October 5, 2014

AP Report Takes Fictional Wildlife Federation’s Walrus Claims at Face Value

At the end of each chorus in “I am the Walrus,” the Beatles’ 1967 song, John Lennon sings what is more likely than not a nonsense line: “Goo goo g’joob.”

Apparently, Margaret Williams, managing director of the World Wildlife Federation's Arctic program, interpreted that line as "cuckoo-ca-choo," and has gone cuckoo in talking about real walruses in the real world, blaming a large gathering of them on global warming (which hasn't been occurring for 18 years). The Associated Press's Dan Joling apparently left his cuckoo detector at home in reporting on what Ms. Williams had to say. Following the jump, readers will see what resulted from this cuckoo convergence (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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September 29, 2014

AP Blindly Relays Claim That Vote Fraud Arrest Shows System’s ‘Strength’ — Five Years Later

Democratic State Representative Christina Ayala has been arrested and charged with 19 felony charges of voter fraud. Eight of the counts are for fraudulent voting. Other Ayala family members are under investigation, and criminal charges have been recommended but not made against one of them.

The press is letting Connecticut’s Secretary of State claim that the Ayala prosecution proves that the Nutmeg State’s elections system works, even though the charges go back to elections held as far back as five years ago. Why are we supposed to be impressed?

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September 16, 2014

Passages of the Day: On ‘Climate Change’

Filed under: Economy,Environment,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:47 am

From the New York Post:

Oregon-based physicist Gordon Fulks sums it up well: “CO2 is said to be responsible for global warming that is not occurring, for accelerated sea-level rise that is not occurring, for net glacial and sea ice melt that is not occurring . . . and for increasing extreme weather that is not occurring.”

Al Gore was right in one respect: Climate change is a moral issue — but that’s because there is nothing quite so immoral as well-fed, well-housed Westerners assuaging their consciences by wasting huge amounts of money on futile anti-global-warming policies, using money that could instead go to improve living standards in developing countries.

It’s all a bunch of globaloney.

August 19, 2014

Bob Beckel: Fellow Dems Defending Perry Are ‘Wusses’

Liberals and even far-leftists who would normally be inclined to cheer political attacks on Republicans and conservatives have been distancing themselves from last Friday’s indictment of Texas Governor Rick Perry. Former Clinton special counsel Lanny Davis, lawyer Alan Dershowitz (this “what happens in totalitarian societies”), and former Obama White House advisor David Axelrod are just a few of them.

“The Five” co-host Bob Beckel is definitely not in that crowd. In Monday’s segment on the topic, Walter Mondale’s 1984 presidential campaign manager called his fellow liberals “wusses” and Rick Perry “a jerk.” Wait until you see his reason why Rosemary Lehmberg, who was sentenced to 45 days in jail for driving drunk with a blood alcohol reading three times the legal limit, should remain in her job. Excerpts from the relevant Monday segment follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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August 15, 2014

In Covering Perry Indictment, AP Mischaracterizes Tom Delay Case’s Result, Focuses on Cost of Defending Him

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who, in the oddest of coincidences (that’s sarcasm), just so happens to be considered one of the Republican Party’s stronger potential contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination, was indicted in Austin today by a Travis County grand jury. The charges are “abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant” in connection with a veto “threat” he carried out — thus making “promise” a better word to describe his original stated intentions.

“Threatening” a veto and then carrying through on that “threat” is obviously a pretty routine occurrence in governmental jurisdictions through the country, from the President on down. As to initial press coverage, Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert at the Associated Press predictably misstated the results of another politically motivated prosecution of a major GOP elected official, namely former Congressman Tom “The Hammer” Delay, and focused on how expensive it might be to defend Perry by quoting an hourly legal representation rate which may or may not be accurate. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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July 31, 2014

The Gruber Grovel

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:49 pm

This video summarizes (HT to a NewsBusters commenter) how utterly ridiculous Jonathan Gruber and all Obamacare-supporting politicians and pundits are when they claim that the the Affordable Care Act’s limitations of premium subsidies to those participating in state-run exchanges was a “typo”:

Money quote (at 1:08 in the video):

If your governor doesn’t set up an exchange, you’re losing hundreds of millions of dollars of tax credits to be delivered to your citizens. So that’s the other threat. Will the states do what they have to do to set it up?

