April 14, 2014

AP’s Rugaber: Continued Large Deficits Signify ‘Improvement in the Nation’s Finances’

On Thursday, Christopher Rugaber’s assignment at the Associated Press was to cover that day’s release of Uncle Sam’s Monthly Treasury Statement for March.

If the AP economics writer had limited the scope of his coverage to the statement itself, his coverage would have been passed muster. But, as he and his AP colleagues so often do, Rugaber felt it was duty to offer what he must have thought was helpful analysis. He wrote that March’s reported $37 billion deficit, an admitted significant improvement over the March 2013 result, even after adjusting for timing differences in end-of-month receipts and outlays, was “the latest sign of improvement in the nation’s finances.” The last time I checked, running significantly in the red is not an improvement. It really signifies less rapid deterioration, especially since fiscal 2014 in full is still expected to end with deficit of over $500 billion.

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Michael Graham: Brandeis Embraced Bill Ayers, Has Bred Terrorists

In one of a pair of Sunday posts at his web site, New England talk show host Michael Graham added an emphatic exclamation point to Brent Bozell’s and Tim Graham’s Saturday column condemning the cowardice and hypocrisy of Brandeis University’s decision to revoke its commencement invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In the other, Graham roasted the Boston Globe for backing Brandeis.

Bozell and Tim Graham rightly pointed to the university’s embrace of particularly nasty anti-Catholic and anti-Israel speakers. Michael Graham found yet another example adding toxic icing to an already rancid cake, and noted that three of its female graduates have achieved a unique level of infamy (links are in each original; bolds are mine throughout):

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041414)

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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9:00 a.m. — “Housing Recovery” Factoid of the Day“Mortgage production has never been this low during any quarter since Mortgage Daily began tracking Wells Fargo’s originations in 2003.”

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3:00 p.m. — An emailer reacted to my Saturday post about the Bundy standoff:

I love the comment below the picture: “I wish my Government would put this many resources on the southern border…..”

My friend told me the other day: “I wish the government would protect our borders the way they can protect a pheasant”!

It is time to point this out, the government can track down and find some guy who shot a moose in Alaska (the greatest frontier on Earth) outside of hunting season, but they can’t find one single illegal crossing a desert, and he is not even hiding.

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3:45 p.m.Daily Caller: “Most Americans don’t think Obama is black.” Well, that’s because he’s not.

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4:15 p.m. — Author Brad Thor and his family are leaving Chicago for Nashville. Why? ” I love Chicago + Illinois but the Democrat party left us no choice” (HT Twitchy).

Positivity: The Toddler Who Survived, and the Cop Who Became Her Mom

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From New York City:

APRIL 13, 2014

The bodies were discovered throughout the first-floor railroad flat in Brooklyn, a bizarre still-life of death. Many of the victims remained seated in chairs or couches; one woman’s hands still held a spoon and a small can of pudding.

It came to be known as the Palm Sunday Massacre, the largest mass shooting in the New York area in decades. Ten people were killed that day 30 years ago, including eight children. Only one survivor was found: a crying toddler covered in blood, crawling at the feet of the dead.

The tiny girl was handed to one of the first police officers to arrive. A front-page photograph in The New York Post, under the headline “The Only Survivor,” shows the officer clutching Christina Rivera, 13 months old, a pacifier in the child’s mouth.

The officer was assigned to the toddler through the night, taking her to the hospital and then watching over her at a police station in East New York. Since that day, the officer has never really let go.

The officer became the girl’s benefactor, then a surrogate parent. At age 14, Christina moved in with the officer and her new husband. And then last year, the officer adopted Christina, now 31. …

Go here for the rest of the story.