November 18, 2011

AP Gets Fooled by a Christopher Walken Impersonator Who Has Been on the Radio for Years

You can’t make this up: The ever-careful Essential Global News Network known as the Associated Press actually believed that a guy who has been on a DC sports show for several football seasons impersonating Christopher Walken was actually Christopher Walken.

After excerpting several paragraphs from AP’s unbylined (naturally) mea culpa (saved here at host for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes), I’ll explain why this snafu really isn’t particularly surprising:

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DOL’s Solis Solves Job Market Problems, Moves on to Really Important Matter

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:22 pm

It is good to know that Labor Secretary Hilda Solis is so confident that she and the rest of the Obama administration have solved the problems in the job market, and that measures of unemployment, underemployment, and discouragement are well on their way to reaching acceptable levels typical of those seen in a prosperous economy.

Ms. Solis has to have reached this point of public-policy nirvana because she put out a press release today about something for which she had no time in November 2009 (because she was obviously working sooooo hard on the helping the job market recover) or November 2010 (ditto).

But today, because things are finally under control, Helpful Hilda was for the first time able to address another important priority which she just couldn’t get to during her previous two years at the Department of Labor:
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Obama Admin’s USDA Holds Up Thousands of Fracking Jobs for Freaking Bogus Reasons

From Joel Gehrke at the Washington Examiner, appropriately placed in its Campaign 2012 section (headline truncated, which will be explained):

Obama USDA delays shale drilling

President Obama’s United States Department of Agriculture has delayed shale gas drilling in Ohio for up to six months by cancelling a mineral lease auction for Wayne National Forest (WNF). The move was taken in deference to environmentalists, on the pretext of studying the effects of hydraulic fracturing.

“Conditions have changed since the 2006 Forest Plan was developed,” announced WNF Supervisor Anne Carey on Tuesday. “The technology used in the Utica & Marcellus Shale formations need to be studied to see if potential effects to the surface are significantly different than those identified in the Forest Plan.” The study will take up to six months to complete. The WNF study reportedly “will focus solely on how it could affect forest land,” despite the significance of hydraulic fracturing to united proponents of the delay, “and not how it could affect groundwater.”

Speaking of the WNF gas drilling, one environmentalist group spokesman suggested that moving forward with drilling “could turn the Ohio Valley into Ozone Alley,” even though Wayne National Forest already has nearly 1300 oil and gas wells in operation which this study does not affect.

The Ohio Oil and Gas Energy Education Program (OOGEEP) recently estimated that drilling in the Utica shale, which is affected by the suspension of the mineral lease auctions, would produce up 204,500 jobs by 2015. [Update: the USDA estimates that the creation of only a few dozen to 200 jobs will be delayed by this study.]

The “200,000 jobs” part of the headline shouldn’t be there, but assuming that you can’t speed up the ramp-up of activity to full production, the total achievable job total of 204,500 cited has been inexcusably delayed by “up to” six months (which in regulatory-speak really means “six months minus one or two days at most if we care about deadlines, and much longer if we decide not to care about deadlines”).

There is no scientific basis for the delay, not only according to industry supporters — who “of course” have no credibility in the media because, after all, all they’re trying to do is produce things and employe people and may be make a little money for shareholders and owners while doing so (/sarc) — but according to EPA Director Lisa Jackson and, in a rare moment of honesty, the Environmental Defense Fund, as seen below:

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This is nothing more than craven electioneering targeting a key swing state governed by a Republican. If things aren’t significantly better in Ohio in a year, Team Obama will say it’s all John Kasich’s fault, John Boehner’s fault, the fault of Ohio’s GOP congressional majority, its Statehouse majority, and anyone else registered as a Republican or participating in a Tea Party cause, when in fact Obama administration decisions like these in the environmental arena, which include many relating to coal and other resources too numerous to mention right now, are holding back Ohio from growing as it could be, and should be.

This administration proves on an almost daily basis in its environmental and regulatory decisions that it doesn’t give a damn about private-sector jobs and genuine economic growth, and that it doesn’t give a damn about the suffering of millions of unemployed, underemployed, and discouraged Americans.

Party of compassion my a**.

