April 13, 2012

Awesome: Atlantic Carries 1,800-Word Story on John Edwards Trial, Never Tags Him or Author as Dems

Jury selection in the trial of two-time Democratic Party presidential candidate and John Kerry’s Democratic Party running mate in the 2004 election John Edwards began on Thursday. In the related five-paragraph Associated Press story, Michael Biesecker actually identified Edwards as a Democrat in his fourth of his five paragraphs.

That’s not a stellar performance (a Republican or conservative in the kind of trouble Edwards is in would have his or her party identified in either the headline, the first paragraph, or both), but at least the party label is present. As blogger extraordinaire Doug Ross noted earlier this evening, in an 1,800-word item at the Atlantic on Wednesday (“Why the John Edwards Trial Is a Bigger Deal Than You Think”), author and undisclosed former North Carolina Democratic candidate for statewide office Hampton Dellinger failed to name Edwards’s party at all, while figuring out a way to tag something or someone “Republican” five times. Here are the opportunities studiously avoided in his treatise only relating to variations on the word “president” (bolded by me):


NOW HAG (Hugely Annoying Gal) and Joe Biden Miss Memo That ‘War on Women’ Meme Is a Loser

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:02 pm

At Hot Air (“NOW president: Ann Romney lacks ‘life experience’ and ‘imagination’ to relate to most Americans; “italics in original; video at link):

Via Newsbusters, NOW (National Organization of I Don’t Know What Kind of Women) President Terry O’Neill ignores the First Rule of Holes (stop digging!) and provides another cycle for Republicans to defend Ann Romney and stay-at-home moms.  Instead of leaving bad enough alone, O’Neill appeared on Ed Schultz’ MSNBC show last night and attempted to rewrite Hilary Rosen’s faceplant and keep the attack on Ann Romney for not having a salaried job in the workforce as a means to paint the Romneys as out of touch.

So O’Neill also apparently wants to divide women in the workplace between hourly vs. salaried (the salaried are “in touch” and one could infer that the hourlies might not be). Keep digging, girl.

Speaking of digging, at the same link, we see Clueless Joe Biden doubling down:

Vice President Joe Biden said tonight that what he called a Republican-led effort to rollback the rights of women is “real” and will “intensify.”

“I think the ‘war on women’ is real,” Biden told MSNBC’s “The Ed Show,” deploying the politically-charged phrase for the first time on the national stage.

It’s enough to make you think that Biden might want off the ticket, but that would give him too much credit for having the ability to think things through.


UPDATE (Warning — extremely offensive language at link): Twitchy has quite a bit of evidence that quite a few leftists either haven’t gotten or ignoring the “now war on women” memo, and have gone extremely vicious on Ann Romney (i.e., making “hag” look like a compliment). Where did all those anti-bullying admonishments go?

AP Writers on China’s Economy Take Cues From U.S. Reporters’ Verbiage

If I didn’t know better, I would have thought that Chris Rugaber or Martin Crutsinger at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, wrote Joe McDonald’s dispatch on China’s disappointing economic growth for him.

McDonald’s report carries the same kind of “it’s really pretty good right now, but if you don’t think it is, it will get better” language we’ve come to know and despise:

At AP, De Facto Obama Admin Spokesman Babington Continues to Milk the ‘Gender Gap’

When I saw the headline at last night dispatch from the Associated Press’s Charles Babington on presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his campaign (“Romney rebuts claims that he, GOP are anti-women”), I thought that the Obama administration and Babington’s employer, also known as the Administration’s Press, might finally be throwing the inane “war on women” meme into the dustbin. After the Hilary Rosen disaster of the past 36 hours, that would seem wise.

The headline’s reference to rebuttal leads one to believe that Romney had successfully “refute(d) by evidence or argument” the utter garbage the left’s “war on women” accusation against Republicans and conservatives has always been. I should have known better. The headline doesn’t reflect the underlying article at all, leading one to hope that most readers stop right there. Babington’s report is so disgracefully over-the-top it deserves its own wing in the Journalism Hall of Shame (bolds and numbered tags, which cover only a portion of the journalistic offenses committed in Babington’s full write-up, are mine):


Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041312)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:00 am

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

Raul and Fidel Castro’s message to the recently visiting Pope, the Cuban people, and the rest of the world:Up yours.”


Waste, fraud, and abuse Update:

Former General Services Administration administrator Martha Johnson missed a lavish Las Vegas conference for government employees because she was already committed to meetings in California at Solyndra, according to testimony in an official government investigation.


It’s too early to tell, but the government’s lawsuit against Apple and several publishers brings back memories of the last time Uncle Sam went after a tech leader, and should be making investors nervous.

That was Microsoft. On April 3, 2000, a federal judge made a “conclusion of law” that “Microsoft had committed monopolization, attempted monopolization, and tying in violation of Sections 1 and 2 of the Sherman Act.” It was pretty much expected to come down that way during the prior month. The NASDAQ/tech/Internet bubble began to burst during that period.

Ben Bernanke’s propped-up stock market, especially the tech sector, is vulnerable to any government action which might tarnish Apple’s aura.


Kirsten Powers (HT Hot Air Headlines) doesn’t understand movement feminism:

The idea that “women’s work” is indeed valuable to society has long been a contention of feminists, so it’s strange to see a prominent Democrat lash out a stay-at-home mother and wife in this fashion.

No, Kirsten. Movement feminism’s goal is to “liberate” women from “women’s work” and have the state watch over, take care of, and of course indoctrinate their kids.


Today’s release of the Consumer Price Index tells us that inflation during March was 0.3%. Earnings increased by 0.2%. Real earnings fell by 0.1%.

Since January 2009, depending on the measurement chosen, real earnings have fallen by between 2% and 3%. If inflation is greater than reported, and I’m starting to believe that it really is, the degree to which the average American has fallen behind is even greater.

Positivity: Twitter helps save South African carjacking victim

Filed under: Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 8:00 am

From Johannesburg, South Africa:

11 April 2012 09.57 EDT

Man locked in his own car boot sends text message to girlfriend, who uses Twitter to spread word and track down vehicle

It has fuelled political revolutions and offered the likes of Stephen Fry, Wayne Rooney and Lady Gaga a direct line to their fans.

Twitter might not, however, be the first thing on the mind of a man hijacked and locked in the boot of his car. Yet it was a chorus of tweets that quite possibly saved his life.

The victim was driving through Johannesburg, South Africa, at around 9pm last Saturday when two armed men stopped and seized his Golf 3, South Africa’s Star newspaper reported.

The carjackers forced the man into the boot and drove away with him trapped inside – an act that has too often ended horrifically in a country blighted by violent crime.

However, the victim used his mobile phone to send a desperate text message to his girlfriend. She turned to Twitter for help, posting at 9.11pm: “Be on the look for DSS041GP. my boyfriend has just been hijacked and is in the boot please RT [retweet].”