August 30, 2015

Ignorant Miami Sportswriter Criticizes ‘Anti-Government’ Crowd

Miami Herald sportwriter and columnist Greg Cote, whose career has entered or is about to enter its third decade, seems to have incorporated a sideline into his work: glib, ignorant political commentary.

One such example surfaced at the end of his August 25 Random Evidence blog post. Apparently, Cote believes that anyone who has ever received any kind of government benefit or has made use of a government service at any time in their life is a flaming hypocrite if they believe that Uncle Sam and other public entities should be able to survive on less money than they currently spend. They’re also hypocrites if they believe that the federal government has become far too intrusive in our everyday affairs and threatening to the fundamental freedoms identified in the naton’s Constitution. Greg, who clearly should stick to sportwriting, has convinced himself that such people are “anti-government”:

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WashPost’s Ignatius Relies on Hillary Clinton Defender With Undisclosed Connections

One of the odder pieces appearing during the past week in connection with the Hillary Clinton email and private server scandal was David Ignatius’s attempt to deny that it’s a scandal at all in Thursday’s Washington Post.

Ignatius devoted four of his first five paragraphs to relaying the allegedly expert assessments of Jeffrey Smith, who Ignatius described as “a former CIA general counsel who’s now a partner at Arnold & Porter, where he often represents defendants suspected of misusing classified information.” Sounds like an arms-length guy, doesn’t he? He’s not. He has been a security adviser to Hillary Clinton’s previous presidential campaign, defended John Kerry against criticism of the Massachusetts senator’s national security negligence in 2004, and served on Bill Clinton’s presidential transition team in late 1992 and early 1993.

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NY Times Headlines Make Clarence Thomas Look Like a Plagiarist

The leftist press has despised Clarence Thomas ever since he fought off their attempt at what he properly characterized as a “high-tech lynching” to become a Supreme Court justice almost 24 years ago. It has worked to smear and discredit him ever since.

The latest such effort was posted online at the New York Times on Thursday and published in its Friday print edition. The online and print edition headlines at the piece by Adam Liptak, the paper’s Supreme Court correspondent, made it appear as if the Times had discovered serious instances of plagiarism.

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August 29, 2015

AP Treats Obama Admin’s Kansas Funding Cutoff in Planned Parenthood Fight as a Local Story

Three weeks ago, concerning Associated Press coverage of investigations into Planned Parenthood’s baby body parts business, I noted that “Bad news for Planned Parenthood gets only local coverage,” while “Exculpatory news, even if artificially concocted, gets national exposure.”

Add the following to that observation: Obama administration attempts to punish states for attempts to defund Planned Parenthood, clearly nationally significant, only get local coverage. Kansas provides such an example.

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Media Yawns as Fox Reports That FBI’s Investigation Into Hillary Clinton Is Focusing on Espionage Act

The establishment press is all over revelations by Fox News Friday morning that the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails involves a “section of the Espionage Act is known as 18 US Code 793,” and that “the focus includes a provision of the law pertaining to ‘gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,’” according to “an intelligence source.”

Just kidding. The only reaction I’ve seen thus far is at the Friday evening version of “The 2016 Blast” collection by Henry C. Jackson at the Politico. The fifth item covered — after a snippet on “John Kasich’s Aerial Attack” and three snoozers on Mrs. Clinton’s predictable dissembling — reads as follows (bolds and italics are theirs):

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August 28, 2015

U of M, AP Falsely Blame Consumer Sentiment Drop on Stock Market Plunge

At the Associated Press today, Christopher Rugaber appears to have played along with a game of make-believe in his coverage of the August release of the University of Michigan’s Survey of Consumers.

The index (dowloadable PDF is at link) dropped for the second straight month, this time from 93.1 to 91.9, a point below August’s prelimnary reading of 92.9. That trailed expectations that it would come in at 93.0. The survey’s director, Richard Curtin, claimed that the drop occurred “mainly due to the recent volatility in stock prices.” Whatever his reason for making that claim, it doesn’t pass the smell test, and Rugaber had all the information needed to figure that out (which he may have) and report it (which he didn’t).

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August 27, 2015

Vox Comic Relief: Web Site Uses New Deal-Era National Recovery Administration Photo

Two weeks ago, cable and broadcast giant Comcast announced that its NBCUniversal unit would invest $200 million in Vox Communications, thereby “creating a partnership to help the television giant better connect with younger audiences.”

Based on what follows and far more examples than one could hope to cite in a single post, Comcast should consider asking for their money back. Apparently trying to capitalize on the anti-Second Amendment hysteria the Obama administration and the left have attempted to foster after Vester Lee Flanagan II shot and killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward in Virginia, Vox posted the following breathtakingly ignorant tweet (since taken down; HT Twitchy):

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August 26, 2015

NY Times Runs Interference For Hillary’s Bogusly Taking ‘Responsibility’

I’m sure we all feel better now that Hillary Clinton, as reported by the New York Times late Wednesday afternoon, “took responsibility” for “her decision to use only private email while she was secretary of state.”

