June 6, 2015

Potted Plants: Husband and Wife Called ‘Everyday Americans’ at Hillary Clinton Event Really a Democratic Party ‘Power Couple’

Ruby Cramer, “a political reporter for BuzzFeed News … based in New York,” was on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton two weeks ago in Hampton, New Hampshire.

Ms. Cramer was outraged at how “two actual everyday Americans” were “crushed” by the horde of reporters who attempted to ask Mrs. Clinton real questions. What Cramer reported the couple said during the course of the “press scrum” was more than a little suspicious. Gary and Lenore Patton may be very nice people, but the idea that they are “everyday Americans” trying to keep up with politics seemed absurd. They fooled Cramer, who in turn fooled longtime Clinton apparatchik Lanny Davis, who moaned about the press’s “frenzy” in an awful column at the Hill I will address on Sunday.

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Covering Hillary’s Voting Demagoguery, Press Ignores Ohio’s 28 Days of Early Voting

Hillary’s Clinton has called for what a Washington Post headline describes as a “sweeping expansion of voter access.” While falsely accusing Republicans of preventing young people and minorities from voting, Mrs. Clinton is really pushing for widespread opportunities for fraud combined with a heavy dose of incumbent protection.

From reading the establishment press’s coverage of Mrs. Clinton’s “ambitious agenda” (that’s what the New York Times called it), you would think that Ohio has one of the nation’s most restrictive early-voting arrangments. It’s not so, and Ohio Governor John Kasich justifiably rebutted that perception after Mrs. Clinton’s speech.

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘First-Quarter Seasonal Chicanery’) Is Up

It’s here.

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

I think this is a very big deal. It completely undercuts the premise behind “residual seasonality,” an excuse being used to fiddle with GDP result.

Key excerpt:

Contrary to what (CNBC’s) Steve Liesman claims, the economy isn’t “always so weak in the first quarter.” It’s only weak when we have Democratic Party presidents or when progressive and Keynesian “thought,” to use the term very loosely, dominate.

That true assertion is based on this graphic comparing reported first-quarter and full-year GDP growth for the past 30 years:

1QandFullYrGDPgrowth1985-2014

The fact that almost all of the variances have occurred during “blue” period can’t be a coincidnence.

The administration is on the verge of using “residual seasonality” to cover up the real effects of “progressive” and Keynesian policies. There clearly needs to be pushback, and there hasn’t been any.

Go to the column for more.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060615)

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: Remembering D-Day — June 6, 1944

Filed under: Positivity,Taxes & Government,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 6:00 am

Civilization hung in the balance on June 6, 1944. Civilization won:

On June 6, 1944, 160,000 Allied troops landed along a 50-mile stretch of heavily-fortified French coastline to fight Nazi Germany on the beaches of Normandy, France. General Dwight D. Eisenhower called the operation a crusade in which “we will accept nothing less than full victory.” More than 5,000 ships and 13,000 aircraft supported the D-Day invasion, and by day’s end on June 6, the Allies gained a foot- hold in Normandy. The D-Day cost was high — more than 9,000 Allied Soldiers were killed or wounded — but more than 100,000 Soldiers began the march across Europe to defeat Hitler.

Here is the transcript of a video the Army has either removed or moved from its web site in the past year with the accounts of some of the men who were actually there:
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