February 11, 2016

Positivity: Carly Fiorina’s Facebook Post on Withdrawing From the 2016 Presidential Race

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

Especially in light of how others want to define it in lockstep, lemming-life terms, Fiorina’s positive definition of feminism is important, and needs wide adoption:


February 10, 2016

AP Pair Deceptively Covers Supremes’ Stay of EPA ‘Clean Power Plan’ Reg

If you’re a couple of reporters at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, it’s one thing to be personally disappointed and even upset at yesterday’s move by the Supreme Court to grant a stay to states challenging the “Clean Power Plan” regulation issued by the Obama administration’s Environmental Protection Agency last October.

It’s quite another thing to falsely portray what occurred and the related impacts, which is what AP reporters Michael Biesecker and Sam Hananel most certainly did early Wednesday morning. The nature of their dispatch, which emphasized the administration’s defiant reaction, likely contributed to TV networks’ decisions to ignore or downplay what the Court did, choices which Julia Seymour at NewsBusters noted earlier today.



WashPost Writer: Albright and Steinem Didn’t Hurt Hillary; Offers No Evidence

A truly annoying trend among leftist writers whose work appears exclusively online is their tendency to write a clickbait headline which either has nothing or almost nothing to do with the related post’s content, or directly contradicts it.

On Monday, following the Carolina Panthers’ poor Super Bowl performance, Salon.com writer Nathaniel Friedman’s headline claimed that “Racist vitriol pours down on Cam Newton: Single-minded haters rush to judgment after a rough Super Bowl.” Friedman’s column provided zero evidence of “racist vitriol.” Two days later, in the wake of Hillary Clinton’s shellacking in the New Hampshire primary by Bernie Sanders, Janell Ross’s headline at the Washington Post’s “The Fix” blog told readers not to “blame Madeleine Albright and Gloria Steinem” for contributing to Mrs. Clinton’s debacle — again, without any supporting evidence.



Baltic Dry Update: More All-Time Lows

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:32 pm

All is not well:


A reminder:

Most directly, the index measures the demand for shipping capacity versus the supply of dry bulk carriers.

There is very little demand, because there is relatively little economic activity.

UPDATE, 7 p.m.: Make that 290.


Napolitano: Hillary ‘Is a Felon and Should Be Indicted’

On Judge Jeanine Pirro’s Saturday Fox News program, Judge Andrew Napolitano succinctly summarized the implications of the latest revelations concerning Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was the Obama administration’s Secretary of State.

One can’t help but notice that almost no one else is making Napolitano’s obviously valid points. If a Republican or conservative had done similar things on Mrs. Clinton’s scale, establishment press reporters and pundits would be making them on a daily basis:



Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021016)

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: Lady Gaga’s Rendition of the National Anthem at Super Bowl 50

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am


February 9, 2016

New Hampshire Primary Live Blog: Sanders, Trump Win; Kasich Distant 2nd on GOP Side; Cruz-Bush Dogfight for GOP 3rd Place

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:03 pm

Let’s hope this one doesn’t drag on like Iowa last week (which on the Dem side really isn’t settled, and may never be).

Polls mostly close in the Granite State at 7 p.m., but some apparently stay open until 8. My memory is that results pour in pretty quickly. Hope so; not looking forward to the idea of another late night plus early morning drama plus days — or an eternity — of uncertainty.




FEB. 10, 9:20 A.M.: Nothing changed much in the rest of the counting overnight. Cruz, who was leading for third, took third by a decent margin, while Rubio’s fith-place finish came fairly close to Bush’s fourth. Christie, Fiorina and Carson were distant also-rans.

9:40 p.m.: Need to give up for the night due to feeling under the weather, but don’t see significant changes taking place from here on out. Cruz v. Bush for 3rd on the GOP side can certainly wait until the morning. Thanks to all who stopped by.

9:38 p.m.: Drudge headline linking to a NY Times item“Hillary lost every demographic group except 65+ and incomes of $200,000+ …”

9:36 p.m.: CBS is giving 14 Dem delegates to Sanders, 7 to Clinton, and three haven’t been claimed yet.

