October 22, 2014

Press Covers For Crist’s Tired Excuse For Fla.’s Jobs Freefall on His Watch

At their debate Tuesday night, former Florida governor (2007-2010), former Republican (1974-2010), former independent (2010-2012) and current Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist got out the crying towel over why the Sunshine State’s economy was so bad on his watch. He also refused to acknowledge that incumbent Republican Governor Rick Scott deserves any credit for the state economy’s overachievement during the past 45 months.

At the debate, Crist tried to minimize the economic disaster which occurred during his term in office by claiming that — quoting from the debate transcript — “I was serving during the global economic meltdown. And we did the very best we could to get Florida through it and we did.” As seen after the jump, the “best we could do” for Crist was far, far worse than the rest of nation’s “best” could do. As would be expected, I didn’t find any establishment press coverage which has made the comparisons which follow.

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O’Keefe Finds Eagerness to Commit Voter Fraud Among Colorado Leftists

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:47 pm

Also posted at DC Gazette.

James O’Keefe, the man who brought down ACORN, has done it again, this time exposing Colorado leftists’ shocking wilingness to cheat.

Here are several quotes from the Project Veritas video about their attitude towards the illegal act of taking someone else’s mail-in ballot and using it to vote:

  • “I mean, that’s not even like lying or stealing. If someone throws out a ballot, like, if you want to fill it out you should do it. … It doesn’t have anyone’s name on it yet.”
  • “It’s putting the votes to good use.”
  • (Reacting to the idea of Oregon voters who have already voted by mail in that state but have just moved to Colorado voting again) “That’s awesome.”

A Greenpeace representative even identified a place in Aurora where one would have high chance of success in retrieving unused ballots from the trash.

Colorado’s Secretary of State, who is a Republican, notes that “historically, when you look at it, one of the most popular avenues for voter fraud is mail ballots,” and that “it’s absolutely possible” for someone to retrieve the ballot of a person who has thrown out their ballot and use it to vote.”

Besides Colorado, where all mail-in balloting begins this year, Washington and Oregon opted for such a system some time ago. Since doing so, Washington has moved from being a swing state two decades ago to predictably Democratic. In 2004, a Republican candidate for Governor “somehow” lost a close election he was on track to win before recount shenanigans commenced. That loss was also possibly traceable to voter-registration fraud — a crime much easier to commit when the perpetrator doesn’t have to show up and be seen at a polling location.

O’Keefe argues that what he has uncovered “should make voters across the country question the very integrity of our elections.” And it should, especially in the three states just identified, as well as those which have chosen to adopt no-excuse-needed absentee voting.

AP Downplays Key Poll Finding: Dems’ Advantage Among Women Is Gone

In relaying the results of their polling partnership’s latest survey, Associated Press polling director Jennifer Agiesta and reporter Emily Swanson held their most important finding until their report’s seventh paragraph.

Despite their effort to downplay it, Matt Drudge, whose nose for genuine news is legendary, spotted it. Accordingly, his current headline screams: “POLL SHOCK: WOMEN WANT REPUBLICANS!”

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Rolling Stone Goes to the Barricades

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:59 am

One-percenters Jann Wenner and Paul Krugman team up to motivate the “Progressive” base for November.

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This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Monday.

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On October 8, Rolling Stone, the pathetically pretentious magazine overseen by one-percenter Jann Wenner, delivered a double-barreled dose of far-left Kool-Aid.

Its mission: Motivate its largely apathetic and mostly Dear Leader-worshipping readers into defending Barack Obama and his party in the midterm elections.

Good luck with that, guys. Rasmussen, in announcing its latest “Right Direction or Wrong Track” poll results, reported that “Roughly two-thirds of voters of all ages agree the country is on the wrong track.” That would seem to indicate that quite a few rockers, rappers, and middle-aged stoners are among those who believe that all is far from well.

One of the magazine’s pathetic pair of propaganda pieces came courtesy of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman.

The Princeton economist and former Enron adviser may have decided that he couldn’t make his absurd case anywhere else without destroying what little remains of his credibility. If so, “In Defense of Obama” delivers a ringing confirmation of that assessment.

