November 7, 2011

Amazing: Journos Agreed Not to Publish Obama, Sarkozy Snipes About Bibi

It’s as if they think it’s 1991 — or even 1961.

Drudge is currently linking to a “trash talk” story at Ynetnews.com about how, with a microphone still on, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “is a liar.” U.S. President Barack Obama’s response, also audible, was: “You’re fed up with him, but I have to deal with him every day!” That’s not necessarily the most disgraceful aspect of the story. What follows after the jump, which explains why the story is just coming out now, is at least as reprehensible:

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Live-Blogging Issue 2 Rally in Eastgate

Filed under: Ohio Economy,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:08 pm

ClercoPreEvent1107115:00 p.m. — Thanks to “Rose” for helping me get into the event, and to the receptionist at the hotel here for provision of the magical passcode to go online.

5:05 p.m. — Hundreds are inside barely after the doors were supposed to open. A few dozen (maybe more; was driving, not counting) “no” demonstrators are outside the grounds of the hotel.

5:12 p.m. — Good friend Howard gave the invocation after a barbershop quartet sang the National Anthem.

5:15 p.m. — Bob Turner is on stage referring to the conservative force in Clermont County. I’m told that the county was responsible for a disproportionate percentage of the signatures which put Issue 3 on the ballot.

5:20 p.m. — People still coming in. Maybe 400 or so at this point.

5:27 p.m. — Ted Stevenot speaking from Tea Party perspective. (“We’re not interested in ‘free stuff’ which costs us our freedom.”) Kasich said to be pretty close to arrival. Perhaps 500 will be here at showtime.

5:30 p.m. — A brief musical interlude …

5:35 p.m. — Looks like everyone who is going to be here is inside. 500 – 600 is a good number. Will try to get something official later, since everyone who attended has to RSVP and show ID (Jon Husted, please note). Update: Official crowd was right at 550.

5:40 p.m. — Dave Yost, Tom Niehaus and Kasich have arrived. Yost is up first. “Politics doesn’t change the math.” Yost quotes a JFK poem about bullfighting to introduce Niehaus.

5:45 p.m. — Niehaus: Do we do the politically expedient thing or the right thing? … We had to take a stand and do the right thing. … John Kasich never said it was going to be an easy road. … We have done all we can do … now it’s up to you. Intros Kasich to really strong applause.

KasichOnStage110711.jpg5:50 p.m. — Kasich: “Spent 10 years of my life fighting to balance the federal budget and had to endure a lot of wipeouts in votes before he started making headway. ’97 was the first balance budget since the moonwalk.

Faced an $8 billion deficit when he became governor and really needed to cut taxes. … wants to save the State of Ohio and give our children a chance.

Niehaus and I have been meeting weekly and has been a terrific asset for Ohio.

If you keep raising the cost of doing business, business will go somewhere. Only two other states have done worse than Ohio in job losses (MI and CA).

One-third of our young people leave Ohio. He left PA for the same reason to come to OH.

Raising taxes was not an option.

The goal: Let’s produce a better product at a lower cost that gives the customer more satisfaction.

Policy decision: Have changed the law with elder care for the first time in 30 years to make it easier for those who wish to stay at home. (at 20% of the cost)

Can’t sacrifice principles because you represent large numbers of people and you can’t play politics.

We are not in surplus. $100 million rainy day fund. S&P improved Ohio’s credit rating.

Death tax killed. Shouldn’t have to visit the undertaker and the Ohio Department of Taxation.

We will stand with small business from now ’til eternity.

Lowered income tax. Privatized Dept. of Development. Cites Omnicare.

American Greetings was going to leave Ohio, and now isn’t from Brooklyn to Westlake.

Diebold is putting its HQ in Cleveland.

Wendy’s is moving back to Ohio from its HQ currently in GA (who knew?)

Local govts. have raised their taxes 42% in the past decade. That’s not sustainable.

Brooklyn OH lost control of its costs and lost an employer as a result.

Politicians aren’t exempt from any of this.

It’s about making Ohio the promised land. Energy, Wright Pat.

Insurance company moved into Cbus because they said “Ohio gets it.”

Seemed to be betray a little doubt when he referenced “whatever happens tomorrow” he’s going to keep working to make Ohio an example for the rest of the nation, because he knows (and we know) that the nation is watching what Ohio does, not just now, but going forward.

Vote ‘No’ on Issue 2 …

Filed under: Ohio Economy,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:46 pm

… if you don’t mind being in the same group as the parties names in the following paragraph.

