March 12, 2014

CNN Plays ‘Hide the Story’ As GOP Wins Key Fla. House Race

Last night, I noted that the Associated Press had not deigned to consider Republican David Jolly’s victory over Democrat Alex Sink in the FL-13 Congressional race a “Top U.S. Story” as of 10:13 p.m. To AP’s credit (or perhaps because of yours truly’s and others’ razzing?), a story about the race was at the Number 6 spot in Top U.S. Stories as of 8:15 this morning.

CNN.com, on the other hand (HT to NewsBusters commenter “Jon”), is clearly playing “hide the story” with the Jolly-Sink race. Its worldwide home page as of 8:38 a.m. had one line item titled “GOP wins year’s 1st election showdown” halfway down the page, and a tiny picture in the “Politics” section near the bottom of the page headlined “GOP Scores First 2014 Win.” Could they be any more vague? Its U.S. home page as of 7:37 a.m. had no reference to the race at all.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (031214)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here.

This continues a two-week catch-up effort, where I am mostly getting to items which may be a bit dated but which many readers might have missed. Other topics are also fair game.

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March 3, via Thomas Lifson at American Thinker“Corruption Costs Democrats Their California Supermajority”

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March 3 — Harry Reid says that (almost) all of these people are liars: “One in Three Say They’ve Been Personally Hurt by Obamacare.”

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Feb. 24 – I’m not big on pinpointing a time when the economy will implode, or that it necesssarily will. All I know that what can’t go on forever, won’t.

Others have gotten more certain and more precise, and they seem to be pointing to late in the second quarter of this year. Their predictions are not without basis.

While we’re on the topic, what’s the deal with all the reported suicides of major bankers?

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Feb. 23“Corrupt ‘Kids for Cash’ judge ruined more than 2,000 lives.” Actually, that’s just the kids Judge Mark A. Ciavarella sentenced to juvenile detention for clearly minor offenses. Consider parents, grandparents, siblings, other close relatives, and friends, and you’re well into five figures. There is no earthly punishment that suffices for what this man and his partner in crime, Judge Michael Conahan, did.

As noted in nine BizzyBlog posts from 2009 through 2012, the pair are Democrats. Too bad the New York Post story linked in the previous paragraph didn’t note that.

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The average duration of unemployment is still about twice as long as it has ever been since the Great Depression:

AverageUnempDurationToFeb2014

Evidence continues to accumulate that we’re in an even worse “recovery” in many respects than was seen during the Great Depression. Stay tuned.

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Feb. 24 — Sobering: Read this post (“The Coming Enslavement of Communism”) about a conversation at a Wal-Mart store with a Romanian who emigrated to the U.S.

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Feb. 24, at Zero Hedge:

In the annals of internet conspiracy theories, none is more pervasive than the one speculating paid government plants infiltrate websites, social network sites, and comment sections with an intent to sow discord, troll, and generally manipulate, deceive and destroy reputations. Guess what: it was all true.

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Feb. 25 — If this is how Facebook makes money, the whole thing is a scam, and they deserve to be doomed. More detail here.

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Feb. 26, at CNS News – National Association of Manufacturers head Jay Timmons: “If we don’t do something to fix the law, between six and seven million fewer American workers (in manufacturing) will have employer-sponsored coverage over the next 10 years.” I don’t think it will take that long if it isn’t stopped.

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March 3 — “Zeke the Bleak” Emanuel strikes again: “Obamacare Architect: ‘Be Prepared to Kiss Your Insurance Company Good-Bye Forever’”

Positivity: Boston College Wide Receiver Alex Amidon Set To Pursue Career As Navy SEAL

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Boston:

Friday, 28 Feb 2014 11:39 AM

Boston College Eagles wide receiver Alex Amidon has decided to pass up a shot at a lucrative NFL career to focus on his dreams of becoming a U.S. Navy SEAL.

His shock announcement was made during a school football recruitment dinner in Boston Wednesday night, according to BC Interruption, a sports blog.

“Through making this decision, Amidon is truly showing that he is a man for others, and cares so deeply about this community and country,” the blog said.

“The 2012 All-ACC wide receiver most likely would have found a home in the NFL,” BC Interruption added. “The fact that Amidon is willing to give everything he has is truly awe-inspiring.”

Amidon, a 22-year-old senior from Greenfield, Mass., set the BC school record for the most receiving yards and receptions in 2012, when he was ranked 11th in the country for receiving yards. He also holds the school record for most career receptions, beating the old mark with a catch in his final game.

London-born Amidon was a first-round All-ACC pick in 2012 and was expected to be a third-day pick during the NFL draft in May, NFL.com reported.

Amidon told the Springfield Republican in January that he was undecided about pursuing an NFL career. “Right now I’m looking forward to graduating in June with a degree in English and enjoying my last semester in college,” he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.