November 27, 2012

NewsBusted (112712)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 11:22 pm

Here we go:

TOPICS –
–Black Friday Shoppers
–Christmas Shopping
–Thanksgiving Family Fights
–Republicans
–Susan Rice
–Hostess
–2016 Campaign
–Chimpanzee Mid-Life Crisis

Best Line: “Last week a judge approved the selloff of Hostess assets, which affects nearly 19,000 employees — and Christ Christie.”

Clayton Luckie should resign

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:10 pm

Still collecting state pay.

This post went up with some editing at Watchdog.org on Wednesday.

State Representative Clayton Luckie (D-Dayton), who is still living on the taxpayer’s dime, should resign.

Two weeks ago, at the Dayton Daily News, Andrew J. Tobias reported that Luckie, who was indicted in October “on 49 criminal counts accusing him of raiding $130,000 from his campaign account and spending it at places such as casinos, and furniture, jewelry and clothing stores,” is still on the state payroll.

The alleged offenses are felonies. “FBI investigators and prosecutors” pressured Luckie to resign in July. He refused. Both Republicans and Democrats have since called for his resignation. It hasn’t happened.

Unlucky taxpayers are shelling out money and getting virtually nothing in return. Luckie has not been representing his constituents for over four months. Tobias notes that he “has been a no-show at state functions since July 9,” and that as of last week had missed four straight sessions at the Ohio House. In the meantime, he has collected or stands to collect almost a half-year of his $68,000 annual salary for the state representative job he hasn’t been performing. Since early July he has received $21,000, and stands to collect $11,000 more before his term ends.

Luckie’s office lamely defends itself by pointing to instances of constituent service which any replacement representative’s staff could and would be doing. At least he saved his party serious embarrassment by withdrawing his bid for reelection, which he could conceivably have won, given how reflexively Democratic House District 39′s voting pattern is.

Though Luckie has pleaded not guilty to the charges involved and his attorney is attempting to throw out 30 of the 49 counts on technical grounds, the chances in a finance-oriented case such as this one that the FBI and prosecutors don’t have enough evidence to obtain a conviction when his trial begins on December 20 appear to be infinitesimal. There’s no reason to believe that they wouldn’t be proceeding with their case unless they had all their prosecutorial ducks in a row. This led a Common Cause spokesperson quoted by Tobias to assert that Luckie’s conduct “just suggests that, hey I need a paycheck.”

Well, Ohio’s taxpayers would surely want to see the money used for far more worthy purposes.

In Jackson Jr. Story, Politico’s Isenstadt ‘Forgets’ There Were Five Black Congressmen Before Chicagoan Oscar De Priest

In his coverage of black Chicagoland Democrats’ fears that the seat that was held by just-resigned Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. until last week, Politico’s Alex Isenstadt initially wrote that Chicago is home of “the nation’s first black president, Barack Obama, and the first black member of Congress, Oscar De Priest.” Evidence of this original wording is seen at this Google search on the quoted sentence.

Apparently, someone helped Isenstadt get a grip on history — but really, who didn’t know that there had to be at least one African-American congressmen during the 19th century after the Civil War? The sentence now says that De Priest was “the first black member of Congress in modern congressional history.” What a pathetic non-admission of an obvious error. Let’s run down, courtesy of a congressional web site, how seriously wrong Isenstadt really was:

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Politico: Blacks Fear a White Person Will Win Seat Formerly Held by Jesse Jackson Jr.

This is really too easy. Imagine the hue and cry in the press and elsewhere, which to be clear would be quite appropriate, if an accurate story about a special congressional election to replace a white congressperson began as follows: “White leaders are growing increasingly worried that a black candidate might seize the seat of former Rep. ____ in the upcoming special election.”

Well, a story by Alex Isenstadt at Politico with a truth-obscuring headline (“Blacks fret free-for-all for Jesse Jackson Jr. seat”; the headline should be “Blacks fear a white person will win ‘their’ seat”) clearly shows that Chicagoland’s black establishment thinks it has first dibs on IL-02, and apparently believes that “Jackson’s seat” (as if he ever owned it) can’t be appropriately represented by a white person, even though the early frontrunner is clearly liberal on most issues (bolds are mine):
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At the Associated Press, Benghazi Is Just a ‘PR Disaster’

Well, if the President himself can call a sacked consulate and four dead Americans who deserved adequate security and didn’t get it  ”bumps in the road,” why not?

Monday morning, the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, presented a story in advance of United Nations ambassador Susan Rice’s meeting today with certain Republican senators — a meeting from which Rice, who engaged in serial falsehood peddling during the weekend after the September 11 Benghazi attack, apparently falsehood-peddling Rice emerged today even worse-off than before. In that story, both the headline and first paragraph of Anne Flaherty’s coverage characterized Benghazi as a “PR (public relations) disaster.”

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Quote of the Day: Mark Steyn on Warren Buffett

Filed under: Economy,Quotes, Etc. of the Day,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:44 am

As Warren Buffett engages in his annual exercise of volunteering “the rich” for a minimum tax they couldn’t escape unless they decided to stop earning reportable income (which many would do), Mark Steyn, guest hosting for Rush Limbaugh yesterday, pointed out how futile the exercise would be:

If you took every single penny that Warren Buffett has, it’d pay for 4-1/2 days of the US government. This tax-the-rich won’t work. The problem here is (that) the government is way bigger than even the capacity of the rich to sustain it.

Estimates for how much “the Buffett Rule” requiring a minimum tax on incomes above certain levels would raise about. Six months ago, a Washington Post item cited a Joint Committee on Taxation estimate of $5.1 billion in the first year and $47 billion over ten. Steyn’s post at Rush Limbaugh has an estimate of $3.2 billion.

Using a $4 billion midpoint and an estimate of the current fiscal year’s budget deficit coming in at $1 trillion, the Buffett Rule, if enacted retroactive to October 1, would reduce the deficit by 0.4%. And this assumes that “the rich” would just keep on generating reportable income as always, which simply would not be the case.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:04 am

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

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Positivity: 4D scans show fetuses yawn in the womb

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From London:

Growing into a fully formed human being is a long process, and scientists have found that unborn babies not only hiccup, swallow and stretch in the womb, they yawn too.

Researchers who studied 4D scans of 15 healthy fetuses also said they think yawning is a developmental process which could potentially give doctors a new way to check on a baby’s health.

While some scientists have previously suggested that fetuses yawn, others disagree and say it is nothing more than a developing baby opening and stretching its mouth.

But writing in the journal PLOS ONE on Wednesday, British researchers said their study was able to clearly distinguish yawning from “non-yawn mouth opening” based on how long the mouth was open.
The researchers did this by using 4D video footage to examine all the times when fetuses opened their mouths.

Nadja Reissland of Durham University’s department of Psychology, who led the study, said the function and importance of yawning in fetuses is still unknown, but the findings suggest it may be linked to fetal development and could provide a further indication of the health of the unborn baby. …

Go here for the rest of the story.