If there’s any way the Kasich administration in Ohio can challenge this delay, it should. ¶

¶ – Of course, that might mean focusing Attorney General Mike DeWine’s energies on improving the economic lot of Ohioans instead of letting his daughter decide what he’ll do on natural resource/environmental matters. So we can’t really know how that’s going to work out.

The Fundamental Violence of the Occupy Movement

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:47 am

The Occupy Movement is (hopefully was) violent, coercive, and intimidating at its very core, even if its participants had never thrown a single rock or uttered a single expletive, as Sally Zelikovsky brilliantly explains at the American Thinker (bolds are mine):

… for those of us who have been following this closely, Occupy Oakland is riddled with the steady drumbeat of intimidation, violence and destruction; and the anarchists are not the only players.

At first the drumbeat is subtle, carefully tapping out a steady theme of defiance.

The very essence of the Occupation qua Occupation is coercive. It calls for squatting on public property and forcibly taking it over for the exclusive use of the Occupiers. When probed, squatters readily admit they intend to stay forever, take control of the means of production and Occupy Everything.

Occupiers bully their neighbors simply by “occupying” — blocking access to the plaza, streets and commerce.

Note the critical contrast with the Tea Party, which has always — always — organized its efforts in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations (not to mention cleaned up after itself), and has never — never — engaged in the type of bullying which is the established routine of the Occupiers.

Ms. Z continues:

Occupiers have force fed the public a constant diet of threats that there are more of them than us, this is just the beginning and the rich won’t know what hit them when the revolution comes. OWS poster boy, Michael Moore, recently bayed “When there are a million [of us], they won’t know what the F to do.”

They taunt industrious citizens and productive businesses with calls to confiscate property, seize control of public spaces and expropriate it all for themselves. For those who earn a good living, own a home and have a few investments, these taunts do not go unnoticed — the Occupiers will take by force that which property owners are not willing to give.

… As their efforts devolve into anarchy, will their enablers in the press and City Hall allow the Occupation to persist without enforcing the law? Will they continue to blame anarchists for the scandalous behavior of the entire group? Most importantly, while Rome burns, will they continue to characterize the movement as “mostly peaceful”?

The Occupy Movement became not “mostly peaceful” the minute it began violating park curfew and other laws, routinely disturbing the peace, and recklessly disrupting businesses and other peoples’ lives. Mayors enabling the Occupiers — especially Michael Bloomberg in New York City — have failed their cities’ law-abiding vast majorities. People living in urban areas don’t need another reason to vote with their feet and leave, but they’ve just been handed one.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111811)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:20 am

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

For today, this off-topic thread will be an Occupy-free zone. Friday’s “Occupy Update” is here.

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RomneyCare architect: Of Course It’s the Same as ObamaCare.” Related: “Romney: ‘I am not going to walk away from [Romneycare].’” Really, what’s it going to take for the GOP rank and file to force the RINOs to walk way from Romney?

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Herman Cain invented “gaffe” Update, via Rush Limbaugh (HT Right Scoop via Hot Air) –

  • “… on Libya, when you listen to the whole interview, the whole question and answer, he ended up getting Libya right.”
  • “Substantively Cain got it right on collective bargaining for federal unionized workers, and the editors got it wrong.”

As Rush noted, some federal unionized employees do have collective bargaining rights.

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The pro-traditional marriage side won a big victory in California yesterday. Aaron Worthing at Patterico’s place explains:

Whatever you think about referendums (I am personally wary of them), the animating idea behind them is that you can’t trust the pinheads in government to fully represent your interests, and thus “we the people” should be able to take matters into our own hands and change the law or the Constitution not only without the consent of any elected official. But if only the governor or attorney general can defend the law in court, that grants to those politicians a very real veto power over the law; because if they refuse to defend it, then it is very likely to be struck down. It is very easy to win a ball game when the other side doesn’t field a team. So the very spirit of the idea of changing the law by referendum is violated if there is no one there to defend that law in court.

That is exactly what was happening here, as California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown and his administration was refusing to defend the “yes” side which prevailed electorally in November 2008. So of course proponents must be able to defend it if the state won’t do its job. Oh, and the people in the state who refuse to do their constitutionally assigned jobs should be removed from office. They didn’t swear to uphold only the laws they like.

