May 27, 2011

NYT Op-Ed Writer Perlstein Botches Reagan’s Birth Month

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 5:48 pm

In a May 26 New York Times op-ed piece entitled “America’s Forgotten Liberal” (HT Jim Taranto at the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web), Rick Perlstein opened by telling readers that “January was the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth.”

Oops. Ronald Wilson Reagan was born on February 6, 1911.

Here’s a graphic capture of Perlstein’s first two paragraphs:


Maybe the problem is that Perlstein was so excited when he found out that Reagan’s 100th birth anniversary was coming up that he started celebrating a week or so early.

Paragraph 2 captured above accurately previews how the rest of the op-ed by the author of “Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America” is pathetically weak “what if” dreck over which the further use of bandwidth is not warranted.

Perlstein’s only other tagged appearance at NewsBusters came courtesy of Ken Shepherd, who documented the writer’s opinion that “Obama Needs to Be as Stubborn as Reagan Was.”

One thing for sure: Perlstein, and apparently the fact-checkers at the Times, are about as good with dates as Barack Obama.

Cross-posted at

‘Chrysler’s Fake Auto Bailout Payback’

Filed under: Business Moves,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:30 am

The Washington Examiner has a number of tremendous contributors. Conn Carroll is one of them.

Today he tells us about “Chrysler’s fake auto bailout payback” (HT Hot Air).

Read the whole thing.

This is a very likely NewsBusters post waiting to happen, as you can virtually guarantee that the establishment press won’t touch this.

The truth makes a mockery of Sherrod Brown’s and Ted Strickland’s attempts to crow about the “success” of the $100 billion-plus auto bailouts.

Lickety-Split Links (052711, Morning)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:13 am

First, an important local item from an e-mailer, following up on BizzyBlog contributor Rose’s original post on the topic in November (bold is mine):

In November of last year, the Women’s Medical Center abortion facility at 3219 Jefferson Ave. in Clifton near the University of Cincinnati changed location to 11250 Lebanon, Rd., US Route 42, Sharonville, OH.

The Women’s Medical Center is one of several abortion facilities owned by abortionist Martin Haskell, who pioneered the gruesome late-term partial birth abortion procedure.

Sharonville Mayor Virgill Lovitt, in his capacity as president of the Sharonville Board of Health, has conducted a detailed investigation of Haskell’s location and operation in the city.

As a result, the Sharonville Board of Health has submitted documents to the Ohio Department of Health supporting its conclusion that a “waiver/variance was improperly granted and compromises the health, safety and welfare of the general public.”

… The Sharonville location is within feet of Liberty Sharonville Pediatrics.

… Sharonville citizens also oppose Haskell’s presence in their city.

Please send a letter to the Ohio Department of Health requesting a copy of the letter sent from the Sharonville Health Department regarding the “surgical center” operating in Sharonville.

You may state that you understand it is your right under Ohio law to receive a copy of the letter within a reasonable time period.

Express concern regarding the safety of this center and its abortionists’ qualification, and that you expect the ODH to take proper action after reviewing the letter and supporting documents.

Please send your letter to:

Operation Rescue’s three-part expose of Martin Haskell is here.

I haven’t found any media coverage of this yet, except for Brian Thomas’s mention of the situation on 55KRC in Cincinnati this morning. Assuming the local press has any interest in carrying out its watchdog function, the bolded paragraph above is why it’s news.


Civility watch: “MSNBC Suspends Ed Schultz After He Calls Laura Ingraham a ‘Right-Wing Slut.’”

Yeah, he’s apologized, and he appears to be sincere — for the moment. Or maybe Schultz was seeing his career on the brink of self-destruction, and felt he had no choice but to play the sincerity game. Only time will tell.

The hatred on the left directed at female conservatives is astonishing, and its shrillness seems to be on the rise. It’s also extremely telling that the harpies on The View made light of Schultz’s vile misogyny.

Also: There is no evidence here, here, or here supporting Joy Behar’s claim yesterday on The View that the National Organization for (I don’t know what kind of) Women has issued any kind of statement condemning Schultz.


“House members in the know score ‘abnormal’ stock profits, study says” –

An extensive study released Wednesday in the journal Business and Politics found that the investments of members of the House of Representatives outperformed those of the average investor by 55 basis points per month, or 6 percent annually, suggesting that lawmakers are taking advantage of inside information to fatten their stock portfolios.

… To the frustration of open-government advocates, lawmakers and their staff members largely have immunity from laws barring trading on insider knowledge that have sent many a private corporate chieftain to prison.

… The latest study shows that members of the Senate outperform their House colleagues by an average of 30 points per month.

