March 25, 2014

Press Morphs Obama’s ‘Regional Power’ Assertion About Russia Into an Insult to Putin; It Wasn’t Delivered That Way

At President Barack Obama’s press conference in The Hague, Netherlands today, as part of a much longer question, ABC’s Jonathan Karl asked Obama whether “Mitt Romney had a point when he said that Russia is America’s biggest geopolitical foe? If not Russia, who?”

It’s important to note that Obama’s response to that portion of Karl’s question pertained to and was directed at Romney. A video containing Karl’s question and Obama’s answer (“With respect to Mr. Romney’s assertion that Russia’s our number- one geopolitical foe, the truth of the matter is that, you know, America’s got a whole lot of challenges. Russia is a regional power that is threatening some of its immediate neighbors — not out of strength, but out of weakness”) shows that the President’s tone at that point was generally calm with a bit of a defiant edge which seemed directed at Romney and Karl (perhaps not in that order). That didn’t stop the establishment press from claiming that Obama’s statement was really an insult directed at Russia (it wasn’t) and that the President supposedly directed his “derisive” statement towards Russian President Vladimir Putin (he didn’t).


Full Transcript of UC-Santa Barbara’s Letter on ‘Free Speech at UCSB’

Filed under: Activism,Education,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:01 pm

Bottom Line: No apology or even recognition of the violent attack on a pro-life teenager by a university professor.


The University of California-Santa Barbara’s Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has issued an email on Wednesday in the wake of the incident earlier this month involving “alleged” theft and vandalism of a pro-life and a battery committed against a pro-life person exercising her 1st Amendment rights in the school’s “free speech zone” (The person involved has admitted to at least one of the crimes with which she has been charged; hence the quote marks around “alleged.”) Previous related posts are here and here.

Vice Chancellor Michael Young’s letter makes no reference to the incident involving UCBS Associate Professor Mireille Miller-Young. I must assume, given the length of the letter and the obvious missed opportunity he had to say something, anything, about the incident, that the university has no intention to comment on it. How shameful.

Here it is (HT to Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust, whose representative was assaulted and whose sign was taken on March 4, via Life News):

Memo to students and faculty from UC Santa Barbara Vice Chancellor Michael D. Young:
On Behalf of Vice Chancellor Michael Young:
Students and Free Speech at UCSB
Deans, Department Heads, Management Services Officers, Administrative Assistants:

The memo below is being sent to the dlist-l listserv. Thank you for serving as one of the representatives for your department to receive this memo.

Please distribute this message to the colleagues in your department. Thank you.


By all means. Let’s let it rip (bolds are mine):

Crappy Common Core Problem of the Day (See Updates)

Prediction: If Common Core stands, a generation from now we’re going to think of today as “the good old days” when high school grads at least functioned on what had been an 8th grade level in the 1950s, and college grads had 1950s-level high school literacy.

Presented with “solving” garbage problems like the one illustrated below, today’s kids are going to come out of high school and college as blithering idiots — and kudos to the anonymous parent who pushed back (HT The Blaze):


Common Core’s crap must be stopped.


UPDATE: This is not a joke“Kid misses Common Core math problems because he didn’t use ‘friendly’ numbers”

UPDATE 2, 11:55 p.m.: Via the Blaze, the father involved has been identified and has good news to report —

Many would be afraid the school would retaliate against their child if they spoke out, but (Jeff) Severt said on The Glenn Beck Program Tuesday that the teacher handled it wonderfully.

“The teachers are caught up in this themselves,” he said. “They are more frustrated than the parents!”

Severt added that his family respects, admires, and supports the teacher, and she thought his message was “great” and, in fact, “totally agrees.”

Well how about we do something about it?

AP and Politico Both Sleep as Risen Calls Obama Admin ‘Greatest Enemy of Press Freedom’

A search on the name of James Risen (not in quotes) returns nothing relevant at the Associated Press. All that comes back at the Politico is a link to a post yesterday at Dylan Byers’ On Media Blog containing one pertinent sentence: “James Risen slams the Obama administration.” Whoopee.

Risen is the Pulitzer Prize-winning American journalist for The New York Times who has been in the Obama administration’s crosshairs “in a years-long legal battle against the government to reveal one of his confidential sources, even petitioning the Supreme Court to hear his case.” On Monday, according to Andrew Beaujon at, Risen, appearing at at a George Polk Awards conference called Sources and Secrets, went after the Obama administration’s heavy-handedness towards the press (bolds are mine throughout this post):


Now THAT’S Entertainment: Joni Ernst’s U.S. Senate Ad

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:38 pm

Watch (HT Mediaite):

Opener: “I’m Joni Ernst. I grew up castrating hogs on an Iowa farm. So when I get to Washington, I’ll know how to cut pork.”

