June 26, 2015

Dear NY Times: Who Has Been in Charge All This Time? After 8 Years of ‘Financial Downturn,’ Far More Americans Delay Major Life Events

There may no better illustration of how much harm the economy has inflicted on the American people during the Obama era than a March 2015 Harris survey commissioned by American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The AICPA’s Thursday press release reported that “a majority of American adults (51 percent) have delayed at least one important life decision in the last year due to financial reasons … an increase of 20 percentage points from a similar survey conducted in 2007.”

Covering the survey’s results, Ann Carrns at the New York Times, in an item carried at CNBC (also found at the Times’s web site), waited seven paragraphs to note a particularly damning statistic about a situation Obamacare advocates like to claim has already been solved.

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That Didn’t Take Long: Politico Mag Writer Says ‘It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy’ (Really ‘Group Marriage’)

The left routinely ridicules “slippery slope” arguments from sensible people who recognize that when you establish a dangerous principle or precedent in one area, the fallout will spread to others. The long since sadly vindicated prolife argument made 40 years ago warning that legalizing abortion would lead to wider acceptance of euthanasia is one such example.

Most advocates for same-sex “marriage” have (at least in public) consistently argued that their attempts to legalize it would not in any way, shape or form open up the possiblity of legalizing polygamy. Well, the ink isn’t even dry on today’s Supreme Court ruling imposing the legal recognizion of same-sex “marriages” in all 50 states, and, lo and behold, we have Fredrik deBoer at Politico Magazine telling us that “It’s Time to Legalize Polygamy.”

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The Supreme Court’s Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Ruling: Tyranny Wins Again

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:38 am

All the Court’s 5-4 ruling demonstrates is that the Supreme Court believes that it’s the nation’s super-legistature; that the will of voters expressed in at least 30 states, usually by overwhelming majorities, doesn’t matter; and that what states’ written constitutions say doesn’t matter.

What is our form of government again?

On matters the statists deign to be important, it’s no longer a representative republic.

Now that they’ve gotten their way on the “big things,” and now that they’ve thoroughly corrupted the backstop of last resort, they will now further down their to-do list.

This is how tyrannies coalesce.

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UPDATE: Of course, I should have mentioned that the leftist enforcers will now nationally escalate their drive to banish anyone who objects to today’s ruling — and especially anyone who believes that homosexual behavior is a sin — from polite society, and to force institutions opposed to same-sex marriage to support them — or cease to exist, or go underground.

UPDATE 2: Powerline

Yesterday’s Obamacare decision told us that we do not live under the rule of law. Today’s gay marriage decision tells us we do not live in a democracy. These are dark days.

As the now relatively soft tyranny hardens, many of those who are celebrating the past two days’ rulings will come to rue them. Sadly, by the time that happens, most of them will recognize the penalty for admitting to such a heresies, and will be too afraid to admit it out loud.

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062615)

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: The Dignity of Charleston …

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Jonah Goldberg’s June 24 column at National Review:

“Lots of folks expected us to do something strange and break out in a riot. Well, they just don’t know us,” the Reverend Norvel Goff told the packed, multiracial congregation of Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., on Sunday. It was the first service since the horrific slaughter of nine innocent souls by a racist fanatic.

Not being a Christian, I can only marvel at the dignity and courage of the victims’ relatives who forgave the shooter. If I could ever manage such a thing, it would probably take me decades. It took them little more than a day.

Less shocking, but almost as uplifting, was the conduct of the broader Charleston community, which has been unified and dignified, despite the expectations of some in the media — and the accused gunman, who had singled out Charleston because of its success at racial integration. And this points to Goff being right, not just about Charleston but about the South in general.

There are few subjects that ignite more casual, uninformed bigotry and condescension from elites in this nation than Dixie. “Practically the whole region has rejected nearly everything that’s good about this country and has become just one big nuclear waste site of choleric, and extremely racialized, resentment,” the Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky wrote last year.

How then to explain the tens of thousands of South Carolinians, white and black, marching in unity across the Ravenel Bridge on Sunday night? Did the city bus in decent Northerners? …

Answer: No.

Go here for the rest of Goldberg’s column.

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June 25, 2015

EPA Chief: Climate Skeptics Are Not ‘Normal People’; Press Snoozes

Though such instances are quite rare, especially from conservative and Republican office-holding politicians and bureaucrats, we’ve been told time and again by the left that it’s people on the right who demonize and dehumanize their opponents.

Well, I don’t recall George W. Bush, anyone in his administration, or any Republican congressman or senator serving at the time of his tax cuts or during the Iraq War characterizing their political opposition as not being “normal people.” (Considering the out-of-control conduct of and statements made by many opponents, the temptation to do so must have been nearly overwhelming.) Readers can be sure that if they had, outfits like the Hill and the Assocated Press would have reported it. So why did those two news organizations ignore what they heard from EPA head Gina McCarthy at a White House climate change summit earlier this week?

