June 17, 2015

AP’s Josh Boak Does Bogus ‘Fact Check’ on Jeb Bush’s 4 Percent Growth Goal

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:12 pm

It seems as if the establishment press has ruined virtually everything connected with journalism. The whole idea of “fact-checking” is certainly no exception.

The thoroughly misnamed Politifact pioneered this particular form of disinformation. The Associated Press, apparently determined to give that web site a run for its money, devoted a writeup to “fact-checking” (i.e., virtually ridiculing) a goal, namely 2016 presidential candidate and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s belief that the U.S. economy is fully capable of achieving annual growth of 4 percent — even though it’s been done before nationally, and was accomplished in the Sunshine State during Bush’s own tenure.


Juan Williams: Blacks’ Support For Voter ID ‘Amazing’; Voter Fraud Is ‘Vanishingly Rare’

Poor Juan Williams. So occasionally correct, as when he wrote forcefully on the damage done by an urban culture which has made so many black children “believe that excelling in math and science is ‘acting white.’”

But he’s also so often egregiously wrong, perhaps never moreso than in his Monday column at the Hill. Williams is astonished that a recent poll, consistent with others, shows that over two-thirds of blacks support a photo identification requirement for voting. In the process, he cited perhaps the dumbest statistic I’ve ever seen on the topic, misrepresented a 2013 Supreme Court decision, and failed to understand that blacks may end up being most adversely affected if voter fraud ever become widespread.


Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061715)

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: Pope Francis to parents — Do you believe in the beauty of love?

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jun 14, 2015 / 02:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an address on Sunday, Pope Francis asked parents if they believed in the beauty of the love God gives to a man and a woman, and told them to make sure their children see this love in little signs of affection.

“God calls men and women to be parents who believe in love, who believe in its beauty,” the Pope said June 14.

“I want to ask you, do you believe in the beauty of love? Do you believe in the greatness of love? Do you have faith in this? This is a daily faith.”

The Pope’s words were addressed to the parents of communicants and confirmation candidates participating in the convention of the Diocese of Rome alongside the priests and catechists leading their formation.

In his address, the Pope said there is need for a “moral and spiritual rebirth” in the city of Rome, which he said has become subject to relativism and a destructive “ideological colonization” being pushed by schools and the secular society.

He reminded the parents that they are the first ones responsible for their children’s education, and should correct the “strange ideas” children are frequently subjected to in their classes or reading material. …

Go here for the rest of the story.