July 1, 2010

Lickety-Split Links (070110, Afternoon)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 2:54 pm

So much news, so little time and space …

  • Via Reuters – “New claims for state jobless benefits unexpectedly rose last week, while manufacturing activity and employment slowed in June, heightening fears the U.S. economic recovery is stalling.” In a rare item of press coverage about which Obamanomics defenders can justifiably complain, the wire service’s manufacturing characterization is incorrect. The correct term for what the Institute of Supply Management reported is “expanded less briskly.” But the stickiness of unemployment claims at a level well above what would indicate genuine recovery in the job market is very troubling, and also doesn’t bode well for tomorrow’s Employment Situation Report.
  • While the unemployment claims news was supposedly (cough, cough) “unexpected,” Doug Powers at Michelle Malkin’s place notes that the press obits for Robert Byrd downplaying his KKK past and the NAACP’s complete avoidance of his ardent, filibustering opposition to the 1964 Civil Rights Act have been utterly predictable.
  • Projection? — “Comparing GOP tactics to the fast-striking forces of Nazi Germany, Biden warns in a message sent by the DCCC today: ‘As things heat up, you can expect House Democrats will be hit with a GOP blitzkrieg of vicious Swift-Boat-style attack ads, Karl Rove-inspired knockout tactics, thinly veiled attempts at character assassination and tea party disruptions.’”
  • “Gay Soldiers subpoena Obama” — If successful (of course they won’t be), just for the heck of it they ought to ask Dear Leader under oath where he was born.
  • Who knew being a “traditional welfare” recipient in California could be so very muchfun“? The fundamental lesson the government refuses to learn: Money is fungible.
  • “Inversion of Reality” Watch — “DOJ Slimes Whistleblower Adams in Panthergate Case.” The sub-head: The DOJ responds to Adams with a blatant lie, claiming (J. Christian) Adams is ‘disgruntled’ after being ‘unhappy with his position.’ Adams was actually given a promotion on April 28.” Richard Fernandez: DOJ’s move to dismiss an open-and-shut case is “A Pure Exercise in the Abuse of Power.”
  • Doug Ross: “Oops! 2002 Document: In Case of Spill, Thad Allen Indicated That Coast Guard Incident Commander (Future Thad Allen) Should Waive Jones Act”
  • Unless one thinks it’s all made-up (highly unlikely), it’s impossible to read this item from the Financial Post without admitting to the possibility that the government may have deliberately allowed the BP spill to spread.
  • Also from Doug Ross: “Gee, What a Surprise: Under Oath, Union Official Says Obama Lied About Blago Contacts.” I’m still not convinced that the meeting twice alluded to by a Quincy, Illinois newspaper (covered here and here, with links to copies of the original reports before they were pulled) — reports that were abruptly pulled by its editor when the kitchen got too hot — didn’t happen.
  • Deluded globaloney sympathizer to alleged victim of Al Gore assault in 2006 — “Suck it up; otherwise, the world’s going to be destroyed from global warming.”
  • Also relating to the Gore case, “Police say that, back in 2007, they released the initial three-page report regarding the incident after receiving a public records request from the Portland Tribune.” This is a more egregious instance of journalistic malpractice than originally understood. It isn’t just that they “found out” about the incident through the rumor mill. They had a confirmation from law enforcement that an alleged incident had occurred. By definition in connection with a well-known public figure, this was news.
  • From the “Guaranteed Little If Any Press Coverage” Dept.Hyde Park neighbor of Obama in Chicago “claims Jews for centuries have worked to financially undermine Black people.”
  • Finally, certain people are feeling burned today — and it’s not from the sunlight.


  1. Unless one thinks it’s all made-up (highly unlikely), it’s impossible to read this item from the Financial Post without admitting to the possibility that the government may have deliberately allowed the BP spill to spread.

    Well incompetence can look deliberate because those who are competent couldn’t conceive of such a fiasco unfolding with the proper priorities. I’ve have pointed this out in Hanlon’s Razor – http://www.publiusforum.com/2009/08/11/hanlons-razor/

    What is deliberate in being incompetent is the abandonment of reason, flexibility and an open mind – in short incompetence is the lack of pragmatism. No one can accuse Obama of being pragmatic.

    Comment by dscott — July 1, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

  2. If successful (of course they won’t be), just for the heck of it they ought to ask Dear Leader under oath where he was born.

    I would be just as satisfied if Obama’s travel under Indonesian passport was confirmed. Automatic disqualification and impeachable offense as if he did do he didn’t reinstate his citizenship.

    Comment by dscott — July 1, 2010 @ 7:19 pm

  3. List of tax hikes effective January 1. You people are so screwed…


    - The 10% bracket rises to an expanded 15%
    - The 25% bracket rises to 28%
    - The 28% bracket rises to 31%
    - The 33% bracket rises to 36%
    - The 35% bracket rises to 39.6%

    Btw- some of you in the 10% bracket will go back up to 15% a 50% increase in taxation for those at the bottom of the economic ladder. Who says Democrats are for the poor?

    Start on page 7 to see how you are going to be screwed by Obama and the Democrats for allowing the Bush Tax cuts to expire:

    Comment by dscott — July 1, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

  4. I would like to float a trial balloon here, something I heard Dennis Miller say on O’Reilly tonight. It concerns the illegal alien problem. We on the Right are dead set against any amnesty, want all these people to go back where they came from and then get to the back of the line. The Left wants them here to satisfy their bleeding hearts and they assume that illegals are easy marks for getting them to vote their way. Let’s face it, any new immigrant legal or illegal is an easy mark for a liberal since they may not be used to be sold to for their vote.

    Dennis Miller proposed a workable compromise at least in my way of thinking. Every year we admit a couple million people in for LEGAL immigration. There are anywhere from 12 to 20 million illegals in this country. Dennis proposed we seal the borders and NOT LET ANYONE IMMIGRATE AT ALL for the number of years it would take to equal the number of illegals in this country. So for example if we normally take in 2 million a year and there are 20 million illegals we Prohibit ALL immigration for 10 years, NO EXCEPTIONS. Every last one of these people who come here on education visas would #1 not be allowed to work and #2 MUST go home when they graduate, PERIOD END OF STORY.

    NO MORE HB1 visas, we have enough qualified people in this country for skilled positions and certainly enough unskilled people for crop pickers to last a lifetime. Wasn’t it a couple of years ago some lawyers were exposed for having a seminar telling employers how to recruit foreigners for skilled jobs on the cheap by falsely representing themselves as not being able to fill the job slot with Americans?

    Comment by dscott — July 2, 2010 @ 9:13 pm

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