November 16, 2015

Cruz Pushes Back Against Politifact ‘Fact-Checker’; Democratic Party IS Shrinking

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz pushed back against a “ridiculous” Politifact post which labeled his true claim that the Democratic Party is shrinking as “mostly false.”

Politifact’s Emma Hinchliffe had to go back 11 years to a now-irrelevant time period to unsuccessfully attempt to refute Cruz’s inconvenient truth, citing Gallup poll figures from 2004. Nobody cares about 2004, Emma. What Cruz said is that the party “is shrinking,” and it has been for the past 6-7 years, falling from 38 percent to 29 percent as Americans have seen how a Democratic President and his party have governed and behaved when in power.

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Dartmouth’s Official Student Newspaper Downplays Ugly Black Lives Matter Library Protest

The Dartmouth calls itself “the student newspaper of Dartmouth College and the campus’s only daily,” and, begun in 1799, is America’s oldest college newspaper. It also appears to be a great training ground for journalists who write stories which bury and downplay the lede and cover up key facts when correctly prioritizing and presenting a story would make favored groups look bad.

The Dartmouth Review, whose website has been extraordinarily overloaded today, was founded in 1980 “to question stale academic orthodoxy and to preserve Dartmouth College’s unique liberal arts character.” Its alums include “Dinesh D’Souza, Laura Ingraham, The New Criterion‘s James Panero, Pulitzer Prize winner Joseph Rago of the Wall Street Journal … (and) others.” After a Thursday Black Lives Matter rally disrupting the quiet of Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library — an event which saw demonstraters threaten, harass and intimidate those who were doing what people ordinarily do in a library — The Dartmouth Review told its readers what actually happened. The Dartmouth’s Briana Tang buried multiple paragraphs of pablum which danced around what had obviously taken place towards the end of her insufferably long story.

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AP, NYT Not Interested in Reporting Obama’s Disinterest in ‘America Winning’

The obvious pull quote of the day from President Obama’s contentious press conference in Antalya, Turkey is this statement: “What I’m not interested in doing is posing or pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning or whatever other slogans they come up with …” Obama then claimed that any ideas coming from those who believe in such a notion have “no relationship to what is actually going to work to protect the American people and to protect the people in the region.”

Ed Driscoll at PJ Media believes that these words are “the president’s equivalent of Carter’s malaise speech” in the 1970s. Just in case he’s right, related stories at the Associated Press and the New York Times have not mentioned Obama’s statement, a clear indicator of his lack of genuine resolve, in their coverage.

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111615)

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: This Catholic nun is competing on Food Network’s reality cooking show

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Chicago:

Nov 9, 2015 / 02:25 pm

Fans of the Food Network’s competitive cooking show “Chopped” can look forward to a special appearance on Monday night’s episode – Sister Alicia Torres, a Catholic religious sister from the Franciscans of the Eucharist of Chicago.

Along with three other chefs, Sr. Torres will have to get through the appetizer round – by creating a confection from Thanksgiving leftovers – as well as the entrée and dessert rounds in order to be crowed the “Chopped” champion. The winner takes home $10,000 to give to the charity of their choice.

Should Sister survive all three rounds without being “chopped,” her proceeds will go to Our Lady of the Angels Mission in Chicago, the soup kitchen at which the Franciscan sisters serve.

It is through working in the soup kitchen that Sr. Torres has been able to hone her creative cooking skills, she told CNA, since everything is run on donations.

“We don’t always know exactly what food is going to come in, so the ability to be flexible and creative has really stretched me to expand my cooking horizons and think outside the box when it comes to preparing delicious, healthy meals,” she said.

“Not only is it an opportunity to be artistic, but even more importantly, to show our deep gratitude to God and our benefactors for their generosity that sustains our life and our work.”

Sr. Torres applied to be on “Chopped” after she heard that they had put out a call for religious sisters. She went through the interview process just like any other potential chef, and was eventually chosen to compete on the Thanksgiving episode with three other chefs who all serve the underprivileged in some way. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Japan in Recession Again, So the Answer Must Be Even More Stimulus

Japan’s two-decade romance with Keynesian economics has led to another betrayal — and yet the press and all the supposedly smart economists and analysts seem to believe that just one more fling might bring about a different result.

The Land of the Rising Sun, aka the Land of the Two-Decade Zombie Economy, has just reported an annualized contraction of 0.8 percent in the third quarter. The decline, following a revised 0.7 percent second-quarter downturn, means that the country is once again in a recession — its second in three years (Update: And fifth since 2008). Oh, but don’t worry. It’s no big deal. The Associated Press insists that it’s only a “technical” recession, and more Keynesian “stimulus” could set things right — even though such measures, in place to varying degrees since the 1990s, have consistently failed to bring about sustained, meaningful recoveries:

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