9:34 p.m.: With 33 percent counted, Ace is showing Sanders with a 22-point lead over Hillary.

9:32 p.m.: The nets are declaring Kasich the GOP runner-up.

9:28 p.m.: Let’s not lose sight of the fact that Donald Trump has doubled every opponent tonight and won over one-third of the vote in an essentially 8-person field — reportedly with little to no ground game.

9:25 p.m.: With 31 percent counted, Cruz has a 275-vote lead on Bush, per Townhall.

9:23 p.m.: Cruz is ahead of Bush at Townhall, CBS and Ace’s place by tiny margins. Rubio is well on his way to finishing no better and no worse than 5th. Christie almost certainly won’t catch him, and Fiorina and Carson are miles behind.

9:18 p.m.: Ace is showing Sanders with a 20-point lead on Hillary with 30 percent counted. 9:20 p.m.: Make that 21 points.

9:16 p.m.: CBS is giving 10 delegates to Trump, 2 to Kasich, and one each to Bush, Cruz and Rubio. 8 have not been determined.

9:09 p.m.: The Hill has reported that Hillary Clinton conceded New Hampshire quickly — “in a memo.” Classy.

9:04 p.m.: CBS has Bush ahead of Cruz now, and Kasich down to 15 percent to Bush’s and Cruz’s 12 percent. Update: With about 21 percent counted, Cruz and Bush are now TIED. Townhall has the same numbers, but claims that 26 of the counting is done.

8:58 p.m.: At the 25 percent counted mark, Townhall has Bernie up on Hillary by 57.9-40.0.

8:53 p.m.: With almost 22 percent counted, Cruz is ahead of Bush by ONE vote.

8:50 p.m.: Townhall has Cruz barely ahead of Bush for 3rd.

8:47 p.m.: CBS also has Cruz in third. Kasich’s second-place cushion is about 4 percentage points, which appears comfortable — not quite enough to give him the sillver medal, but getting close.

8:41 p.m.: Townhall is still showing Bush in 3rd and Cruz in 4th with a percentage count similar to Ace’s. Go figure.

8:39 p.m.: Rubio appears destined to finish fifth, trailing the first four by a discernible amount, and ahead of the rest of the pack by a larger amount. But … it’s early.

8:35 p.m.: With 15 percent counted, Ace has Sanders up 59-40, and with 10.6 percent counted Trump is up on Kasich-Cruz-Bush by 34-16-12-11.7. Yes, Cruz is in third.

8:30 p.m.: Things are dragging at the moment. If there’s drama, it’s whether Cruz can catch Bush for third on the GOP side.

8:24 p.m.: Ace has almost 10 percent counted, and Sanders has 60 percent of the Dem vote. If he somehow holds there or does better, there’s no way to spin this other than as a resounding defeat for Hillary Clinton. Update: Even at 56 percent or so for Sanders, it would be a brutal humiliation for Mrs. Inevitable.

8:22 p.m.: Everyone seems stuck at about 9 percent counted, which is hardly a basis for anyone throwing in the towel officially, despite what the nets, Politico and AP might say.

8:17 p.m.: Drudge has Sanders up 56-42, Trump up on Kasich-Bush 35-16-12.

8:10 p.m: Politico and the TV networks have called the GOP race for Trump. How big the ultimate margin will be is important, as are the relative positions of the other players.

8:08 p.m: Politico and the TV networks have called the Dem race for Sanders. That obviously leaves the important question of how big the margin will be, but with the earliness of the call, it seems pretty likely that it will be in double digits.

8:05 p.m.: Drudge has Sanders up 53-40. (Where are the other 7 percent going?)

8:00 p.m.: Well, they’re off to a fast start. Ace has 8 percent of results in, with Sanders up 57-41 and Trump up on Kasich and Bush by 30-19-12.



LA Times ‘Humor’ Writer Uses Daughter As a Prop to Criticize ‘Frightening’ GOP Candidates

Gary Jacobs is a former television comedy writer and producer who occasionally writes supposedly humorous and satirical columns for the Los Angeles Times.

