, “I could not live without my faith.”  She overcomes the challenges of her physical condition though an intense life of prayer: including the daily Rosary, meditations and study of the Bible in the midst of her predominately Buddhist country.

In an interview granted to UCANews, Lucia explains that her daily work with seven disabled boys whose ages range from 15-19.  Lucia teachers, despite not having hands: cooking, cleaning, reading and writing at the Faith Center, a small school run by St. Mary’s parish in Ulan Bator which opened last September.

The sixth of eight children, Lucia Otgongerel was born in the Zavhan, a remote province in the Asian country of Mongolia.  She had a very difficult childhood that started to improve when she began using her first prosthetic leg.  Because of it, she was able to attend cooking classes at a very young age which has greatly increased her cooking skills.

“Even without hands, there is nothing I can’t do.  I can open doors with keys, sew, work on the computer, use the cell phone, cut up food, cook – nothing is impossible!  I like embroidery and beads.  People are surprised when they see my parents’ house, decorated all over with my needlework,” she says.

She recalls that in 2001 she began going to Mass because her sister was the friend of the bishop’s secretary.  While she was interested in the celebration, she did not have much faith.  She explains that she enjoyed the songs sung in English and the words continued to ring in her ears, though she did not understand the lyrics.

Faith in Christ began the following year and after praying the Rosary intensely, but with great difficulty at home.  She realized the importance of prayer and decided to convert to Catholicism.

“Since then, I pray a lot, every day, all the time.  I pray a lot and cry.  When young people in the church see me like that, they just leave me alone, and when I come out of the church laughing, they know I was praying.”

“It would be hard for me without prayer.  I pray every morning before I leave home….Later in the day, I also read the daily readings and meditate.  I try to implement the message of each day’s readings.  It gives me much power.”

“Prayer is an important part of my life.  I am alone a lot, so I pray all the time.  I make time to read the Bible.  I am also writing a book about the church in Nisekh and about faith.”

“My faith is very important to me.  I could not live without my faith.”

Lucia also explained how she was often depressed and felt incapable of doing things.  “I was a very different person before being Catholic.”  After her conversion, she recalls, “I wanted to tell many people about my faith, so I started with my family.  Several people followed me.  My niece is now baptized.  My younger brother, my older brother’s children and my two friends come to church too.”

“People seeing me somehow get interested in God and the Church.  Our church in Nisekh is like a family.  I have been teaching catechism there to seven adults, five women and two men.”

When discussing her work, Lucia credits a Polish volunteer, Violetta, for showing her “how to teach challenged children.  She taught me very intensively for two months, and then I read many books about how to teach special children.  But mostly I learned from the children themselves.” …..

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 30, 2008

Michelle Obama’s ‘Sacred’ Proabort Quote Apparently a Sacrilege to Report

The Obama-infatuated media knows a quote to ignore when it hears one.

That Barack Obama and the Democratic Party is in trouble on abortion is inarguable. Obama has been caught red-handed lying about his past positions and votes on Illinois’ Born Alive Infant Protection Act laws, appearing indifferent as to when anyone wishing to eliminate their baby completes the task. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has generated outrage from Catholic bishops and practitioners with her ignorant comments about the history of the Church’s opposition to abortion. John McCain’s nomination of prolife walk-the-walker Sarah Palin has made the contrast between the two parties’ positions as obvious as I’ve ever seen it.

Fanning the flames by reporting yet another controversial comment from Michelle Obama would add dangerous fuel to an already-burning fire.

That likely explains why you’re not hearing about this comment Ms. Obama made at the Women’s Caucus of the Democratic National Convention on Thursday about her husband (bold is mine):

He’ll protect a woman’s freedom of choice, because government should have no say in whether or when a woman embraces the sacred responsibility of parenthood.

Apparently, Michelle isn’t aware of, or doesn’t sufficiently appreciate, the viability of adoption as an alternative, or that the adoption waiting lists are long. Like her husband, who says that determining when human rights begin (i.e., when life begins) is “above my pay grade,” she does not appear to grasp the scientific fact that parenthood begins at conception.

Thank goodness for the prolife and Catholic online publications that did report Ms. Obama’s comment (Catholic News Agency; Life News). Although traditional media were there for the speech, as evidenced by the Associated Press coverage of separate prolife and pro-Hillary Clinton protester incidents that occurred there, you can’t find coverage of Ms. Obama’s “sacred” quote with a search engine.

