January 3, 2014

AP Uses ‘Don’t Read This’ Headline, Lede-Burying Content as Al Qaeda Retakes Fallujah

Discouraging headlines are appearing about the deterioration of the situation in Iraq, the war U.S. troops won in 2008. Bloomberg News notes, “Al-Qaeda Fighters Take Fallujah as Iraqi Army Attacks.” The Washington Post reports that an “Al-Qaeda force captures Fallujah amid rise in violence in Iraq.”

At the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, the headline writers are apparently more interested in making sure that as few readers as possible take an interest in the story, based on the non-descriptive headline they have chosen to employ:

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AP: HealthCare.gov Can’t Handle Common Life Changes, But Is ‘Running Fairly Smoothly’

Obamacare’s designers appear to have assumed that life is completely static. As far as they’re concerned, people who are single don’t marry, women don’t have children, married couples don’t sometimes divorce, individuals and families don’t move, and workers don’t change jobs. I say that because HealthCare.gov will from all appearances not accommodate any of the aforementioned common life changes. Seriously. (I’m not about to test that assertion myself; the site is still hopelessly not secure, remember?)

A very weak headline at an Associated Press report by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar carried at Yahoo News attempted to limit the damage, perhaps in hopes that smartphone users and others won’t click through and see how awful and far more sweeping the problems are (bolds are mine):

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Latest PJ Media Column (’5 Myths Propping Up the Obama Presidency’) Went Up Last Night

It’s here.

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

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010314)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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.

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This is Spaghetti-Odious.

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WaPo’s Richard Cohen thinks that Hillary Clinton had an “unlucky” 2013.

Really? Mrs. “What difference does it make?” got a lifetime’s worth of free press passes in just one year.

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Zero Hedge: “How The NSA Hacks Your iPhone.” Apple denies it, with language that does not appear to me to be a full-throated denial.

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Zero Hedge also estimates that “of the 2+ million Americans who believe they have coverage, up to 1 million is about to be served with a bill which they can’t afford.”

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The amazing thing is that CNN is covering this: “Fast and Furious gun turns up after Mexican resort shootout”

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More People Have Lost Insurance Under Obamacare Than Signed Up for It.”

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At Twitchy: “Citizens in Connecticut line up to register their firearms.” I sure hope that there’s at least one person defying the law for every person in those hideous lines surrendering a portion of the freedom.

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Hot Air: “The incredible, shrinking New York”

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At National Journal:

John Boehner Had the Best Year in Washington
The much doubted speaker quelled an uprising, beat the outside groups, and emerged looking more reasonable (and powerful) than any other leader.

And if he abuses his position to force immigration amnesty through Congress, as is his apparent intent, the country will be permanently changed for the worse.

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Laura Ingraham’s response (HT Twitchy) to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “vow” to ban horse-drawn carriages in Central Park: “If De Blasio wanted to cut down on horse manure in Manhattan, he should have tendered immediate resignation, not banned the carriages.”

Positivity: NFL Linebacker Helps Stranded Motorist & Then Does His Errands For Him

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Indianapolis (HT USA Today via Daryn Kagan):

December 13, 2013 2:36 pm ET

Normally Andy Studebaker would have gone about his business.

It was Dec. 3 – a Tuesday, and the only day off for the Colts – and the veteran backup linebacker was running errands with his wife and young daughter.

Then, a stranded motorist caught his eye. Tyler Jones’ car had quit on him.

“I usually don’t stop,” Studebaker said, “but he was a younger kid and looked like he needed help.”

The engine in Jones’ car still was smoking. He didn’t have a cell phone to call for help.

“Sometimes you just know when somebody needs help,” Studebaker said. “Just sort of felt it in my gut.”

Studebaker stopped and helped.

He made arrangements for Jones’ car to get towed to a service station. When Jones’ car couldn’t be immediately repaired, Studebaker drove him home. Then Studebaker drove Jones around so he could finish the errands he was running when his car broke down.

Jones thanked Studebaker for going out of his way to help a stranger. He then reached out to the Colts via Facebook.

“I now know the meaning of true heroism in today’s world,” Jones wrote. “This man literally decided to give up most of his day and time to ensure that I could go about my own day with a few less problems on my plate.

“Even more amazing is that he was with his family and running errands of his own during his personal time when he decided to stop and help me get going and on my way. Thank you again Mr. Studebaker for all the time, effort, money, advice and kind service that you provided for me (on) that cold and dreary day.”

Go here for the rest of the story.

Mark Garbett Update

Filed under: News from Other Sites — Tom @ 12:01 am

Matt at Weapons of Mass Discussion posted a disturbing update recently on the condition of pioneering co-blogger Mark Garbett:

After a few days of small, but significant, steps in the right direction, Mark has taken a turn for the worse. Mark now has pneumonia and is on a ventilator.

Mark had begun some physical therapy working on finger dexterity and arm strength, I can only assume that this changes that whole program.

Please keep Mark and his family in your prayers.