June 16, 2012

Associated Press, 1987: ‘Why Do Grown Men And Women Shout At President Reagan?’

You’d think from the reaction to Daily Caller White House Correspondent Neal Munro’s shouted question during President Obama’s announcement of de facto amnesty for 30-and-under illegal aliens presentation at the Rose Garden yesterday that it’s the first time any reporter has ever shouted a question at a U.S. president out of turn. Friday afternoon, the Daily Caller, Munro’s employer, carried his explanation of the incident, as well as sturdy defenses from Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and Publisher Neil Patel.

What follows is some historical perspective (“Why Do Grown Men And Women Shout At President Reagan?”) coming from (yes, really) Associated Press writer Christopher Connell in October 1987 which is more than necessary in the circumstances (save here in full for fair use and discussion purposes; key items underlined by me):

IBD: ‘October Surprise? Debt May Hit Limit Before Election’; No Surprise Here

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:58 am

Via Jason Ma at Investor’s Business Daily on Friday evening:

At the recent pace of debt growth, the U.S. will reach its statutory limit of $16.394 trillion some time in October — just before Americans go to the polls.

The government has ways to stay below that ceiling for a few months, giving lawmakers a grace period. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner has said the deadline is early 2013.

But the recent slowdown in economic growth bodes poorly for federal tax receipts. Any pickup in the rate of debt accumulation could pull forward that deadline into the super-charged environment of a presidential election.

If the government is seen as dysfunctional in another debt standoff, the public will likely hold President Obama more liable than Republicans, says Nathan Gonzales, deputy editor of the Rothenberg Political Report.

Perhaps Rothenberg’s Gonzales is correct, but in the environment of the election’s last few weeks, hitting the debt limit could also be used to draw otherwise apathetic voters to the polls by scaring seniors about the continuation of their Social Security and Medicare benefits, scaring food stamp recipients, scaring soldiers about interrupting their pay, etc., etc.

BizzyBlog readers shouldn’t be surprised at the possibility of hitting the debt ceiling so quickly. Yours truly first recognized the very real possibility in February, with follow-ups on May 15, May 27, and June 3.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061612)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:30 am

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


Positivity: Knights of Columbus set charitable giving, volunteer records in 2011

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:25 am

From New Haven, Connecticut:

Jun 13, 2012 / 12:55 pm

The Knights of Columbus Catholic fraternal organization broke records in 2011 with over $158 million in donations to charity and over 70 million volunteer hours worked, the organization’s worldwide annual survey says.

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson praised the achievement.

“At a time when many in our communities continue to experience economic hardship, the increasing charitable work of the Knights of Columbus is a testament to the power of love of neighbor and to the great things that can be done by those committed to the common good,” he said June 11.

Anderson presented the results to the Knights of Columbus board of directors and state leaders in their June 6-10 meeting at the organization’s international headquarters.

Charitable contributions in 2011 exceeded 2010 figures by over $3.4 million, while knights worked 3,716 more volunteer hours in 2011 than the previous year.

State and local affiliates of the organization donated $128.9 million, while the organization’s Supreme Council donated almost $29.2 million.

Large donations in 2011 included $7.5 million in support of priestly and religious vocations, $3.6 million for the Special Olympics, and $515,000 for the Knights of Columbus program Coats for Kids. The donations included continued support for a program with Project Medishare that provides prosthetic limbs to Haitian children who were injured during the January 2010 earthquake.

Knights of Columbus members also donated blood more than 418,000 times.

Over the past decade, the organization has donated $1.4 billion to charity and worked over 653 million volunteer hours in support of charitable initiatives.

Go here for the rest of the story.