At the New York Times (search on “michelle obama sacred,” entered without quotes) — there’s nothing.

At the Washington Post (same search) — nada.

A Google News search on “Michelle Obama sacred caucus” (entered without quotes, with a start date of August 28) came back with reports from two prolife publications and the Northeast Region-based (the Toledo Blade result refers to Barack Obama’s Greco-Roman Oration Thursday evening):


Traditional media would appear to prefer that news consumers remain unaware of comments such as Ms. Obama’s. They wouldn’t want people to start reaching the “wrong” conclusions — such that this couple is, y far, more proabort than any ever to get one election away from the White House.

Cross-posted at


UPDATE: I guess this appearance wasn’t worthy of media mention either.

Positivity: Fire rescue hero neighbour praised

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:10 am

From Chesterfield in the UK, about someone who apparently wishes to remain anonymous:

Published Date: 27 August 2008

A NEIGHBOUR has been hailed a hero by firefighters for rescuing a young woman and two children from a smoke-filled house.
The man, from Shirland Street, Chesterfield, was returning home in the early hours when he spotted smoke billowing from the house next door.

Without a thought for his own safety he entered the terrace house and helped the woman and two children to safety from upstairs.

The 21-year-old, a little boy aged four, and a girl aged two, had been unaware of the blaze raging downstairs.

When firefighters arrived moments later a search of the property revealed the rescued woman’s sister slumped on the kitchen floor near a chip pan which had been left on the hob.

Crew manager Silvino Francisco, from Staveley fire station, said the man was a life saver.

“Without a thought for his safety he entered the house and went upstairs to raise the alarm, leading a woman and two children to safety,” said the firefighter. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 29, 2008

You Know Who This Helps?

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:45 pm


John McCain.

Biggest decision thus far.

Absolutely nailed it, strategically and even tactically.

So …. y’think people this weekend will be talking about the nothing-new, overhyped Greco-Roman Oration or the Palin pick? The question answers itself. Update: This proves it (Memeo time-stamped link).

Little-appreciated point: The prolife boomlet resulting from the Palin family’s decision to keep their fifth child even though they knew it would be born with Down’s syndrome was what propelled Sarah Palin to the national stage. Among many others more important who took note, her decision earned her a coveted BizzyBlog Positivity Post.

There could not be a more obvious contrast between McCain-Palin and Obama-Biden on life-related issues.

There’s no point in addressing (or linking) the utterly classless ugliness coming from the left except to say, “Keep it up folks, and by election day you’ll be down 60-40, or worse. You could even lose Congress if you don’t watch out.”

Exit question: Who really had the extra security detail on Mitt Romney? Was it a McCain decoy with real agents, or a Romney visibility tactic with imitators to get one last shot of free pre-California gubernatorial run visibility?


UPDATE: How good is this pick? Even Richard Viguerie, who I thought had forgotten what the word “positive” means, is sunnyside-up — “She’s perfect.”

Palin Around?

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:54 am

Note: This entry was originally posted just before 8:00 a.m.

I won’t be around until this evening for further updating unless I can somehow break free during the day, so I guess this will all look prescient or, uh, less than perfect. Oh well.


A plane flew from Anchorage, Alaska to Middletown, Ohio last night. Lots more here.

Maybe someone can translate this (HT Ace), but it looks to me like the plane arrived last night, and is leaving mid-morning for Snohomish County, Washington. Decoy?

For continued updates: Google Blogs search on “Palin Middletown” (not in quotes).


UPDATE, 9:00 a.m.: At Drudge, right now; hope he’s right about the top left item (the linked AP story is probably dynamic) –


NYT Buries Stadium-Filling Soccer Match in Iraq Inside Unrelated Bombing Story

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:47 am

What do you do if you’re the New York Times and you’re faced with having to report on an incident-free soccer match in Iraq that had 40,000 in attendance?

Why, you bury it in a totally unrelated story about a bombing, omit any mention of it in the headline, and hope against hope that only a few readers bother to reach the seventh paragraph.

Here’s how the report by Erica Goode and Stephen Farrell began:

Bomb Shatters Party, Killing 25 Iraqis

Sheik Ayed Salim al-Zubaie held a large dinner party at his house in Abu Ghraib on Sunday evening to celebrate the release of a family member who had been imprisoned by American forces for three years.

But as the guests sat in the garden waiting for dinner to be served, one, a man wearing a yellow dishdasha, or robe, detonated explosives hidden inside it. The bombing killed at least 25 people and wounded at least 29 others, the police said.

