August 18, 2011

Toledo Blade Ignores Union Angle in Nationally Covered ‘Scab’ Shooting Story

Toledo-area blogger Maggie Thurber recently referred me to a week-old item at the odious, leftism uber alles Toledo Blade. Written by “Blade Staff” (can’t say I can blame anyone for not wanting to put their name on this disgrace), it described a violent shooting incident which took place in Lambertville, a town in Monroe County, Michigan just north of the Glass City.

If you knew nothing else about the event and only relied on the Blade’s story, you would think that what occurred was some kind of random act of violence:

Lambertville man shot in arm after man tries to slash his tires

A man was shot in the arm Wednesday night when he interrupted a suspect trying to puncture his vehicle’s tires with a knife, authorities said.

… When confronted, the assailant shot a small caliber pistol at the victim, grazing his left upper arm. The victim was treated at the scene and was to seek medical treatment on his own, sheriff’s deputies said.

The suspect was described as being in his mid-20s to early 30s, white, of medium build, and about 6 feet tall. He was wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, jeans, and a dark-colored baseball hat.

He appeared to be in his mid-20s or early 30s.

Note that the victim was not named.

A follow-up Blade report 12 hours later, also by “Blade Staff,” added these details (bolds are mine):

Man attempting to stop auto vandalism is shot

A man who interrupted a suspect trying to puncture the tires of his vehicle with a knife was shot in the arm.

… When confronted, the assailant shot a small caliber pistol at the victim, grazing his left upper arm. The unidentified victim was treated at the scene and was to seek medical treatment on his own, said the Monroe County Sheriff’s department.

Authorities described the suspect as being in his mid-20s to early 30s, white, medium build, and about 6 feet tall. He wore a dark-colored T-shirt, jeans, and a dark-colored baseball hat.

Again, “Blade Staff” did not name the victim.

The problem for the Blade is that in the Internet era there are several publications which knew that there was more to this story than the Blade reported. One of them is local radio station WSPD, which carried a far more informative version of what went down and why:

Monroe County Sheriff Looking into Apparent Union Related Violence

Lambertville non union electrical contractor shot, SCAB scrawled on truck

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department is working to solve a case of vandalism that turned life-threatening.

John King was shot in the arm last week when he surprised a man trying to slash the tires on the truck at his Lambertville home. The word “scab” was also scrawled on the side.

King says he became suspicious when he saw an outside security light outside go on.

When he stepped out of his front door, the man fired one shot and ran off.

King is the owner of the largest non-union electrical contracting company in the area.

Imagine that. How could “Blade Staff,” which as far as I can tell has done no additional follow-up story (Blade site searches on “Lambertville” and “John King,” entered with quotes, corroborate this), miss those pesky details about the “scab” scrawl and King’s ownership of a non-union electrical firm?

The Blaze, Glenn Beck’s news site, didn’t miss the critical facts either, excerpting from a more complete Labor Union Report story (also linked by CNS News), both of which carry the following picture of the vandalized vehicle:


The Labor Union Report’s coverage fills in details the Blade didn’t care to report, and apparently still doesn’t care to report (bolds are mine):

John King didn’t plan on being an enemy of unions. In fact, he says all he’s ever wanted to do is work at something he loves doing and be successful at it—something that most normal Americans would call ‘The American Dream.’

After high school and some college, Mr. King briefly worked for an IBEW contractor before being drafted into the military. Following his service in the early 70s, King became his own boss by going into business as the youngest electrical contractor in Toledo.

Over the years, King Electrical Services had always been a small business. However, during the Great Recession, King’s business has actually improved as his union competitors have priced themselves out of work.

Unfortunately, being a non-union electrical company, King has always been on the radar of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). In fact, in 2006, he won a significant case against the IBEW at the US Court of Appeals, after the union had improperly promised his electricians jobs on union sites if they voted the union into King’s company.

… Unfortunately, the vandalism has never stopped. This year alone, he’s had to report three incidents of damage to police. This doesn’t include the incidents of stalking he and his men have to go through while they’re working.

… Last Wednesday … As soon as he got outside his front door, King yelled at the individual who was crouched down by King’s vehicle. As soon as King yelled, the suspect stood and, without hesitation, fired a shot at Mr. King.

Luckily for King, as he yelled, he also stumbled. If it weren’t for that, however, John King’s injuries might have been much, much worse. In fact, he might have been killed.

Read the whole thing.

It’s virtually impossible to imagine, given the legal history described at Labor Union Report, that “Blade Staff” doesn’t know exactly who John King is and why he was targeted.

In the old days, a city paper might have gotten away with such obvious journalistic malpractice. Those days are over. In coverage of this incident, the Blade, which from all appearances has to this day never named John King in its current coverage, has in the past not so humbly described itself as a Glass City asset. In this instance and so many others in the past half-dozen years (other examples here, here, here, and here), it has embarrassed itself and, unfortunately by extension, its city.

Cross-posted at

Latest Pajamas Media Column (‘Betrayed by their Elders — And Their Party’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:30 am

It’s here.

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

The subhead: “Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter needs to look at who really ‘damaged their own race.’”


