October 20, 2010

Pre-Election Day Reminder: Ted Strickland’s Labor Day Anti-GOP, Anti-Tea PartyMeltdown (with Tea Party Response)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:10 pm

This seems timely, given the comedy officially known as the CNN/Time poll showing Ted Strickland ahead of John Kasich by a point, with moderates breaking 63-31 … for Strickland (click on the link at this Real Clear Politics to get to the detail)!

I think CNN and Time polled “moderate Marxists.”

As I noted when I originally posted the video (direct YouTube), it may be that watching with the sound off will give you the best idea of how truly unhinged Ted Strickland’s Labor Day rant at the AFL-CIO’s Coney Island picnic really was:

Partial Transcript (unfortunately not complete because of weak audio and strident delivery):

The Republican Party has been overtaken by the zealots, by the extremists, by the radicals, by the _____, and they don’t seem to like Ohio very much, and quite frankly, they act as if they don’t like America very much.

They want to change our Constitution, they want to change Medicare, they want to change ___, they want to change this country …. and we say to them, “Hell no, we won’t …”

And so I ask you: Are you read to fight …. against the extremists? Are you ready to fight the Tea Party radicals? … Are you ready to fight John Kasich?

… What we are fighting against is Wall Street greed that brought our economy to the brink of total disaster.

… They like to say that in Ohio has lost 400,000 jobs. What they don’t say is that America lost 8-1/2 million jobs. And why did those jobs leave our people and our country? It was not because of Ohio, it was not because of the men and women standing on this platform with me. It was not because of organized labor. It was not because of Ted Strickland. It was because of Wall Street greed!

… They want to take the culture of Wall Street, they want to take the greed of Wall Street, they want to take the leadership of Wall Street, and take over this country, and we say, “Hell no!” …

This was Tea Partier Chris Littleton’s response, as carried at RightOhio:

Dear Fellow Citizens and Taxpayers,

There really aren’t any words that describe this video. It’s simply what Governor Strickland thinks of you and me.

He asks the crowd a very simple question – “Are you ready to fight the tea party radicals?”

And just for Governor Strickland’s pleasure, let me outline those “radical” beliefs of the tea party.

1. Limited Government: we think the bigger the government the smaller the citizen. We advocate for less government in our lives and therefore more personal liberty.
We believe the current direction at all levels of government is expanding government’s scope and influence not lessening it.

We also believe both parties are to blame for expanding government in Ohio and elsewhere.

2. Fiscal Responsibility: we think the government should spend less than it takes in. We believe that working Americans and small business owners in every inch of the United States understand this because we live it every day in our personal lives.

We believe the only people that don’t get this are government officials and bureaucrats.

Example (just for governor Strickland): when faced with a budget crisis (AKA more bills than money – had to explain it for Strickland), you can’t expand programs or take money from the federal government just to patch the hole. You must cut spending.

We believe that citizens do this in our personal lives – why can’t government?

3. Free Markets – we believe the government should not be driving the economy – the entrepreneur should. The less tax and regulatory burden placed on business owners, the more wealth and jobs that will be created.

Since Ohio ranks at the bottom of the list in practically every ranking for a business-friendly state, I’m pretty sure neither party for the last 20 years gets this either.

But, our people get it. They say – “Government I don’t need anything from you. I just need to be left alone for my business to succeed. Get out of my hair.”

So Governor Strickland – how are these key principles so radical?

I would consider these American values, but if you want to declare war on the American value system. Who am I to stand in your way.

I wish you the best of luck in declaring war on people who believe in personal responsibility, hard work and strength of character. But, if that’s your belief system…well…I guess we weren’t raised the same way, and thank God for that.

Best of luck to you in the upcoming election. I guess only time will tell how many of us embrace these “radical” ideas and are happy to denounce you.

OPEN INVITATION: If you’d like to sit down with me and discuss my radical value system – open invitation. Happy to chat anytime.

I don’t think Chris needs to keep his cell phone on 24-7 in anticipation of that call.

‘The 2100 Trust’ Wants to Buy the Boston Globe. Who Are They?

Filed under: Business Moves,Environment,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:11 pm

So “The 2100 Trust” wants to buy the Boston Globe. The Globe’s parent company, The New York Times, yanked it off the market six months ago after not getting what it considered a decent offer and supposedly “after determining that its finances had stabilized.”