Witnesses speculated that the target of the attack was a group of sheiks attending the dinner who had been working with the Americans to fight insurgents.

Finally, in Paragraph 7, Goode and Farrell got around to two paragraphs about the soccer match. But check out the incoherence that followed:

One dividend of the relative quiet was the largest crowd in decades at a playoff match between two Iraqi soccer teams in Baghdad on Sunday. Government officials estimated that 40,000 people crowded into Shaab Stadium and thousands more stood outside to see the match between the Baghdad home team, Zawra, and a Kurdish team from Erbil.

“I’m here with my family because the security is much better and my daughter got tired sitting at home,” said Uday Adnan, 29. “I live in the Shaab neighborhood and I move freely even if it is 9 p.m., which I couldn’t do for a long time.”

Abu Ghraib, which was the setting of the bomb attack on Sunday and is known for its notorious prison, is a Sunni area about 18 miles west of Baghdad.

American helicopters picked up some of those most seriously wounded in the bombing, presumably to take them to a military hospital. “I just lost my brother, but I pray to God to save my son,” said Abdullah Hamdan, 50, whose 8-year-old son was wounded.

The soccer match lasted three hours and was won by Erbil, 1-0, in overtime. It was Kurdistan’s second finals victory in a row. Last year’s match was held in the north, because Baghdad was considered too dangerous.

If you’re keeping score, that’s:

  • Two grafs about soccer.
  • Two grafs about the bombing, with absolutely no indication that the writers are moving back to their original topic (with a cheap-shot red-meat reference to Abu Ghraib).
  • Then, back to the soccer match.


After five additional paragraphs on the soccer match, Goode and Farrell moved to a third story about the capture of “two suspected senior leaders of Al Qaeda.”

They’re slipping. I thought it was Times policy to call any AQ member in Iraq part of “Al Qaeda of Mesopotamia.”

There was no reason to intertwine the first two stories, other than to minimize the significance of the soccer match. That the match isn’t in the story’s headline is proof enough that the Times wanted to be able to say, “See, we covered it,” while doing all it could to minimize the number of readers exposed to it.

Cross-posted at

Things I’d Like to Post About Today ….. (082908, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 7:23 am

….. But I Don’t Have Any Time For:

  • John McCain is having a hard time filling his Dayton appearance today, for one reason — Instead of making it crystal clear that he’s going to choose a legitimately prolife sensible conservative, McCain has been sending trial balloons out about unacceptable alternatives. Who wants to go and then be cajoled into pretending that someone who opposes their core values is okay? Paraphrasing a discussion I had yesterday with someone you might ordinarily expect to attend — Conservatives have lives, and other perfectly interesting things to do, and need to have a compelling reason to get involved. They aren’t interested in being led into possible traps.
  • Chad Baus at Buckeye Firearms says (paraphrasing), “Lifelong Republican my a**” (HT Michelle Malkin). Anyone who thinks that  “The One” I refer to as “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH” (Barack O-bomba Overseas HusseinObambiObama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters) isn’t going to take away guns, or nominate Supreme Court justices who will do it for him, hasn’t been paying attention.
  • About the only specific thing Obama said last night was “I’ve got news for you, John McCain. We all put our country first.” Translation: We’re patriotic too. If that’s so, it has been hard to tell.
  • There was soccer match in Iraq. The Associated Press says “tens of thousands” attended. Clever, AP. The headlined “sellout crowd” was at a stadium “with a capacity of 50,000,” but it took until the fourth paragraph for readers to learn that. Additionally, the successful event “was not marred by crowd violence or a terrorist attack, a sign that security forces are asserting more control in the capital.” Alternative explanation: It may also be that the Iraq people as a whole are more interested in having fun than in killing each other.
  • Given what’s involved, the subheadline at this article is perfect — “A BBC news girl attacked TV yesterday for failing to show viewers the Taliban’s “humanity.” Only a naive 49 year-old little girl could, in the midst of news about how the Taliban are skinning alive those they capture, complain that the media aren’t covering “the humanity of the Taliban, because they are a wide, very diverse group of people.”
  • The Associated Press has been babbling Obama bromides only about 97.283% of the time. Keith Olbermann can’t handle it (“MSNBC Host Rips AP Reporter’s Analysis of Obama Speech”; HT Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters). Imagine that: Noting that a speech short on specifics was ….. short on specifics.

