January 7, 2014

LAT’s Doyle McManus: ‘None’ of Obama’s ‘Controversies … Quite Reached Scandalhood’

Los Angeles Times columnists have produced several delusional doozies in the past few days.

One of the more hysterical came from Doyle McManus on Sunday (“The president’s hump year; The sixth year is often tough, but Obama could triumph”). While acknowledging that “The public’s initial romance with the president has faded” and that “events are in charge now,” he backhandedly described Obama’s presidency thus far as scandal-free. Really (HT to frequent commenter Gary Hall):

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I Wasn’t Looking For This Either …

Filed under: Economy,Ohio Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:41 pm

… but these things have a way of finding me.

A Conservative Intel email asked, “Which governors have reduced the number of state employees in their bureaucracies? You might be surprised at the answers.”

Since I have heard so much from the Kasich administration about how they have reduced state bureaucracy, I figured that this would be a good-news gimme, or at least a respite from the weak and bad news barrage on the employment and unemployment fronts yours truly has been dishing out going back at least to last spring.

So I clicked through.

Boy, was I wrong:

StateGovtWorkforceReductions0111to1113

The other chart at the Conservative Intel post tells us that Democratic strongholds California (one employee per 80.1 residents) and New York (one per 77.3) have lower state employment per capita than Ohio (one per 71.5). Ouch.

These Are So Much Fun …

Filed under: Environment,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:34 pm

… and there are so many opportunities to use them on hapless progressives.

The latest installment of “Hitler learns” is “Hitler Gets Trapped in Sea Ice.”

Enjoy (Warning: R-rated language):

HT Powerline.

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UPDATE: Here’s an encore — “Hitler finds out he can’t keep his doctor under Obamacare” (this one is PG):

NewsBusted (010714)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:11 am

Here we go, now appearing twice a week:

Topics:
– Record Cold Weather
– Global Warming
– Al Qaeda and Benghazi
– Toronto Mayor Rob Ford
– NBC’s Dr. Nancy Snyderman
– Duck Dynasty Guns
– Obamacare and Newborns
– ESPN hires Tim Tebow

Best Lines:

  • “It’s been so cold in Washington that Democrats had their hands in their own pockets.”
  • “The U.S. government is searching for an Al Qaeda terrorist wanted in connection to the 2012 Benghazi attack. They plan on charging him with directly contradicting a New York Times article.”

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010714)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:01 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.

Positivity: Pope Francis announces pilgrimage to Holy Land

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jan 5, 2014 / 09:47 am

Pope Francis has announced that he will make a pilgrimage to the Holy Land this coming May to mark a key moment in Catholic and Orthodox Christian relations.

“In this atmosphere of joy, typical of this Christmas time, I wish to announce that from 24 to 26 (of) next May, God willing, I will carry out a pilgrimage in the Holy Land,” he said after the Jan. 5 Sunday Angelus to the crowds filling St. Peter’s Square.

Pope Francis will meet with the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, during his May pilgrimage. Along with representatives of “all the Christian churches of Jerusalem,” the two leaders will celebrate an ecumenical meeting at the site of the Holy Sepulchre, which Christians revere as the place of Jesus’ burial prior to the Resurrection.

The Pope explained that the “principal goal” of the trip is “to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and the Patriarch Athenagoras I, that occurred precisely on January 5, as today, 50 years ago.”

In January of 1964, Pope Paul VI traveled to the Holy Land. He met with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople on the Mount of Olives on January 5.

This historic meeting led to an improved relationship between the Catholic and Orthodox Churches, including a momentous joint declaration issued in 1965. In that declaration both leaders expressed their desire “to overcome their differences in order to be again ‘one’ as the Lord Jesus asked of his Father for them.”

The Joint Catholic-Orthodox Declaration of His Holiness Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I lifted the centuries-long excommunications levied by the leaders of both Churches against each other in 1054. The excommunications helped finalize the schism between the major Churches of Eastern and Western Christianity.

In addition to Jerusalem, the Pope will also travel to Bethlehem and Amman, Jordan.

Go here for the rest of the story.