December 22, 2012

One Cheer for Bartiromo’s On-Air Rant Directed at Ben Cardin

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:22 am

CNBC host Maria Bartiromo went after Maryland Senator Ben Cardin on the air on Thursday (HT PJ Tatler; original here and embedded after the jump) after it became clear that Cardin and his fellow Democrats won’t support any measure to prevent the fiscal cliff from arriving as currently scheduled on Janaury 1 which does not include increases in the highest marginal income-tax rates. At the end of her tirade, she got applause and cheers from those around her.

I’ll give her one cheer for clearly exposing Democrats’ “my way of the highway” approach. She missed the opportunity to get to three cheers because it seems that she’s just now recognizing after all these months that Democrats, including President Obama, won’t accept any kind of a solution that doesn’t involve raising the top rates — even though they’ve been saying that very thing all along. Far more important: Even if you believe that the tax hikes discussed will actually increase government collections by $1.2 trillion over ten years, that amount is a tiny percentage of the trillion-dollar deficits the government will continue to run as long as the economy putters along at its current mediocre to poor pace.
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Page A29 at the NYT, With a Dull Headline: Cuomo Says Gun ‘Confiscation Could Be an An Option’

On Thursday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told an Albany radio station some of his ideas for gun control: “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”

But in covering what Cuomo said, Thomas Kaplan at the New York Times prefaced Cuomo’s specific statement, which he buried in the story’s seventh paragraph, by writing that “Mr. Cuomo did not offer specifics about the measures he might propose.” Looks “specific” enough to me, Tom. The Times, perhaps sensing that a statement such as Mr. Cuomo’s might be the kind with the potential to seriously damage the gun control cause, buried Kaplan’s story on Page A29 in Friday’s print edition and gave it a boring headline:

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (122212)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:10 am

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

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Positivity: JetBlue flies boy’s goodbye letter across country to be buried with slain cousin in Newtown, Conn.

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

From Seattle, and Newtown:

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2012, 8:42 AM

Six-year-old Noah Pozner’s mom wanted her son, killed in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, to be buried with letters from his entire family. But his relatives in Seattle were worried their notes wouldn’t make it in time for the Monday funeral. So JetBlue stepped in, and offered to fly the notes across the country.

JetBlue flew a 5-year-old Seattle boy’s heartbreaking, handwritten goodbye card across the country so it could be buried with his cousin in Newtown, CT.

It was what Veronique Pozner wanted for her 6-year-old son Noah, who was one of 20 children horrifically slain during Friday’s shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. …

Go here for the rest of the story.