April 30, 2013

Newspaper Guild Worried About Possibility of ‘Harsh Right-Wing Positions’ Influencing Tribune Coverage

Today, The Newspaper Guild & Communications Workers of America, issued a statement which began as follows: “Recently you’ve seen many petitions asking that Warren Buffett and his executives not be allowed to buy the Tribune Company’s newspapers. We understand why Buffett’s group breeds this distrust. They are active political proponents of harsh left-wing positions. We’re also not certain that Tribune will listen to anything but money when the final decision is made.”

Of course, I’m kidding. The press release at the Guild/CWA, which we should never forget outspokenly supported, endorsed and for a time actively participated in the crime-infested, disgusting, violent Occupy movement during 2011 and early 2012, was about the eeeevil Koch brothers’ apparent interest in purchasing the Tribune’s group of publications (HT Jim Romenesko via Hot Air headlines):


AP Ignores South Carolina Dem Calling ObamaCare ‘Extremely Problematic’

How do you know when a Democratic politician’s or candidate’s quote will either hurt that person or hurt President Obama (in this case, it’s the latter)? When the Politico reports it, and the Associated Press avoids it.

Elizabeth Colbert Busch, who is running against former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford for the congressional seat opened up when Tim Scott was appointed to replace Jim DeMint, apparently felt the need to appeal to those who oppose ObamaCare during a debate on Monday evening. Here’s what she said, according to Politico’s David Nather and Darren Samuelsohn:


AP’s Raum Seems Puzzled That ‘Economic Gains May Not Help Democrats Much in 2014′

You’ve got hand it to some (probably most) of the reporters at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press. Their story is that the economy is all right, and by gosh, they’re sticking to it.

Tom Raum’s dispatch yesterday is a case in point. Along the way, he pulled out several of the tired spin-driven claims which have long since been taken down but which haven’t yet penetrated the skulls of low-information voters. Raum and AP seem puzzled that the supposedly okey-dokey economy doesn’t seem to be helping President Obama or Democrats’ 2014 congressional and senatorial election prospects (bolds and numbered tags are mine):


Headline Change at Thrush’s Politico Pity Party: From ‘Obama: Hey Guys, I’m Still Here’ to ‘Obama: Hey guys, I’m Still Relevant’

The email announcing the supposedly momentous occasion of another column by the Politico’s Glenn Thrush arrived in my mailbox with the following headline and subhead: “Obama: Hey guys, I’m still here — The president’s press conference brimmed with frustration and was filled with tantalizing promise.”

On clickthrough, I learned that the online website’s massagers-in-chief changed those items (but not the underlying URL, which reflects the email) to the following in the published article: “President Obama: I’m still relevant — Obama finds himself hemmed in by the familiar constraints of partisanship and world events.” Thrush’s text identifed another problem supposedly hemming Obama in, complete with a slavery analogy: “the shackles of his own commitments.” Poor guy; he has to deal with the world as it is, not how he’d like it to be, and those darned things he promised to do to get elected and reelected. Gosh, life is just so unfair, isn’t it? Excerpts following Thrush’s theme follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):


Ohio Lawmakers About to Zero Out All Pension Fund Conference Travel

Has no one heard of web conferencing?


This post went up a short time ago at Watchdog.org.


Two of the most tone-deaf organizations in America have to be the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems, followed closely by Ohio’s School Employees Retirement System.

NCPERS markets itself as “the largest trade association for public sector pension funds, representing more than 550 funds throughout the United States and Canada.” SERS is a “public pension fund that provides pensions and access to health care coverage” for non-teaching personnel at public schools throughout the Buckeye State.

NCPERS thinks that holding an expensive members’ conference at a posh Hawaiian resort is a great idea. SERS believes, defiantly so, that sending two of its board members to the conference is an appropriate use of participants’ funds.

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Yet Another Bitter GDP Disappointment’) Is Up

It’s here.

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

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (043013)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:00 am

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

Positivity: New film shows dramatic revival of Omaha parish

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:55 am

From Omaha:

Apr 28, 2013 / 04:05 pm

A new documentary tracks the gripping journey of how a priest and his community – through fidelity to Church tradition and Vatican II – turned a church with dwindling numbers into a thriving parish.

“We’re trying to do everything as faithfully as we can, as beautifully as we can, to what the Church has given us,” Father Damien Cook, pastor of St. Peter Catholic Church in Omaha, told CNA April 24.

St. Peter’s is “dedicated to the restoration of the sacred,” he said, with Masses sung with Latin and chant, liturgies celebrated both facing the people and facing the altar, altar boys, Eucharistic adoration, evening prayer sung every day, processions, and distribution of Communion at the altar rail.

“This is what we should do, if we’re going to be a fully faithful church according to Vatican II and the whole tradition of the Church,” said Fr. Cook. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 29, 2013

Commonwealth-Sponsored Terrorism: Boston Herald Reports That ‘Tsarnaev Family Received $100G’ in Public Assistance Benefits

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s attempt to keep his state’s agencies from releasing detailed data on the use of the public-assistance system by the Tsarnaev family, whose sons, one dead and one in custody, are accused of carrying out the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, appeared to be successful last week.

