September 21, 2008

Heads Up: Gregg Jackson Radio Show Appearance

Filed under: Economy,General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:15 pm

I will be on Gregg’s show at Midnight ET, 9 PM PT, on radio station KDAR FM 98.3 out of Oxnard, California.

We will discuss the New York Post column, the economy, and a number of other things.

Gregg, author of Conservative Comebacks to Liberal Lies, is on KDAR on Sunday nights from 11 PM – 1 AM ET (8-10 PM PT).

You can listen live by clicking on the Listen Live link at the top of KDAR’s home page.

I will put up a podcast or audio if/when it becomes available.

New York Post Column (‘Red State vs. Blue State Economics’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:15 am

My Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy assignment is now complete.

The result is here at today’s New York Post.

Thanks to Pajamas Media for publishing the column that the Post noticed on Thursday, and to the Post’s Steve Lynch for selecting me and editing my original submission.

Until I receive my next set of marching orders …..


UPDATE: Thought it would be a good idea to capture the opinion page containing the link while it’s there –


State Unemployment Data Supporting Sunday Column

Filed under: Economy,News from Other Sites,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:26 am

The following is in response to the inevitable criticism that will come from those who will dispute this paragraph in a column by yours truly published today in that house organ of the Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, the New York Post:

Within certain states, the red-blue contrast is stark. In Ohio, you’ll find foreclosures galore and general economic malaise in bluer-than-blue Cleveland, Akron, Canton, Youngstown, Toledo, and Dayton. Meanwhile, Cincinnati and Columbus are hanging in there nicely, especially in the GOP-dominated ring suburbs. Similar comparisons apply between economically-distressed Southeastern Michigan against the rest of that state, and Metro Chicago versus much of the rest of Illinois.

I made similarly-phrased assertions in a column written for Pajamas Media earlier in the week that went up at BizzyBlog yesterday.

Here is corroboration, based mostly on Bureau of Labor Statistics data for July issued on August 27 (data is not seasonally adjusted):

- July statewide unemployment — 7.2%
- Cincinnati-Middletown — 6.4%
- Columbus — 6.1%

With the exception of Akron (6.7%) and Steubenville (6.8%), every other Ohio metro area listed by BLS has an unemployment rate that is greater than or equal to the overall state average. The worst? Toledo (8.9%).

Cincinnati Ring Counties (related State of Ohio link):
- Clermont — 6.4%
- Warren — 6.1%
- Butler — 6.7%

Columbus ring counties (two other adjacent counties aren’t particularly tied to Columbus):
- Delaware — 5.2%
- Licking — 5.5%
- Fairfield — 6.1%

- July statewide unemployment: 9.1%
- Southeastern metros –
– Detroit-Warren-Livonia — 9.4%
– Flint — 12.3%
– Monroe — 10.8%

The weighted-average unemployment rate for these three areas is 9.7%. The rest of the state is a full point lower. Nothing to celebrate, but the rest of the state is indeed better off than the three industrial metros in SE Michigan. Compared to a year-ago, when that differential was over 1.3%, it seems that a good case could be made that what the state did by raising taxes and doing very little about spending in 2007 is dragging the rest of the state down to the level of the southeast.

ILLINOIS (operative phrase in the article is “much of the rest of the state”)
- July statewide unemployment — 7.4%
- Chicago Metro — 7.3%
- Bloomington-Normal — 5.6%
- Champaigne — 6.4%
- Davenport-Moline-Rock Island — 5.1%
- Peoria — 6.0%
- Springfield — 6.5%

Please direct comments on this post to the BizzyBlog entry noting the NY Post’s column publication.

Positivity: A Fine Sunday Indeed for Tony Romo

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:56 am

From Irving, Texas (HT Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters):

Posted on Thu, Sep. 11, 2008

Tony Romo had been somewhat of an NFL opening-week quarterbacking exception, enjoying a great Sunday in Cleveland, except, of course, for that bloody chin thing.

The weekend had also gone very well for Bill and Sharon White of Irving, who were returning late in the evening after an out-of-town trip.

….. even as devout football fans, the Whites had been on the road and out of touch with the NFL events. They particularly didn’t want to know the Dallas Cowboys’ outcome. The TiVo at home was waiting. Bill planned to watch the Cleveland game immediately, with suspense attached.

But a couple of miles from the house, while driving on MacArthur Boulevard, the Whites had their own mini-disaster. A tire blew on the Mercury. Bill, luckily, managed to nurse his wounded ride off the street and into the lighted parking lot of a strip mall.

For troubling news on a Sunday, it didn’t rank up there with taking a direct hit to the chin from the helmet of linebacker Willie McGinest, but Bill became a bit woozy himself when he discovered his jack was malfunctioning. Never a good thing at midnight.

Plan B kicked in, however. One of those cigarette-lighter-plug-in air compressors was available. Except it was leaking more air than it was pumping.

“I don’t know, a hundred cars, probably more, had to go by. Nobody was stopping,” said Bill. “That’s just kind of the way it is in today’s world.”

And then …

“Bill was fooling with that tire, and I was standing beside the car watching him,” Sharon said. “The next thing I know, a nice-looking young man, very well-dressed, but with something strange on his chin, he walked up, smiled, and said, ‘Hey, you need some help?’ ”

Sharon hadn’t even noticed a car pull up.

So now it’s Bill and the well-dressed young man both bent over a flat tire at midnight on a Sunday, trying to figure out why a faulty air compressor plugged into the cigarette lighter was leaking more than pumping.

“I didn’t get a good look at him at that point,” Bill said. “We were both trying to get the tire pumped up.”

Sharon, however, took a second look. “You are Tony Romo,” she said. No reply, just a smile, and then it was back to work on the compressor.

Finally, they got the tire aired up. Enough, anyway, to make a slow drive home.

“I didn’t want to bother him,” Sharon said, “but I asked again, ‘You’re Tony Romo, right?’ ” I knew it was him by then. But he smiled and said, ‘Yes, ma’am.’ ”

Sharon: “I did something no 50-year-old woman should be doing, but I screamed real loud, and then jumped up and hugged him.”

Bill’s immediate response was “Don’t tell me how you guys did. I’m going home to watch it.”

By the next day, after seeing what the “something strange on his chin” was about, that made the Whites appreciate Romo’s gesture even more.

“He gets almost knocked cold in that game, and I read it took 13 stitches to close the cut, and then there’s a long flight home [the Cowboys charter arrived at around 11 p.m.] and Tony’s got to be dog tired, but he still was a good enough person to stop and help us,” Bill said.

“Look, we’re driving a 10-year old car that is sitting in a parking lot with a flat tire in the dead of night. He could tell by that we’re nothing special. But here’s a young man making millions of dollars, and he’s got all this fame and glory, and he does this?”

The Whites couldn’t thank Romo enough. “But if I ever had the opportunity, I’d also like to thank two other people. His mom and dad,” Bill said. “They obviously raised him right. We’ve got kids about his age. We know how difficult it can sometimes be in this day and age.” …..

Go here for the rest of the story.