Uh, I don’t think so, from the Wall Street Journal:

Revenue in the group that includes the Globe declined 6.2% to $102.8 million in the third quarter, Times Co. reported Tuesday.

The Times Company has not acknowledged contact, if any has occurred.

According to many reports, the Globe was losing $1 million per week before the Times demanded concessions that amounted to $20 million (WSJ’s figure) from the Globe’s unions. Obviously, if revenues are still falling, the math here isn’t working.

So who is Aaron Kushner, “Mission-Driven Entrepreneur” — and where is his “2100 Trust” getting the money to “to make a ‘significant long-term investment’ in the newspaper”? Possibly personal funds, but it doesn’t seem likely, or at least it wouldn’t seem to be 100% of the answer.

An Aaron Kushner, who very likely is the same person (link is to the address of his company Marian Heath Greeting Cards), is described in this very rough Google translation of a French report about U.S.-Israel relations as an Obama fan, and gave $2,300 to Obama’s 2008 campaign (after giving another $1,000 to Joe Biden when he was still running):

Aaron Kushner, a young man from Boston, rather a supporter of Barack Obama is sorry for the misunderstanding: “Nobody doubts that Obama is tied to Israel and to peace. But it is a methodological problem. This is not good to put a wedge in relations between Israel and the United States. The Arab world believes that there is a gap between the allies.’s because they do not understand what it means to have the freedom of expression. But it reinforces an impression of weakness.”

If the name of “The 2100 Trust” refers to calendar year 2100 — and I emphasize the word “if” — there may be reason to believe that it has a connection with this:

I think I recognize the guy whose narrative appears at the end, with a brief view of him. Does anyone else?

I would not bet against this guy, who just threw $1 million at Media Matters, being directly or indirectly financially involved with a Globe bid.

AP Lowers the Housing Recovery Bar By At Least 17%

LoweringTheBarIn a report so riddled with errors, inconsistencies, incompleteness and sloppiness that it’s really hard to know where to begin, Associated Press real estate writer Alan Zibel couldn’t even keep his housing recovery benchmark remotely consistent with what it was only a month ago.

The Census Bureau’s September release of information about August housing starts and building permits informed the country that those items came in at seasonally adjusted annual rates of 598,000 and 569,000, respectively (they were revised slightly upward in yesterday’s reports covering September).

On September 21, after disclosing the housing starts number, but not the one for permits, Zibel quoted Paul Dales, U.S. economist with Capital Economics, who said:

“Homebuilding activity remains at an astoundingly weak level,” Dales said, adding that construction has to be more than double current levels for the market to be considered healthy.

My math says that means that annualized starts have to reach more than 1.2 million before health returns.

Now look at what Zibel told us in his report yesterday:

Housing starts are up 28 percent from their bottom in April 2009. Still, they are down 73 percent from their peak in January 2006 and 40 percent below the 1 million annual rate that analysts say is consistent with healthy housing markets.

Really, Alan? How did the benchmark for healthy housing markets drop by 17% or more, from the “more than 1.2 million” cited in September to 1 million yesterday?

My answer: It didn’t. A quick eyeball review of the nearly 52 years of data in the Census Bureau’s housing starts report (the not seasonally adjusted one, because we’re looking at full years of data) shows that every single year since 1959 — good and bad — has had over 1 million total starts. A convenient table from the National Association of Home Builders showing annual starts from 1978 to 2009 shows us that total starts were over 1 million every single year, even during the slump years of 1981, 1982 and 1991.

Perhaps the AP writer intended to refer to total starts including multi-family units in September and only to single-family units in October. If he tries to go there, I’m not buying it. Dale’s quote in September refers to “homebuilding,” which would ordinarily seem to refer only to single-family dwellings. If Dale is setting the single-family annual bar at 1.2 million, the benchmark for all housing starts should really be much higher than 1.2 million (I told you the reporting was pervasively sloppy).

So why did Zibel lower the bar so significantly two weeks out from the mid-term elections? And why was he so sloppy about it? For many readers here, the questions answer themselves.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Christine O’Donnell Is Right; Chris Coons Is Wrong (and Ignorant to Boot)

Y’know, the libs in the audience at the O’Donnell-Coons debate earlier this week can laugh all they want. Chris Coons “The Tax Man” and his camp can condescend all they want. The hopelessly biased establishment press can say and write that Christine O’Donnell erred all they want.