If you do have a problem standing with people like avowed communist Van Jones; perpetually uninformed grievance-monger Jesse Jackson; union thug James Hoffa Jr.; scores of big-money out-of-state union leaders who have Ohio’s best interests way down on their priority lists (if they are even there at all); the imploding far-left, far-left funded, and organized labor-supported Occupy Movement; and finally, Barack Obama — who is in full solidarity with all of the folks just mentioned — then your vote on Issue 2 should be “Yes.”

A partial rundown of the unsavory characters involved with and supporting Issue 2 follows.
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‘The Cain Scrutiny’ Update

CainVsClinton1994(Pictured at right: Herman Cain and Bill Clinton at a 1994 healthcare forum)

From last Thursday’s “The Cain Scrutiny” column, during my dish on Bill Clinton in 1992 (bold was in original):

Despite stories in the tabloids, a post-Super Bowl 60 Minutes interview with his wife Hillary at his side while he denied any and all wrongdoing to lapdog Steve Kroft in front of 50 million viewers, a day-after press conference by Flowers including taped evidence, and an intense effort by the then-nascent alternative media to promote Flowers’ side of the story, Clinton emerged stronger.

Oops, did I say “despite” those things? I meant to say “because of” those things. In mere days, Clinton went from being a virtual nobody to a big-time somebody, from just another southern governor to the second most-recognized politician in the land behind the incumbent George H.W. Bush.

From Caitlin Huey-Burns a Real Clear Politics yesterday (HT Hot Air), based on the results of this Insider Advantage poll taken on November 3 (bolds are mine):

Despite being embroiled in controversy last week, Herman Cain leads the Republican presidential field by 15 percentage points in Iowa, according to a new poll taken four days after news broke that the Atlanta businessman had been accused of sexually harassing women while head of the National Restaurant Association in the late 1990s.

Cain attracts 30 percent support from Iowa GOP caucus-goers, according to the Insider Advantage poll. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney places a distant second with 15 percent. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich rounds out the top three with 12 percent. The remaining candidates poll in the single digits …

RCP’s Huey-Burns says Cain’s improvement is occurring “despite” the controversy; I say, as was the case with Clinton, it’s because of it.

Whether Cain’s climb continues depends on how I wrapped the column:

His fans also believe that this time, unlike in 1992, and despite initial clumsiness, the Herminator has a couple of other things working in his favor which Bill Clinton never had 20 years ago: the truth, and an interest in communicating it. We’ll see if that is indeed the case, and if it’s enough.

It would appear that the more the media attempts to bash without specifics or blameworthy items, the stronger Cain gets.

Why Ohio Ballot Issue 2 Needs to Pass, Contract Perks Edition

Filed under: Ohio Economy,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:49 am

CincyPDgraphics1111UPDATE, 10 a.m.: At the right, from an Enquirer item yesterday (HT to commenter below), one can graphically see that Cincinnati Police Department costs are out of control.

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Stumbled across this item from the Cincinnati Enquirer in February at Virtuous Republic earlier this morning:

By squirreling away hundreds of hours of unused holiday, vacation and sick days, more than 900 (City of) Cincinnati employees – nearly one in five – may receive at least six months’ extra pay when they retire, costing taxpayers more than $93 million.

A total of 120 of them can look forward to at least a year’s extra salary upon retirement thanks to contract provisions that make it relatively easy for workers to accumulate and cash in huge amounts of unused leave, an Enquirer analysis of city records shows.

The City Council-approved contracts include benefits that, among other things, permit many workers to draw 13 sick days a year, grant three weeks’ worth of compensatory time to public safety employees for holidays whether they work them or not, and entitle veteran police officers to nearly 10½ weeks of various leaves annually.

10 police supervisors who could eventually retire with unused compensatory and leave time valued at more than $200,000 – money that can be taken in either a lump sum or, for tax considerations or other reasons, by continuing to draw a regular check from the city after leaving the department.

Another 38 Cincinnati workers currently are in line for $100,000-plus checks – “lump-outs,” in city payroll jargon – when they retire or leave for another job. Hundreds more of the city’s 5,092 full-time workers, though, also could walk away with tens of thousands of dollars, with 206 having balances between $50,000 and $100,000.

… To critics, the hefty paydays not only prove that City Hall could benefit by stricter adherence to basic business practices and attitudes – just try getting 10 weeks a year off in the private sector, they say – but also are particularly difficult to justify in a city that for the past two years has grappled with $50 million-plus budget shortfalls.

“It’s absolutely indefensible and offensive to taxpayers,” said City Councilman Jeff Berding, who has repeatedly pressed for the city to take a harder line in contract talks.

Which explains why Democrat Berding is among Issue 2′s most ardent proponents.

