October 2, 2012

NewsBusted (100212)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 11:46 pm

Here we go:

TOPICS:
–President Obama Rally Size
–Libyan Embassy Murders
–Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
–Benjamin Netanyahu
–Israel
–Jay Leno
–NFL Replacement Referees
–The Bachelor

Best Line: “Actually, President Obama finally did speak to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu by telephone. But Netanyahu had to pretend to be a hip-hop radio DJ to get Obama on the phone.”

35 Seconds of Undisputed Truth, Followed by 25 Seconds of ‘I Hope They Mean It’

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:14 pm

A new ad from a pro-Romney PAC:

Barack Obama’s record is as well summarized in the first 35 seconds as anyone can hope to see it encapsulated.

Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts record doesn’t support the grandiose promise level inherent in the final 25 seconds. Though Paul Ryan’s does, he’s not at the top of the ticket — but at least he’s IS on the ticket.

In a sane world, of course, the arguments made against the incumbent by the Campaign to Defeat Barack Obama will far outweigh concerns about what the next guy might do.

We already know enough about the nature of what our Punk President and his Gangster Government will do if given another four years of virtually unaccountable power to reject that prospect. It would be a continuation and acceleration of what they have already done to us, and it could easily lead to the permanent decline and perhaps even the demise of “the last best hope on earth.”

BLUMER: Ohio’s household income decline continued in 2011

Filed under: Economy,Ohio Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:39 pm

Worst in roughly three decades.

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This item went up at Ohio Watchdog earlier today.

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Real median household income (MHI) in Ohio dropped again last year, according to data published by the Census Bureau on September 20 as part of its American Community Survey. The drop in 2010 already took the state to a 27-year low in that statistic.

Overall, 14 states registered MHI gains last year, while 36 states showed declines. Unlike several preceding years, Ohio’s on 1.1 percent decline in 2011, which placed it 26th among the 50 states, was not quite as steep as the overall 1.3 percent drop in the U.S. median. The Buckeye State’s MHI of $45,749 in 2011 was the 16th-lowest in the nation and over 9 percent below the national median of $50,502. A quarter century ago in 1986, Ohio stood 21st in this category and one percent above the national median.

What has happened? Perhaps we should look at the 14 states which have passed Ohio during the intervening 25 years and see what they’ve been doing right.

Eight of them — Georgia, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming — are right to work states where employees can “decide for themselves whether or not to join or financially support a union.” Ohio, by contrast, is a “closed shop” state, meaning that “workers can be forced to join a union whether they wish to or not.” Several of these right to work states have made startling gains which cannot be explained away by citing growth in fossil-fuel exploration and drilling. Two examples: In 1986, MHI in Nebraska and South Dakota trailed Ohio by 13 percent and 21 percent, respectively; now they have respective 10 percent and 6 percent leads over the Buckeye State.

Speaking of energy, Pennsylvania, where MHI trailed Ohio by 5 percent in 1986, is now ahead by 10 percent, even though the Keystone State’s domination by union interests is arguably at least as strong as Ohio’s. One likely reason for Pennsylvania’s progress is recent growth in shale oil and gas drilling, which the state’s government has wisely allowed to grow and prosper without excessive industry-specific taxation. Recent discoveries of vast oil and gas resources in Ohio have unfortunately led the administration of current Ohio Governor John Kasich to push for a quadrupling of the oil and gas severance tax. Based on the results seen in the Buckeye State’s eastern neighbor, it would seem obvious that Kasich should reconsider his position.

The decline in Ohio’ business tax climate, which Kasich has otherwise begun to reverse, is also a factor. The Tax Foundation now rates Ohio’s business tax climate 39th-best, i.e., the 12th-worst, in the nation. In 1986, it was 20th-best. Ten of the 14 states which have leapfrogged Ohio in the past quarter-century currently have better tax climates, including first- and second-place Wyoming and South Dakota.

Of course, policy specifics also matter. Indiana, where MHI trailed Ohio by 9 percent in 1986, is now slightly ahead of the Buckeye State despite facing many of the same manufacturing and other challenges. Unlike Ohio, which increased its income and other taxes roughly a decade ago and until recently has allowed its bureaucracy to grow excessively, Indiana, especially under Governor Mitch Daniels during the past eight years, has restructured government, held relatively firm on government spending, and, as seen in the state’s privatization of the Indiana Toll Road, hasn’t been afraid to be bold. Earlier this year, the Hoosier State also became a right to work state, likely foreshadowing further progress.

If it expects to see a course reversal, Kasich and other Ohio leaders need to do much more of what has worked elsewhere and much less of what hasn’t.

Daily Beast Headline Link to Eli Lake’s Story About Pre-9/11 Benghazi Attacks: ‘Jihadists Warned U.S. on Facebook’

The headline writers at the Daily Beast are either dumber than a box of rocks, or really, really don’t like the content of Eli Lake’s story today. The smart money should be on the latter.

As of 5:20 p.m., Lake’s story concerning previous attacks on Benghazi, numerous security warnings, and the State Department’s refusal to beef up protection was Number 2 in the rotation on the Daily Beast’s home page, but with the following headline:

JihadistsWarnedOnFacebook0912

Oh, it gets worse.

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No Coverage at the Wires as Univision Exposes Wider Scope, Sickening Carnage of ‘Fast and Furious’

As of 2 PM ET, various searches at the national web site of the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press (on “furious“; on “Univision“), Reuters (“furious“; “fast and furious“; “univision“), and United Press International (“furious“; “Univision“) indicate that the three wire services have given no coverage to reports from Univision exposing the wider geographic scope and far more fatal fallout of the deliberately untrackable guns-to-cartels operation known as Fast and Furious.

I wonder how the leading U.S. Spanish network’s broadcasters and audience feel about getting the same treatment the establishment press gives center-right blogs? (A lengthy yet partial transcript of Univision’s broadcast with details which will shock all but those who have immersed themselves in the evolving scandal follows the jump.)

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Fraudulent ‘Fact Checks’ and Preemptive Narratives’) Is Up

It’s here.

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

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Related Posts:

  • Sept. 30 (Fraudulent “Fact Check”) — Politico: Romney’s the One With an Adviser-Related Libya Problem
  • Sept. 30 (Preemptive Narrative) — Steven Rattner: ‘We Need Death Panels’; Will PolitiFact Reverse ‘Lie of the Year’ Tag on Palin?
  • Oct. 1 — Pat Caddell: Media Have Become an ‘Enemy of the American People’

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100212)

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: High Schooler Saves Opponent’s Life During Cross Country Meet

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:40 am

From Memphis (HT Daryn Kagan):

Seth Goldstein was in the middle of a cross country meet in Memphis recently when he saw a runner drop to the ground in front of him. Everyone else kept running, but Goldstein knew better.

The 17-year-old noticed that the fallen runner’s lips were turning blue and his eyes had rolled back in his head. He had had a seizure because of the stifling heat.

“I was terrified,” Goldstein told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. “But then I thought to myself, freaking out isn’t going to help any here.”

Goldstein, who has worked as a lifeguard, saw the runner had bitten his tongue and his mouth was bleeding. The Cooper Yeshiva High senior proceeded to roll the runner on his side so he wouldn’t asphyxiate. Throughout the ordeal, Goldstein displayed poise beyond his years.

“Honestly, I was in shock,” said Jessica Chandler, the mother of a friend of the fallen runner. “But [Goldstein] was taking complete control. He was like, ‘You — call 911. You — go get some ice.’ He turned him on his side. I thought he was a parent or an EMT.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.