January 27, 2014

At AP, Kids Stuck Without Health Insurance Is Just a ‘Tricky’ Situation

We have a new word in the seemingly never-ending saga of “quirks,” “oddities” and other sanitizing language the press is using when it identifies serious problems with Obamacare and Medicaid.

The word is “tricky.” In describing a bureuacratic nightmare which is leaving some children without insurance (they aren’t allowed onto their parents’ Obamacare plan, but they also aren’t eligible for Medicaid, so they have no coverage anywhere), the Associated Press headlined the situation as follows: “HEALTH LAW TRICKY FOR PARENTS OF MEDICAID KIDS.” Those who go to the same article at the DC cbslocal.com web site will at least begin to get an idea of what’s really going on thanks to their replacement headline: “Many Children Unable To Be Included In Parents’ Obamacare Family Plans.” Content excerpts from Holly Ramer’s otherwise fine report, including an unbelievable response from government officials — scratch that, it was unbelievable until Obamacare came along; but now anything’s possible — follow the jump (HT to frequent commenter Gary Hall; bolds are mine):

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Covering 2013′s Final New-Home Sales Report, AP ‘Forgets’ to Tell Readers That Market Is Only at 61% of Healthy Level

Usually, when the Associated Press covers the Census Bureau’s monthly new-home sales releases, its reporters will tell readers that a “healthy” market should generate about 700,000 sales per year (examples here and here). Though I believe that figure is insufficiently ambitious, given that pre-bubble annual sales averaged 776,000 from 1993-2000, it apparently has somewhat wide acceptance.

Of all the times to mention that benchmark, the bureau’s final report for 2013 released this morning would be it. But AP’s Martin Crutsinger failed to do so, possibly because astute readers would have noted that the year’s actual sales of 428,000 units show that the industry, despite years of a media-hyped “housing recovery” which is supposedly leading the economy out of the wilderness (cough, cough), is still operating at a miserable 61 percent of capacity (428K divided by 700K). Excerpts from Crutsinger’s report follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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30 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Changed the World Forever

Filed under: Business Moves,Marvels,Positivity — Tom @ 8:43 am

The full presentation made a week later at the Boston Computer Society is at Time.com (including the famed “1984″ ad, about 4 minutes into the Time video if you go there), but this 5-minute snip recounts the day — at Apple’s annual shareholder meeting on January 24, 1984 — when the Mac and its graphical user interface first went public:

The narrative at the YouTube video:

Demo of the first Apple Macintosh by Steve Jobs, January 1984, in front of 3000 people. Andy Hertzfeld captured the moment quite well in his retelling: “Pandemonium reigns as the demo completes. Steve has the biggest smile I’ve ever seen on his face, obviously holding back tears as he is overwhelmed by the moment. The ovation continues for at least five minutes before he quiets the crowd down.”

If there’s a computing device still on the market which does not owe part of its existence to the Mac’s 1984 introduction, I can’t name it.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012714)

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.

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This partially explains why the Rev. Martin Luther King’s spiritual foundations have been deemphasized to the point of near historical non-existence: “MLK: Homosexuality a ‘problem’ with a ‘solution.’”

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A Friday Wall Street Journal editorial essentially says that Ben Bernanke will increase the amount of Fed tapering for political reasons: He doesn’t want his last official act to make it look like he’s waffling. The economy’s situation is so weak that he probably shouldn’t.

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Pethoukoukis“New economic mobility study shows the 1% didn’t kill the American dream.”

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It was a great sports storyuntil it wasn’t.

The sad but true bottom line:

“If you cover the transgendered in a way we disapprove—even if you get all your facts right and run it through your lawyers and spend months working on it to get it just right—we will come after you and make your life hell. We will run your name through the mud and ruin your reputation and threaten you with murder and call for your criminal prosecution. So think about that before you write.”

This is chilling stuff. And it’s a reminder that the truth is no defense when the mob turns on you.

Until those who are harassed stand up for the truth as the best and only required defense, it will continue.

We saw another example of this in the delayed treatment of Rush Limbaugh as toxic during his brief stint at ESPN.

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Arkansas Mom Poses Problem for Common Core” — In the problem cited by Arkansas mom and former National Honor Society student Karen Lamoreaux, “the federal Common Core standards require students to take 108 steps to solve the problem.”

The “problem”? Divide 90 by 5.

Related: “Teachers face retaliation for criticizing Common Core”

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This is only a surprise if you didn’t believe Barack Obama’s promise of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” during the closing days of the 2008 campaign“Ex-EPA official told lawmakers of project to ‘modify the DNA’ of capitalism”

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Minnesota ObamaCare exchange failing, panel recommends scrapping system.”

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Independent review board says NSA phone data program is illegal and should end.” Safe prediction: It won’t.

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This was entirely predictable“Hundreds in Ohio Lose Their Doctor Due to Obamacare”

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“Business activity shrinks in Socialist France.” 75% income tax rates will do that.

Positivity: Powerful Video Documents How Hundreds of Thousands Marched for Life

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

Lila Rose calls it “the greatest civil rights demonstration in history, year after year” — and it is.

From Life News:

a powerful new video produced by Katie Yoder of the Media Reseach Center provides compelling pictures and footage of the sea of pro-life people who jammed the streets in Washington to raise awareness of the plight of unborn children.

… Pope Francis sent out a tweet praying for the marchers.

As with other recent marches, the number of young adults and high school and college students impressed organizers and provided another reason to be optimistic.