April 22, 2014

If Only It Were That Easy

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:53 pm

ORPINO (The Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) either believes or wants primary voters to believe that the mere act of electing candidates they prefer to the state party’s Central Committee will cause the repeal of Obamacare.

That’s the only conceivable reaction to the mailing I just had emailed to me:

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What a sick insult to our intelligence, and a what an incredible waste of Republicans’ money.

Unless Stainbrook and Gallagher can explain how their elections to Central Committee will lead to the repeal of Obamacare (good luck with that, sir and ma’am), those who are in their district should vote for whoever is opposing them for allowing something this stupid to be released with their names on it.

These two represent Lucas County (county seat: Toledo). Apparently, Stainbrook, heaven help us, is the County Republican Chairman. He’s not some dumb schmuck who doesn’t know that the state party is willfully misleading voters about what a State Central Committee person can do.

USAT Initially Fails to Identify 6-2 Majority in Supremes’ Mich. Racial Preferences Decision

In his story (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes — and in case it gets edited later today; Update: It did) on the Supreme Court’s decision this morning upholding Michigan voters’ 2006 approval of a ban on race-, ethic- and gender-based preferences in university admissions, USA Today’s Richard Wolf failed to identify the size of the court majority, which was 6-2. Justice Elana Kagan recused herself because she was previously the U.S. solicitor general before being named to the high court. The court’s decision effectively upholds such bans in seven other states.

Additionally, by focusing on Justice Anthony Kennedy as “the man to watch,” Wolf initially left many readers with the impression that only five justices, Kennedy and the four others usually describe as “conservative” (Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, and Alito) made the ruling. The fact is that they were also joined by Justice Stephen Breyer, one of the supposedly reliable “liberals.” Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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NewsBusted (042214)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:45 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– White House Easter Egg Roll
– Nancy Pelosi
– Chelsea Clinton
– Grandma Hillary
– MSNBC
– IRS Scandal
– Phil Ivey
– HBO’s Game of Thrones
– Jay Carney
– Keystone Pipeline

Best Line: “Photos from a magazine article about Jay Carney show he has Soviet propaganda posters in his house — which proves that Carney takes his work home with him.”

Worst Line (actually, it’s funny, but it hurts): “President Obama once again delayed his decision on the Keystone Pipeline. He promises to finally make a decision as soon as the Cubs win the World Series.”

Latest PJ Media Column (‘The ‘We Do What We Want, Bleep You’ Administration’) Is Up

It’s here.

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

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042214)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:06 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: A Tough Teacher’s Alter Ego

Filed under: Education,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From near Los Angeles (HT Daryn Kagan):

FEBRUARY 14, 2014, 6:54 PM

As part of our continuing series “On the Road,” Steve Hartman meets the students of St. Francis High School near Los Angeles who thought they knew everything about their math teacher, Jim O’Connor. But what they found out at a local hospital taught them a life lesson.