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O’Reilly Calls Out Press For Letting ‘White Supremacist’ Meme Go Unchallenged

In his “Talking Points” opening monologue Wednesday night, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly lit into the establishment press for allowing the notion that America is a “white supremacist nation” to go “largely unchallenged.” He further accused the press of allowing itself to be “intimidated,” leaving Fox as the only channel, in his view, “standing up for the truth.”

I have been told that O’Reilly’s monologue went about twice as long it usually does, but that’s because he had a lot to say, and said it well.

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AP Treats Second-Quarter Economic ‘Rebound’ As a Virtual Certainty, Ignores Contrary Data

Yesterday, the government revised the economy’s first-quarter contraction from the annualized 0.7 percent it reported in May to 0.2 percent.

In covering that news, the Associated Press’s Christopher Rugaber spent most of his report speculating about the second quarter’s impending “rebound” as if its existence is absolutely certain, citing only the items which would cause readers to believe that’s the case. There are several reasons to be quite concerned about the second quarter and the general direction of the economy — even if some of them are somehow not yet showing up in the gross domestic product figures.

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Legal Language Means Nothing Any More When It Conflicts With the Agenda

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:23 am

Obmacare wind, and the English language loses:

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The court has decided that the Obamacare exchange was “established by the states.” No it wasn’t.

Nothing will ever change the fact that this court defied the language of the Affordable Care Act as written.

1984 becomes more of a user’s manual than a warning with each passing day.

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NewsBusted (062415)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 10:10 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– Donald Trump
– President Obama
– ISIS
– Rachel Dolezal
– Matt Lauer
– Loretta Lynch Sworn In
– Brian Williams to MSNBC
– Senator Marco Rubio
– McDonald’s Hires Robert Gibbs

Best Lines:

  • “On the Today Show, Rachel Dolezal told Matt Lauer she identifies as black. Even more incredible is that Lauer identifies as a journalist.”
  • “Brian Williams has been transferred to MSNBC. He’ll be paid $10 million a yaar, which amounts to about a million dollars per viewer.”
  • “There are more problems for Senator Marco Rubio. The New York Times reports that he may have violated the law back in the 90s, when he once removed a tag from his mattress.”
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Initial Unemployment Claims (062515): 271K SA; Raw Claims (263K) 14 Percent Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:00 am

From the Department of Labor:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending June 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 271,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 267,000 to 268,000. The 4-week moving average was 273,750, a decrease of 3,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 276,750 to 277,000.

… UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 263,221 in the week ending June 20, an increase of 4,457 (or 1.7 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 1,607 (or 0.6 percent) from the previous week. There were 305,029 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014.

The seasonal adjustment factors were virtually identical (97.2 this year, 97.5 for same week last year).

This is another quite acceptable result.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062515)

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: Carrie Underwood’s Husband Mike Fisher on His Christian Faith

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From the Political Insider in mid-June:

Mike Fisher is the star of the Nashville Predators hockey team. But he might be better known as the husband of Country superstar Carrie Underwood. He married the American Idol star a few years ago, and they have started a family together.

We know how profoundly Christian Carrie Underwood is (see here and here). She makes no apologies for standing up for traditional values, which is very difficult to do as a pop star. Carrie Underwood is a true patriot, but did you know her husband is too?

Fisher sat down and went on record to describe how his faith changed his life. He accepted Jesus at a young age thanks to being raised in a Christian home, and he credits his belief in Jesus Christ to his success in hockey.

Fisher noted that after playing hockey for a few years, he was acting like a “good Christian” but his life was still a mess. That all changed when he opened the Bible at a Bible Study. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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Politico Columnist: Putting a Woman on the $10 Bill ‘Isn’t Worthy’

One of the latest in a seemingly endless stream of missives from the perpetually aggrieved comes from Ruth Graham at the Politico, which seems to have become an especially fertile repository for such ridiculous items.

Mr. Graham is completely unimpressed that Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has announced that the image of a famous woman to be named later will soon grace the $10 bill. In fact, the New Hampshire journalist essentially considers the move an insult.

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June 24, 2015

NPR Calls Hillary’s ‘All Lives Matter’ Statement a ’3-Word Misstep’

The politically correct speech police are everywhere these days. Many members of the leftist establishment have taken it upon themselves to aid in their enforcement efforts. No one is safe — not even the person they want us to believe is destined to be the Democrats’ 2016 presidential nominee.

Yesterday, at a Florissant, Missouri church only five miles from Ferguson, Hillary Clinton uttered the following words in succession: “All lives matter.” NPR’s Tamara Keith and Amita Kelly devoted much of their four-minute “Morning Edition” report on her appearance to what was described as a “3-Word Misstep.”

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