August 15, 2016

AP’s Borenstein Carries the ‘Global Warning’ Water, Ignores Contrary Evidence

The latest installment of the Associated Press’s “Divided America” series on Monday focused on “climate change,” aka “global warning.”

Not surprisingly, even though there are only 17 percent of Americans (allegedly “the fastest-growing group,” which seems doubtful given that getting to that tiny minority level has required at least a quarter-century) who “are alarmed by climate change and want action now,” the AP’s Seth Borenstein portrayed them most favorably, and burned a great deal of verbiage quoting outsiders trying to explain away climate skeptics as tribalists, conservatives and Tea Party types. He also accepted the supposedly settled climate science, which isn’t settled at all, and ignored recent devlopments throwing the entire idea that the temperatures on earth will increase in the future into serious doubt.

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Obviously, the Problem Is Guns (That’s Sarcasm, Folks)

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:15 am

Homicide stats for Chicago this year, where murders are up by 63 percent:

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It’s a pretty solid bet that the vast majority of assailants, who apparently aren’t identified until an arrest or definitive determination of who did the shooting is made, are also black.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081516)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 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: Olympic Star Michael Phelps’ Life Was Spiraling Out of Control, But This Book Saved Him

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From a column by Eric Metaxas:

AUG 11, 2016 | 11:39AM

You’d think things would have gone swimmingly for the all-time Olympic gold medal holder, Michael Phelps. But they didn’t: until he found his purpose.

In the months and even years leading up to this year’s Rio Olympics, much of the news about Michael Phelps was bad. In September of 2014, he was arrested for driving while under the influence in his hometown of Baltimore.

It seemed that Phelps’ best days, both in and out of the pool, were behind him.

But that’s not how it turned out, and I think you can guess why.

As you probably know, Phelps carried the American flag during the opening ceremonies on Friday August 5. Then, as of this recording, he’s added three more gold medals to his impressive lifetime total, now numbering 21.

To put it mildly, both of these were unlikely less than two years ago.

As Phelps told ESPN, following his announced retirement in 2012, he struggled to “figure out who he was outside the pool.” In his words, “I was a train wreck. I was like a time bomb, waiting to go off. I had no self-esteem, no self-worth. There were times where I didn’t want to be here. It was not good. I felt lost.”

Like a lot of people struggling with similar feelings, he self-medicated.

In the immediate aftermath of that DUI arrest, he cut himself off from family and other loved ones and “thought the world would just be better off without me . . . I figured that was the best thing to do — just end my life.”

That’s when a friend came to his rescue: former All Pro linebacker Ray Lewis, whom Phelps considers a kind of “older brother.” Seeing the hopelessness and despair in his young friend, Lewis, an outspoken Christian, told him, “This is when we fight . . . This is when real character shows up. Don’t shut down. If you shut down we all lose.”

Lewis convinced Phelps to enter rehab and gave him a book to read while he was there: “The Purpose-Driven Life” by my friend Rick Warren.

The book changed Phelps’ life. Within a few days, Phelps called Lewis and told him “‘Man this book is crazy . . . The thing that’s going on . . . oh my gosh . . . my brain, I can’t thank you . . . enough, man. You saved my life.’” …

Go here for the full column.

CNN Pair: Clintons’ Tax Return Shows How ‘Middle-Classy’ They Are

The Hillary Clinton campaign released the 2015 joint federal income tax return filed by Mrs. Clinton and her ex-President husband Bill this week. Among other things, the Clintons reported total income of over $10.7 million, incurred income and self-employment taxes of over $3.6 million, and deducted $1 million for a charitable contribution to (imagine that) the Clinton Foundation.

According to CNN’s Errol Louis and Kate Bolduan, as seen in a discussion on CNN’s Inside Politics, the contents of the Clintons’ return make them seem “more middle classy.”

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