January 17, 2012

Occupy Movement’s Plan to Choke Off Major West Coast Terminal Ignored by National Press

The Occupy movement’s unmasking as the radicals they really are and always have been continues, conveniently almost completely outside the notice of the establishment press.

As far as I can tell, only one press report by Erik Olson at the Daily News based in Longview, Washington is reporting, and even then with the use of a very inadequate headline, that Occupy Longview intends to “thwart” shipping activity at the Port of Longview. Specifically (bolds are mine throughout this post):


Rick Reilly vs. Harvey Araton on Tim Tebow: Where One Sees Complete Selflessness, the Other Sees a ‘Sideshow’

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Positivity — Tom @ 12:12 pm

TimTebowJan12Clay Waters at NewsBusters and the Media Research Center did a great job Monday of exposing the ugly, vindictive, know-it-all and snotty write-up on Tim Tebow generated by Harvey Araton at the New York Times after Tebow’s Denver Broncos were unceremoniously eliminated from the NFL playoffs on Saturday by the New England Patriots.

Perhaps the most offensive element of Araton’s work was its headline: “Curtain Closes on Tebow’s Season, but His Sideshow Goes On.” It is more than clear from Araton’s text and tone that he considers Tebow’s pre- and post-game charitable activities part of that “sideshow.” Apparently, a New York Times sportswriter believes he is in a better position than team executives, Coach John Fox, and Tebow himself to decide what is and isn’t a distraction from team unity and focus. To show that Araton’s twisted outlook isn’t universally shared among sportswriters, I give you excerpts from Rick Reilly’s outstanding Friday column at ESPN, which I selected as a Positivity Post at my home blog on Sunday:


On Romney, John Hawkins (Almost) Totally Gets It

http://www.bizzyblog.com/wp-images/RomneyNo0808In a column a few weeks ago excerpted here, John Hawkins identified seven reasons why Romney’s electability is a myth.

In his Townhall column today, he identifies “Five Ways Conservatives Will Have to Sell Their Souls if Romney Wins”:

If you were trying to come up with the atrocious candidate imaginable to go toe-to-toe with Barack Obama in 2012, you couldn’t do much worse than Mitt Romney. He was an unpopular, moderate Governor who has lost 2 out of the 3 major elections he’s run in and whose signature issue, Romneycare, was an enormous failure. Moreover, he’s so uninspiring that he makes Bob Dole look like Ronald Reagan and that’s before you consider that his incessant flip-flopping that makes it impossible to really know where he stands on any issue.

Romney’s candidacy also runs counter to almost every political trend in the book right now. He’s the antithesis of everything the Tea Party stands for. A moderate, establishment endorsed, principle free, Rockefeller Republican. On the other hand, he’s like a bad guy straight out of central casting for the Occupy Wall Street crowd.

… (I) now believe Gingrich, Perry, Santorum, and even Huntsman, who just left the race, are ALL more electable than Mitt. It’s also worth noting that all of those candidates, including Huntsman, are more conservative than Romney. It’s mind boggling to consider the fact that if Romney wins, the conservative base will have chosen the guy behind Romneycare over the man behind the Contract with America, America’s premier social conservative, and the best job creating governor in America, all of whom would also be more electable.

… we’re not going to see someone who was a 3rd rate, unpopular, moderate governor become a great, popular, and conservative President. The idea that Republicans in Congress will keep Romney in line isn’t born out by anything that has happened in the last decade.

… if the conservative movement pricks its collective finger and signs on with Mitt Romney, it should be aware of what its signing on for.

1) Mitt Romney is the bailout king of American politics: Just about the only thing that the Tea Partiers and Occupy Wall Street agree on is that they really hated the bailouts. Yet, Mitt Romney is the bailout king of American politics. You could fairly argue that he took a bailout when he was at Bain, he supported TARP, he’s now comparing what he did at Bain to what Obama did at GM and Chrysler, and he has noted in a debate that he’s open to future bailouts. …

2) … Mitt Romney is also a flip-flopper — a far worse one than Kerry ever was. Even amongst conservatives, saying this about Romney is about as controversial as saying that the sun is hot, water is wet, or Barack Obama is a terrible President. …

3) Undermining capitalism to help Mitt Romney: … what some conservatives seem to be starting to lose sight of in their efforts to defend Mitt Romney is that not everything that creates a profit is moral, good, admirable, or even politically palatable. We’d never run a candidate who got rich running a chain of strip clubs, closing all his factories and sending his jobs of China, or by being the world’s most effective spammer. We can all see the issues there.

