June 22, 2012

AEI’s Pethokoukis Slices, Dices, and Destroys WaPo’s Romney-Outsourcing Story

If this were a prize fight, it would have ended at the end of the sixth round in a knockout. In a post at the American Enterprise Institute’s blog this afternoon, James Pethokoukis, who previously toiled at U.S. News and Reuters, made mincemeat out of Washington Post reporter Tom Hamburger’s Thursday Mitt Romney-Bain Capital hit piece (“Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas”).

Just sit back and enjoy the pummeling. Since Hamburger didn’t land any blows, I’ll only deal with the punches Pethokoukis landed in explaining “Romney Reality” while refuting six “WaPo World” whines (italics are in original):

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Government-Media Newspeak Synonym for ‘Stimulus’: ‘Growth’

Here’s an indication of just how discredited the word “stimulus” is becoming: European leaders today agreed on a $163 “growth package” of some kind. The leaders were apparently very reluctant to describe it.

At a Los Angeles Times blog this morning, Sarah Delaney’s coverage mostly bought into what appears to be a charade, but the headline writer at the paper’s home page didn’t get the memo:

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Politico: That ‘Only’ Half of Americans Can Recite Obama’s ‘Private Sector Is Doing Fine’ Remark Is Good News For Him

A June 16-18 YouGov.com poll (at Page 25) reported that 47% of Americans in a sample of 1,000 U.S. citizens 18 and over had heard or heard about President Barack Obama’s June 8 claim that “the private sector is doing fine.”

The reaction of John Sides, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at George Washington University, as picked up by Byron Tau at the Politico, is that this “low” percentage shows that “even after national headlines, some kinds of stories just don’t register to busy Americans who have more things to do than follow every jot and tittle of the news.” You’ve got to be kidding me; 47% is amazingly high.

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘The Punk President and His ‘Gangster Government’ Go All In’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go live here at BizzyBlog on Sunday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062212)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:45 am

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

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Positivity: ODOT hero saves man from submerged truck

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:40 am

From Albany, New York (video at link):

Posted on June 20, 2012 at 10:09 AM
Updated Wednesday, Jun 20 at 4:44 PM

A dramatic underwater rescued capped a five-car chain reaction accident on Highway 20 east of Albany Tuesday afternoon.

A truck hauling hay didn’t see traffic stopped for road construction. The Dodge pickup truck driven by John Olson, 21, of Sisters, tried to stop but plowed into the rear of a Chevy pickup.

The Chevy was plummeted forward, hitting another vehicle before splashing and sinking into a roadside pond. As the pickup sunk under, Troy Elverfeld, 47, an Oregon Department of Transportation worker, grabbed a metal rod from a backhoe and jumped into the pond.

Elverfeld told Oregon State Police investigators he could see the driver, 56-year-old Dean Stilwell of Sweet Home, inside the truck with the windows rolled up.

Elverfeld bashed out the driver’s side window with the rod, and tried twice but failed to pull Stilwell out. His third attempt finally worked. He pulled the dazed man free of the vehicle and got him to the surface.

“I just jumped in with one boot on and one boot off and with this tool and swam over to the vehicle,” Elverfeld said. “Once I got a hole finally broke in it, I was able to just kind of pull all the glass away and make sure I have a clear area to pull him out.”

He said all he remembered was slamming on his brakes, and seeing a truck come up behind him, then waking up in the ambulance.

Elverfeld had to dive under himself, to rescue Stilwell. …

Go here for the rest of the story.