July 29, 2015

O’Reilly Discusses ‘Black Lives Matter’ Funding, Including Supporters Jay-Z and Beyoncé

On his Tuesday night show, with the help of Kelly Riddell of the Washington Times, Bill O’Reilly of Fox News described how the “Black Lives Matter” movement sustains itself. The rest of the press wants readers, listeners and viewers to presume that it is a self-sustaining, grass-roots movement. It isn’t.

O’Reilly also noted that megastars Jay-Z and Beyoncé, numbers 28 and 29, respectively, on the Forbes list of top-paid celebrities, are supporting the movement, which describes itself as “grass-roots” but is really the ultimate in Astroturf. Also at the end of this post, following up on one I did on ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith last week, I have posted Smith’s original six-minute radio-show rant on how selective and tyrannical the movement is.

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And Today’s Winner of the Internet Is …

Filed under: Business Moves,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:24 pm

“Chris Burke,” who, in response to a ghastly, truly sick tweet from former Texas Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, had this to say:

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Venezuela Orders Food Providers to ‘Divert’ Output to Empty State Stores

The news out of Venezuela has apparently become so grim that the arguably Chavista-sympathetic press barely bothers to report it in any kind of sutstantive fashion. Inflation has gone wild, the level of violent crime has become frightening, and the government has taken to jailing citizens who dare to tweet their dissatisfaction with the regime of Nicolas Makuro (note that the linked report was prepared by a freelance journalist and not one of the worldwide wires; where have they been while this has been going on?).

One telling Associated Press dispatch from Venezuela last week concerned what’s left of the nation’s food distribution system. The item revealed that the press refuses to get over its classist obsessions, even as an entire country falls apart. A video seen after the jump will show that the government’s “solution” has no realistic chance of fixing the problem.

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‘Unexpectedly’ Again: Pending Home Sales, Predicted to Rise, Fall Almost 2 Percent

Yet another important economic statistic confidently predicted to rise has fallen — hard.

This time it was June’s pending sales of existing homes. Just in time for summer, they were predicted to increase by a seasonally adjusted 1.0 percent to 1.5 percent. Instead they fell by 1.8 percent, the steepest drop since December 2013. Additionally, May’s original 0.9 percent increase was revised down to 0.6 percent. This brought out yet another appearance of the dreaded “U-Word” (“unexpectedly”) — accompanied, as usual, by excuses at Bloomberg News (bolds are mine):

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072915)

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: Strangers raise more than $40,000 for wrongfully convicted man who spent 24 years in prison

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

The story is over a year old, but no one should miss it. So I’m doing a little bit here to make sure people know about it:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 6:56 AM

Alex Sutaru, a 32-year-old New York banker, started a fundraising campaign to help Jonathan Fleming, who was released from prison three weeks ago. The money will help Fleming pay rent and buy food, while he looks for a job.

A Wall Street banker has helped raise more than $40,000 — for a total stranger.

Alex Sutaru, 32, started an online fundraising campaign for Jonathan Fleming, who spent 24 years in jail for a New York murder that happened while he was vacationing hundreds of miles away.

So far, the campaign’s raised more than $40,000 since April 10. More than 600 people in 14 countries have donated to the cause.

“I think people recognize that donating a little they can help this person integrate back into society and build a life for himself that was wrongly taken away from him,” Sutaru told ABC News.

Darryl Rush was shot and killed in Brooklyn in August 1989 while Fleming and his family were on a trip to Disney World. He was wrongfully sentenced to 35 years to life in prison. A newly discovered piece of evidence — a phone receipt proving Fleming was in Florida just hours before the killing — helped set him free three weeks ago.

But after years behind bars, Fleming with released with less than $100 to his name.

“I had about $93 in my account so that’s all I was given when I got out of prison, $93,” Fleming told ABC News. “I’m living from house to house with my cousins.”

That’s where Sutaru’s campaign comes in. …

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