The intent to force governors to set up an exchange or lose billions could not be clearer.

As I wrote shortly after the DC court’s ruling came out, that ruling has to stand, or the rule of law is dead.

July 26, 2014

Megyn Kelly Chronicles IRS Lies and Flip-Flops the Press Refuses to Cover, Let Alone Feature

On Thursday, with PJ Media’s J. Christian Adams as her guest, Fox News’s Megyn Kelly recited a list of assertions (under oath, she reminded us) made by Internal Revenue Service officials which have later been shown to be lies or cause for agency flip-flops after “new” facts have been revealed.

It’s a significant list. By implication, it’s an indictment of the vast majority of the establishment press, which has refused to give the IRS scandal the attention it deserves. Video and a transcript follow the jump.

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July 24, 2014

IBD on IRS BS

Filed under: Privacy/ID Theft,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:59 am

From a Wednesday editorial at Investor’s Business Daily (HT Doug Ross; link added by me; bolds are mine):

… On Monday, the International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers, which deals with such technical questions regarding computer hardware and record retention on a regular basis and which has reacted with the same incredulity as the rest of us, released a list of six basic questions the IRS needs to answer.

1. First, what happened to the IRS’ IT asset managers who seemingly vanished during this critical period? IAITAM , which runs the only worldwide certification program for IT asset managers, says its records show that at least three IRS IT asset managers were moved out of their positions at the time of the May 2013 inspector general’s report that detailed the agency’s targeting practices. What can they tell us?

2. The hard drives in question are federal property and cannot be destroyed or recycled without proper documentation. “Proper IT asset management requires clear proof and records of destruction when drives are wiped or destroyed,” notes IAITAM President and founder Barbara Rembiesa. Where are these records?

3. IAITAM asks if the drives were destroyed by an outside IT asset destruction unit, a not-unusual practice among federal agencies. If so, it adds an entire second layer of documentation of the destruction of these assets, including who approved it.

4. What are the IRS’ specific policies and procedures on document retention when hard drives are damaged or destroyed? In most large private-sector organizations, hard drives and computers are just not tossed in the dumpster or dropped off at the local recycling center until recovery of the lost data is assured.

5. What is the disaster recovery policy at the IRS, an agency responsible for our most sensitive tax information, particularly in light of its statistically implausible number of hard drive crashes?

6. Where are Lerner’s emails from her BlackBerry device and what is on the enterprise server? Some have even suggested Lerner may have off-loaded her emails to what is known as a USB flash drive and still has them in her possession, another federal offense.

The IRS is counting on the general public’s relative ignorance of computer technology to believe its smoke-and-mirror cover-up.

But in the age of the iPad and iPhone, even a child knows that something does not compute here.

June 3, 2014

Politico Pair Produces 5,900 Words of Puff on ‘Less in Control’ Obama; All Scandals Except HealthCare.gov Go Unmentioned

For evidence that no one looking for objective reporting should seriously consider reading output from the Politico, look no further than the 5,900-word puff piece propagated by Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein on Sunday.

Their “Special Report: The Obama Paradox” told readers what that President Obama supposedly “recognizes that he is less in control of the Washington agenda than ever in his presidency — a reality that has left him deeply frustrated at times.” Meanwhile, the EPA is going wild with carbon regs in the name of the “climate change” hoax, federal regulators are harassing banks and their customers who operating legal businesses in Operation Choke Point, and immigration policy has been unilaterally hijacked. And in a final irony, as the Politico pair were putting their handiwork to bed, Obama was conducting a prisoner swap — one soldier whose loyalties are questionable for five hardened terrorists — while violating a law requiring him to notify Congress of what he was going. “Less in control” my foot. Instead, we are seeing usurpation of authority by Obama and his executive branch.

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May 23, 2014

Comment of the Day: On Common Core

From a NewsBusters commenter:

I have a bachelor’s degree in Math. I read some of the common core math instruction. If you wanted to turn students off to math, if you wanted to make them hate it with all their being, if you wanted to make math so incomprehensible that few American students will ever be able to master it, you could not have done a better job than coming up with Common Core.

Addition and subtraction are simple concepts. Multiplication and Division are simple variations on the theme of addition and subtraction. By using a “new” and contrived language to teach basic math concepts you are promising American illiteracy in the subject.

