February 11, 2014

New London, Conn. Columnist: ‘Not a Single Thing’ Done in Almost 9 Years Since Kelo Decision ‘Is Not That Compelling’

Veteran journalist David Collins is a columnist at the New London Day in Connecticut.

In a column supposedly published on Sunday but “updated” on Saturday (I’m not kidding), Collins assessed the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s odious Kelo v. New London decision in 2005 in reacting to a lengthy story by Charlotte Allen in the February 10 issue of the Weekly Standard. In the process, he betrayed two erroneous mindsets about the case which I believe are common among members of the establishment press. The first is that it was purely a matter of “conservatives” backing property rights against “liberal interventionism.” The second is his contention that the total lack of any development in the contested area in the nearly nine years since the Court’s decision “is not that compelling beyond New London.”

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Roll Call on 13-Month ‘Suspension’ of Debt Ceiling (That’s Right, There Is No Ceiling)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:02 pm

Link — Note that the bill’s title has nothing to do with the national debt, but what follows is the right roll call vote, because the indicated margin and party breakdown tie to press reports:

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This nominally takes the issue off the table until March 15, 2015. I’d like to be wrong, but I believe what we’re really seeing is the disappearance of the idea of even having a debt ceiling.

The following paragraph from the Associated Press explains it:

The measure does not raise the debt limit by a set amount but would suspend it through March 15, 2015, to allow Treasury to borrow the money it needs to pay bills like Social Security benefits, payments on government debt and checks for federal workers.

So the administration has a blank check. My belief is that they’ll need it, because the economy won’t improve much.

What we’re doing to generations yet unborn, let alone our children and grandchildren, is beyond irresponsible.

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UPDATE: If restoring the idea of a debt ceiling isn’t an an issue upon which to build a congressional challenger’s campaign against anyone who supported this (yes, I know the vast majority are Dems in likely safe districts), I don’t know what is.

NAACP’s War on Women: Regional Prez Defends Mass. Rep Convicted of Sex-Related Assault, Equates to ‘Jaywalking’

It may be that we can finally identify the type of criminal conviction which would cause the New England conference of the National Associations for the Advancement of Colored People to call for the removal of a state legislator.

Based on a conversation Boston Herald columnist and radio talk host Michael Graham had with the group’s president, it appears that some form of felony conviction might do the trick. By contrast, a misdemeanor — apparently regardless of the nature of that misdemeanor — would not. The “if a Republican said something similar, all hell would break loose” observation will become obvious once readers see what former Massachusetts State Rep. Carlos Henriquez stands convicted of doing (HT to James Taranto at the Wall Street Journal’s Best of the Web; bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Is It Over, and We Just Don’t Know It?’) Went Up Monday Night

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 12:33 pm

It’s here.

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

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For the record, I wrote the column before President Obama’s latest unilateral Obamacare moves: the delay in eliminating so-called “junk” individual plans, and the series of delays and revisions to the employer mandate and other employer plan-related provisions.

As Expected, AP Scrubs Admin’s ‘Political Angling’ in Latest Coverage of Unilateral Obamacare Moves

As I noted Monday night (at NewsBusters; at BizzyBlog), Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar of the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, displayed rare candor when he opened his 8:28 p.m. report on the latest unilateral changes to Obamacare by describing their motivation as “Angling to avoid political peril.” I wrote last night that “I’ll be surprised if it (the “political” characterization) survives revisions later this evening.” Well, it didn’t.

At the AP’s national site, the 8:28 p.m. link now goes to Alonso-Zaldivar’s 3:27 a.m. rendition (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes). Just in time for review by morning news show producers and editors, the new story scrubs away any hint of political thinking on the part of the administration itself, instead depositing it with Democrats trying to hold the Senate in this November’s elections. A national site search on “angling” confirms the old story’s non-presence. There is a politics-related quote in the revised piece — but of course, only from a Republican.

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A Comment on Comments

Filed under: General — Tom @ 9:27 am

My spamcatcher does a great job, but until now I’ve always reviewed captured comments to see if a legitimate one got flagged. Maybe once a month I find one I need to pull out of spam.

Overnight, I got over 400 spam comments. I suspect that frequency might continue.

I’m not going to review that many comments at a time.

So, in case that level of spam continues, I regretfully need to advise readers to do the following to make sure their comments don’t get flagged: 1) Keep it fairly short; 2) Don’t include more than one link; 3) Keep it clean.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021114)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:00 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.

Positivity: Home Invasion Attempt Stopped By Woman WIth A Shotgun

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Here’s the video (HT Hot Air):

Los Angeles Local News | FOX 11 LA KTTV

From Cheviot Hills, California:

Posted: Feb 06, 2014 10:46 AM EST
Updated: Feb 06, 2014 11:09 AM EST

(FOX 11) “I’m not a sitting duck,” says Carla. She prefers to keep her last name private. Carla is a Cheviot Hills homeowner who scared away burglars when she grabbed her shotgun and fired.

Carla told us her dog woke her up when he started barking. She looked outside and saw a man in her backyard, another waiting by a car.

Carla wasted no time. Wearing her nightgown, she went outside and fired once toward the ground. Carla says, it was just to scare them off. It worked. The two suspects ran back to a white sedan and drove off.

Carla says she heard one of them screaming, “Crazy b**ch has a gun!!”

This all happened around three this morning. Detectives say two male hispanics broke into a home on the 10500 block of Blythe Ave. in Cheviot Hills. The burglars got inside the home through the garage. They were able to steal several items while the homeowners slept through it all.

The men hit a second home about 40 yards away on the 2400 block of Patricia Ave. That’s when their luck ran out. As they tried to gain access to the home, 59-year-old Carla came out with her shotgun. …

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