July 24, 2013

AP Refuses to Name Already-Known Weiner Sexting Partner Who ‘Just So Happens’ to Be a Liberal Obama Activist

A very misleading sentence appeared in David Caruso’s story this evening at the Associated Press about Nik Richie, the blogger who broke the story of disgraced former congressman and now-New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s latest sexting escapade at his “The Dirty” web site. It certainly supports the notion that tagging the wire service with its “the Administration’s Press” nickname is not at all out of line.

Note that the time stamp on Caruso’s story is 7 p.m ET tonight, a mere three hours ago. Here is the deceptive statement: “Richie declined to reveal the woman’s identity or put her in contact with the Associated Press, saying he had agreed to protect her anonymity.” What rubbish. Her name is already known. Caruso and the AP are deciding on their own to withhold it, for obvious reasons which will be revealed after the jump.


Wow (Weiner Now Says ‘Rough Time in Marriage’ Caused Relapse)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:56 pm

Really having a hard time believing anyone would do this:

Weiner blames latest XXX online scandal on stress with Huma caused by pre-resignation sexting, begs voters for support in open letter

Serial sexter Anthony Weiner begged supporters to hang with him, telling them today “a rough time” in his marriage prompted him to keep sending sexually explicit words and pictures to women he’s never met.

In a letter released this afternoon, Weiner apologized but also seemed to shift blame for his pervy behavior to his marriage to former State Department aide Human Abedin.

Even if you believe that it’s true, even if your therapist believes it’s true — heck, even if your spouse believes it’s true — What’s the upside of even appearing to blame your spouse publicly?

NYT Editorial Calling for Weiner to Quit Mayor’s Race Ignores the Paper’s Enabling Role

In a Tuesday evening editorial, the New York Times called for former Democratic Congressman and current New York City mayoral candidate to withdraw from the race. What the Times failed to acknowledge — and should have — is the critical role it played in enabling his still-alive comeback attempt from the 2011 sexting scandal which led to his congressional resignation.

On April 10, the Times published an 8,000-plus word item by Jonathan Van Meter which appeared in its April 14 Sunday magazine. Its only conceivable purpose was to hasten Weiner’s political rehabilitation. At the time, Kyle Drennen at NewsBusters noted that it was dutifully “touted” on the NBC, CBS, and ABC morning shows. It doesn’t take long during a re-read of that Times piece to arrive at several bitterly ironic passages, as will be seen after the jump.


Kasich-caused uncertainty hampers Ohio’s economy

This column went up at Watchdog.org with minor edits a short time ago.


Ohio Governor John Kasich seems oblivious to the damage his political stubbornness is inflicting.

Kasich has often justly complained about what economic and regulatory uncertainties originating in Washington have done to companies and to the state economies and budgets which depend on the jobs those companies create.

Shortly after the November 2010 elections which swept Republicans into power in the U.S. House of Representatives, the newly-elected Kasich joined Congressman and House Speaker-in-Waiting John Boehner, and spoke on that very topic:

“The policies in Washington are hurting our ability to create jobs,” [Kasich] said. “I don’t get what they don’t get about this. Companies need certainty.”

Despite what he said in 2010, the 2013 version of Kasich doesn’t seem to “get” that the uncertainties created by his insistence on trying to expand Medicaid and on passing a steep oil and gas severance tax when the debate over the state’s two-year budget through June 2015 is supposed to be over are hurting job creation in Ohio.

A tale of three (huge) Ohio tax increases

Filed under: Ohio Economy,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:45 pm

The lowest in the bunch is 24 percent.


This column went up at Watchdog.org with minor edits Tuesday evening.


Three proposed tax increases in Ohio communities are so large that they make one wonder if the state should revise an old state slogan — “The Heart of It All” — and change it to “The Heart of Taxation.”

One of the increases came to my attention in a phone call. A polite young lady encouraged me to support the upcoming police levy for Deerfield Township in Warren County. I asked her if the levy was a renewal of an existing tax or a tax increase. She didn’t know. Seriously.

It turns out that the levy is a tax increase, and that one has to work a lot harder than should be necessary to determine how large that increase is.

At the “about” page at KeepDeerfieldSafe.com, the levy’s support site, Warren County’s sheriff tells readers that per-resident police protection in the township currently costs far less than it does in surrounding jurisdictions. That’s fine, but left completely hanging is how much more the township wants property owners to pay.

After repeating the per-resident stats the sheriff provided in his letter, the very end of the site’s “fact sheet” finally gets to the required answer: a current 2.5-mill property assessment will increase to 4 mills. That’s a 60 percent increase.

Enabling NY Times to Weiner: Get Out

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:25 am

“We get the leadership we deserve,” as they say.

The New York Times last night told Anthony Weiner, “We don’t deserve this” (bolds are mine) –

The timing here matters, as it would for any politician who violates the public’s trust and then asks to have it back. Things are different now, he insists. “This behavior is behind me,” he said again on Tuesday. He suggested that people should have known that his sexting was an unresolved problem well into 2012.

That’s ridiculous and speaks to a familiar but repellent pattern of misleading and evasion. It’s up to Mr. Weiner if he wants to keep running, to count on voters to forgive and forget and hand him the keys to City Hall. But he has already disqualified himself.

The Times should have (and didn’t) acknowledge some complicity in this, given the gooey-nice write-up it did on Weiner’s supposed rehabilitation earlier this year.

If Weiner still stays in and wins … wow, I don’t even want to think about it. What self-respecting person would vote for him now? Unfortunately, if you go to the comments at the editorial, you’ll find some who would — and will, if he doesn’t withdraw.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072413)

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

This open thread will stay at the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

If you are on the front page, click “more” to see today’s items (updated sporadically).

Positivity: Parish outreach to young parents? There’s an app for that

Filed under: Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Joliet, Illinois:

Jul 23, 2013 / 12:10 am

Father John Belmonte noticed two things about the millennial generation – they were scarce in the pews, and they were always on their smartphones.

Since many millennials – people ages 18-34 – are now young parents, Father had an idea to bridge the gap by “evangelizing, education, and re-engaging” this demographic through the “We Parent More” app.

“We wanted to make it a technological piece in the new evangelization,” Father Belmonte said.

The app has six different buttons which include information on the Catholic faith, blogs from young Catholic parents, Mass and confession times for parishes across the United States, and games for kids.

Parishes can also subscribe to the app and use it as “an electronic, updated bulletin” to provide parents with information about church happenings at the local level.

“We’re not reading parish bulletins anymore,” Father Belmonte said, “This generation is really living on their smartphones. We need to reach out to them at this really key moment in life.”

Users of the app started locally in the Diocese of Joliet, Ill., where Father Belmonte serves as Superintendent of Catholic schools. Numbers quickly grew to 1,200 users, from parishes across the country, from Anchorage, Alaska to Atlanta, Ga.

So far, the app has received positive reviews.

“Our analysis of the usership shows our users are on the app an average of 18 minutes a day, which is a significant amount of time,” Father Belmonte said, “People see the need for it and understand the need for the application.”

As the word gets out, Father Belmonte hopes more and more parishes and pastors take advantage of the app with the goal of keeping parents connected and most importantly keep them coming to Mass. …

Go here for the rest of the story.