November 10, 2017

WashPost Scribe Believes Charming Arabella Kushner ‘Forced to Perform’

One of the establishment press’s rules about the Donald Trump era is apparently, “There shall be no puff pieces.” The Washington Post’s Simon Denyer unilaterally decided to extend this rule to Arabella Kushner, the President’s young granddaughter, giving him free rein to tell readers that her wonderful singing for China’s president wasn’t really an unconditionally wonderful event — because, you see, she was “forced to perform.”


Bitter AP Reporter Still Claims Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker ‘Effectively Ended Collective Bargaining’

On Monday, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that he will seek a third term as Badger State Chief Executive next year. At the Associated Press, Scott Bauer, still bitter over Walker’s successful attempt to rein in the power of the state’s public-sector unions in 2011, falsely insisted, as he has for over 6-1/2 years, that Walker’s Act 10 legislation “effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.”


Trump Effect: CNBC’s Rick Santelli Does Victory Lap on Post-Election Market Prediction

Wednesday, on the anniversary of Donald Trump’s election, CNBC’s Closing Bell gave the network’s Rick Santelli a bit of an “I told you so” moment. A year ago, contrary to the chorus of naysayers who took it as a given that Trump’s victory would be disastrous for the markets, Santelli correctly predicted strong, sustained market performance.


Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111017)

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: 14-Year-Old Meets the Man Who Saved His Life Through Bone Marrow Donation

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Ohio, and Massachusetts:

8:09 AM PST, November 6, 2017

Two families merged over the weekend as a 14-year-old boy finally got to meet the bone marrow donor who saved his life nearly two years ago.

Jack Eppley, of Ohio, was diagnosed with blood cancer when he was just 11 and doctors eventually told the Eppley family that Jack would need a stem cell transplant. It was a life-or-death situation.

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Complete bone marrow matches are rare, and none of Jack’s immediate family turned out to be matches.

Once doctors searched the Be the Match Registry, a national registry dedicated to helping patients receive bone marrow transplants, it emerged that Jack had just two complete matches out of 27 million people.

One of them was Mike Reilly, who lives in Boston. This past weekend, Jack and Reilly were able to meet for the first time.

“We were just so very grateful,” Kacey Huffman, Jack’s mom, told “We knew that there were two matches on the registry but knowing that there are two matches doesn’t mean that everything is going to go smoothly. Those two matches have to agree.”

Mike Reilly had entered himself onto the registry 19 years before at the prompting of his father.

“My father, 19 years ago, said, ‘Hey, get off the couch. We are going to up the street to Grace Lutheran Church in New Hampshire, There’s a kid in town with leukemia — let’s go see if we are a match,’” Reilly said.

After 45 minutes and a couple of vials of blood, Reilly was permanently on the registry.

It wasn’t until 2016, however, that his decision all those years ago would come full circle.

Go here for the rest of the story.