March 27, 2012

Trayvon’s (Likely) Tweets

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 10:45 pm

Warning: Don’t go there if you find foul language disturbing, or if you’re concerned that you’ll give up on where the world’s heading after reading them.

Update: The Blaze is cautioning that the Tweets may not be legitimate (“neither Twitter nor the Martin family has confirmed that these tweets belong to Trayvon Martin. It is also possible that the Tweets have been photoshopped or otherwise tampered with”), even though The Daily Caller and Yahoo News both have stories.

From ‘Falls’ to ‘Rosy’: Headlines at AP’s Coverage of Consumer Confidence Report Improve As Day Wears On

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 9:12 pm

I had to make sure that the Conference Board, which issues one of the most closely watched consumer confidence reports each month, didn’t issue some kind of update during the day after telling us in the morning that its reading for March came in at 70.2, down from 71.6 in February.

Nothing changed. But oh how the Associated Press’s headlines about the Board’s reported results changed in successive dispatches authored by the wire service’s Anne D’Innocenzio, as seen after the jump from Google News listings:

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AP Says Obama’s Uncle, Slapped on Wrist for OUI, Is ‘Appealing’ Deportation, Never Notes 19 Years as Fugitive

Leave it to the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Propagandists, to cover for Barack Obama’s Uncle Omar, formally known as Onyango Obama. Today, Uncle Omar was given a slap on the wrists so light it’s hard to imagine he even felt it.

Today’s AP cleanup in Massachusetts arrives via Denise Lavoie, whose principal contribution to the spin is to tell readers that Uncle Omar is “appealing a deportation order,” when in fact he ignored an order for 19 years until his arrest for “operating under the influence” in August of last year. Excerpts, including the “say as little as possible” headline, follow:

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Wherein Hades Freezes Over: AP Reports Damning Obama Comment on Individual Mandate from 2008 Campaign

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:47 pm

(post revised at 11:00 p.m.)

Connie Cass’s report this morning on ObamaCare arguments before the Supreme Court has this passage:

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Sadly, Cass is also right about RomneyCare being the prototype. Anything Gingrich considered never got into law.

Now let’s look at two videos which illustrate the Obama contradiction. The first (video link; video URL) plays the quote cited in the AP item above, while the second (video link; URL) shows a series of Obama statements against the individual mandate when he was a candidate and statements for it now that he is President:

So Obama was against the individual mandate in strident, ridiculing terms (or pretended to be) before he was for it. Wow.

Memo to All AP Propagandists: It’s Okay to Call It ‘ObamaCare’ Now

ILikeObamaCare2012Apparently most reporters at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Propagandists, lost the memo that Reuters got (“Obama Campaign: Obamacare Not a Bad Word After All”). Either that, or they haven’t been paying attention their Obama For America emails.

OFA and President Obama himself both say it’s now okay to call the fraudulently named Affordable Care Act which became law in March 2010 “ObamaCare”; the only matter in dispute is whether one should capitalize the “c.” Jeff Mason at Reuters, which was already a bit late with its own report, tried to explain it all Monday evening, but “somehow” forgot what may be the most obvious motivation, namely that the “affordable” part of the original bill’s title has been proven to be anything but:

If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

President Barack Obama’s campaign has embraced the term “Obamacare,” seeking to turn the negative name Republicans assigned to his healthcare reform effort into a positive branding tool just as the Supreme Court studies the law’s constitutionality.

“Happy birthday, Obamacare,” Jim Messina, the president’s campaign manager, wrote in an email to supporters last week to note the anniversary of the reform becoming law.

“If you’re tired of the other side throwing around that word like it’s an insult, then join me in sending a message that we’re proud of it,” he wrote.

David Axelrod, the president’s top campaign strategist, was more blunt.

“Hell yeah, I like Obamacare,” he said in an email to Obama supporters, encouraging them to express the same sentiment by clicking on a link to a campaign website and typing in their email address and zip code.

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Institute for Energy Research: Obama EPA Effectively Banning New Coal-Fired Plants

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Ohio Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:06 pm

An administration genuinely interested in an economic recovery would not be doing this (bolds are mine; internal link is in original):

NEW EPA GREENHOUSE GAS RULE LATEST ADMINISTRATION ASSAULT ON AMERICAN ENERGY

“The Obama agenda seeks to control the way we live, work, and act by controlling the sources of energy we use. This rule gives more power to Obama regulators by giving fewer sources of affordable energy to American consumers.”

– IER President Thomas J. Pyle

WASHINGTON D.C. — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is preparing today to issue a proposed rule for greenhouse gas emissions from new power plants, a move that industry experts believe “effectively bans new coal plants” in the United States. Currently, coal-fired energy provides nearly 45 percent of America’s electricity needs, while solar and wind energy provide a combined 2.33 percent.

IER President Thomas Pyle released the following statement in advance of EPA’s proposed rule:

“President Obama promised to bankrupt coal-powered electricity in the United States, and this latest rule — when combined with the administration’s new rules for mercury emissions and cross-state pollution — makes good on that promise. Already, towns like Craig, Colo., whose economies rely on coal-fired electricity generation, are struggling under the burden of Obama regulations.

“Because the administration couldn’t shut down towns like Craig through cap-and-trade laws, the President has determined to impose his agenda through the EPA. This development is not surprising, given the president’s assurance that cap-and-trade was ‘just one way of skinning the cat.’

“The United States has the largest coal reserves of any country in the world with 486 billion short tons of technically recoverable resources. States like Wyoming, West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Montana lead the nation in producing this valuable resource for affordable electricity. If the EPA’s new rules are finalized, entire industries across the United States will be pushed out of business — and jobs with them.

