January 11, 2014

Sen. Udall’s Attempts to Bully Colo. Ins. Division Over Health Policy Cancellations Get Only Grudging National Notice

Bullying by staffers of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, who has denied knowledge of their actions when they were taken, is a national news obsession. Bullying by staffers of Colorado Senator Mark Udall — which the Senator has acknowledged and is defending — is barely a blip.

The story, first reported in the Colorado blogosphere at Complete Colorado, is that Udall staffers “worked assiduously to revise press accounts that 249,000 Coloradans received health care cancellation notices” by pressuring the state’s Department of Insurance to change the definition of “cancellation.” There is no dispute that the cancellations as normal people understand the word occurred (links are in original; bolds are mine):

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Time Thinks It Can Predict Your Politics Using Tired Profiling and Stereotypes

Jonathan Haidt and Chris Wilson at Time.com claim that “your preferences in dogs, Internet browsers, and 10 other items predict your partisan leanings.” So a left-leaning mag which is philosophically united with the crowd that insists that we must be equal opportunity friskers of 4 year-old children and 80 year-old grandmothers at airports because “we shouldn’t profile” has no trouble profiling people as conservative or liberal based on the answers to 12 inane questions.

Conservative Rush Limbaugh — cat lover, rebellious teen, and Mac user — will certainly be amused at the questions in the survey, the authors’ breezy contentions about what their answers supposedly mean, and the other assertions they make.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (011114)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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: Girl’s glasses stop bullet in drive-by shooting

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Seattle:

7:11 AM, Dec 23, 2013

A Seattle teenager’s glasses may have saved her life by deflecting a bullet fired in a drive-by shooting.

The 16-year-old girl was relaxing on the couch in her living room when gunfire tore into her home, according to a statement from Detective Mark Jamieson on the Seattle Police Department website. Rounds went through walls and a front window, one of which struck the bridge of the girl’s glasses.

Although the glasses were broken, the teenager was spared from serious injury. Several other people were in the home at the time of the shooting, including children. None of them were hurt, even after the shooters returned to fire into the house a second time, Jamieson said.

The girl was alert when police arrived and was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.

Go here for the rest of the story.