Along similar lines, it’s not particularly admirable to buy a company, load it up with debt, strip it of its assets, run it into the ground, and walk away with a tidy profit while the business goes under and thousands of poor and middle class Americans lose their jobs. …

4) Read Mitt’s lips; He wants a VAT: Like Barack Obama, Mitt Romney is open to the same sort of value added tax that has helped drive the tax rates of Western European nations into the stratosphere. …

5) Why support Romneycare and oppose Obamacare? Obamacare is nothing but Romneycare on a larger scale. “Even Mitt’s consultants on Romneycare, like Jonathan Gruber, have admitted that Obamacare is just Romneycare writ large” …

John missed Reason 6, really the most important, which is that Romney didn’t take the oath he swore to uphold the Massachusetts Constitution seriously. He serially violated it by imposing same-sex marriage in the Bay State when it was his duty not to do so until the legislature passed an enabling law — which to this day, it never has. What’s more, Romney violated his oath of office because he promised that he would.

So as conservatives justifiably recoil at Barack Obama’s violations of the Constitution in so many ways, the most recent of which involves his non-recess “recess” appointments of “consumer protection” kingpin Richard Cordray and three National Labor Relations Board members, we’re told that the GOP candidate with a track record of serially violating the Constitution drafted by John Adams is somehow the best and most electable.

No he’s not. He’s the least electable. By far.

Romney won’t just be the “King of Bain” if he somehow gets the nomination. Win or lose (probably lose) against Barack Obama, he’ll also be the “King of (Conservative) Pain.”

Newt’s Shining Moment

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:38 am

Last night in South Carolina, in a back-and-forth with Juan Williams, who ironically gets flak from the black community for his criticism of many of its leaders for continuing to use racism as a crutch (via Breitbart; original YouTube):


  • “Only the elites despise earning money.”
  • “The fact is that more people have been put on food stamps under Barack Obama than any American president in history.”
  • “The area that ought to be I-73 was called by Barack Obama ‘a corridor of shame’ because of unemployment. Has it improved in three years? No. They haven’t built a road, they haven’t helped the people, they haven’t done anything.”
  • “I believe every American of every background has been endowed by their Creator with the right to pursue happiness. And if that makes liberal unhappy, I’m going to continue to find ways to help poor people learn how to get a job, learn how to get a better job, and learn someday to own the job.”

Newt richly deserved the standing ovation he received. If we only could be assured that this would be the Newt we’d consistently get in the White House …

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.


As noted by Rush Limbaugh yesterday: “Dr. King’s Niece Says He’d be a Pro-Life, Social Conservative Today.” Of course he would be, because, as shown here three years ago, he subscribed to natural law.


Tone-deaf“Mercedes apologizes for using Che Guevara image.”


Jon Huntsman never fooled me for a minute, which is why I never wasted bandwidth on him. He sure worked hard at fooling others:

So “naturally,” when he ended his campaign, it turned into “Huntsman endorses Romney, calls for GOP unity.”

Huntsman’s candidacy was always meant to sew up certain moderates and others who actually thought this guy was sincere, so he could throw his support to Romney at a critical time. The South Carolina Primary is that critical time.


John Bolton’s endorsement of Mitt Romney is sad, because if the going gets tough during the selection process, Mitt will give in to moderates who don’t want to make waves. If he’s somehow still nominated, if things get difficult during the hearings, Mitt will head for the tall grass and withdraw it. Hopefully, I won’t have a chance to be proven wrong.


From Norcross, GeorgiaA meant-to-cover-last-week item:

Gwinnett County parents and activists have blasted the school district’s response following reports that students at a Norcross elementary school received a math worksheet that used examples of slavery in word problems.

… (a) worksheet … included questions such as the following: “Each tree had 56 oranges. If 8 slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?” and “If Frederick got two beatings per day, how many beatings did he get in 1 week?”

School district officials said teachers were attempting to incorporate history into their third-grade math lessons.

Translation: They got overzealous about telling black kids about how they have to carry a chip on their shoulders for the rest of their lives about how some of their ancestors almost 150 years ago were slaves and telling the rest of the students that they should feel guilty for the rest of their lives about what some white slaveholders did almost 150 years ago. They carried their zeal to reinforce this “lesson” into math. Since they’ve surely been getting away with their “history lessons” for years, they’re still probably in shock that they got burned over what they did in math class.

Positivity: RIP, Cracker Barrel Founder Dan Evins

Filed under: Business Moves,Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From the company’s Heritage and History page, as it appeared before Evins’ passing:

Traveling the highways of America, you drive through the places where many folks in this country still live: the small towns. One of them, just off the stretch of I-40 that runs between Nashville and Knoxville in Tennessee, is a place called Lebanon.

Now, unless you’re a hunter and collector of antiques, you probably haven’t heard of Lebanon. But that’s okay because folks in Lebanon like it just the way it is: comfortable, friendly, and a great place to come home to. No wonder Dan Evins thought it was just the place to start a business that, as it turns out, would someday become anything but small!