Well, no — and Times reporter Maggie Haberman should (and probably does) know why that doesn’t cut it. Mrs. Clinton still maintained on Wednesday that investigations currently in process “will prove that I never sent, nor received, any email that was marked classified.” Information already known shows that contention to be false, and the noise about “markings” is irrelevant in any event.

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AP, While Making Excuses for Hillary, Admits That She Sent Classified Emails

Over at the Associated Press this afternoon (later updated), Ken Dilanian, with the help of four other reporters, prepared a lengthy dispatch attempting to defend 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s email and private-server practices. Boiled down to its essence:Boiled down to its essence: “[D]iplomats routinely sent secret material on unsecured email during the past two administrations.”

Nice try, guys, but there are two problems with your “many others did it” defense. First, in the course of attempting to defend her, Dilanian and his team quietly admitted that Mrs. Clinton has been lying when claiming that she never sent any classified emails. Additionally, they ignored a December 2009 Executive Order from President Obama which, as Catherine Herridge at Fox News reported this morning, specifies that only “intelligence agencies who own that information in the first place have the authority to declassify it.”

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AP Drags Bush 43 Into Coverage of IG’s Report on Solyndra

Almost four years ago, solar energy manufacturer Solyndra filed for bankruptcy, leaving the federal government with a loan guarantee-related loss of up to $535 million.

The Energy Department’s inspector general released a report on the debacle today. At the Associated Press, reporter Kevin Freking made sure readers knew that the loan guarantee program began under President George W. Bush, but somehow “forgot” to note, as the Weekly Standard did at the time, that the Energy Department under Bush made a “unanimous decision to shelve Solyndra’s application two weeks before Obama took office.”

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August 25, 2015

Apple Gets Kid-Glove Treatment After CEO Emails CNBC’s Jim Cramer About Its China Business

It doesn’t seem likely that an oil company CEO would get the benefit of the doubt Apple CEO Tim Cook received from the press yesterday after he emailed well-known financial commentator and investment adviser Jim Cramer about his company’s performance in China.

In an email read over the air on CNBC, Cook reported that “we have continued to experience strong growth for our business in China through July and August.” The question is whether, by providing this private disclosure, Cook violated U.S. “fair disclosure” regulations requiring that “materal information” be disclosed to the public.

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Remembering the Real Ted Kennedy, Six Years After His Death

This post is an annual BizzyBlog tradition.

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Chappaquiddick_Kennedy_Car_25First, excerpts from Doug Patton’s barn-burner of a column in 2009, followed by a telling remembrance relayed by a close friend of Kennedy’s (the remembrance is that he liked to hear jokes about Chappaquiddick):

Let Us Not Confuse Longevity with Statesmanship
September 2, 2009

It was almost nauseating to watch the media fawning over Ted Kennedy’s corpse as though he were the last brother of King Arthur, and his passing was signaling the end of a real place called Camelot. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that Chris Matthews and company actually believe in that mythical kingdom.

… Even one of my formerly favorite columnists, Cal Thomas, had glowing, gooey things to say about his “old friend Ted Kennedy,” the most laughable of which was that Kennedy never personalized his politics. Tell that to Robert Bork. Remember Kennedy’s ridiculous speech on the floor of the United States Senate, wherein he hyperventilated that “Robert Bork’s America is one in which women will be forced into back-alley abortions and blacks will be sitting at segregated lunch counters”?

… what we have witnessed in his passing is the near-deification of a man merely because he came from a rich, powerful family, because he lived a long time and because he managed to bamboozle his gullible state into re-electing him simply because his name was Kennedy. What has been sorely missing in all this is a sense of perspective. This was more than just a flawed man. This was a man who cheated, lied and undermined his family, his friends, even his own country.

Perhaps Ted Kennedy’s most contemptible moment — many consider it treasonous — came in 1983. President Ronald Reagan was in the process of bringing the Soviet Union to its knees. In one of the hotter moments of the Cold War, Kennedy sent word to Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov through an old friend and former senator offering Kennedy’s help in undermining the Reagan administration in its dealings with its old arch enemy in exchange for Andropov’s help in defeating Reagan in the 1984 presidential election. Think of that. A United States Senator offers to help our sworn enemy in exchange for political propaganda to win an American election.

This country is not better off because Edward Moore Kennedy sat in the United States Senate for 46 years. He was unqualified when he was first elected. He disgraced himself, his family and our nation throughout his long, tedious career. But the event for which Ted Kennedy will be remembered by most Americans — and by historians, if they are honest — is Chappaquiddick. Forty years ago this summer, 28-year-old Mary Jo Kopechne died in the drunken senator’s Oldsmobile when he drove off a bridge and left her to drown.

