April 16, 2014

Another Anti-Brinkman ORPINO Mailing, and Two More Reasons to Vote For Him

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:04 pm

ORPINO (the Ohio Republican Party In Name Only) has sent out another mailer attacking 27th District State Representative candidate Tom Brinkman, claiming that he was named one of the most ineffective legislators or some such nonsense based on his previous State Rep record.

News Flash: ORPINO’s and the Columbus political establishment’s definition of “effective” is “going along with the ever-expanding and ever-encroaching bureaucracy.” Yeah, Tom Brinkman never was a part of that crowd. He opposed all tax increases on principle. In other words, like our Governor, he was Tea Party before there was a Tea Party. Unlike Governor Kasich, he hasn’t betrayed the Tea Party’s core principles.

So the mailer constitutes Reason #2 to vote for Brinkman and to fire Pete Stautberg, his incumbent opponent. (Reason #1 was the first mailer.)

Lest anyone believe I’m solely motivated by dislike of ORPINO (which as a practical matter is enough anyway for those who are pressed for time to do detailed research), I decided to look into the candidates’ positions on Common Core upon learning that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has courageously changed his formerly supportive stance (courageous because the pressure from the Jeb Bush-Bill Gates axis to just keep going along must have been intense). Jindal now opposes it.

Since excising Common Core from Ohio’s classrooms is a very important matter, I emailed the Brinkman campaign and asked where the candidate stands and where his opponent stands.

The candidate responded within a few hours:

I am against Common core.

My opponent is for Common Core.

Thank you for the inquiry.

Please contact me with any other questions.

Thanks.
Tom Brinkman Jr.

So there’s Reason #3.

On the off-chance that the Stautberg campaign doesn’t like being down 0-3, I would welcome their official response.

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No Press Story IDs Sentenced Former Bell, Calif. City Manager as a Democrat

In September 2010, Lachlan Markay at NewsBusters put up a post entitled “Eight Dems Arrested in Bell, CA ‘Corruption on Steroids’ – Not a Single Mention of Party Affiliation From Media.”

Almost four years later (!), reviews of search engine results and specific news stories on the sentencing of Robert Rizzo, the community’s former city manager, are again returning no mentions of the fact that Rizzo is a Democrat.

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Homebuilding Data Misses Despite Weather-Clearing Hopes

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:20 am

March was going to be the month the housing industry shook off its bad-weather doldrums and came roaring back due to all kinds of pent-up demand, and … Uh, not really.

From the Census Bureau:

Privately-owned housing units authorized by building permits in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 990,000. This is 2.4 percent (±1.0%) below the revised February rate of 1,014,000, but is 11.2 percent (±1.1%) above the March 2013 estimate of 890,000.

Single-family authorizations in March were at a rate of 592,000; this is 0.5 percent (±1.0%)* above the revised February figure of 589,000. [1] Authorizations of units in buildings with five units or more were at a rate of 370,000 in March.

HOUSING STARTS

Privately-owned housing starts in March were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 946,000. This is 2.8 percent (±14.7%)* above the revised February estimate of 920,000, but is 5.9 percent (±8.4%)* below the March 2013 rate of 1,005,000. [2]

Single-family housing starts in March were at a rate of 635,000; this is 6.0 percent (±15.5%)* above the revised February figure of 599,000. [3] The March rate for units in buildings with five units or more was 292,000.

Notes:

[1] — Actual single-family permits of 50,800 slightly trailed last year’s 51,400. It was the second month in a row actual single-family permits have trailed the previous year.

[2] — Actual starts, at 79,100, were 5.0 percent below the 83,300 seen in March 2013. It too trailed the previous year for the second straight month.

[3] – Actual single-family starts of 54,000 were slightly above the 52,500 seen in March 2013.

Business Insider’s predictions were for 1 million seasonally adjusted annual permits (the report came in 1.0 percent lower) and seasonally adjusted annual 975,000 starts (the report came in 3.0 percent lower). February’s original figures in each category were revised up slightly.

The message from the year-over-year comparisons is, at least for now, that the homebuilding industry has flattened out. If that’s indeed the case, it’s doing so at a completely unacceptable level signifying malaise (and there’s an outside chance that we may really be witnessing the beginning of a decline).

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UPDATE: The Associated Press’s predictable near-whitewash notes that (seasonally adjusted annual) starts “rose 30.7 percent in the Northeast and jumped 65.5 percent in the Midwest” from February to March. The other two regions fell. That doesn’t bode well for future months.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041614)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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Positivity: Human life sacred and inviolable, Pope Francis affirms

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Apr 12, 2014 / 12:54 am

At a meeting with Italy’s Pro-Life Movement, Pope Francis thanked members for their work to defend the right to life and promote the dignity of all human beings, from conception to natural death.

