July 16, 2013

Ted Nugent Nails It (With a Clarification)

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Quotes, Etc. of the Day — Tom @ 1:25 pm

The final three paragraphs of “Zimmerman verdict vindicates citizen patrols, self-defense” (HT to a frequent emailer):

Martin Luther King Jr. is rolling over in his grave that he sacrificed his life for the cause of judging people by the content of their character instead of the color of their skin, as so many of his own race carry in self-destructive behavior while professional race mongers blame everything on racism. It is painful and heartbreaking to say and write this, but horrifically it is true. Blacks kill more blacks in a weekend in Chicago than the evil, vile Ku Klux Klan idiots did in 50 years. (*) Truly earth shattering insane. And not a peep from Obama or Holder. Tragic.

The only racism on that night was perpetrated by Trayvon Martin, and everybody knows it.

Here’s the lesson from all this, America: Teach your children to not attack people for no good reason whatsoever. Conduct yourself in a responsible, civil manner, and everything will be just fine. Try to kill someone and that someone just may be exercising his or her Second Amendment rights and you could get shot. It’s called self-defense, and it is the oldest, strongest and most righteous instinct and God-given right known to man.

Read the whole thing.

(*) – Clarification: The Klan is said to be responsible for having “killed 3,446 blacks over 86 years, yet black-on-black murders (in the U.S.) surpass that number every six months” (i.e., over 130 per week).

Reviewing the history, Wikipedia lists 18 blacks who were killed by Klansmen in the past 50 years — 12 from 1963-1966 (including Medgar Evers, who was killed in June 1963, technically more than 50 years ago), and six others, five in one incident, from 1979-1981. Wiki claims that the 1960s murders were “among the most notorious,” allowing for the possibility that there were others (though I doubt there were more than a very few). It does not make that claim about periods thereafter.

During the Fourth of July weekend this year, Chicago had 12 murders among 72 shootings (assuming no other subsequent deaths among those who were shot and still alive on July 8). It’s clear that almost all of the murders were black-on-black in nature.

To be completely correct, Nugent should have written that “Blacks have killed more blacks on some weekends in Chicago than the evil, vile Ku Klux Klan idiots have in the past 46 years.”

There have been several weekends in the past several years during which Chicago’s black-on-black murder toll has been greater than seven or more. In 2012, Chicago had more than 500 homicides, the vast majority of which were black-on-black — an average of almost 10 per week.

Nugent’s less than perfect rendering of the history hardly detracts from the points made in his column.

NewsBusted (071613)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:51 am

Here we go:

– Full Time Jobs
– Jeb Bush
– Hillary Clinton
– Aaron Hernandez
– Ebay
– San Francisco Gay Pride Parade
– Girl Scouts
– Ted Nugent
– Chinese War Ships
– Chelsea Clinton

Best Lines:

  • “It’s been revealed that the Chinese have been sending warships to encircle the U.S. and its territories. Chinese warships, or as they’re also known: China’s debt collection agency.”
  • “Chelsea Clinton said ‘It’s time for a woman in the White House.’ Hey Chelsea, maybe you don’t remember, but your father had a lot of women in the White House.”

This Explains a Lot: How and Why NBER Made Its Recession Call

Filed under: Economy,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:03 am

As shown in my most recent PJ Media column, the most recent recession, using criteria developed by the National Bureau of Economic Research, began in June 2008.

That of course is not what the NBER actually determined. For “some reason,” the group came up with December 2007.

Since the data doesn’t support that call, the obvious question is how NBER came to its decision.

I have a clue, which I stumbled across last night.

It’s in Christina Romer’s Wikipedia entry:

She is a former vice president of the American Economic Association, a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship recipient, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a winner of the Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award. Professor Romer is co-director of the Program in Monetary Economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and was a member of the NBER Business Cycle Dating Committee until she resigned from this position on November 25, 2008.

Christina Romer was nominated to be President-in-waiting Obama’s Chairman of his Council of Economic Advisers on November 24, 2008. She certainly knew that her nomination was coming well in advance, and how politically helpful tagging the recession’s inception at as early a date as possible would be.

NBER issued its recession call on December 1, 2008. Here is who participated in the deliberations, and when (bold is mine):

Committee members participating in the decision were: Robert Hall, Stanford University (chair); Martin Feldstein, Harvard University and NBER President Emeritus; Jeffrey Frankel, Harvard University; Robert Gordon, Northwestern University; James Poterba, MIT and NBER President; David Romer, University of California, Berkeley; and Victor Zarnowitz, the Conference Board. Christina Romer of the University of California, Berkeley, resigned from the committee on November 25, 2008, and did not participate in its deliberations of November 28.

I think it’s reasonable to contend that Christina Romer heavily influenced the detailed research the committee reviewed on November 28, and that her husband’s presence at the Black Friday 2008 (cough, cough) “deliberations” helped to ensure that the committee made its erroneous December 2007 call.

As I noted in the column:

The timing of the recession’s inception is no trifle. NBER’s call less than a month after the 2008 presidential election made the breezy, now well-established meme that we should “blame Bush for everything” a fixture in the left’s rhetorical toolbox.

I contend that the call was clearly heavily influenced by Barack Obama’s incoming lead economist.


… As I see it, NBER, regardless of its alleged stated “nonpartisan” nature and regardless of the fact that a few of its leaders might be considered center-right economists, has little if any defense against a charge that in determining that the recession began in December 2007, it acted no differently than a bunch of left wing-coopted tools.

Even less than I thought.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (071613)

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

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

Positivity: Dave Matthews hitchhikes with fans to own concert

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Hershey, Pennsylvania (video is at link):

… A pair of lucky fans picked up a hitchhiker on their way to a Dave Matthews Band concert Saturday, who just so happened to be none other than the Grammy-winning musician.

Matthews had gone out for a pre-show bike ride in Hershey, Pa., when his back tire popped, leaving him stranded without a cell phone, according to CNN.

Emily Kraus and her boyfriend, who were running late to the show at Hersheypark Stadium, noticed Matthews and pulled over. Thanks to a recently-installed bicycle rack, the fans were able to give the singer-songwriter and his gear a lift.

The couple was rewarded with dinner backstage, a pair of front-row tickets and a shout-out from Matthews during the show. A longtime Matthews fan since age 9, Kraus only had to look to her concert tickets signed “Thanks for the ride” to realize it wasn’t all just a dream. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

NYT Op-Ed Economist Astonished That North Carolina Is 39th Richest State, ‘Yet’ 12th in ‘Children Living in Poverty’

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:47 am

Whatever they’re paying Teresa Ghilarducci, who is “the Bernard L. and Irene Schwartz chair of economic policy analysis at the New School for Social Research,” it’s too much.

The bolded sentences seen after the jump which Ms. Ghilarducci included in a Friday New York Times op-ed (HT “Mungowitz” at the “Kids Prefer Cheese” blog via Megan McArdle) makes my contention an open and shut case: