October 29, 2014

CBS Fails to Challenge Warren’s Discredited ‘Republicans Cut Ebola Funding’ Claim

Tuesday’s CBS This Morning show was an especially disgraceful display of media bias.

Late yesterday morning, NewsBusters’ Jeffrey Meyer noted how the show’s Nora O’Donnell admitted to throwing “a softball of a question” at Democratic Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. The question: “What’s going to happen if Republicans take control (of the Senate)?” NB’s Scott Whitlock additionally observed that the program “alternated between confusion as to why Barack Obama may be driving Republicans to a big midterm victory and strident declarations that the GOP would have no mandate.” Still another item needs to be separately cited: Warren’s tired, refuted, but unchallenged assertion that Ebola is the GOP’s fault, specifically (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Senator Mike Lee of Utah: It Matters

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:04 pm

Lee tells Americans: “Vote this year as if your life depends on it, because it does.”

Stated more succinctly, Lee is saying to vote because “It Matters“:

And yes, it does.

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NewsBusted (102914)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 9:12 am

Here we go:

TOPICS:
– Canadian Terror Shooting
– President Obama
– Obama Votes in Chicago
– Kathryn Ruemmler to replace Holder?
– Hillary Clinton
– White House Fence Jumper
– Malia Obama
– CNN’s Candy Crowley

Best Lines:

  • “After a radical Muslim gunman stormed the Canadian Parliament and killed a solider last week, President Obama was quick to reassure Prime Minister Stephen Harper that America is Canada’s strong ally — in the global war on workplace.”
  • “President Obama voted on the first day of midterm elections. And because he was in Chicago, his vote has already been counted 27 times.”
  • “Hillary Clinton claimed that businesses don’t create jobs. Former President Bill Clinton defended Hillary’s remark, claiming, ‘It just depends on what the definition of ‘job’ is.’”
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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102914)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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.

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Positivity: Martin Baani — the Iraqi seminarian who will not leave his people

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Erbil, Iraq:

Oct 28, 2014 / 02:01 am

Bombs are falling and the sound of the explosion is sending shock and fear into the hearts of the people. Amid the sound of crying and frenzied activity, people pack up what belongings they can carry and make off into the night.

In the midst of it all, on the night of Aug. 6, stands Martin Baani, a 24-year-old seminarian. It’s dawning on him that this is Karamlesh’s last stand.

For 1,800 years, Christianity has had a home in the hearts and minds of the people of this town so full of antiquity. Now that era is about to be brought to a calamitous end; Islamic State are advancing.

Martin’s mobile phone rings: a friend stammers out the news that the nearby town of Telkaif has fallen to “Da’ash” – the Arabic name for Islamic State. Karamlesh would surely be next.

Martin dashes out of his aunt’s house, where he is staying, and heads for the nearby St Addai’s Church. He takes the Blessed Sacrament, a bundle of official papers, and walks out of the church. Outside a car awaits – his parish priest, Father Thabet, and three other priests are inside.

Martin gets in and the car speeds off. They leave Karamlesh and the last remnants of the village’s Christian presence go with them.

Speaking to Martin in the calm of St. Peter’s Seminary, Ankawa – a suburb of the Kurdish regional capital of Erbil – it is difficult to imagine he is describing anything except a bad dream. But there is nothing dreamy in Martin’s expression. “Until the very last minute, the Peshmerga were telling us it was safe.”

“But then we heard that they were setting up big guns on St Barbara’s Hill (on the edge of the village) and we knew then the situation had become very dangerous.”

Taking stock of that terrible night, Martin’s confidence is bolstered by the presence of 27 other seminarians at St. Peter’s, many with their own stories of escape from the clutches of the Islamic militants. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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October 28, 2014

Ann Romney Blasts Dems, Media Over Handling of Sheheen’s Nikki Haley ‘Whore’ Comment

Apparently Ann Romney believed that no one was going to call Democrats and the press onto the carpet over their disgraceful conduct and non-reaction, respectively, after South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen called incumbent Palmetto State Governor Nikki Haley a “whore” — and failed to “apologize” for it for four days.

Mrs. Romney, sadly, is presumptively correct. Searches indicate that the Associated Press still has no national or regional story on what Sheheen said (“we’re gonna escort whore out the door”). She correctly asserts that “if a Republican had said this, it would be blowing up in their face like nobody’s business.” For those who haven’t seen it, the Sheheen video, along with excerpts from coverage at Charleston’s Post and Courier, follow the jump.

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Is the Left Losing Its Iron Grip on the Black Vote?’) Is Up

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:58 pm

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Thursday afternoon (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

The timing couldn’t be better.

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Wow: ‘Chicago Activists Unchained, Destroy Black Leadership’

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:21 pm

Just watch … never thought I’d see this in my lifetime … and it is sooooooo long overdue:

Chicago Activists Unchained, Destroy Black Leadership

Money Quote: “Most of the people are homeless, livin’ in the street. And it’s because of you Mr. President.”

More on the “Brother’s Keeper” program referenced in the video is here.

It looks like someone has figured out that “It Matters.”

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Is An Historic Turnaround Opportunity Being Missed?

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:56 am

Grabbed this in the process of doing my CNN post last night:

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I realize you can show up and vote while not being enthusiastic, but really? After almost six years of mistreatment, GOP voters are only 2/3 as enthusiastic about doing something about it? And on the Democrat side, with all the disappointment they have with Obama and their representatives, they’re 25% less enthusiastic?

If this is an indicator of turnout compared to 2010, an historic opportunity is being missed — and the people who I would think would be less likely to show up would be those who are the most dissatisfied.

That’s not good. Turnout needs to be off the charts so that the clowns who interpret the results have no choice but to conclude that it was all about voter dissatisfaction — across the ideological board.

The alternative? As the song says, “The people in charge hope that you don’t care” — and they’ll get their way, secure in the knowledge that the populace is so beaten down that it won’t rebel against anything.

So that’s why “It Matters” that you and others you know get informed, get involved, and vote:

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September Durable Goods Take a Dive

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:03 am

From the Census Bureau:

New Orders

New orders for manufactured durable goods in September decreased $3.2 billion or 1.3 percent to $241.6 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down two consecutive months, followed an 18.3 percent August decrease. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.2 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 1.5 percent.

Transportation equipment, also down two consecutive months, led the decrease, $2.8 billion or 3.7 percent to $73.4 billion.

Shipments

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in September, up three of the last four months, increased $0.1 billion or 0.1 percent to $245.6 billion. This followed a 1.8 percent August decrease.

Expectations for orders were for a 0.5 percent increase.

Those are two pretty weak months for shipments, which should maybe cause the people who are blithely assuming 3 percent annualized growth in the third quarter to reconsider. But not so far:

On Thursday the government will release its first estimate for overall economic growth for the third quarter as measured by the gross domestic product. Analysts project that the economy grew at a 3 percent annual rate, and many believe growth will continue at that healthy clip in the final three months of this year.

3 percent is “healthy”? It isn’t, considering the mostly mediocre past five years.

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102814)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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.

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Positivity: John Paul II ‘taught me how to be a person,’ secretary recounts

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Oct 28, 2014 / 04:48 am

Saint John Paul II’s deep love for the world and for God continues to inspire people today to draw near to Christ, teaching them not only about sanctity, but about humanity, say those who were close to the late Pope.

“He was just a human being and he taught me how to be a person, how to be a man,” said Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of Lviv, Ukraine, who served as papal secretary under Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.

“We lost our beloved pope when he died, but this sense of sorrow has been transformed in the joy of him being a saint.”

Saint John Paul II’s first universal feast day after his canonization earlier this year was celebrated on Oct. 22, the anniversary of his papal inauguration.

Speaking to CNA on the feast day, Archbishop Mokrzycki relayed some of his favorite stories of John Paul II, highlighting the saint’s love for the world.

Once, when traveling to Mexico, the archbishop said, faithful in the country flooded outside, using mirrors to try to reflect light at the plane, hoping to catch the Pope’s attention.

“John Paul was very impressed by the creativity of the Mexican faithful,” Archbishop Mokrzycki remembered. “He was smiling.”

The late Pope expressed his love for the world in private moments, his secretary continued, explaining that John Paul II “not only blessed us during the Angelus or every Sunday at Urbi et Orbi, but he would bless us every day.”

“By the end of each day, around 10:30 p.m., he would go to the chapel, he would pray for a short period of time, he would go back to his bedroom and come up to the window,” the archbishop said. “He would dim the lights or turn them off, he would open up the interior window, and then he would bless the world. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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October 27, 2014

CNN’s Poll Coverage Ignores Historically Awful 76% Voter Dissatisfaction

The most recent CNN/Opinion Research poll covering October 24-26 shows that 68 percent of those surveyed said that they are “very angry … or somewhat angry … about the way things are going in the country today,” and that 60 percent are “very scared” or “somewhat scared.” CNN’s web coverage and the poll report presented on Jake Tapper’s show today relayed that info.

But, predictably, the poll was seriously cooked. Its 31%-21%-48% breakdown of Democrats, Republicans and independents is a sick joke. Gallup’s continuously running breakdown as of mid-October, by comparison, is 29%-33%-35%, a 14-point swing from the CNN poll. So CNN’s video reassurance that voters have a one-point generic ballot preference for Democrats really translates to at least a +4 for Republicans in the real world. Especially given the poll’s party skew, the finding which didn’t make it into either the web or TV report is stunningly bad for the left — which explains why it remained hidden.

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Why ‘It Matters’: Almost 70% of Americans Are ‘Angry’; 74% Are ‘Dissatisfied’

Filed under: Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:16 pm

Regardless of age, ethnicity, or party affiliation, the vast majority of Americans are:

Despite that, and though “early predictions of dismally low turnout might be too pessimistic,” they’re still not impressive by any stretch.

If you’re dissatisfied or angry and you don’t vote, you’re letting everyone else unduly influence how angry or dissatisfied you’ll be 2, 4, and more years from now. That’s why “It Matters” that you get informed, get involved, and vote:

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Press Was All Over GOP Gov. Candidate’s ‘Sweetheart’ Comment in Sept., Ignores Dem’s Nikki Haley ‘Whore’ Comment

In late September, Charlie Baker, the Republican who is the party’s gubernatorial candidate in Massachusetts, told female reporter Sharman Sacchetti, who had already asked him a series of questions: “OK, this is going to be the last one, sweetheart.”

That was enough to send the press into a tizzy. Jack Coleman at NewsBusters noted how Rachel Maddow at MSNBC turned Baker’s statement into proof that the GOP is engaged in a “war on women,” even though Baker quickly apologized directly to the reporter and indicated that, as paraphrased by the Associated Press, “the comment was a mistake and doesn’t represent his work attitudes.” This would be the same Associated Press which has, based on searches, not had a single national or local story on South Carolina Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen calling incumbent Republicn Nikki Haley a “whore” — even though Sheheen waited four days to (insincerely, in my view) apologize.

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