Ah, but Patrick, apparently feeling some heat, did agree “to release the information only to a House oversight committee where it will remain a secret.” Except it’s not a secret any more, at least in the aggregate, based on a report in the Boston Herald by Chris Cassidy which, based on when story comments first began appearing, went up during the middle of the afternoon today:


Politico’s Jonathan Martin: ‘Progress for Other African-American Politicians (Not Named Obama) Remains Elusive’

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:34 pm

They must be paying by the word over at Politico. It’s difficult to come up with another explanation as to why reporter Jonathan Martin would slog through about 3,100 words on an item entitled “Black pols stymied in Obama era.” He could have easily summarized why this is the case in eight words: “Because Barack Obama is all about Barack Obama.” Oh, he could have added a few more, namely “and everybody knows Barack Obama is all about Barack Obama.”

Since he didn’t limit himself, yours truly will note a few things Martin still left out, identify a few interesting points that were made, and then quote certain naive and/or inflammatory statements contained in Martin’s mess.


Farrell at MarketWatch: ‘Billionaires Control the Vast Majority of the World’s Wealth’; No They Don’t

At MarketWatch this morning, Paul Farrell’s hostility towards Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher, Milton Friedman and especially free-market capitalism boiled over (“Capitalism is killing our morals, our future”). Farrell claims that capitalism “is destined to destroy the world, absent a historic paradigm shift.”

The problem he describes really has nothing to do with properly practiced free-market capitalism, but is instead a combination of rampant cronyism and the abandonment of capitalism’s (and society’s) Judeo-Christian moral underpinnings. But that’s a long discussion outside the scope of this post. This post is about the opening claim Farrell makes: “Billionaires control the vast majority of the world’s wealth.” No they don’t.


Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042913)

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

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

Heroic college athlete, 21, gives up his shot put career so he can donate bone marrow to leukemia sufferer

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Plaistow, New Hampshire:

  • University of New Hampshire athlete Cameron Lyle is donating bone marrow to a stranger suffering leukemia later this week
  • Surgery means he’ll have to miss the final two meets of his career, including the America East Championships
  • Recipient is a 28-year-old man who has just been given six months to live

PUBLISHED: 01:06 EST, 23 April 2013 | UPDATED: 01:07 EST, 23 April 2013

… A University of New Hampshire shot put star is being hailed a hero after he quit his final athletics season so he can donate bone marrow to a stranger suffering leukemia.

Like the rest of his track and field team, Cameron Lyle, 21, of Plaistow, joined the bone marrow registry in his sophomore year and a few weeks ago, he learned he was a 100 per cent match for a 28-year-old man who has just been given six months to live.

But donating his bone marrow to the anonymous recipient means he’ll have to miss the final two meets of his career, including the America East Championships.

The decision, however, was a no-brainer, he said.

‘I knew right away I was definitely going to donate,’ Lyle told the Eagle Tribune. ‘I was pretty terrified at first, but it is starting to settle in.

… The athlete’s mother and team coach were both extremely supportive of his decision.
‘He’s my hero,’ his mom Christine Sciacca said.

‘I couldn’t be more proud of him and how he’s been so humble about it.’ …

Go here for the rest of the story.

April 28, 2013

First-Quarter GDP, Part 3 of 3: AP’s Crutsinger Argues With History — And Himself

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 4:56 pm

On Friday, the government reported that the economy grew by an annualized 2.5 percent during the first quarter. Earlier today, in Part 1 of this series, (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog) I showed that while most news organizations, including CNN, Bloomberg and Reuters, characterized that news as a disappointment, especially comparred to expectations of 3.0 percent or more following an awful fourth quarter of 0.4%, Martin Crutsinger and Chris Rugaber remained irrationally exuberant, not only about the “quickened” pace of growth but about prospects for higher growth in the second half of this year.

In Part 2 (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), we saw how even others at the self-described Essential Global News Network disagreed with Crutsinger’s and Rugaber’s joint assessment. A “News Summary” item was headlined “STOCKS STALL AS GROWTH DISAPPOINTS.” A report by AP Markets Writer Steve Rothwell was headlined “STOCKS STALL ON TEPID US ECONOMIC GROWTH,” and forecasted slower growth during the rest of the year. There is one other key paragraph written by the pair of AP economics writers which deserves separate vetting. It follows the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):


First-Quarter GDP, Part 2 of 3: AP Argues With Itself

AParguesWithItselfOn Friday, the government reported that the economy grew by an annualized 2.5 percent during the first quarter. As I noted in Part 1 (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), three establishment press outlets (CNN, Bloomberg, and Reuters) pronounced the result “disappointing” — but not Martin Crutsinger and Christopher Rugaber at the Associated Press, whose headline read “AFTER NEAR-STALL IN LATE 2012, US ECONOMY PICKS UP,” and whose content described the economy as having “quickened its pace” as “the strongest consumer spending in two years fueled a 2.5 percent annual growth rate in the January-March quarter.”

It turns out that the AP pair’s enthusiasm was not only not shared at other news organizations. It wasn’t even shared within AP, as will be seen after the jump.