As I wrote ten days ago (BizzyBlog mirror):

This garbage has got to go.

The default assumption has to be that anyone who still supports Common Core is uninformed, bought and sold, or an unapologetic statist.

May 19, 2014

Serco Update

Filed under: Business Moves,Health Care,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:31 pm

Instapundit has linked my weekend NewsBusters post on Serco (“AP Treats Obamacare Contractor’s Employees in Three States Doing Almost No Work As a Local Story”). I appreciate that.

What was true on Saturday is still true today, a full week after KMOV first broke the story: The AP has no national site story on Serco.

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UPDATE: My PJ Media column, which appears on track to go up late tonight or tomorrow morning, will be about Serco.

May 17, 2014

AP Treats Obamacare Contractor’s Employees in Three States Doing Almost No Work As a Local Story

A search at 11:00 p.m. ET tonight at the Associated Press’s national web site on “Serco,” the company with a five-year, $1.25 billion contract to process paper Obamacare enrollment applications, returned no results. That’s absolutely pathetic, given that St. Louis TV station KMOV, based on multiple accounts from several current and former employees and contractors, has reported that the company has well over 1,000 people doing almost nothing all day simply because there are very few paper applications to process. KMOV, which carried five consecutive reports this week (here, here, here, here, and here), even noted in its later segments that its work had drawn national attention.

What’s worse than AP not covering the story nationally? How about the wire service treating it as a local and regional story, even though Serco and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are wasting roughly $20 million per month of U.S. taxpayers’ money, and even though calls for investigation have come from U.S. senators in at least two states? It would have been just as absurd if AP had treated bankrupt Solyndra, which failed to repay an Energy Department loan of over $500 million several years ago, as a California-only story because that’s where its plant was. Excerpts from the AP’s story, including a “This story is boring, so don’t read it” headline, follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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April 16, 2014

No Press Story IDs Sentenced Former Bell, Calif. City Manager as a Democrat

In September 2010, Lachlan Markay at NewsBusters put up a post entitled “Eight Dems Arrested in Bell, CA ‘Corruption on Steroids’ – Not a Single Mention of Party Affiliation From Media.”

Almost four years later (!), reviews of search engine results and specific news stories on the sentencing of Robert Rizzo, the community’s former city manager, are again returning no mentions of the fact that Rizzo is a Democrat.

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March 31, 2014

Most National Media Outlets Ignore Couple Who Defrauded Two States For Seven Years

Filed under: Economy,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:16 pm

Over at Hot Air, Dustin Siggins writes that Andrea and Colin Chisholm “are getting enormous media attention.” Perhaps, and I really hope so. Unfortunately, I found no evidence of any level of attention to the Chisholms, the apparently very rich couple who allegedly engaged in protracted fraud against the welfare systems of Florida and Minnesota for seven years, at several national establishment press outlets.

Here are some of the infuriating details from ABC’s weekend “Good Morning America” show, a rare establishment press exception (bolds are mine):

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March 19, 2014

Out of Control Education System Column of the Day

From Michelle Malkin’s latest column:

Revolt Against the Testing Tyrants

… College-bound students in Orange County, Fla., for example, now take a total of 234 standardized diagnostic, benchmark and achievement tests from kindergarten through 12th grade. Reading instructor Brian Trutschel calculated that a typical 10th-grade English class will be disrupted 65 out of 180 school days this year alone for mandatory tests required by the state and district.

Parents, teachers and administrators are fed up with Fed Ed. There’s a growing grassroots movement — left, right and center — to opt out of this latest battery of assessments. Last week, the Worcester, Mass., school board voted to allow parents to opt out of PARCC field tests and keep their kids in regular classroom instruction. The Norfolk, Mass., school board did the same in January. Colorado State Board of Education Chairman Paul Lundeen has called on the state legislature to repeal the PARCC testing requirement.

The testing tyrants, of course, are doing everything they can to stop parents from protecting their children: deceive, bully, intimidate and obfuscate.

Bottom line: No child in America is legally required to be a part of the latest Common Core lab-rat testing experiments. You are your kids’ primary educational provider and decider. You have the power to flunk the latest Fed Ed testing boondoggles. Use it.

It’s time to invoke the left’s “Dissent is patriotic” credo in defense of our kids’ and grandkids’ well-being and the nation’s future.