July 29, 2013

Not Establishment Press News: Iconic Ground Zero Photo Seen as Too ‘Rah-rah’ American, Almost Excluded From Museum

It has been almost 48 hours since the New York Post’s Melissa Klein first reported that “This iconic picture of firefighters raising the stars and stripes in the rubble of Ground Zero was nearly excluded from the 9/11 Memorial Museum,” because “the museum’s creative director … considered the Tom Franklin photograph too kitschy and “rah-rah America.”

A Google News search on “Ground Zero New York” (not in quotes, past seven days, showing duplicates) returns only 24 relevant items. None are from establishment press outlets. The same search at the Associated Press’s national web site also returns nothing relevant. Excerpts from Klein’s Post report, as well as Publishers Weekly’s review of the upcoming book, are after the jump.


What ‘Pivot’? OFA’s ‘Action August’ Has No Events Tied to Economy; Politico’s Dovere Fails to Note

Organizing For Action claims that its mission is to “support President Obama in achieving enactment of the national agenda Americans voted for on Election Day 2012.” Presumably, on a day-to-day and month-to-month basis, that means it’s able to divine the President’s priorities and follow them (you see, OFA is “independent,” so there can’t pooooossibly be any communication between its officials and the White House, cough, cough).

Well, if OFA really is following the President’s priorities, one of those priorities is decidedly not the economy, despite Obama’s promise in his weekly address on Saturday to “spend every minute of every day doing everything in my power to make this economy work for working Americans again.” And yes, I would expect a vigilant establishment press, which we definitely don’t have, to notice, and of course they haven’t. Edward-Isaac Dovere at the Politico has a list of OFA’s “Action August” key event days, which follows the jump:


Virtually Unreported: Detroit’s Bankruptcy Came With Sky-High Tax Rates, Not ‘Small Government’

Just over a week ago, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry claimed that Detroit’s bankruptcy is a result of “when government is small enough to drown in your bathtub,” and analogized it to “exactly the kind of thing that many Republicans would impose on us.”

The truth, of course, is that Detroit has had quite a large government. It also had and still has frightening rates of violent and nonviolent crime, incredibly awful schools, and a race-based culture that the press once praised. What is far less appreciated is what Detroit did to chase citizens and businesses out of the city in the form of sky-high taxes.


Why Is a West Virginia Newspaper …

Filed under: Economy,Ohio Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:43 am

the only outlet talking about the following (bolds are mine):

One major task yet unaddressed involves about $1.5 billion the state borrowed from the federal government during the depths of the recession, in order to keep providing unemployment compensation benefits to Ohioans. At the time, it seemed state officials had no choice but to take Uncle Sam up on his offer.

But the aid was not a bailout with no strings attached. It was in the form of an interest-bearing loan.

Now, businesses are paying more than necessary to the state unemployment compensation system in order to cover interest payments on the loan. According to a published report, that cost Buckeye State businesses $272 million during the past 18 months.

Another interest payment of $48.5 million comes due in September. That, too, will come out of the pockets of businesses.

That still leaves the $1.5 billion in principal to repay.

But no one in state government seems to be discussing how to accomplish that. No schedule for paying down the debt has been established. No source of funding has been identified.

That means Ohio businesses will continue paying higher unemployment compensation premiums than necessary.

failure to come up with a repayment plan for the $1.5 billion loan is a serious lapse.

A state Unemployment Compensation Advisory Council, with representatives of business, labor and the General Assembly, is supposed to address basic issues such as the federal loan. But the council has not met in three years.

How does one brag about a $1.5 billion surplus/rainy day fund when there’s an offsetting unpaid liability?

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072913)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:25 am

This open thread will stay at or near 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; items time-stamped 8:25 a.m. were posted earlier and held).

Quote of the Day: Erick Erickson

Filed under: Activism,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:05 am

At RedState: “The Ephialtes Establishment in the Republican Party”

I can see how the GOP loses in November of 2014. The establishment and base have moved so far apart the base is about ready to go third party or sit at home. If the GOP does not make a stand against Obamacare, they will not see the energy they need to effectively compete in 2014.

Leonidas and three hundred Spartans held the pass at Thermopylae against overwhelming Persian odds until Ephialtes betrayed them and led the Persians on a path around. If the Republican Establishment were in Greece, they’d stand with Ephialtes. So desperate are they to regain power, the Republican Establishment will be led by those who promised President Romney and spent hundreds of millions of dollars getting the status quo.


Positivity: Pope’s Copacabana Mass ‘drew a reported 3 million people’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Rio de Janiero, and a normally jaded Associated Press:

Jul 28, 9:27 AM EDT


Pope Francis wrapped up a historic trip to his home continent Sunday with a Mass on Copacabana beach that drew a reported 3 million people, who cheered the first Latin American pope in a remarkable response to his message that the Catholic Church must shake itself up and get out into the streets to find the faithful.

Nearly the entire 4 kilometer (2.5 mile) crescent of Copacabana’s broad beach overflowed with people, some of them taking an early morning dip in the Atlantic and others tossing t-shirts, flags and soccer jerseys into the pontiff’s open-sided car as he drove by. Francis worked the crowd, kissing babies, taking a sip of mate tea handed up to him and catching gifts on the fly. Even the normally stern-faced Vatican bodyguards let smiles slip as they jogged alongside his car, caught up in the enthusiasm of the crowd.

Many of the crowd had spent the night on the beach, an all-night slumber party to end World Youth Day that had a festive Latin air, with pilgrims wrapped in flags and sleeping bags to ward off the cold. They danced, prayed and sang – and stood in long lines in front of the armadas of portable bathrooms along the beachfront.

“We were dying of cold but it was worth it,” said Lucrecia Grillera, an 18-year-old from Cordoba, Argentina, where Francis lived for a time before becoming pope. “It was a tiring day, but it was a great experience.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.