Krugman writes that “Obama has emerged as one of the most consequential and, yes, successful presidents in American history.” Looking at just three of his justifications will give readers an idea of how unhinged the man has become:

  • Even as the Obama administration has deliberately postponed 2015 enrollment until November 15 for purely political reasons, he writes that “Obamacare means a huge improvement in the quality of life for tens of millions of Americans.” Even the most generous estimates of the newly insured only go to a single 10 million, and there’s ample reason to doubt those estimates.
  • He also claims that Obamacare is “doing more to reduce overall health costs than even its supporters predicted.” Oops: Even beyond the known double-digit premium increases, the Congressional Budget Office now estimates that Obamacare “will increase deficit spending by $131 billion from 2015-24.” This recent news should not, and I believe does not, surprise Krugman. In February 2013, the Government Accountability Office projected that “Obamacare will increase the long-term federal deficit by $6.2 trillion.” But it’s apparently more important to defend Obama’s long-broken promise — that his “signature achievementwould not add “one dime to our deficits, either now or in the future. Period” — than it is to demonstrate any allegiance to the truth.
  • He claims that “the Obama stimulus plan helped mitigate the worst of the slump.”

Here are the facts concerning that final claim:

  • Obama’s actions during the 2008 campaign and during the presidential transition period contributed greatly to making the “slump” (somehow, Krugman never used the word “recession” at all) as bad as it was.
  • Thanks to Obama’s stimulus plan and other policies, job losses continued until February 2010, a full eight months after the recession officially ended. By contrast, in the early 1980s under Ronald Reagan, despite implementing what Keynesians would claim were all the wrong policies, employment began to recover very quickly after the recession’s end.
  • The unemployment rate, even artificially rigged as it likely is, has never come down to the 5 percent level Obama’s own collection of Keynesians promised in promoting the stimulus.
  • The recovery itself bears far more resemblance to the miserable, Depression-era 1930s than any recovery seen since. That’s because the false “stimulus” of unsustainably high deficits has continued, and is on track to get progressively (pun intended) worse.

Unfortunately, Krugman is right in contending that Obama’s presidency has been consequential. The nation will be living with his negative legacy for generations to come.

As to its success, Obama himself told the nation just days before he was first elected president that he was on the verge of “fundamentally transforming” the nation. In some respects, he has. To the extent he has, that transformation has been decidedly negative.

Rolling Stone’s other contribution to reader disinformation came in the form of “The Obama Hope and Change Index: 6 Years of Progress, By the Numbers.” It is not an index at all, but a list of 55 statistics which are supposed to “prove President Obama has accomplished more than you may realize.”

The list is a tacit admission that the pickings among Obama’s “accomplishments” are really slim. What follows are three of the worst examples.

It celebrates “Troops in Iraq today: 1,600,” as ISIS nears Baghdad. In 2009, I wrote, given that the war was won under Bush 43, Iraq had become Obama’s to lose. He’s very close to doing that.

It gleefully points out that there are now 149 detainees at Gitmo, compared to 242 five years ago. Of course, there’s not a word about how many of those who were released have returned to either the battlefield or terrorism.

Finally, it trumpets, “Immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children now shielded from deportation: 800,000.” Wow. Even some Rolling Stone readers might understand how utterly damning that statistic is.

If Krugman’s crud and that pitiful collection are all a dedicated leftist rag can drum up in support of The One, who early this month declared that the midterms elections really are all about his policies, maybe they really are destined to be intensely miserable on November 5. But that will only be the case if those who oppose his policies turn out in numbers greater than currently projected.

October 21, 2014

AP Ignores Shaheen’s Refusal to Answer Whether She Approves of Obama at Debate

The Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, appears determined that there not be any more reported embarrassments of Democrats who refuse to directly acknowledge that they support President Barack Obama.

One such embarrassing moment occurred in tonight’s debate in New Hampshire between Republican Scott Brown and incumbent Democrats Jean Shaheen, who has reportedly voted as Obama would prefer 99 percent of the time. In her coverage, AP reporter Holly Ramer acted as if the following exchange between a debate panel member and Shaheen — and the audience laughter which accompanied it — never happened:

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‘Stubbornly Neutral’ Todd ‘Physically Ill’ Over His Comment’s Harm to Grimes Campaign

On Friday in a Facebook hangout, in a statement noted Saturday afternoon by Tim Graham at NewsBusters, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd described himself as “stubbornly neutral.”

