October 31, 2015

Not News: Obama-Clinton Emails Render His Related Kroft Interview Statements False

A Friday evening story at the New York Times covered the Obama administration’s decision to “try to block the release of a handful of emails between President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.”

In it, reporters Michael D. Shear and Michael S. Schmidt demonstrated that President Obama undoubtedly did not tell the truth in his interview with CBS News’s Steve Kroft in a 60 Minutes episode which aired on October 11.

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Not News: Mediocre Economic Peformance Has Cost Americans Thousands Each

On Thursday, the government reported that the nation’s economy turned in yet another quarter of poor economic performance, estimating that its gross domestic product grew at an annual rate of 1.5 percent in the third quarter.

The business press almost universally downplayed the news, and told readers that the fourth quarter will be better. No one talked about how much the tepid growth of the past six-plus years since the recession officially ended has been sacrificed in the name of misguided and dangerous Keynesian stimulus. As is so often the case, an editorial at Investor’s Business Daily did that, performing a job the press has consistently refused to do.

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AP Story, Only Carried Locally, Fails to Tag NY Co-op’s Crackup As an Obamacare Failure

Many of the state cooperative health insurers, or “co-ops,” set up under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, have gotten into serious financial trouble quite quickly. Almost half have cracked up completely. Specifically, as noted at Forbes.com on Thursday morning, “[O]f the 24 Obamacare co-ops funded with federal tax dollars, one (Vermont’s) never got approval to sell coverage, a second (CoOportunity) has already been wound down, and nine more will terminate at the end of this year.”

Perhaps the most expensive such blowup to date has occurred in New York. An unbylined Associated Press blurb, seen after the jump, about how New York’s co-op will be forced to close its doors in just a month, is a perfect example demonstrating why the general public may never learn about Obamacare co-ops’ track record of miserable failure:

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Self-Defense Act of the Day — Thug Picks Fight With Retired Boxer Named ‘Champ’ … Bad Idea

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:57 am

As the story at Conservative Tribune says, it’s not a good idea to act tough and try to “pick a fight with someone that the locals all call ‘Champ’”:

And yes, for those who wish to complain about my category choice for this post, self-defense is a positive thing.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (103115)

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: Baby With Brain Tumor Doctors Said to Abort Because She Would Die Defies the Odds

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Texas, via Life News:

OCT 30, 2015 | 1:44PM

Earlier this month, Texas Right to Life relayed the story of baby Abigail Jones.

Abigail was born with Down syndrome and a tumor doctors thought would claim her young Life. The Joneses started a blog to share their journey with Abigail, who was believed to be dying. In mid-September, Abigail’s mother, Erika, penned the following poignant words on the blog:

[…]Abigail has no nursery, no cute, themed room especially designed for her. In fact, I have no idea where she’ll sleep when she has outgrown the bassinet. We haven’t planned that far ahead. In an effort to guard my heart, I’ve made every attempt to prepare for Abigail’s impending death.
But what if she lives?

The family had accepted Abigail’s dark prognosis and was settling into a phase of acceptance. The potentiality that Abigail would live was weak, but Erika saw the glimmer of hope amidst the family’s sadness.

And then something extraordinary happened. The family’s shred of hope exploded into a joyous reality. Abigail was taken to Boston to see a neurosurgeon the family hoped would have a different opinion of the tumor in her head – the tumor that her team of doctors in Florida believed was malignant and deadly. And the neurosurgeon in Boston did have a different opinion.

“The doctors were wrong. Way wrong! And I’m so, so glad! I cannot wait to march this girl into their offices and say ‘Look at her!’”

Of Abigail’s doctors in Florida, Erika said: “The doctors prepared us for every scenario, except life. But hope is always an option!” In fact, the neurosurgeon in Boston not only had a different opinion; he also removed Abigail’s tumor and sent her home to live a healthy, happy life with her family.

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