“The EPA’s increasingly politicized rule making is clear. Administrator Lisa Jackson and her regulatory enforcers are advancing an agenda that gives tremendous financial benefit and market advantage to the president’s closest allies in the renewable sector and satisfies the ideological demands of environmental extremists who want to destroy traditional energy in America.

“The Obama agenda seeks to control the way we live, work, and act by controlling the sources of energy we use. This rule gives more power to Obama regulators by giving fewer sources of affordable energy to American consumers.”

Specifically, according to the Washington Post article linked in the release:

… the rule … dooms any proposal to build a coal-fired plant that does not have costly carbon controls.

“This standard effectively bans new coal plants,” said Joseph Stanko, who heads government relations at the law firm Hunton and Williams and represents several utility companies. “So I don’t see how that is an ‘all of the above’ energy policy.”

Of course it isn’t.

It becomes ever more obvious with virtually each passing day that the whole basis for such rules — that carbon controls are necessary because carbon dioxide causes global warming – is bogus.

This rule, as is the case with so much else with this administration, is all about control. It’s not about recovery; in fact, it’s anti-recovery. It does nothing to promote the common good — and with each successive step like this, the Obama regime gives more ammo and credibility to those who believe his real goal is to vengefully tear this country down.

Kasich, Mineral Severance Taxes, and Income Tax Cuts

Filed under: Economy,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:13 am

When John Kasich ran for governor, he floated the idea of gradually eliminating the state income tax. Even normally tax-averse people questioned whether it’s feasible (yours truly was not among them).

Well, it’s just a bit more feasible than it was thanks to the exciting prospect of Ohio becoming a major fossil fuels producer — if Ohio gets its tax structure in this area right. That doesn’t seem possible as long as the opposition to any kind of restructuring which involves raising a tax — even if there are offsetting or greater reductions elsewhere — holds sway, as is apparently the case at the moment.

The following is part of an email I sent to a gentleman in a Tea Party organization who is opposing Kasich’s plan to increase mineral severance taxes to a level comparable but still below other states, and to offset any additional tax receipts with income tax cuts:

… (you are) working against what appears to be a very sensible plan by Gov. Kasich to increase resource severance taxes to a level somewhat below other states in return for desperately needed income tax reductions.

I COMPLETELY don’t get it, and the arguments I’ve seen against what Kasich wants aren’t compelling at all. Got any new ones?

Your statement in a recent email that “Right now the Governor wants to raise taxes without committing to offsetting reductions in personal income tax” is directly denied by the Kasich admin, which states in its two-page “key points” document that it is “making sure tax changes are revenue neutral.” You need to prove that they’re not telling the truth before convincing me that they’re not committed to what they say they’re committed to. What about “All new revenue from oil companies is used to cut income taxes” don’t you understand?

If anything, I would suggest that the guy who helped lead the nation to its last balanced budget and real national annual surplus deserves better than dismissive doubts about his intent to keep his word …

If the argument is “we want bigger income tax cuts than additional revenues raised, I would get that. But that’s not what I’m seeing. What I’m seeing is “Don’t raise any kind of tax ever, no matter how much you cut others.”

Here is the full text of Team Kasich’s “Key Points” and “Myths vs. Facts” document:

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:35 am

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

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At the Hill: “House conservatives to unveil budget which balances books faster.” Like in five years.

/Surprise: “Shooter in Florida teen’s death fears for his life.” This is directly linked to hate ginned up without the facts, and with President Obama’s help, both proactive and inactive. A former NAACP chapter leader “is accusing Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton of ‘exploiting’ the Trayvon Martin tragedy to ‘racially divide this country.’” He’s right.

“President Obama Asks Medvedev for ‘Space’ on Missile Defense — ‘After My Election I Have More Flexibility.‘” A second Obama term is so frightening on so many levels. Poland agrees.

William Happer in the Wall Street Journal: “Global Warming Models Are Wrong Again; The observed response of the climate to more CO2 is not in good agreement with predictions.” Bottom line: “What is happening to global temperatures in reality? The answer is: almost nothing for more than 10 years.”

Pethokoukis: “Do we really need healthcare reform at all?” We don’t need the government-driven variety, which really isn’t “reform” at all. Instead, we need to let markets work to keep costs down and force providers to compete.

Positivity: Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli at Britain’s ‘Got Talent’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:30 am

Wow (click on the pic to go to the YouTube video; HT Daryn Kagan):

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AP National Headline: ‘Pa. GOP senator convicted,’ But Dem Former Pa. Senate Leader’s Guilty Plea a Local Story

That the Associated Press gives stories about corrupt and scandalous politicians disparate treatment depending on their party affiliation is not exactly breaking news. But it’s ordinarily difficult to point to situations involving fairly similar sets of facts occurring at roughly the same time which make the disparity between the wire service’s treatment of Republicans and Democrats so obvious.

A largely analogous pair of stories out of Pennsylvania during the past two weeks involves Republican State Senator Jane Orie and former Democratic State Senate leader Robert Mellow. If anything, Mellow’s guilty plea to “conspiracy to commit mail fraud and to filing a false income tax return” should be more worthy of national-story treatment by AP because of his former leadership position. But in fact, it appears that the opposite has happened. The story about Orie’s conviction is on the national wire, complete with “GOP” in the headline. Mellow’s guilty plea is a local story which I did not find at the AP’s national site in a search on his name, with no Dem ID in the headline (both have their parties ID’d early in their related stories). Here are the first four paragraphs from Monday night’s national story on Orie by Joe Mandak and Kevin Begos:< ?p>
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