They can laugh, condescend, say, and write, all day and all night, between now and Election Day, and even thereafter.

But all of their laughter, condescension, broadcasts and punditry won’t change the fact that Christine O’Donnell is right and Chris Coons is wrong: Separation of church and state is not in the Constitution — and never will be unless and until the Constitution itself is amended.

The establishment clause of the First Amendment is not a “separation” clause. All the Supreme Court opinions and decisions in the world pretending that it somehow is won’t change that — and never will unless and until the Constitution itself is amended.

Mark Levin explains it all in two audio clips from his Tuesday night broadcast that follow (direct YouTube links here and here; original HT to RightScoop, who has the full 15 minutes in one audio):

 

All of the elitist laughter, condescension, broadcasts and punditry also won’t change the fact that when called upon, Ruling Class member Chris Coons could not correctly name even ONE of the five freedoms (assembly, speech, petition, religion, press) found in the First Amendment of the Constitution that a person who possesses a law degree is supposed to know stone-cold (HT Michelle Malkin):

Coons named the separation of church and state (Wrong!! – It’s “freedom of religion” — Ed.), but could not identify the others — the freedoms of speech, press, to assemble and petition — and asked that O’Donnell allow the moderators ask the questions.

“I guess he can’t,” O’Donnell said.

Bingo, Christine — and poor little Chrissy Coons had to go running to the moderators for cover. What a chicken-bleep. Cue the Sharron Angle quote.

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UPDATE: Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion has a great dissection of what Jefferson’s original “separation” quote was all about, and adds this —

… I don’t expect those folks who don’t get it to ever acknowledge that she (O’Donnell) is actually making a very important argument that many Americans don’t understand. Why? For the most part, our education system has robbed the citizenry of critical thinking and reading comprehension skills.

And it has deliberately warped the meaning of key sections of the Constitution to fits its leftist agenda.

Post of the Day: Iowahawk

Actually, it originally went up on Friday.

Iowahawk’s history (HT Patterico) of the Obama administration, in old-fashioned command-line, all caps format.

Excerpts:

DO YOU WANT CZARS?

>Y

ENTER CZAR NAMES SEPARATED BY COMMA. WHEN YOU ARE DONE PRESS CTL-T

>JONES, JENNINGS, HOLBROOK, CROWLEY, RATTNER, MONTGOMERY, BERSIN, HAYES, ROSS, STERN, ROSENTHAL, VOLKER, BROWNER, DUBOIS, DAVIS, FRIED, DEPARLE, KUNDRA, BLAIR, MITCHELL, FEINBERG, SUNSTEIN, HOLDREN, DEVANEY, GRATION, ALLISON, CHOPRA, BRENNAN, CARRION, CARTER, SAMORE

I’M SORRY. THAT IS AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

>IGNORE CONSTITUTION

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YOU ARE IN AN OVAL OFFICE. YOU ARE BEHIND A DESK. YOUR APPROVAL HEALTH IS 55%. YOUR CONGRESS HAS 31% HEALTH. UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE FOREST IS 8.9% YOUR FRIEND AT HARVARD IS ARRESTED BY POLICEMAN.

>CALL POLICEMAN STUPID, PLAY RACE CARD

I’M SORRY, THAT DID NOT WORK. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

>BEER SUMMIT, BLAME BUSH

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YOU ARE IN AN OVAL OFFICE. ON THE TV ARE YOUR CZARS. YOUR CZARS ARE PRAISING COMMUNISM. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

>PLAY RACE CARD, VOICE SUPPORT FOR CZARS

I’M SORRY, THIS DOES NOT WORK. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

>THROW CZARS UNDER BUS

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YOU ARE IN AN OVAL OFFICE. YOU ARE BEHIND A DESK. YOUR APPROVAL HEALTH IS 49%. HEALTH CARE BILL IS STALLED. YOUR CONGRESS HAS 16% HEALTH. UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE FOREST IS 9.5%. YOUR TEAM IS SHOPPING THEIR RESUMES. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

>ADD PAGES TO HEALTH CARE BILL

HOW MANY?

>1826

DO YOU WANT TO READ NEW HEALTH CARE BILL?

