March 24, 2014

Obamacare Unites All 50 States …

in misery (YouTube):

And the reason that very few of these stories have made national news, or why they haven’t collectively made national news is … ? (There is no good reason.)

AP’s Bauer Scrubs Democrat Mary Burke’s Lie About Unemployment Under Scott Walker, Generates Another of His Own

It takes quite an effort to for a Democrat to produce a campaign ad which is so obviously and blatantly false that it virtually forces the left-loving Politifact to promptly issue a “Pants on Fire” evaluation. But that’s what Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke managed to do when her campaign’s opening TV ad claimed that “under (incumbent Republican Governor Scott) Walker, unemployment’s up.”

Two weeks later on March 18, when Burke was asked if she regretted promoting such a self-evident lie, her answer was “No.” Somehow, that’s not news. Imagine if a Republican or conservative … oh, you know the rest. Additionally, and as if on cue, Scott Bauer at the Associated Press felt compelled to write a story with cherry-picked and clearly outdated data about how job creation in Wisconsin under Walker has been less than the governor thought he would achieve when he ran for office in 2010, and even gave Burke’s blatant lie the appearance of truth (bolds are mine):


Bunker Mentality

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:12 am

It seems that communicating with Ohio Governor John Kasich and his team is becoming quite difficult for ordinary concerned Ohioans (paragraphs breaks and bolds are mine):

Ohio Grandma “Brushed Off” by Governor Kasich

“I am writing to you as a concerned – no – terrified grandmother of a 6 year old who will be going into the first grade in the fall – the same time Common Core will begin implementation in Ohio public schools.

I have written to Gov. Kasich several times only to be brushed off with a form letter praising Common Core standards.

Ohio needs to be the next state to opt out……..yesterday.

I’ve seen horrible examples of the math where children no longer use two steps to solve a problem but have to go through 108 steps (as one school in Oklahoma has students doing) and the awful language arts assignments where children have to choose the more “emotional” verb to complete a sentence i.e. “nagging” as opposed to “asking.”

The thought of my granddaughter and all the other children in public schools having to sit at a computer to be “assessed” is terribly disturbing and an invasion of personal privacy.

And the rewriting of history is just another way of indoctrinating children who have no idea what’s happening.

I and my other concerned moms and dads and grandparents need to know that you will do everything you can to stop Common Core in Ohio.

23 states have already amended or repealed Common Core. PLEASE make Ohio the 24th state. Thank you.”

Kasich appears to have a fairly strong friendship with Jeb Bush, who has largely ruined his great legacy as Florida’s governor by championing Common Core.

That friendship and Team Kasich’s insularity lead me to believe that the Governor won’t do anything about Common Core unless and until the Ohio Legislature forces his hand by putting a bill to repeal it, delay it, or otherwise somehow de-fang it in front of him which he must either sign or veto.

This is what they must do.

Sometimes I Understand Why People Don’t Want to Follow Hard News

This is one of those times.

Just three stories did it to me this morning, in this order:


Long story short: Two Washington Post reporters published a pack of Koch Brothers-related lies, proven beyond doubt. Not only have they not corrected their work, they apparently have no intent to. They’re essentially giving the finger to those who have called them out, and daring someone to do something about it. If the Post won’t, its reputation will be in tatters. Imitators will come out of the woodwork with a disinformation campaign at the level of Tass, Izvestia, and the old Pravda.

That’s obviously very bothersome, but not enough to send one over the edge.

The next item got me much closer.

2. At Pando: “Revealed: Apple and Google’s wage-fixing cartel involved dozens more companies, over one million employees”

If you can stand it, read the whole thing. It presents overwhelming proof that there has been a clearly orchestrated scheme to suppress wages and prevent “poaching” of high-tech talent for nearly a decade. It should deservedly tarnish the reputations and legacies of virtually every industry pioneer during the past decade, from Steve Jobs at Apple to Google’s founders to Meg Whitmnan, Michael Dell … it goes on an on.

The idea that over a million workers deliberately had their wages suppressed and lost opportunities they had sought to improve themselves, while hosannahs have rained down on the companies and founders involved, should be very tough to take.

Here’s the one that finished the job.

3. At the UK Telegraph: “Aborted babies incinerated to heat UK hospitals”

The remains of more than 15,000 babies were incinerated as ‘clinical waste’ by hospitals in Britain with some used in ‘waste to energy’ plants

The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found.

Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat.

Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’

At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered.

The health minister’s outrage can only rise to the level of “totally unacceptable”? I’m still waiting for “savage,” “barbaric,” or even “abhorrent.”

So what’s next? Fetal remains as food? Fetal blood for transfusions?

I wish I could just go back to bed, wake up, and pretend I didn’t see these three things … obviously and especially the third.

Unfortunately, they, and their separate implications relating to the state of what we still bravely call “civilization,” will still be there.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032414)

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: Pope encourages Rome’s lay faithful to serve poor

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Mar 9, 2014 / 10:23 am

In a message to participants at a conference on the mission of the laity in Rome, Pope Francis urged the city’s Christians to be mindful of those in poverty.

“I advise you to make habitual use of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a complete and valuable instrument. With the help of this ‘compass,’ I encourage you to work for the social inclusion of the poor, having for them always as a matter of priority, religious and spiritual attention,” he wrote on March 7 to those at “The Mission of Lay Christians in the City” conference.

The Pope reminded participants of a “fundamental” aspect of ecclesial life:“the lay faithful are protagonists in the work of evangelization and human promotion.”

“Incorporated into the Church, each member of the People of God is inseparably a disciple and a missionary. We must always start again from this foundation, common to all of us, children of Mother Church,” he explained.

Because of this “common belonging,” Pope Francis said, it is important to to place lay associations and parishes in opposition to one another.

He described the work of lay organizations as “a resource for the Church,” particularly “in their variety and dynamism,” working “in diverse environments and sectors of social life.”

Yet “it is good to maintain the vital link” with pastors and parishes in the diocese, so as to “not uproot oneself from Mother Church.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.