Previous offerings from Jacobs, whose work is not labeled as humor, include what anyone would recognize as obvious sendups, such as “A sneak peek of President Trump’s first State of the Union address,” and “What a GOP presidential debate with a candidate-approved format might be like.” But on Monday morning, the Times posted and published an item by Jacobs about how Saturday’s GOP debate “frightened” his 6 year-old daughter. Readers unaware of his previous work, and perhaps even some who are, likely believed he was being serious until several paragraphs in.



Salon Headline Claims Cam Newton Endured ‘Racist Vitriol’ After Super Bowl — With No Evidence

Filed under: General — Tom @ 2:28 pm

The headline at Nathaniel Friedman’s Monday column at Salon.com is unmistakably clear: “Racist vitriol pours down on Cam Newton: Single-minded haters rush to judgment after a rough Super Bowl.” Naturally, I went there expecting a long series of hateful tweets, social media references or other comments.

Friedman’s column content, however, has no reference to “racism” at all — or to “racists,” or even to “race.” Perhaps the far-left website expected the writer to cover that topic, and then he didn’t. Or perhaps the money-bleeding operation just wanted to put a clickbait headline out there to garner traffic. Regardless of how or why it happened, the headline’s presence is irresponsible, as Friedman didn’t even look at the criticism of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s relatively poor play and post-game conduct through a racial prism at all.



Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020916)

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: Pope Francis announces second soccer ‘Match for Peace’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

Feb 5, 2016 / 06:02 am

Sitting alongside soccer stars such as Ronaldinho and Bryan Ruiz on Wednesday, Pope Francis announced that a second edition of his 2014 interreligious match for peace will take place in May.

“I invite you all to the Match for Peace. It will be here in Rome May 29,” the Pope said Feb. 3 at an event organized by the Pontifical Foundation Scholas Occurrentes.

The soccer match is aimed at demonstrating “that we are capable of making peace with a game, with art,” he said, adding that he’s doing it “as a service.”

“One of the definitions of the Pope is to be the servant of the servants of God. That is why I am here, that is why I agreed to come,” Francis said, explaining that the intent of the game isn’t proselytization, but the good of the human person.

“I want to be very clear: what matters here is the human person. Man and woman have to be the center,” he said.

The first match for peace took place Sept. 1, 2014, at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, and was organized by retired Catholic soccer star Javier “Pupi” Zanetti, who was captain of the Argentine national team and of Inter Milan in Italy. …

Go here for the rest of the story.


Not News: January’s Actual Payroll Job Losses, Seasonally Adjusted to Look OK, Were the Third-Worst on Record

On Friday, in its January Employment Situation Summary, the government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics served up a stack of lemons disguised as lemonade. President Barack Obama declared in a tweet that “We’ve recovered from the worst economic crisis since the 1930s,” and the press dutifully fell in line.

The BLS reported that the economy added seasonally adjusted 151,000 payroll jobs and that the unemployment rate fell to 4.9 percent. As has been their habit for years, business reporters failed to label either key data point as “seasonally adjusted,” even though they routinely apply that label to most other government data in their dispatches on the economy. The business press almost never looks at the raw (i.e., not seasonally adjusted) figures in any area. If they had looked at last Friday’s raw jobs data, they would have wondered how the BLS could possibly have reported such a large number of additional seasonally adjusted jobs.


February 8, 2016

Since Gloria Steinem Is Ridiculing Young Women Who Support Sanders …

… Let’s remind everyone that Steinem, who said last week that young women who support Bernie Sanders are only doing so because that’s “where the boys are,” opposed the growing calls for Bill Clinton’s impeachment in a March 22, 1998 New York Times op-ed — because, according to her, Bill Clinton never, ever engaged in sexual harassment, and because what Clarence Thomas allegedly did in the presence of Anita Hill (never proven, with most of Hill’s claims demonstrated to be false) was worse (original found in ProQuest Library database, used for fair use and discussion purposes; go here to see the full column on a single screen):



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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (020816)

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.