March 22, 2012

Rush Rips AP’s Coverage of Obama’s Keystone Pipeline Pretense

APobamaKeystoneFromRush032212Here’s some good advice from Rush Limbaugh’s opening monologue today: “If I were you, I would regard every AP story, particularly this year, as nothing more than a propaganda piece for the reelection of Barack Obama.”

What occasioned Rush’s rant is a raft of thinly disguised propaganda pieces from the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, concerning President Obama’s visit to Cushing, Oklahoma to pretend that he’s really a fan of the Keystone Pipeline, starting with the following headline:

Obama defends handling of Keystone as he puts another key oil pipeline on the fast track

Rush’s reax:

Another! Another? When was the first one? He opposes Keystone! And what he did today — we told you yesterday this is coming — is already happening.

It was already in place.

He’s not even authorizing anything that wasn’t happening.

Indeed. The AP (Awful Propaganda) continues:

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Initial Unemployment Claims: 348K SA, 316K NSA; Same as Last Week Before Revision and After Making Seasonal Factors Consistent

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:40 am

From the Department of Labor:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending March 17, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 348,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised figure of 353,000. The 4-week moving average was 355,000, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week’s revised average of 356,250.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 315,636 in the week ending March 17, a decrease of 24,441 from the previous week. There were 354,457 initial claims in the comparable week in 2011.

Last week, I said, based on the record of the past year, that there was a 98% chance that the last week’s figure of 351K, trumpeted as tied for the lowest in four years, wouldn’t be the lowest figure in four years after this week’s revision. The upward revision of last week to 353K shows how easy that prediction was.

As to this week, Business Insider’s email predicted 352K, which is barely above where it will probably be after next week’s revision.

If DOL had used the same seasonal adjustment factor as it did last year, reported seasonally adjusted claims would have been 3K higher, or 351K.

Kevin DeWine’s Successor Must Not Be Bob McEwen

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:54 am

Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion has raised a valid “devil we know” concern about who may be selected to succeed current Ohio Republican Party Chairman Kevin DeWine should he resign or be booted.

I’m not in a position to evaluate all of the potential candidates, but I do want to register a strong objection to one name which seems to be in the neighborhood of the top of the list, and should not even be under consideration.

That would be former Congressman Bob McEwen.

For the benefit of those who are relatively new to political activism, there are dozens of reasons why this would be a bad idea, and a journey through the BizzyBlog archives from the 2005 and 2006 Second Congressional District GOP primaries will provide them.

But, to steal from the classic line about real estate (“the top three considerations are: location, location and location”), the top three reasons not to allow Bob McEwen to become ORP chair are: illegal voting, illegal voting, and illegal voting.

The first of the three links demonstrates that yours truly is not the one making the contention about illegal voting. It is a historical fact that the Highland County Board of Elections revoked the voter registrations of Bob and Liz McEwen for the simple reason that they had not been Ohio residents under any defensible definition for several years, but nevertheless had obtained absentee ballots and voted from Virginia.

The McEwens even claimed a Highland County address which was not theirs as their supposed residence, to which the elections board had this classic response in 2003:

The problem is that you no longer have an established residence of your own here. Mrs. Lyle’s house is not your home.

The McEwens should arguably have been referred for prosecution, and it’s a mystery to me why they weren’t.

Oh, and I almost forgot — he even had his kids illegally voting absentee from Virginia.

The dangers of a proven voting scofflaw becoming ORP Chairman, even if now apologetic (which I don’t believe he is anyway), should be self-evident.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032212)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:16 am

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

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Though the astroturfers deny it, the circumstantial proof that the “independent boycott” campaign against Rush’s advertisers coordinated its efforts with Media Matters — which in turn coordinates its activities with the Obama White House — is overwhelmingly strong.