You or I would have gone to prison for the negligence he displayed that night. Kennedy went on to become “the lion of the senate.” He lived a life of power and luxury, and was even arrogant enough in 1980 to think this country would elect him president.

Ted Kennedy served a very long time in the U.S. Senate, but let us not confuse longevity with statesmanship. He died a death none of us would wish on anyone — a brain tumor at age 77 — but I’m guessing Mary Jo Kopechne would have preferred to die at age 77 of almost anything.

Now to a 2009 remembrance of Ted Kennedy ‘s alleged sense of humor. I’ll never forget it, and I intend to make sure readers here don’t either.

It came in an interview between Katty Kay of NPR and former Newsweek editor Ed Klein shortly after Kennedy’s death:

Former Newsweek Foreign Editor: Chappaquiddick One of Ted’s ‘Favorite Topics of Humor’

… Klein: Well y’know, he, I don’t know if you know this or not but, one of his favorite topics of humor was indeed Chappaquiddick itself. And he would ask people, “have you heard any new jokes about Chappaquiddick?”

I mean, that is just the most amazing thing. It’s not that he didn’t feel remorse about the death of Mary Jo Kopechne (background music begins building), but that he still always saw, um, the other side of everything and the ridiculous side of things, too.

Kay: Ed Klein, former foreign editor of Newsweek, and author of a new book on Ted Kennedy.

Audio of the full interview is in the YouTube that follows (direct link):

What a guy.

Too bad Mary Jo Kopechne was never available to join in the laughter.

It is mildly comforting to know that what the Democrats called “Ted Kennedy’s seat” really wasn’t.

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UPDATE, August 31, 2010: An example of the type of pathetic attempts at historical revisivionism we’ll probably be seeing for the next hundred years –

Rewriting History on Kennedy’s Chappaquiddick Accident

… Now, a year after Kennedy died, his lifelong biographer Burton Hersh, armed with fresh interviews with Kennedy’s mistress at the time, tells Whispers that the whole July 1969 episode should have been handled as a simple crash, leaving the senator’s legacy untainted. “It was a car accident,” he says. “Ted was a terrible driver. He never paid much attention to where he was going.”

“He took a tremendous blow on the head,” says Hersh. In interviews following the crash, Kennedy displayed confusion and amnesia, he says.

“If the thing had been handled properly, the first thing they would have done is put him in a hospital. Then they would have said he was a victim of an auto accident and didn’t know what he was doing and couldn’t be held responsible for anything that happened really after that, which would have been a fair explanation,” says author-journalist Hersh, who knew Kennedy since they were classmates at Harvard. “But instead, he felt terribly guilty about the whole thing … tried to take responsibility and … just confused the issue.”

Horse manure.

August 24, 2015

Miami Herald Columnist: ‘All Lives Matter’ Preference of the Vast Majority of Americans of All Races Is ‘Moral Cowardice’

Columnist Leonard Pitts may not have caught wind of Thursday’s Rasmussen poll before he wrote the column published Saturday at the Miami Herald. Perhaps he still doesn’t realize that Rasmussen reported that 64 percent of blacks and 78 percent of likely U.S. voters overall say that “All lives matter” is closer to their own views than “Black lives matter.”

In his column, Pitts accused what turns out to be a vast majority of Americans of all races of “moral cowardice” for holding that view. In doing so, he gave the (white guy George Soros-funded, co-led by a guy who his family says he is white) ”Black Lives Matter” movement an undeserved pass for the radical lunacy it promotes to this day, while he absurdly argued that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. himself would likely be behind that movement (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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NY Times Finds Dem Who Thinks Hillary’s Email Scandal is GOP’s ‘Swift Boat Issue of 2015′

You can tell that the left is getting nervous about a scandal when they invoke the Swift Boat Veterans for the Truth campaign of 2004 against John Kerry.

As I noted on Saturday, Maria L. La Ganga at the Los Angeles Times did that as she described Planned Parenthood’s attempts to fight back against the Center For Medical Progress’s exposure of their baby body parts business. On Friday at the New York Times, in a story about how Hillary Clinton was “interrupting” her Martha’s Vineyard vacation, Amy Chozick found a Clinton contributor who characterized her email and private server scandal as “somewhat of a tempest in a teapot” and also described it as “their (Republicans’) Swift boat issue of 2015.”

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Nearly Lily-White Politico Cites George Wallace Four Times in Covering Trump’s Mobile Speech

Politico’s outright hostility towards Donald Trump in its coverage of his Friday speech in Mobile, Alabama could hardly have been more obvious.

Reporter Ben Schreckinger tried to portray the crowd as “only” 20,000, which in addition to being a lowball number compared to others who weighed in, was a large multiple of the less than two thousand the Trump campaign is said to have originally expected when it first planned the event. More tellingly, he did all he could to compare Trump and his crowd to George Wallace and his followers over 40 years ago (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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