Positivity: Youngster who owes his life to falling off bike

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:08 am

From Essex, UK:

7:00pm Friday 22nd August 2008

FOR many youngsters falling off your bike is part of life – but for one lucky ten-year-old it literally saved his life.

Alex Fogg only discovered he was suffering from a life-threatening form of cancer after falling off his bike.

Now, two years on, he has been given the all clear by doctors.

Alex was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma after he tumbled off his bicycle, outside his home.

The then eight-year-old complained to his parents, Julie and Carl, both 38, he had a sore knee.

But when he later developed chest pains his worried parents took him to an emergency doctor.

It was then an X-ray delivered the earth-shattering blow that Alex had stage three of the cancer, the second most serious stage, meaning lymph nodes had formed on both sides of his diap-hragm.

The cancer attacks white blood cells, vital for preventing infections especially at Alex’s young age.

But after the brave boy endured several bouts of gruelling chemotherapy at Great Ormand Street Hospital, London, he has now been given the all clear.

He has just undergone his last procedure and been told his cancer is in remission.

Julie, Alex’s mum, believes fate played a big part in his diagnosis.

“I am so glad Alex fell off his bike that day,” she said. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.

August 28, 2008

‘The Hill’ Notes Obama-Biden Wiki Wackiness; Dems ‘Not Returning Calls’

Filed under: Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:30 pm

WikiBidenObama0808.jpgIn a “Leading the News” story primarily about Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Joe Biden’s prior praise of John McCain, Susan Crabtree at The Hill noted previous posts made by yours truly about the alterations made to Biden’s Wikipedia entries shortly before and after he was named by Barack Obama.

Those posts showed that at least these changes were made since I downloaded — and kept — Biden’s main Wiki entry on Friday:

  • (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) The details of Biden’s undergraduate grades went away, and other text in the related paragraph was worked over.
  • (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) The section relating to 2004 under “Presidential Campaigns” was deleted, and most of the text that had been contained there moved to a section before the 1988 campaign. It was if the idea that Biden campaigned for the presidency was true before Obama selected him, and not true after that.
  • (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) The footnote relating to the original entry’s claim that Biden had only plagiarized British politican Neil Kinnock one time, which never related to that claim anyway, was removed. Further, no Wiki entries relating to Biden — before or after — adequately described the full extent of his 1987 plagiarism, which included Kinnock at least one and probably several other times, and other plagiarizing of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Hubert Humphrey.

What Ms. Crabtree wrote follows. It includes some follow-up she did, which is in bold:

Two conservative blogs, and, have run items about changes made to Biden’s Wikipedia entry Friday night as news of his veep selection was leaking out.

The blogs point out that someone wiped out the year 2004 from the presidential campaigns section of the bio. That heading contained a reference to an MSNBC article about Biden urging then-Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry to pick McCain over himself for the No. 2 spot on the ticket.

MSNBC’s story, dated May 16, 2004, reported that Biden told the late NBC “Meet the Press” host Tim Russert that Kerry should select McCain as a way to help heal the “vicious rift” dividing the U.S. reported that the details of Biden’s undergraduate grades (generally C’s and D’s, with two A’s in phys-ed and an F in ROTC) as well as other details about the plagiarism allegations that caused him to drop out of the 1988 Democratic presidential primary “strangely” disappeared from his Wikipedia entry between Friday and Saturday.

Opponents on both sides of the aisle often alter Wikipedia entries of political figures, but the timing of the changes raises questions about whether anyone at the Obama campaign or the Democratic National Committee (DNC) had anything to do with it.

Obama’s campaign and the DNC did not return several calls seeking comment about the changes to the Wikipedia entry as well as the positive comments Biden has made about McCain over the years.

Ms. Crabtree didn’t note that the posts are largely mirrored at the two blogs, but got the substance of what she did write correct. However, a little more detail on the full extent of the 1987 plagiarism would, in my opinion, have greatly benefited inquiring readers.

Cross-posted at

Despite Sharp Upward 2Q GDP Revision, Media, and Some Experts,’ Won’t Let Go of ‘Recession’ Claim

BeaLogoIn case traditional news outlets “forget” to tell you, Uncle Sam announced this morning that second-quarter Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth was revised sharply upward to 3.3% from the late July’s advance estimate of 1.9%.

Dude, where’s my recession?

Y’know, the recession that Barack Obama claimed we “almost certainly in” back in mid-July?

Believe it or not, there are supposedly legitimate economists out there who, despite today’s news, still insist that we are in a recession — right now! — and have been for some time. And of course, reporters are finding them, and quoting them.

Earlier this week, when it was clear that a significant upward GDP revision was in the works, “journalists” at MarketWatch and, with the help of their “experts,” did everything they could to downplay its impending significance. One even called it a “mirage.”

On Sunday, MarketWatch’s Rex Nutting took his shots. Based on previous posts on his work, and past direct correspondence yours truly has had with him, Mr. Nutting seems to be a guy who would have a hard time finding the sun on a cloudless day.

Here is some of his dismal dirge:

Big revision in GDP won’t mean much
Housing, consumer spending expected to weaken further

The economic optimists will get a cheer from some of the economic data in the coming week, but on the whole, the data should point to an economy that’s still mighty troubled.

….. GDP growth is likely to be revised up to 2.7% annual growth from an estimate of 1.9%, according to our weekly survey of economists.

Growth that strong would normally be greeted with hosannas, but this one should come with an asterisk. The growth is mostly outside the United States, not in it.

The upward revision will be almost entirely due to stronger exports (in part due to a weaker dollar) and to much weaker imports. Net exports are contributing more to U.S. growth than at any time in nearly three decades.

Meanwhile, domestic demand is very weak and likely to get weaker in coming quarters.

….. With no more federal stimulus on the way, personal consumption should increasingly reflect the weak fundamentals,” wrote Meny Grauman of CIBC. Third-quarter spending “is looking increasingly grim.”

Predictions that consumer spending will tank have been made, and generally not materialized, for at least the past four years.

Nutting does point to housing as a legitimate concern. But that sector has been in the doldrums for at least a year, and the economy grew nicely in the second quarter in spite of its continued troubles.

Chris Isidore at updated his report for today’s GDP announcement, but, with the help of some stunning statements from certain economists, stuck to his “Pay no attention to that GDP report in the corner” guns (bolds are mine):

The economic growth mirage

Sure, the economy grew at a decent clip in the second quarter. But economists say the gain may be temporary and warn of tougher times ahead.

Despite all the talk about the U.S. economy falling on hard times this year, the economy grew at a more solid pace during the second quarter.

….. But that doesn’t mean that the United States has avoided a recession, some economists say. In fact, there are growing concerns that weakness will extend through the rest of this year and even into 2009.

“My feeling is that the recession started in the fourth quarter of 2007,” said David Wyss, chief economist with Standard & Poor’s. “I think the worst quarter will be the first quarter of 2009, which would make it a long recession.”

….. “Mostly what this report will say is, when you give somebody an $1,800 check, he spends it,” said Wyss, referring to the tax rebate received by many families.

….. several economists say they are certain the United States is in recession, and that no one should be fooled into thinking otherwise by a strong second-quarter GDP report.

That’s because it will be hard for the economy to rebound until the housing, banks and credit markets start to recover from the upheaval of the past year.

Here we have claims by economists that we can be in the third quarter of a recession while growth is registering over 3%! What in the world are these guys putting into their coffee? (I know, Democratic kool-aid.)

Both Nutting and Isidore failed to mention the two arguably biggest economic challenges we face, both of them originating from the left: The Pelosi-Obama-Reid Economy’s hammerlock on sensible energy policy, and current consumer spending restraint tied to the likelihood of punishing tax increases if there is an Obama victory in November.

Oh, and as to the jobs situation: With 1.3 million illegal immigrants having left the country in the past year, maybe the “mirage” is in the employment numbers. This year’s seasonally adjusted jobs loss of 450,000 may reflect 750,000 or so illegal workers leaving — and 300,000 citizen workers taking their place.

Cross-posted at

2nd Quarter GDP Revised Upward to 3.3%!

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:45 am

Would those who have been screaming “Recession, Recession!” please raise their white flags?

C’mon now, nice and high.

Raining on the economic gloom and doom parade in Denver, to be capped off by tonight’s Greco-Roman Oration from “The One,” there’s this from Uncle Sam’s Bureau of Economic Analysis (bold is mine):

Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 3.3 percent in the second quarter of 2008, (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to preliminary estimates released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis.  In the first quarter, real GDP increased 0.9 percent.

That’s revised from the advance estimate for the second quarter of 1.9% last month.

