August 13, 2014

Publisher Rejects Fellow Soldiers’ Book on Bowe Bergdahl, Because ‘the Right’ Might Use It

Remember all those books that the publishing houses rejected during the eight years before Dear Leader took office because they might get used by “the Left” to hurt George W. Bush? No you don’t, because it didn’t happen.

But now, things are different. Fellow soldiers of released 5-year Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl are trying to publish a book on their side of the “he was a deserter” controversy. A divison of publishing giant Simon & Schuster has rejected their submission. That isn’t necessarily unusual, but the contents of a rejection letter from one of the publisher’s representatives certainly is.

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Retail Sales Flatlined in July; AP Deadpans That Americans With No Money ‘Are Hesitant to Spend’

This morning, the Census Bureau, in its advance report on retail sales, revealed that seasonally adjusted July sales were “virtually unchanged” from June. Expectations were for a 0.2 percent gain, supposedly with “solid upside” potential. Oops. June’s result stayed at its previously reported 0.2 percent increase.

Reuters did the “U-word” honors this time out: “U.S. retail sales unexpectedly stalled in July, pointing to some loss of momentum in the economy early in the third quarter.” Someone needs to tell the wire service’s Lucia Mutikani that no increase means no momentum. Over at the Associated Press, Josh Boak tried the deadpan approach.

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NewsBusted (8/13/14)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:05 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– Ebola Virus
– Russian Bombers
– President Obama
– US-Africa Leaders Summitt
– Joe Biden
– Nancy Pelosi
– Montana Senate Race
– Congressman Mo Brooks
– Obama Cheat at Golf?

Best Lines:

  • “Last week President Obama hosted a state dinner for several Third World African dictators. Obama wanted to get their advice on how to lead a nation in poverty without a constitution.”
  • “During a speecn at the U.S.-Africa leaders summit last week, Joe Biden referred to Africa as ‘a nation.’ And President Obama reminded attendees that America is a nation too — with 57 states.”
  • “Nancy Pelosi also mistakenly referred to Africa as a country last week. A spokesperson said Pelosi never passed geography, so she has no idea what’s in it.”

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081314)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Advocates advise that First Amendment protects school choice

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

From Denver:

Aug 11, 2014 / 02:07 pm

Faith-based schools should not be excluded from Colorado’s educational choice programs, according to a brief filed by attorneys in a case which is due to be heard by the state supreme court.

“School districts have a responsibility to provide the best educational choices for parents and their children without discriminating against religious options,” commented Gregory Baylor, senior counsel with Alliance Defending Freedom, in an Aug. 5 statement.

Baylor affirmed that religious schools in Colorado “provide an excellent education that meets all state standards. They should continue to be welcomed into programs like this one so that students, the community, and the government will all benefit.”

Taxpayers for Public Educations v. Douglas County was filed by those who maintain that the acceptance of religious schools in the county’s Choice Scholarship Program breaches the state constitution, violating provisions governing the church-state relationship.

The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled against the lawsuit, supporting Douglas County’s decision that religious options in education do not oppose the state constitution.

However, opponents filed for an appeal against this decision which will be reviewed by the Colorado Supreme Court.

The attorneys of Alliance Defending Freedom filed a brief with the Colorado Supreme Court in defense of the appellate court’s decision, stating that the “Court of Appeals affirmed that the Choice Scholarship Program respects the first amendment and the private religious choices of Colorado families.”

“The Colorado Supreme Court has every reason to reach the same conclusion.” …}

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