Sunday, Mr. “Stubbornly Neutral” attacked the NRA on “Meet the Press” for having the nerve to oppose President Obama’s Surgeon General nominee, a man who is obsessed with gun control. Democrats who have thrown away the cloture rules in the Senate could push the nomination through immediately if they wished, but the political cost of confirming a guy who believes that “Guns are a health care issue” is apparently too high. Then on Tuesday, as noted by Politico’s Hadas Gold, Todd went to a far-left propaganda organ which has a track record of coordinating its efforts with the White House to issue an emotional mea culpa for having hurt the Kentucky senatorial campaign of Democrat Alison Grimes (bolds are mine):

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WSJ Doesn’t Explain Graph Showing Biggest Right/Wrong Track Gap In at Least 28 Years

BizzyBlog Update: If the graph at this post doesn’t convincingly demonstrate why “It Matters,” (i.e., getting informed, getting involved, and voting), I don’t know what does.

Elizabeth Williamson’s coverage at the Wall Street Journal of the latest WSJ/NBC News poll has a very strange omission.

It contains a graph showing “right track/wrong track” polling percentages heading each midterm election going back to 1990. But Williamson, while addressing why the American people feel as they do right now in larger historical context, never commented on the graph’s specific message, which is about as damning as it can get:

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Will Press Note WH Deletion of Obama’s Mention of ‘Unpaid Bills’ in Ill. Speech?

Josh Lederman’s report this morning at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, treats President Barack Obama’s return to Chicago as a trip down memory lane: “Obama got glimpses of a simpler time when his life was for the most part, normal: the unpaid bills on his desk, the volunteers who pitched in on his first Senate campaign, the day he marched in seven Fourth of July parades.”

The reference to “unpaid bills” is from the President’s remarks at a DNC event at a private home in Chicago. But the speech transcript now posted at the White House web site has scrubbed the related passage, as Daniel Halper at the Weekly Standard noted early this morning. There may have been an additional development since that post appeared.

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Peter Schiff: QE4 Is Coming, or We’ll Get a Severe Recession

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:55 am

Watch (HT Zero Hedge):

Key points, all from Schiff, interviewed by CNBC’s Rick Santelli:

  • “You cannot end quantitative easing without plunging the economy into a severe recession.”
  • “The U.S. economy is more screwed-up now than it’s ever been in history, and we cannot unravel all of these economic imbalances without a severe recession.”
  • “They (the Federal Reserve) have QE4 cued up and ready to launch right now.”
  • “All the things that we really needed to do have not been done, because QE has prevented real structural reform from taking place. … all we did is reflate a bubble which is about to pop.”
October 20, 2014

Why ‘It Matters’ (102014)

Politico (HT Breitbart):

POLITICO poll: Alarm, anxiety as election looms

An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are “out of control” and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms.

In a POLITICO poll testing the hardest-fought states and congressional districts of the year, two-thirds of likely voters said they feel that the United States has lost control of its major challenges. Only 36 percent said the country is “in a good position to meet its economic and national security” hurdles.

If no individual issue has come to define this election — like health care in the 2010 campaign or the Iraq War in 2006 — the accumulation of disparate fears has created a sense of pessimism and frustration across the midterm landscape.

None of this will get any better if the vast majority of the American people sit this election out as usual.

That’s why “It Matters.”

Once Again, Kasich and the GOP Betray the People Who Got Him Elected (Keep Telling It Like It Is, Ann Becker)

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:37 pm

Props to Ann Becker for standing strong and telling it like it is — as published in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Oct. 14 (bolds are mine):

Opinion: Why I was shut out from Kasich rally

Ann Becker is president of the Cincinnati Tea Party.

For the past five years I have been a very vocal opponent of the expansion of government and fiscal irresponsibility. During the past year, my fellow small-government activists and I have taken great issue with the adoption of the Common Core State Standards in our state. At many of Governor Kasich’s stops on the campaign trail, we have protested against Common Core.

Monday night at a Kasich rally to get out the vote in West Chester, Governor Kasich and the Butler County Republican Party chose to threaten me, rather than risk being asked about Common Core. I intended to ask the Governor a simple question: “Do you support Common Core? If so, why?”

I was invited to the event. I had RSVPed to the event. When I came to the door, I was turned away with a lie, being told I didn’t RSVP. I was told that if I didn’t leave the premises, the Voice of America Park in West Chester (my voting location), I would be arrested. I was not loud. I was not out of line. I was just a person who wanted answers.