Related: So it seems that the ethics investigation-dodging Maxine Waters and the Congressional Black Caucus are getting restless

The California Democrat, speaking at a raucous town hall in Detroit hosted by the CBC on Tuesday, said she doesn’t want to attack the president from his base unless the base gives her the go-ahead.

“If we go after the president too hard, you’re going after us,” Waters said. “When you tell us it’s all right and you unleash us and you’re ready to have this conversation, we’re ready to have the conversation.”

Judging by the reaction of the audience, including someone yelling to Waters, “It’s all right,” the president will be hearing very soon from the congresswoman and her fellow caucus members.

Since Obama took office, he has resisted pressure from the CBC to create jobs programs specifically targeting blacks, saying that improving the entire economy will help all groups.

The only sure thing on which you can lay odds is that their supposed prescriptions for jobs and economic improvement will involve more of the same things which haven’t worked for 4-1/2 decades.


Also Related: At HillBuzz, relaying an email that has been going around the tubes —

What is the difference between slaves on plantations and blacks who blindly vote for Democrats?

What does a slave-owner have to provide, free, for his slaves?
1. Free Housing.
2. Free Food.
3. Free Healthcare
4. A menial education sufficient to the task he requires the slave to perform.

What is the one thing a slave owner required of his slaves?
1. Unquestioning Loyalty.

What do the democrats always promise to provide, free, to blacks?
1. Free Housing.
2. Free Food.
3. Free healthcare
4. A free menial education, sufficient to get them to the voting booth.

What is the one thing Democrats require of their constituents?
1. Unquestioning Loyalty.

The only question black democrats have to ask themselves is:
Who’s your master now?

Unemployment Claims Back Up: 408K SA, Up from Previous Week’s 399K; NSA Down 15% Year-Over-Year

Filed under: Economy,General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:12 am

Still Stuck on 400K+: From the Department of Labor

In the week ending August 13, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 408,000, an increase of 9,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 399,000. The 4-week moving average was 402,500, a decrease of 3,500 from the previous week’s revised average of 406,000.

… The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 342,669 in the week ending August 13, a decrease of 11,739 from the previous week. There were 405,484 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

My Business Insider email had expectations pegged at 400K, the same as Bloomberg and Reuters.

Changing it up this week, I’m presenting a graph of the four-week average, which is still trending down, but has been at 400K+ for 17 weeks:


Unless there are fairly dramatic drops in the coming weeks, this week’s initial claims number, especially after it gets more than likely revised upward, will keep the four-week average above 400K for a while.

Positivity: Would you say ‘yes’ to a surprise wedding?

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From Ontario, Canada (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

August 15, 2011 11:33 AM

When an Ontario man popped the question to his bride-to-be, he wasn’t fooling around. Shawn Lippert of Tecumseh, Ont., near Windsor, had the entire ceremony – the dress, the wedding party, the reception and more than 200 guests – ready for her when she said “yes.”

Shawn and Colleen Lippert were married on Aug. 13, just hours after he proposed.

Shawn had convinced Colleen that they should elope in Vegas in September, but he had other plans in mind. He called his covert mission to plan a wedding without Colleen finding out Operation White Cake.

“I just knew in my gut this is exactly what she wanted,” Lippert told The Windsor Star. “I’ve been with her forever and I just knew.”

Go here for the rest of the story.

At CSM Hit Piece, Former Biden Economist Calls Perry ‘Keynesian,’ Errs in Using BLS Data

The Christian Science Monitor appears to have a problem monitoring its bloggers. Even though it asserts that its “diverse group of the best economy-related bloggers out there … (have) responsibility for the content of their blogs,” the largely respected CSM should understand that Jared Bernstein has just embarrassed it bigtime.

To its credit, CSM describes Bernstein, currently a senior fellow at the very liberal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (Director emeritus: Marian Wright Edelman), as a Biden/Democrat hack: “Jared was chief economist to Vice President Joseph Biden and executive director of the White House Task Force on the Middle Class.” But unless CSM wants to be seen as a place like the Huffington Post, where it seems that anyone can throw up anything regardless of its truthfulness (I’m talking to you, Sam Stein), it needs to at least fact-check info with an obvious surface stench — and I could smell the acrid aroma from Bernstein’s item here in Ohio. His woeful Wednesday post goes beyond predictable cherry-picking into the realm of flat-out errors.


Ohio Healthcare Freedom Issue 3 Video

Filed under: Activism,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:01 am

Nicely done:

Ballot language:

Issue 3 Proposed Constitutional Amendment

Proposed by Initiative Petition To adopt Section 21 of Article I of the Constitution of the State of Ohio

A majority yes vote is necessary for the amendment to pass. The proposed amendment would provide that:

1. In Ohio, no law or rule shall compel, directly or indirectly, any person, employer, or health care provider to participate in a health care system.

2. In Ohio, no law or rule shall prohibit the purchase or sale of health care or health insurance.

3. In Ohio, no law or rule shall impose a penalty or fine for the sale or purchase of health care or health insurance.

The proposed amendment would not:

1. Affect laws or rules in effect as of March 19, 2010.

2. Affect which services a health care provider or hospital is required to perform or provide.

3. Affect terms and conditions of government employment.

4. Affect any laws calculated to deter fraud or punish wrongdoing in the health care industry.

If approved, the amendment will be effective thirty days after the election.