February 17, 2013

Politico: Jesse Jackson Jr. and His Wife ‘Lost Track of the Line Between Campaign Cash and Personal Funds’

Update, Feb. 19: Rush Limbaugh linked to the NewsBusters version of this post on Monday.


In anticipation of Jesse Jackson Jr.’s indictment on Friday afternoon, Jonathan Allen and John Bresnahan at the Politico seemed all too willing to hand out sympathy cards to Jackson and his wife, both of whom stand to do time in prison for offenses relating to their raid of the congressman’s campaign funds.

Specifically, the Politico pair wrote: “It’s a story of a Chicago power couple that lost track of the line between campaign cash and personal funds in a spiral of money troubles.” Gosh, I didn’t know that line was so blurred. Excerpts from the write-up follow the jump:


Steyn on Obama’s ‘Not One Dime’ Crock

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:53 pm

From Mark Steyn’s latest column at National Review (bolds are mine):

No other big spender among the advanced democracies lies to itself about the gulf between its appetites and its self-discipline.

“Tonight, let’s declare,” declared the president, “that in the wealthiest nation on earth . . . ” Whoa, hold it right there. The “wealthiest nation on earth” is actually the Brokest Nation in History. But don’t worry: “Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”

“Should”? Consciously or not, the president is telling us his State of the Union show is a crock, and he knows it. Under Magical Fairyland budgeting, Obama-sized government “shouldn’t” increase our debt. Yet mysteriously it does. Every time. Because, in a political culture institutionally incapable of course correction, that’s just the way it is.

Readers who think they’ve heard this “dime” thing before are right at least a dozen times over (HT to a frequent emailer):

Every time Obama has made such a statement, it has been what Steyn described as “a crock.” Every time Obama he has used this cute rhetorical construct, he has known it to be a crock.

The True National Average Gas Price Is Likely Higher Than the Press Is Reporting

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 4:14 pm

Here’s something to keep in mind in the context of the past several years, as well as during the current runup in gas prices: They’re more than likely higher than the press’s reported “national averages.”

On Friday, the Associated Press reported the following concerning gas prices: “The national average is $3.64 a gallon, up a cent and a half from Thursday, with the highest prices in California, the Northeast and the Midwest.” It would appears that the press typically uses GasBuddy.com for its national average quote, which is currently just above $3.68. I really don’t intend to knock the web site, whose primary mission is to help consumers find the cheapest gas prices in their neighborhood. But their quoted “national average” appears to really be the average of each of the 50 states plus DC giving each state equal weight, without any accounting for states’ widely varying populations. And yes, the difference matters by enough that it’s worth noting.


Jackson Jr.’s Indictment News Light on Dem Party ID and Questioning of Govt.’s Convenient Friday Filing

Jesse L. Jackson Jr. was indicted on Friday, February 15, the final day before a three-day weekend, even though the information necessary to indict appears to have been in place for some time. Though it may be out there and I’m certainly willing to stand corrected, from what I can tell, the U.S. Department of Justice made no formal announcement when it filed its charges (10-page PDF). Based on the 12:55 p.m. ET time stamp at a Politico story reporting what “the government will allege” and the 1:03 p.m. Pacific Time (i.e., 4:03 p.m. ET) of what appears to have been the first breaking news story from the Associated Press, the government appears to have waited until well into the afternoon to file its charges.

The reporting on Jackson’s indictment mostly deferred identifying his party affiliation for several paragraphs, and in some instances, including the aforementioned AP breaking news item, omitted it entirely.


Positivity: Lombardi coaching and living by ‘faith, family, football’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:56 am

From New Orleans:

Feb 16, 2013 / 01:07 pm

Joe Lombardi has one of the most recognizable last names in sports thanks to his iconic grandfather, Vince, who took the National Football League by storm during his coaching tenure with the Green Bay Packers.

Joe carried on his famous grandfather’s Super Bowl winning legacy by winning a world championship ring of his own as a coach with the 2009 New Orleans Saints, but it all takes a backseat when it comes to his Catholic faith.

He lives by his grandfather’s credo of “Faith, Family, and Football,” and was emphatic that the importance of the trio was followed in that order. His Catholic faith has played an instrumental role in his life, Lombardi said of his grandfather. Vince died just nine months after Joe was born in 1970.

“I never had a chance to really meet my grandfather, but the things he has passed on about our Catholic faith lives on with me today,” said Lombardi, who has been married to his wife Julie for 13 years and has six children.

He has been successful in various coaching positions on different levels from offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Mercyhurst College to coach of tight ends and running backs for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the now-defunct XFL. He coached tight ends and tackles at Virginia Military Institute and even played for the United States Air Force Academy, where he was named a lieutenant and served four years and earned three letters.

These various positions have helped season Lombardi and allowed him to bring those experiences to the position he holds currently in the NFL as quarterbacks coach for New Orleans. Yet he does not hesitate to explain how the game of football and his Catholic faith are similar in building a foundation for success.

“In football, you deal with the Xs and Os and the game is about the fundamentals such as blocking, tackling, throwing, and catching the ball,” Lombardi said. “You look at the fundamentals of our Catholic faith and they are built on our sacraments, confession, the rosary, and attending Mass.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021713)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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