Common Core is a very hot issue. Most of us have been affected by it. If you are a parent or grandparent and see the ‘base 10′ math homework come home in your children’s backpacks and can’t help them with it, you are frustrated. If you are a taxpayer and hear that your school needs a levy because they need more money for technology in order to give the new tests, you are expected to pay for them. You hear things about Common Core’s data collection, about the involvement with Bill Gates and other influences from outside of Ohio.

Common Core is a set of standards that teachers use to instruct our children. It began in 2006 as an idea proposed by the National Governors Association (NGA), headed at the time by Janet Napolitano. With the help of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and several organizations funded by the Gates Foundation, the NGA created and pushed through the standards. Money from the Department of Education was promised and received if states adopted these “high-quality standards.” Common Core is currently being used in 45 of the 50 states, including Ohio.

One of the main problems with Common Core is constitutional. Under the terms of the U. S. Constitution, the control of education is left to the states. The state of Ohio has complete control over the education of our children. The Ohio House is considering House Bill 597, which would repeal Common Core and replace it with a higher-quality set of standards. Our Governor and the Ohio Senate have not stepped to the plate either to consider repeal or to defend their decision to keep Common Core. Ohio has a chance to become a leader of education in the nation if our politicians have the courage to move forward.

There are many educational problems with Common Core. They are not considered by experts to be high-quality standards. The writers of the standards did not do a good job integrating educational research into the expectations for Common Core. They are not rigorous, internationally benchmarked (as the creators claim they are) or research-based.

The National Republican Party and the Hamilton, Warren and Clermont County Republican parties have all passed resolutions condemning Common Core. In previous interviews, Governor Kasich has repeatedly dodged the question about his position on Common Core. He states that he is for higher standards, but will not say if he thinks Common Core fills that bill. Yet the evidence remains: Our children in Ohio are being taught according to the Common Core State Standards.

We protest with signs and letters. We make phone calls. When we show up at public events to ask the Governor to express his views on Common Core, we are told to leave or risk arrest. We are simply looking for answers.

In honor of the persistence of Ann Becker and those who oppose Common Core, here’s Aaron Neville singing “Tell It Like It Is”:

OKAY … here are TWO encores … Heart’s version — studio and live:

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UPDATE: The Enquirer’s Oct. 15 story on the incident (“Tea party leader ejected from Kasich rally”) is here.

Politico’s Epstein Can’t Understand Why People Left Obama Sunday Rally Early

The story filed by Politico’s Jennifer Epstein after President Barack Obama’s campaign appearance in Upper Marlboro, Maryland yesterday seemed evenhanded enough.

Unlike Josh Lederman at the Associated Press, who, as I noted yesterday, failed to report that it happened at all, Epstein even got around to describing how many of those in attendance left the event early: “… once the president started speaking, the crowd began streaming out, a few at first, but then by the dozen once Obama was about 10 minutes into his talk. Still, the vast majority of the large crowd stayed for the full event.” However, given that Time’s Zeke Miller described “a traffic jam next to the pool’s tables as folks tried to exit the gym,” Epstein may still have been sandbagging her readers. More remarkably in a 6 p.m. tweet, she acted like a frustrated campaign worker instead of like the reporter she allegedly is (HT Twitchy):

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‘It Matters’ Is Now Available on iTunes and at CDBaby.com (See Update)

Filed under: Activism,General,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:35 am

(This post originally appeared on Saturday, and has been forwarded to today.)

“It Matters,” the “get informed, get involved, and vote” video K-T Live released on YouTube on Tuesday, is now available for purchase on iTunes and at CDbaby.com.

At iTunes Store, type “It Matters K-T Live” in the search box and the song should appear as number 1 or 2 in the results.

Here’s the direct link to the song at CDbaby.com.

Thanks to local blues legend Sonny Moorman for suggesting CDbaby.com, whose reasonably intuitive site and helpful support people helped expedite availability at both their home site and iTunes.

This, of course, presents the opportunity to re-post the video, which I will gladly take:

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UPDATE: Here’s the reason why “It Matters” will resonate with the vast majority of those who listen to it —

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Rolling Stone Goes to the Barricades’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:56 am

It’s here.

It will go up here a BizzyBlog on Wednesday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Bill Whittle: Fear of Ebola

Filed under: Health Care,National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:40 am

Good News: Ebola probably isn’t going to be a serious problem here, even if there continues to be an incompetent government effort to fight it.

Bad news: We have an incompetent government which is failing to communicate the truths you will see in the following video (transcript here):