From a Limbaugh spokesperson, carried at the Politico: “David Brock (head of Media Matters) is so outraged at Rush Limbaugh’s words of three weeks ago that he started organizing a protest — almost 3 years ago.” It is useful to recall that it was a bit over three years ago that Limbaugh delivered a stemwinder of a speech at CPAC and publicly said “I hope he fails” to Obama’s non-stop attempt to turn the country into something we won’t recognize. It would not surprise me if a “have a boycott in a can” suggestion came from the White House.

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At UnionWatch.org (HT Hot Air, as a result of covering this parent-union dispute in California:

There are so many facets to the problem of public sector unions that one of their most outrageous abuses, their war on volunteerism, is barely covered by the media. But it happens all the time, especially in public education. If any volunteer does work that could be done by a unionized worker, even if no funds exist to hire that worker, the union is likely to use all their power to stop that volunteer from providing their services.

Cue the “Reasons to Homeschool” counter from Return of the Conservatives:
ReasonsToHomeschool2012

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Maggie Thurber: “First Solar sold its solar panels to itself.”

It made me think of a certain Steely Dan song (warning: profane word at link) — “Solar panel makers selling panels to themselves, you know they don’t give a ____ about anybody else.”

Funny how no one on the left complains about the corporate welfare at the Export-Import Bank, whose interventionist mission, like almost everything in government, the Obama administration wants to massively expand. Cato argues convincingly that it shouldn’t.

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So predictable — Energy from algae is just another racket.

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Classic media tactic, at an unbylined AP report on Friday:

Ohio credit rating is now ‘stable’

Ohio Gov. John Kasich says a decision by Moody’s to upgrade Ohio’s credit rating, marks the first time in nearly five years that all three major rating agencies have deemed the state “stable.”

“Kasich says” is a method used to discount something which either is or isn’t objectively true — and which the reporter is either too lazy to verify or deliberately employs to diminish the truth’s impact.

In this case, the reporter identifies three agencies (Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s, and Fitch) where the state’s credit rating is stable or better.

This isn’t about what “Kasich says”; it’s about what objectively is.

This POS (pungently odious scribbling) reporting is all too typical.

Positivity: 911 dispatcher named Red Cross Hero after saving life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:59 am

From Roanoke County, Virginia (video at link):

Published: March 16, 2012

WSLS and the Red Cross are teaming up to honor local people who make a difference in their community.

It’s called the “Celebration of Heroes.”

Friday, we honor a former Roanoke County dispatcher as our 911 Dispatch Hero.

The voice behind the scenes is making a difference in the community and for one person even saved their life.

“I have an 18-year-old girl who is having trouble breathing,” said a man calling into 911.

Dispatcher, Craig Sheets answered the phone.

Sheets is now the Executive Director of Regional 911 in Rockbridge County, but when he took that call on October 25th, he was a dispatcher for Roanoke County.

Sheets knew it was a tense situation he was listening to from the beginning.

“Send an ambulance. Please, just send an ambulance,” yelled the man on the phone.

“I’m sending an ambulance, but we’re going to need to do this together to help her,” Sheets replied to the caller.

He never saw the young girl, who wasn’t breathing, but he saved her life over the phone by giving the girl’s friend step by step instructions on rescue breathing, and that’s why he’s a Red Cross Hero.

“Every minute counts when it comes to a situation when some body’s not breathing, because every minute that they’re not breathing a little more damage is done to the body and the brain,” Sheets said.

Sheets was awarded the Roanoke County ECC life saver award back in November and that lead to a Red Cross Hero nomination and he’s very humble about the whole thing. In fact, he says he accepts the award on behalf of all 911 dispatchers, because he’s not the first to save a life and he won’t be the last. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

The Race to $4 a Gallon

Filed under: Economy — Tom @ 12:03 am

Just before midnight:

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Both averages are about eight cents higher than 24 hours ago. The national average is still about nine cents lower than Cincy’s.

None of the high-charging stations listed for Cincy is over $3.999, meaning that vast majority of stations besides the low-dollar places listed at the site must be at $3.90 or above.