As noted in last night’s post about unchanged income inequality during the Bush 43 Administration’s seven years thus far, analysts and economists across the board were predicting that the revision would come in at 2.7%.

Reminder: The white-flag group would include “The One” I refer to as “Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH” (Barack O-bomba Overseas HusseinObambiObama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters), who said in mid-July that “there’s little doubt we’ve moved into recession.”

Justified Gloater of the Day: Brian Wesbury, who predicted before the initial release in late July that second quarter GDP would come in at 3%, and surely caught a lot of grief, including a bit from me, after that first reading of 1.9%.

ACORN Again, This Time in Cuyahoga County; Shut Them Down

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:23 am

Hot off the keyboards in Cleveland (bolds are mine; HT to an e-mailer):

A national organization that conducts voter registration drives for low-income people has curtailed its push in Cuyahoga County after the Board of Elections accused its workers of submitting fraudulent registration cards.

The board is investigating the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Results of the inquiry could be turned over to the county prosecutor.

Board employees said ACORN workers often handed in the same name on a number of voter registration cards, but showing that person living at different addresses. Other times, cards had the same name listed, but a different date of birth. Still another sign of possible fraud showed a number people living at an address that turned out to be a restaurant.

“I’m obviously very concerned,” Board Chairman Jeff Hastings said. “This goes to the essence of our democracy.”

ACORN had a part-time staff of 30 who worked five days a week to find unregistered people. The workers made $8 an hour and were required to sign up 20 voters in each five-hour shift.

The elections board’s registration department said in a report that ACORN’s quota contributed to the possible fraud.

ACORN stopped the registration efforts of the part-timers on Aug. 15. Three salaried employees continue the drive to sign up voters.

Kristopher Harsh, head organizer for the agency’s Cleveland office, said it is unlikely a full-fledged movement will resume before the Nov. 4 election.

ACORN has submitted about 75,000 voter registration cards to the Cuyahoga board this year.

Board employees are unsure how many of the cards are fraudulent. But the voter registration department received so many suspicious cards that it began compiling a binder with evidence. The binder grew to be an inch-thick.

….. Elections board member Sandy McNair said it was doubtful the agency deliberately defrauded voters.

“You had a badly run operation that was not paying sufficient attention,” he said.


It gets worse — a lot worse.

In November 2006, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported that “Cuyahoga County has 1.05 million registered voters, which tops the number of adults in the county by 200,000, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.” Also in November 2006, a Cleveland TV station reported several specific instances where “votes ….. (were) cast by citizens who are dead.”

How can anyone possibly believe that ACORN was able to find another 75,000 eligible voters to register in Cuyahoga County?

Time and time again, in cities around the country (the linked article notes previous problems in Ohio’s Franklin and Summit Counties, whose county seats are Columbus and Akron), ACORN has engaged in tactics virtually identical to those described above. Then when caught, it has rolled out “dog ate my homework” garbage about poor training, bad management, dishonest low-level employees, blah blah blah.

Stop it already. This is an organization that is rotten at its core.

I don’t have time right now to chronicle the pervasive corruption this group has engaged in for years — and it is by no means limited to voter-registration fraud. This is the same ACORN Michelle Malkin has been writing up over its Barack Obama connections (here, here, here, and here).  This BizzyBlog search on ACORN, plus this one at Gateway Pundit, who has been all over this for years, will provide readers plenty of past evidence.

Yet ACORN continues to get free passes, and even praise, from naive media types, while getting the hero treatment from Democratic party bigwigs.

Two years ago, I wrote that “ACORN should be prohibited from engaging in any voter-registration drives again, PERIOD.” Given what has been learned about the organization’s other problems since, that’s more obvious than ever.

When are prosecutors and attorneys general going to figure out that this corrupt, renegade group needs to be summarily shut down and (thanks to Bill in comment 1 for the nudge) its head honchos prosecuted?


UPDATE: Ed at Hot Air:

In examining the record, one has to wonder why Congress hasn’t demanded a RICO investigation of ACORN instead of trying to find ways to fund its pattern of fraud.  The Democratic majority apparently feels that they need ACORN to conduct fraud on a massive scale in order to cement their grip on power.  And, since their presidential candidate just had to amend his campaign finance records to show an $800,000 contract with ACORN, it seems Barack Obama’s supposed “reform” rests on the same kind of fraud.

An HA commenter writes:

This is not a voter registration organization, it is a crime syndicate targeting our electoral system, and supported exclusively by Democrats.