October 25, 2013

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102513)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 3:25 pm

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

9:15 a.m.: LA Times corrections attempt follow-up (requesting readers’ help) –

Just puttin’ this out there –

  • In a PJ Media column on October 19, yours truly skewered an October 16 Politics Now blog post at the Los Angeles Times by David Lauter.
  • Lauter falsely claimed that the U.S. public debt-to-GDP ratio “grew rapidly during most of President George W. Bush’s tenure,” and that “the U.S. debt burden is starting to decline” as expressed in that ratio. The column proved that both statements are false (graphic proof is here and here).
  • As seen here, I requested Times corrections on October 19.
  • Multiple attempts to actually talk to or to even get a direct phone number of a Readers Representative have resulted in failure.
  • I was finally able to obtain a direct email address for someone who is allegedly in the Corrections Department yesterday, and have asked for a response while cc’ing the Readers Representative email addy.

Today and yesterday, attempts to access Lauter’s original article at the Times ended up receiving “Request Timeout” responses in two different browsers, while I have had no problem accessing other Politics Now blog posts, including some from over a week ago.

I’d be interested in knowing whether other readers have the same problem getting to Lauter’s original post. Anyone wishing to report on their attempt can email me or comment below. Input would be intensely appreciated and extremely helpful in determining whether the Times is “correcting” the problem simply by making Lauter’s post inaccessible.



  1. CareFirst says 76,000 customers will lose current coverage due to Obamacare


    So the tally of those who are now dropped from health insurance that we know of so far is:

    300,000 FL by Blue Cross
    160,000 CA by Kaiser
    119,000 CA by Blue Cross
    76,000 MD, VA & DC by CareFirst
    655,000 policies sent cancellation notices

    ObamaCare is going swimmingly. You would think the people who actually cared about the issue would first focus on those who didn’t have any insurance at all, just to get them signed up. Nope, liberals didn’t give a crap because the real issue is getting people dependent on government and once dependent are easily threatened by its loss.

    Yeah, ObamaCare is going to get 7 million policy holders by forcing people to lose their plan and then making them sign up again via ObamaCare. Think about it, they never expected the young to sign up in any significant number since they didn’t have any money anyway, but who does have the money? People who already pay for insurance. If you are familiar with the thinking of the courts, if you are in the habit of paying for something in the past, then you have the money to continue paying for it no matter how much you struggle.

    Let’s look at MassCare, the existing premium payers were made to pay for the new people who couldn’t afford policies by jacking up existing premiums along with extra money from the Federal Government from Medicaid. In order to avoid the appearance of jacking up existing premiums under ObamaCare you force everyone to re-enroll in a “NEW” policy which has “better coverage”, coverage which most will not use because it isn’t applicable to them. There is a method to their seeming incompetence, that method is deceit.

    Watch for libs to claim they achieved their target number and then it is time to point out they only thing they accomplished is turmoil for existing policy holders via policy flipping and enlarging the Medicaid rolls with new people.

    Comment by dscott — October 25, 2013 @ 8:33 am

  2. New Federal Reserve Report Links Obamacare to Lack of Jobs – 10 Different Times


    Someone obviously didn’t get the memo regarding the Obama friendly narrative.

    Comment by dscott — October 25, 2013 @ 8:53 am

  3. In regards to the LA Times link:

    Nope, it does not work for me either. I get the Request Timeout response also.

    Comment by zf — October 25, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

  4. Thanks for looking. Wow. I have a theory about that which I’ll keep to myself for now.

    Comment by Tom — October 25, 2013 @ 3:31 pm

  5. I can’t get through. I’m getting a timeout message.

    Comment by Yukio Ngaby — October 25, 2013 @ 8:01 pm

  6. Thanks, Yukio.

    Comment by Tom — October 26, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

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