October 13, 2016

NBC Covers For Hillary’s False Claim That She Had Left State Dept. When Obama Made ‘Red Line’ Threat

This latest edition of “Stupid Fact Checks” by Hillary Clinton lapdogs in the press comes from NBC, with follow-up help from the Politico, and is an entry in two categories: “False Equivalency” and “Subsequent Goalpost Moving.”

In Sunday’s second presidential debate, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump correctly stated that Mrs. Clinton “was there as Secretary of State with the so-called line in the sand.” Mrs. Clinton said, “No I wasn’t.” But she was there when President Barack Obama made his statement threatening action if Syria were to use chemical weapons. NBC’s “fact-check” evaluation: “Everyone Is Wrong Here.” That’s because Trump forgot to describe Obama’s “line” as “red.” Seriously. An NBC reporter also worked after the fact to cover up her own mistake over Mrs. Clinton’s indisputably obvious error.

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Post-Debate Bounceback?

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:26 am

Rasmussen, one of the few polling organizations most of the public doesn’t directly associate with the largely despised establishment press (meaning that it should have a better chance of getting a genuinely representative sample than those who are recognized as part of the media), has Donald Trump up by 2 points on Hillary Clinton in its latest poll turning around a 7-point deficit from three days ago.

Keeping in mind that, like the others, Rasmussen probably isn’t getting a survey completion rate any greater than 10 percent — so the chances that those surveyed don’t genuinely reflect the general public’s opinion — the turnaround is pretty impressive:

The full results from Sunday night’s debate are in, and Donald Trump has come from behind to take the lead over Hillary Clinton.

The latest Rasmussen Reports White House Watch national telephone and online survey shows Trump with 43% support among Likely U.S. Voters to Clinton’s 41%. Yesterday, Clinton still held a four-point 43% to 39% lead over Trump, but that was down from five points on Tuesday and her biggest lead ever of seven points on Monday.

Yes, it’s only one poll. In the other one which has consistently shown Trump ahead for weeks, the LA Times/USC poll shows Trump with the tiniest possible lead of 0.1 percent.

O’Keefe on Hillary Campaign’s Sexist Locker Room and Destruction of Republican Voter Registrations

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:09 am

Warning: Graphic Language

But there is no electoral fraud or crime, and Donald Trump’s 11 year-old locker room talk is the embodiment of all evil.

RELATED: James O’Keefe blocked from his Twitter account.

Initial Unemployment Claims: 246K SA During Past Two Weeks

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:53 am

Today’s report from the Department of Labor is here.

Your truly believes that the historically low numbers don’t reflect a dynamic labor market. They reflect a sclerotic labor market in a sclerotic economy, and are further affected by high number of part-time and temporary help positions not eligible for unemployment benefits if they are laid off.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (101316)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:30 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: Priest to donate $250k winnings from ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 8:25 am

From Washington:

Oct 12, 2016 / 12:09 pm

A priest from West Virginia recently won a quarter of a million dollars on the trivia TV show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and pledged to donate the money to a Catholic elementary school.

Fr. Bill Matheny had been trying to get on the trivia show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for 17 years. This last summer, he finally fulfilled his dream, promising that he’d donate his winnings to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School in St. Alban, West Virginia, which he attended as a child.

Using all three of his lifelines, he successfully won $250,000 before the show ran out of time.

He returned the next day to go for $500,000. Though he was leaning toward a particular answer, he wasn’t confident enough to go for it and decided to walk away with the $250,000. After making that decision, the show revealed that his guess would have been correct.

“If I were playing only for myself, I would’ve gone for it,” the priest told his local TV station in West Virginia.

“It seemed like that logical answer but I watch the show enough to know that when someone gets to this level what seems logical is not always the right answer. So I was concerned. If it were me, I would’ve risked it because I could’ve lived with $50,000 but for the school I couldn’t jeopardize $200,000.”

Though the show was recorded last summer, it was showed on TV in September. …

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