… Despite the GOP’s reputation as the party of the rich, House Republicans fared worse than their Democratic colleagues when it comes to investing, according to the study.

That’s because the percentage of Republicans with ethical standards is higher.


Latest installment of the long-running series known asThe Immigration System Is Broken” (HT Dad 29 via commenter Greg) –

Indian software giant Infosys Technologies has been sued by an employee who says he refused to help the outsourcer get temporary B-1 visas for some workers.

… B1 business visas are intended for short-term uses, such as consulting with business associates, attending a business convention, settling an estate, negotiating a contract, or to install, service and repair commercial and industrial machinery.

According to B-1 visa rules, the holder can’t be paid by a U.S. employer, and immigration attorneys note that it isn’t intended to be used in ways that are similar to the H-1B visa.

… According to the lawsuit, Palmer, a principal consultant for the Infosys, attended a meeting in Bangalore in March, 2010 where Infosys management discussed ways “to ‘creatively’ get around the H-1B limitations.”

The lawsuit, filed late last month, alleges that Infosys was sending workers holding B-1 visa to customer sites. … (and) that customers were overbilled for labor costs for these employees.

… job ads seeking B-1 visa holders for technology work in the U.S. seem widely advertised on India jobs boards.

… The B-1 visas are much cheaper, faster and easier to get than an H-1B visa, said Daniel Costa, an immigration policy analyst at the Economic Policy Institute.

… If an Indian firm has sent a B-1 employee to a client site, the companies they contract with aren’t likely to ask about visa status …

That needs to change.

Infosys North America has revenues of $6 billion. That’s a lot of potential B-1s.

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘The Obama Administration’s Sidam Touch’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:28 am

economy1.jpgIt’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Sunday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

(graphic found at Independent and Conservative)


From the Urban Dictionary:The Sidam Touch” –

  1. The opposite of The Midas Touch, which turns everything to gold, The Sidam Touch breaks and or ruins everything.
  2. The ability to screw up anything and everything. The opposite of the Midas Touch.

That’s the Obama administration’s economic policy all over. Whether it’s ignorant or deliberate, it’s definitely destructive.

Positivity: Quiet revolution — New research spotlights role of black Catholic nuns in desegregation

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

At the Memphis Commercial Appeal:

Posted May 22, 2011 at 12:05 a.m.

Long before the civil rights movement broke racial barriers to public education, black Catholic sisters were quietly desegregating Catholic colleges, universities and normal schools. Through a variety of strategies, black teaching nuns won admittance, opening doors not only to higher education for African-Americans, but also helping turn Catholic elementary and secondary schools into havens of quality education for black children, especially in the South.

It’s a largely untold story. But now a Memphis native, in work that has caught the attention of prestigious historical societies and universities, is bringing it to light.

Shannen Williams, 28, is a doctoral candidate at Rutgers University and a graduate of Craigmont High School here. She and others believe that, when finished, her dissertation, “Subversive Habits: Black Nuns and the Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America after World War I,” will be the first significant historical study of African-American Catholic sisters in the 20th century. It will also unearth, as she writes, “a forgotten battlefield of the African-American freedom struggle in which black nuns attempted to forge an alternative path to black liberation through Catholic education.”

Beginning in the 1920s, Catholic schools faced an accreditation crisis. States were demanding advanced training for private school teachers. The Catholic church operated the nation’s largest independent school system, including 144 schools for black children, nearly all in the South, said Williams.

The earliest of these black schools were founded by the black orders, and black nuns still made up a significant number of the schools’ teachers and administrators, she said. Yet black sisters were excluded from Catholic higher education.

Williams’ exploration of their response and its wider ramifications is “potentially groundbreaking work,” according to the John Tracy Ellis Dissertation Award Committee, which last year named Williams winner of the award bestowed by the American Catholic Historical Association. The committee wrote that “it could shift our understanding … of the histories of race relations, the civil rights movement, education and American Catholicism.”

“I don’t think many have looked at black Catholics, period,” said Rutgers professor Deborah Gray White, the Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University and a specialist in American history. “There’s not a lot of them. Also, we have focused on desegregation of public education and not so much parochial schools.” She called Williams “very, very smart … one of our brightest students at Rutgers.”

Williams details how the sisters and their allies, a small cadre of church prelates and priests, university administrators and some orders of white teaching nuns, employed often-surreptitious strategies.

The Sisters of the Holy Family, for example, desegregated what is now Loyola University-New Orleans in 1921, by taking classes that were taught off campus by the Sisters of Charity of Seton-Hill, a white order, but with credits granted through Loyola. …

Go here for the rest of the story.