May 23, 2011

Lickety-Split Links (052311, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:58 am

Paul Ryan’s response to David Gregory on Meet the Press (carried at Breitbart) about the popularity of his budget reform initiatives is fine on one level. Ryan basically said that effective, passionate leadership moves the poll numbers.

That’s basically fine, but given that the establishment press often rigs the poll numbers, the completely correct answer for Ryan would have been to say that effective, passionate leadership moves public opinion.

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Football player Ray Lewis says that the National Football League and the players need to come to an agreement, because if they lose the season, there will be an increase in crime:

That’s because, Lewis said, the NFL lockout affects “way more than us” — the owners and the players.

“There’s too many people that live through us, people live through us,” he said. “Yeah, walk in the streets, the way I walk the streets, and I’m not talking about the people you see all the time.”

When asked why he thought crime would increase if the NFL doesn’t play games this year, Lewis said: “There’s nothing else to do Sal.”

Maybe we should listen to Lewis (no, I don’t really believe that). After all, when it comes to crime, he has hands-on experience, including a criminal conviction, as documented here.

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The photo caption here is more evidence, beyond that noted here and here, that the Associated Press is determined to keep Herman Cain’s substantial resume away from the general public:

Herman Cain announces his run for Republican candidate for president at a rally Saturday, May 21, 2011 in Atlanta. Cain has run a pizza chain, hosted a talk radio show and sparred with Bill Clinton over health care. He’s never held elected office. Now the tea party favorite wants to be president.

Sure guys, all Cain did in business was to run some pizza chain.

It would have been very easy in the space available to indicate that “Cain has been a business turnaround specialist, Board Chairman at the Kansas City Fed, and was head of the National Restaurant Association when he sparred with Bill Clinton over health care.” That’s about 30 words, captures all of his business experience, and is about the same length as the AP’s last three sentences, the final two of which were wasteful filler (“tea party favorite” could have been the first three words of the entire item). But see, that would have been fully descriptive, and the AP apparently doesn’t want that.

As to the “problem” that’s he’s never held elected office, Kyle-Ann Shiver, in a brilliant Pajamas Media column on why Cain is able, quotes the Herminator: “Everyone in Washington has held public office before. How’s that working out for you?”

A full report on Cain’s background, experience, and current momentum is here at National Review.

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At Mediaite last Thursday (internal link added by me):

The effort by liberal media watchdog group Media Matters to convince half a dozen leading national advertisers to pull their dollars from the Fox News Channel got a high-profile snub Thursday when Orbitz, the travel company, not only declined to participate, but fired back at Media Matters, calling the “Drop Fox” campaign a “smear effort.”

Orbitz shot back, describing Media Matters as “a political organization that has been funded pretty extensively to go after one network, and we aren’t going to engage in that fight,” Orbitz spokesman Brian Hoyt told The Hollywood Reporter

It’s only a coincidence, but I’m glad I used Orbitz for my last two flights.

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This just in:

Hamas condemned President Obama’s AIPAC speech, saying it will not recognize Israel despite the United States president’s demand.

The Obama administration is “not a friend to the people of the region,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri told the Ma’an Palestinian news service.

Abu Zuhri said Obama’s continued support of Israel showed that the U.S. is biased, and will “support the occupation at the expense of the freedom of the Palestinian people.”

“The US administration will fail, just as all others have in the past, in forcing Hamas to recognize the occupation,” Abu Zuhri said.

Why does anyone waste “negotiating” with Hamas? Unconditional recognition of Israel’s right to exist must be a precondition for any kind of talks, period. Instead, the pressure is primarily on Israel. Horse manure.

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