October 20, 2011

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102011)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 11:11 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder is below. Other topics are also fair game.

(Brought to the top in the wake of Muammar Gaddafi’s death.)
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Muammar Gaddafi has been killed, according to Reuters and an AFP photo (scroll down at link; warning – graphic).

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Well, now we know where about a healthy portion of Mitt Romney’s 20% or so GOP support comes from Via the New York Daily News, concerning a Rasmussen poll (HT to an emailer) — “Republicans – by an 11-to-1 margin – believe capitalism is superior to socialism, the poll found. Democrats are much more closely divided, with 39% preferring capitalism and 30% backing socialism.” Math hint: 1 divided by 11 equals 9%.

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Occupy this — from Bryan Preston at the PJ Tatler (HT Instapundit; underlying Washington Post item): “Obama Has Raised More from Wall Street than All the GOP Contenders, Combined.”

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From Charles Spiering at the Washington Examiner (HT PJ Tatler, where the operative word is “disgusting”) — “Romney attacks Perry with Debate Blooper Reel.” So much for the “Eleventh Commandment,” eh? Just to be clear on the exact meaning of the commandment:

The commandment never meant that one Republican could not criticize the policies or philosophies of another Republican. It meant only that one could or should not engage in personal attacks on another Republican.

Reagan adopted it fully that same year. During the 1966 primary, Reagan’s moderate GOP opponents savaged him, calling him “temperamentally and emotionally upset” and suggesting that his switch from Democrat to Republican “might indicate instability.” Reagan did not attack them in the same manner.

The Perry blooper vid has been pulled. Romniacs says it’s because of copyright issues. I say, “Horse manure” — and so does Bryan Preston (” it falls easily under fair use”).

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Business Insider: “… almost 26 million Americans are either unemployed, marginally attached to the labor force, or involuntarily working part-time—a number experts say is unprecedented.”

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Mark Krikorian at National Review (“Hollow Deportation Boast”): While the Obama administration trumpets record deportations, “the increase in deportations that continued pretty steadily under both Clinton and has stopped dead under Obama”:

Deportations1995to2011

‘Romney the Inevitable’ Update: Cain Leads at RCP (Also: AP-GfK Twists Presidential Preference Question; Updates: Iowa and Other Items)

Oct. 13“‘Romney inevitable?’ AP Sure Seems to Hope So”

For the first time, if only by a tiny margin, Herman Cain leads the rest of the field of GOP presidential nomination contenders at the Real Clear Politics recent poll summary:

RCPGOPprez102011at10am

Also note that the most recent poll cited from AP-GfK, otherwise known as “Absolutely Pathetic Garbage

Unemployment Claims: Still Over 400K SA, NSA Claims Down Less Than 10% From 2010

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:20 am

From the Department of Labor:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending October 15, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 403,000, a decrease of 6,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 409,000. The 4-week moving average was 403,000, a decrease of 6,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 409,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 356,825 in the week ending October 15, a decrease of 47,229 from the previous week. There were 394,016 initial claims in the comparable week in 2010.

Business Insider’s email said that Bloomberg’s consulted analysts predicted 400,000, which they did, as did Reuters.

That makes it a full half-year where the four-week average has stayed over 400,000:

UnempClaims4wkAvg6mosTo101611

It’s a good thing that, as President Obama told ABC’s Jake Tapper, “all the choices we’ve made have been the right ones.” (/sarc)

Positivity: 40 Days for Life — 229 Babies Saved From Abortion in 20 Days

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:59 am

From a column by Shawn Carney at Life News:

10/17/11 9:52 AM

Today marks the midpoint of this 40 Days for Life campaign. The blessings are more than we can count! One thing we HAVE been able to count is the number of turnarounds reported by local campaign teams.

So far, there have been 229 babies saved from abortion — that we know of! Let’s go straight to a few of these amazing stories.

As two volunteers began praying at the 40 Days for Life vigil were praying, a woman drove up and started yelling at them.

“You’re not helping anything,” she screamed. “These women need someone to care for them, not harass them.”

One of the volunteers tried to explain the vigil, but the woman wasn’t interested. She just shouted some more — and drove off. That was a bit unsettling, but the pair continued to pray — specifically for the young woman they were watching. She was sitting with her mother in a parked car. Neither woman got out of the car. About 20 minutes later, they started the engine and headed towards the exit.

One of the volunteers walked in their direction and asked them if they needed help. The young woman said she had arrived for an abortion. “But because of you on the sidewalk, I’m not going to go through with it.” …

Go here for the rest of Carney’s column.

Joe Biden Doubles Down on ‘Rapes Will Rise’ Claim After First Denying Initial On-Record Statement

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:29 am

Via Jason Mattera at Human Events (direct YouTube):

Money quote from Biden:

“(If Republicans don’t pass this bill) Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise.”

Reid: ‘Private-Sector Jobs Have Been Doing Just Fine’; Hill Reporter Carries His Water

HarryReid1011Readers participating in the real world will be quite surprised to learn that, according to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, “It’s very clear that private-sector jobs have been doing just fine.”

At The Hill’s Floor Action blog, reporter Pete Kasperowicz, writing as if the world began in early 2010, supported Reid’s contention: “Private-sector jobs have increased over the last 19 months, while government jobs have lagged.” I hope both gentlemen don’t mind if, after excerpting a few paragraphs from Pete K’s report, we look at some real numbers after the jump.

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