Almost no one gets anything resembling these perks in the private sector; businesses which tried it would more than likely pretty quickly find themselves uncompetitive in the marketplace and would either have to pull back or go out of business. I’ll also bet when attempts are made to compare private and public pay, accumulated sick and leave time, perks that I daresay are almost typical in the public sector, at least in large urban areas, get totally ignored.

Abuses like these explain why a “Yes” on Issue 2 is a necessity. Taxpayers cannot afford them.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110711)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

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

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On Friday, Bill Sloat at the Daily Bellwether (“Does Cincinnati Enquirer Opinion Editor Have Explaining To Do? Court Records Show Liens For Unpaid … Taxes”) raised questions about Ray Cooklis, a member of the Cincinnati Enquirer’s three-person editorial board and from all appearances the guy who does the original editorial write-ups.

The post title is in the form of a question, and it deserves answers, given that the Enquirer wants to be seen as having a special place in influencing areawide opinion. We’ll see if he gets any.

Earlier this year, in a somewhat related matter in that it seemed to betray a conflict of outlook if not interest, The Machiavellian at the Virtuous Republic and yours truly never heard a word of response about a political contribution which betrayed Enquirer political reporter Malia Rulon’s far-left outlook.

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Occupy updates — just a sampler:

  • “3 Charged With Dealing Crack; Occupy Boston ‘Deteriorating’
  • New York Post“It’s crime all the time at Zuccotti Park”
  • Human Events“‘Occupy’ Crime Wave Continues: Woman Raped, Robbed in Baltimore”
  • Jim Hoft at Human Events — “Head and Body Lice Outbreak Announced at #Occupy Portland Squatters Camp”
  • Hoft at Gateway Pundit — “Oh, Good Grief… #Occupy LA Goons Shut Down Burger King” (video at link)
  • From Eureka, California“Occupy Eureka protesters accused of assault, public defecation”
  • From the “never stop begging for government money” Dept. (“Woman dies at Occupy Vancouver site”) — “Lauren Gill, an organizer at the camp, said the woman apparently died of a drug overdose. She said the death highlights the need for more addiction services because drugs are such a big issue in the city.”
  • Final sampler item — I noted this over the weekend, but it deserves another mention: “Police have arrested an Occupy Fort Collins (Colorado) protester in connection with a $10 million arson fire that damaged dozens of condominiums and businesses in Fort Collins.” If a Tea Partier had done something like this, it would be a lead news story for at least the next three days.

Update, 11:00 a.m.: John Nolte’s incident list at BigJournalism.com has just been updated and now stands at 167, and does NOT include a few of the above items.

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At the UK Telly (“McDonald’s Chief: Curb Spending and Cut Taxes”) — Perhaps Mickey D’s CEO Skinner figured he’d better say this in an interview with a British publication, because a U.S. establishment media outlet won’t report it even if handed to them on a silver platter — or a plastic fast-food tray.

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“Obama Administration Opposes FDR Prayer at WWII Memorial” — Maybe they would change their minds if someone told them FDR’s prayer was really a hadith.

Positivity: 40 Days for Life Up to 417 Babies Saved From Abortion

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From various locales, compiled by Shawn Carney:

Are you ready for another serving of Monday morning good news? Here it is! So far during this 40 Days for Life campaign, we now know of 417 babies whose mothers decided to reject abortion!

Here are some of the stories we’ve received from local 40 Days for Life teams.

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA

A woman left smiling as she spoke to those praying in front of the abortion facility. She told them, “I can’t go through with this!” The prayer volunteers all rejoiced in her decision to choose life.

The very next day, said Ernie in Pensacola, three more women changed their minds about abortion. “That’s four witnessed turnarounds! Praise be to God!”

Ernie also reports that a former worker at the abortion facility has now found a new job as a medical assistant. ”Thank you for all your prayers for her,” he said.

“We were with her last evening and she expressed how seeing our peaceful, prayerful presence made all the difference in her life. It is truly beautiful how God uses this simple act to draw hearts and minds to him.”

POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK

Maureen in Poughkeepsie tells the story of two women who changed their minds.

In one instance, a woman walked into Planned Parenthood, followed a few minutes later by a man. The man had accepted some pro-life information from prayer volunteers. A short time later, he left the building and got in his car.

A few minutes later, the woman also left the building and got into the car with him. They hugged, then drove away with relieved looks on their faces.

Later, two women drove past Planned Parenthood twice — slowly. The younger woman in the passenger’s seat was crying.

They pulled over and talked briefly, then left. Ten minutes later, they came back. This time, they stopped and went inside. As they walked towards the building, the volunteers offered information and help.

They were inside for only ten minutes before they came back out. They waved to the volunteers, got into their car and left — for good. …

Go here for the rest of the story.