October 23, 2014

Exquisite Timing: USAT Runs Op-Ed on ‘Beware the Christian Extremists’

Sandwiched in between two domestic terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists in Canada during the past three days, USA Today ran a Tuesday op-ed which appeared in Wednesday’s print edition by Mary Zeiss Stange called “Beware the Christian Extremists.”

With all due respect, ma’am, we’ve got bigger worries. But in Ms. Stange’s world, Christian “religious extremism taken to potentially lethal ends” is really the “primary threat to homeland security.” She castigates the news media, which in her view “have been remarkably slow when it comes to zeroing in on the pervasive reality of hate-based Christian extremism,” because “It is easier, after all, to blame the un-American other.”

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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.

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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.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102214)

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: Happy tears — Man meets donor who saved his life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Colorado (video at link):

updated9:35 PM EDT, Wed October 15, 2014

A man in Germany donated his stem cells to a stranger in Colorado
Six years later, they’re finally meeting

It was a tearful meeting at the Denver International Airport as Duke Seaman got to meet the German man who saved his life.

Six years ago 29-year-old, Marco donated his stem cells to Seaman. Seaman was diagnosed with leukemia. He tells CNN affiliate KUSA that there were only two matches — both were from overseas — and one of them was Marco’s. Seaman is now leukemia-free. He petitioned the donor organization to release his donor’s name. When he finally found him, he flew Marco to Denver and treated him “like a king.”

Go here for the full story.

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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.”
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NewsBusted (102114)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:25 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– President Obama Low Aprroval
– Ebola
– CDC
– Obama NJ Fundraiser
– Governor Dan Malloy
– MSBNC
– CNN Cancels Crossfire
– Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg
– Alaska Motorist hits Moose

Best Lines:

  • “… It seem that CDC stands for Centers for Disease Circulation.”
  • “Last week, President Obama cancelled his appearance at a Democratic fundraiser in New Jersey — which appears to be the first action he’s ever taken to get money out of politics.”
  • “CNN has cancelled the series ‘Crossfire.’ Network executives made the decision after realizing the show was still on the air.”
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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (102114)

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: Pope beatifies Paul VI, ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Oct 19, 2014 / 11:57 am

Addressing those gathered in Saint Peter’s Square on Sunday for the beatification of Paul VI, Pope Francis reminded Christians who live out the Gospel message that they are “God’s newness” both “in the Church and in the world.”

In his Oct. 19 homily, the Pope said God is “continually surprising us, opening our hearts and guiding us in unexpected ways.” In so doing, “he renews us: he constantly makes us ‘new’.

“A Christian who lives the Gospel is ‘God’s newness’ in the Church and in the world. How much God loves this ‘newness’!”

An estimated 70,000 people, including Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, were present at the Mass to celebrate not only the closing of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, but also the life of Bl. Paul VI, who first established the Synod of Bishops as an institution of the Church designed to help the Pope with his magisterial office.

“When we look to this great Pope, this courageous Christian, this tireless apostle,” the Holy Father said, in reference to the new Blessed, “we cannot but say in the sight of God a word as simple as it is heartfelt and important: thanks!… “Thank you, our dear and beloved Pope Paul VI! Thank you for your humble and prophetic witness of love for Christ and his Church!”

Referring to him has “the great helmsman of the Council,” Pope Francis cited Bl. Paul VI’s words at the closing of its final session: “Perhaps the Lord has called me and preserved me for this service not because I am particularly fit for it, or so that I can govern and rescue the Church from her present difficulties, but so that I can suffer something for the Church, and in that way it will be clear that he, and no other, is her guide and saviour.”

“In this humility,” Pope Francis continued, “the grandeur of Blessed Paul VI shines forth: before the advent of a secularized and hostile society, he could hold fast, with farsightedness and wisdom – and at times alone – to the helm of the barque of Peter, while never losing his joy and his trust in the Lord.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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