>N

HEALTH CARE BILL NOW COST $1 TRILLION. HOW WILL YOU PAY?

>PRETEND IT COSTS $0

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YOU ARE IN AN OVAL OFFICE. YOU HAVE 41% APPROVAL HEALTH. YOU HAVE NO GOLD LEFT. YOU HAVE NO CONGRESS LEFT. YOU HAVE NO MEDIA LEFT. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO?

>BLAME BUSH

I’M SORRY, THAT DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE.

>PLAY RACE CARD

I’M SORRY, THAT DOESN’T WORK ANYMORE.

>PLAY GOLF

GOLF COURSE IS CLOSED.

>TURN LEFT

DUDE.

>FAKE TURN RIGHT

ADVENTURER PLEASE, YOU’RE JUST EMBARRASSING YOURSELF.

Read the whole thing.

Lickety-Split Links (102010, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:40 am

Rioters rampage, protesters block French airports” — Because the government wants to increase the regular retirement age in the country’s retirement system from 60 to 62.

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From Tim Graham at NewsBusters“WaPo Ignores Rep. Jim Moran Race — Even As Moran Sneers His 24-Year Army Vet Opponent Offers No ‘Public Service’ Record.”

Here’s what Moran said:

“What [Republicans] do is that they find candidates – usually stealth candidates – that haven’t been in office, haven’t served or performed any kind of public service. My opponent is typical.”

Moran’s opponent is Patrick Murray. You have to read Murray’s full bio, which includes “tours in Iraq, Kosovo, Bosnia, Serbia and Russia,” to really appreciate how utterly outrageous and contemptible the remark by Moran really is.

Based on his bio, Moran has never served in the military.

I’m also reminded of the knee-jerk, how-dare-you reactions of Democrats when anyone questions a party member who has military experience over legitimate policy questions (e.g., Max Cleland, the late John Murtha).

As to Moran, let it not be forgotten (expletive is at link) that in June 2006, he promised constituents that: “When I become chairman [of a House appropriations subcommittee], I’m going to earmark the sh** out of it (the opportunity).” Sadly, that’s exactly what he has done.

So Moran’s definition of “public service,” based on what he has said and done, apparently involves maximizing earmarks from his privileged perch. He has earned rejection, not reelection.

From here it appears that Northern Virginia would be much better served in Congress by Murray, whose issue positions are clearly and sensibly conservative.

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At Bloomberg BusinessWeek“U.S. Mortgage Applications Fall by the Most in Four Months.”

At Reuters“Mortgage applications slump as rates rise from lows.” There’s no indication that apps slipped to their lowest level in four months in Reuters’ content.

The Associated Press doesn’t have a story up as of 9:10 this morning. My guess is that they’re in the lab, trying to formulate a version of lipstick to put on this really ugly pig.

The actual press release from the Mortgage Bankers Association is here.

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“Bank of America posts $7.7B loss on special charge”Nice, vague headline from the Associated Press. The “special charge” is $10.4 billion for “credit and debit card reform legislation passed over the summer” because it “limits fees banks can collect when merchants accept debit cards.”

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About 20 seconds into the first clip at this Right Scoop link, Sarah Palin tells an audience at a Reno rally that, “We can’t party like it’s 1773, not yet.”

Hilarity ensued (HT Michelle Malkin), as “smarties” on the left, including Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos, Gwen Ifill of PBS, and several other celebrated what they thought was a major Palin gaffe.

Uh, folks, the Boston Tea Party was in 1773.

Wow. Palin is so in the Left’s collective head that she “pwns” them even when she isn’t trying to.

Positivity: Bishop underscores importance of family during Mass with rescued miners

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:06 am

From Santiago, Chile:

Oct 19, 2010 / 05:09 pm

At a Mass of Thanksgiving with 20 rescued miners outside the San Jose Mine in Chile, Bishop Gonzalo Duarte underscored the vital importance of the family within society.

Bishop Duarte, vice-president of the Chilean Bishops’ Conference, thanked the miners and their families for their example of strength, solidarity, unity and drive to live. “The family is the best place to be born, to grow up, to grow old and to die,” he said, praising the miners’ loved ones for remaining outside the mine during the entire ordeal.

The bishop also offered special thanks to mothers and grandmothers, whom he called “the backbone” of the country. …

Go here for the rest of the story.