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At the Hill: “Forty Republicans call for resignation of Eric Holder, Obama’s attorney general.” Only 40?

‘Occupy’ Update (111811)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:40 am

Obama-endorsed (proof herehere, and hereOccupy Update:

  • At The Blaze (HT OWS Exposed) — “Authorities say a Utah man has been arrested after throwing a Molotov cocktail at a (West Jordon, Utah) Wells Fargo branch.”
  • At NewsBusters — “Video: ‘Occupy San Diego’ Honors Suspected White House Shooter with Moment of Silence.”
  • From the “Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others” Dept. — “Class divisions at Occupy Wall Street” ridiculed by “The Daily Show.” When you’ve lost Jon Stewart …
  • New York City (HT Gateway Pundit, with exclusive videos at his place) — “… two New York City police officers were injured. One was slashed in the hand and a second officer was taken to a local hospital with an eye injury.” And critics wonder why they carry tear gas, pepper spray, etc.?
  • New York City — “In total, at least 275 people (at Zuccotti Park) were busted by cops; five of whom were charged with assault.”
  • Ron Radosh at PJ Media — “This week, even the usually hesitant Anti-Defamation League released a report that showed how much of the OWS included supporters of Hamas, opponents of Israel’s right to exist, and old fashioned anti-Semites.” Going forward, the ADL should consider less hesitancy.
  • Wes Pruden, the former take-no-prisoners editor of the Washington Times — “The tantrums of three-year-olds get old. You could ask any American mom.”
  • Speaking of the temper tantrums of three-year-olds“Some grade school students were forced to walk a gauntlet of screaming ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protesters just to get to school on Thursday.” Relatively speaking, the kids were the grown-ups.

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Today’s Occupy Mayhem Update is in a separate segment because it is once again sponsored by California Congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Just three months ago, Waters told a Los Angeles audience that “The Tea Party can go to hell.”

As I noted last night, Waters, after a Congressional Progressive Caucus-sponsored event at the Capitol, ‘when asked to comment Wednesday about the deaths and crimes that have occurred around Occupy protests being held across the country, … said ‘that’s life and it happens.””

Ms. Waters will therefore not object to yours truly informing readers that as of early this morning:

  • According to OWSexposed.com, the Occupy “That’s Life” death toll remains at 7.
  • At BigJournalism.com, John Nolte’s incomplete but nevertheless useful “It Happens” incident count stands at 271.

The Democratic Party — Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and its politicians — all own the Occupy movement, and it’s far too late for them to even think about walking it back, no matter what happens at today’s Day of Occupation “events” and in future “Occupy” efforts.

Positivity: Margate Man Finds Lost Diamond Ring in Pile of Trash

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Margate, Florida (HT Daryn Kagan):

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 | Updated 3:41 PM EST

$10,000 ring accidentally thrown out found after filthy search at waste facility

We’ve all accidentally thrown something valuable away in the trash, but what if that something was worth more than $10,000? Would you swim in a pile of waste to find it?

One Margate husband was faced with that conundrum and he didn’t think twice.

“The worst move of my life, horrible,” is how Brian McGuinn says he felt when he realized he had thrown out his wife’s engagement ring.

McGuinn meant to throw out a disposable razor, and ended up chucking out the ring with it. The one and a half carat diamond ring was valued at around $10,000, and worth far more than its weight in sentimental value.

He and his wife Anna have been married five years, and are now expecting a child.

“I just started crying and I would stop crying, and remind myself that jewelry is replaceable,” says Anna.

By the time they realized what happened, Waste Management had already picked up the trash from their community. Devastated, Anna called Wheelabrator–the waste management company, and within an hour, McGuinn was suited up, ready to jump into more than eight tons of garbage.

Workers were able to identify the garbage from McGuinn’s collection route, they even leveled the 10-foot high pile so that he could search for the ring.

After sifting through sludge, gunk, food scraps, and anything else you’d find in a dumpster, he found his diamond in the rough.

Go here for the rest of the story.