Comment: Lord, forgive me for briefly wishing that Joni Ernst would do to certain senators what she says she’s done to hogs.

February New Home Sales: Four Straight Months of SA Flatness; Feb. 2014 Below Feb. 2013

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:28 am

From the Census Bureau:

Sales of new single-family houses in February 2014 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000, according to estimates released jointly today by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

This is 3.3 percent (±17.9%)* below the revised January rate of 455,000 and is 1.1 percent (±15.2%)* below the February 2013 estimate of 445,000.

Here’s the before:


Here’s the after:


December 2013 was revised up by about the same amount as January was revised down. February 2014 trailed February 2013.

Is anybody here impressed with this performance, even after cutting the market a bit of slack for the weather? Neither am I.


UPDATE: Zero Hedge also notes:

… New Home Sales is the one category that resolutely refuses to bounce from the Depression lows. (“Depression” is their term. — Ed.)

… the median home price, after rising aggressively in 2013, has continue to decline in recent months …

NewsBusted (032514)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:08 am

Here we go:

– March Madness
– Obamacare
– Vladimir Putin
– Ellen DeGeneres
– Jimmy Fallon
– Kevin Trudeau
– Jimmy Carter
– Voter Fraud

Best Lines:

  • “If you watched mainstream news reports this past week, you noticed two things were missing. One is Flight 370. And two is the fact that (recently deceased) Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps was a Democrat.”
  • “In a recent comedy sketch, Jimmy Fallon made a joke ridiculing Obamacare. Coincidentally, the temperature in hell is now a chilly 32 degrees.”
  • “TV pitchman Kevin Trudeau was sentenced to 10 years in jail for creating misleading medical infomercials. Meanwhile, the people responsible for the Obamacare web site are still at large.”

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Desperate Times, Desperate Dems’) Went Up Late Mon. Night

It’s here.

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

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032514)

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: 4 escape raging fire in Livingston County (Mich.) with help from dog

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Brighton Township, Michigan:

Mar. 24, 2014 11:26 AM

Four roommates escaped the fire that engulfed their Brighton Township home early Sunday morning thanks to a German shepherd.

Chief Michael O’Brian of the Brighton Area Fire Authority said two of the three occupants, who were on the second floor of the Culver Road home, suffered minor cuts from breaking a window in order to jump from the burning home.

“As I piece the timing together, they almost didn’t make it out,” the chief said this morning. “We’re lucky there aren’t four dead people.”

O’Brien said firefighters were working an active fire at a garage on Bauer Road in Genoa Township when the call for the Culver Road structure fire was dispatched.

The fire was called in by a passer-by on his way to work around 4:25 a.m. Sunday. The passer-by saw flames as he traveled Pleasant Valley Road and he initially thought it was a bonfire, but upon closer inspection discovered it was a house fire, O’Brien said.

The passer-by reported that the occupants were walking away from the home and when firefighters arrived on scene the home was fully engulfed.

“Every ounce of that house was on fire,” O’Brien said.

It took firefighters from six departments about an hour to knock down the flames, which caused an estimated $300,000 in damage to the home, its contents and vehicles.

O’Brien said a German shepherd named Tucker, who belongs to one of the home’s occupants, alerted his owner, who was sleeping a lower-level bedroom, to the fire. He said the owner sat up and realized “thick smoke” was above his head.

“He tried to go out his normal way but it was blocked by fire,” the chief explained.

The dog and his owner were able to escape and they ran around the house trying to alert the three roommates, who were sleeping in upstairs bedrooms.

O’Brien said the man began throwing rocks at the windows trying to alert his roommates, and one female roommate had woken up by then and tried leaving through the hallway, but it also was engulfed in flames.

The woman and two other roommates broke an upstairs window and fled the burning home with only what they were wearing, O’Brian said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Diligent Drudge Includes Obamacare Penalty in First Federal Tax Estimate; Media Hysteria Ensues, But AP Ignores

On Friday afternoon, Matt Drudge announced in a tweet that “(I) Just paid the Obamacare penalty for not ‘getting covered’… I’M CALLING IT A LIBERTY TAX!”

A White House spokesman and the “progressive” press proceeded to thoroughly embarrass itself in its rebuttal. How do I know? Because, four days later, despite the substantial and widely-known uproar, the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, doesn’t even have a story on the topic; a search at 11:30 p.m. on Monday on Drudge’s last name came up empty. If Drudge’s detractors had the upper hand, AP would be all over it.