April 25, 2014

Barely News: Ill. Gov. Quinn’s Campaign Pulls Tweets Comparing Blacks Who Support Opponent to Jews Who Collaborated With Nazis

A search at the Associated Press’s national site on the last name of Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn and “Jews” at 7:30 this evening returned nothing.

That’s pretty amazing, considering that Quinn’s campaign enthusiastically retweeted its support for an outrageous April 17 column by Neil Steinberg at the Chicago Sun-Times. For all practical purposes, Steinberg equated African-Americans who might support Republican Bruce Rauner in November’s gubernatorial election against Quinn to “Jews (who) collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.” Quinn’s people quietly deleted the tweets, according to the Washington Free Beacon’s Adam Kredo, “after local Jewish community officials quietly communicated their outrage to the governor.” Given that the time between the tweets and the deletes was apparently a few days, and that the sort-of apologies came almost a week after Steinberg’s column, I’m not detecting a lot of sincerity here. Coverage from CNN’s Political Ticker follows the jump (bolds are mine; links are in original):

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042514)

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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7:30 a.m.: Housing “recovery” Update: “U.S. Mortgage Demand Plummets”

Originations fell to a 14-year low of $235 billion in Q1, down 58% YOY and 23% from Q4. “… Homeowners pulled back sharply from refinancing and house hunters showed little appetite for new loans, the latest sign of how rising interest rates have dented the housing recovery,” the Wall Street Journal’s Nick Timiraos said.

Nice try, guys. Activity is at a 17-year low. Rates are a small part of the problem (people are supposedly intimidate by 4.5% … seriously?) compared to the fact that incomes are down from the recession and going nowhere — or worse.

From the Journal link:

“A strong housing rebound is an important component of most forecasts that suggest that GDP growth will be stronger than the economy’s ‘potential’ rate over the next two years,” Eric Rosengren, president of the Boston Fed, said in a speech last week.

… The numbers raise questions over whether wage and job growth is strong enough for American consumers to shift the housing rebound that began two years ago into second gear.

Based on the trend, that rebound isn’t happening, and if so, chances are that you can kiss those predictions of 3 percent GDP growth for the next couple of years good-bye.

Positivity: Spectacular Salsa – 80 Year-old Paddy & Nico – Britain’s Got Talent

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

Watch (HT Daryn Kagan):

Press Tries to Discredit Conservatives With Cliven Bundy, Ignores Large Dem Donor Convicted of Brutal Domestic Abuse

The press and the left are trying to pretend that Cliven Bundy, the Republican Party, and conservatism are all one and the same, despite no evidence of that being the case, because of intemperate things Mr. Bundy has said. Meanwhile, there is deafening silence over the very real actions of Gurbaksh Chahal, a significant Democratic Party donor who has expressed solidarity with liberalism and the Democratic Party with his mouth and his wallet.

Bundy has made arguably racist remarks. Chahal, who has donated over $108,000 to the Democratic Party and Democrat politicians — including President Barack Obama — during the past several years, has been “filmed hitting and kicking his girlfriend 117 times in (a) brutal 30-minute attack,” but was somehow “sentenced to just 25 hours community service,” largely because the judge involved “ruled the video inadmissible as the San Francisco Police Department had obtained it without a warrant” (for real-world purposes, note that he didn’t describe it as inauthentic). Let’s demonstrate the double standard by looking at the results of two searches done shortly after 11 p.m. on Thursday.

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