“Human life is sacred and inviolable. Every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and fundamental right, that of life, which is not subordinate to any condition, neither qualitative nor economic, much less ideological,” the Roman Pontiff said March 11.

“Thank you for your witness of promoting and defending human life from the moment of conception!”

The Holy Father’s words came in a meeting with Movimento per la Vita, an association of more than 600 local Italian movements. He greeted in particular the movement’s president, Carlo Casini, who is also a member of the European Parliament, where he represents the Union of Christian and Centre Democrats party.

Pope Francis thanked the organization particularly for two of its initiatives. The first is the Gemma Project, which “through a particular form of practical solidarity” – the adoption of children while still in the womb – has made possible “the birth of many babies who would otherwise have not seen the light.”

The second is “One of Us,” a European Union citizens’ initiative to ban the funding of policies that destroy human embryos. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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NYT Relays News of Census Bureau’s Health Coverage Survey Changes, Buries Lack of Disclosure Before Elections

In a Tuesday story which appears to have been handed to it on a silver platter, and which the rest of the establishment press seems uninterested in spreading (given that searches at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Associated Press and at Politico returned nothing relevant), the New York Times has reported that the Census Bureau “is changing its annual survey so thoroughly that it will be difficult to measure the effects of President Obama’s health care law in the next report, due this fall, census officials said.”

It took Times reporter Robert Pear 15 paragraphs to tell readers that measurement and reporting under the new survey design will be so supposedly difficult that “the agency was not planning to release coverage data from early this year in its next report.” That statement indicates that the government will not disclose anything about how the rollout of Obamacare really affected the number of uninsured Americans — even under the new methodology — before this fall’s elections. Everyone together now, say “How convenient.”

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April 15, 2014

Washington Elite Nutritionist Goes After Bubba Watson For Celebrating Masters Win at Waffle House

After his Masters victory, pro golfer Bubba Watson celebrated with his family at a Waffle House. Pictures tweeted from there went viral. Waffle House appreciated the appreciation.

What’s not to like about this great story? Apparently some self-appointed nanny state-loving guardians of nutrition like Katherine Tallmadge believe that Watson set a bad example for Americans by eating there. Oh, and with her powers of telepathy, she just knows that Watson’s a complete phony about what he really eats. She went after Watson on one of Neil Cavuto’s Fox programs yesterday, and in doing so caught talk show host Rush Limbaugh’s attention. Since Tallmadge’s career success is, as Limbaugh accurately described it, “based on pestering people over what they eat,” and because she apparently likes to play the Washington insider game (complete with a picture of Michelle Obama promoting the Obama administration’s heavy-handed obesity fight at her home page), it seems fair to say that she is not alone in her elitist outlook. So let’s hear what Rush had to say about all of this (HT Daily Rushbo), and why this really is a teachable media moment:

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In Covering House’s Passage of Ryan Budget, AP’s Taylor Presumes $600B Annual Deficits Are ‘Sustainable’

Monday afternoon at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, Andrew Taylor predictably described the House’s passage of the Ryan Budget in shrill terms (in order of appearance): “A slashing budget blueprint”; “Sweeping budget cuts”; balances the budget “at the expense of poor people and seniors”; “sharp cuts to domestic programs”; “staking out a hard line for the future”; and “tough cuts.” Naturally, he failed to disclose that the Ryan budget increases the federal government’s total outlays in each and every fiscal year from 2015 to 2024, with the final projected year coming in at $4.995 trillion, or 42 percent above the $3.523 trillion in spending the Congressional Budget Office predicted yesterday for fiscal 2014.

In the process of performing the AP’s usual hatchet job, Taylor let loose with a howler about the federal government’s ability to continue on its current financial path. The AP reporter may also have inadvertently let something slip into his narrative about the viability of a cherished government program, something which is a deep, dark secret to most Americans, but is quite well-known to those who watch things more closely:

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NewsBusted (041514)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:35 am

Here we go:

Topics:
- Kathleen Sebelius Resigns
– Healthcare.gov
– Al Sharpton
– Hank Aaron
– Topless Woman Ransacks McDonald’s
– Wife of Jesus?
– Dallas IRS Office
– Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Best Lines:

  • “HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius resigned last week in the wake of the HealthCare.gov debacle. She wanted to resign last October, but her word processor kept crashing.”
  • “Baseball legend Hank Aaron says that people who oppose Obama are like the KKK. I think Hank got the two mixed up. You see, people who oppose Obama are Republicans, and the KKK was started by Democrats.”
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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041514)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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Fantabulous “housing recovery” update: “Mortgage originations have plummeted by more than 70 percent from a year ago at Citigroup Inc. and were down by more than a third from the prior quarter.”

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Positivity: Family Armed With Guns Did Exactly What You’d Expect After an Intruder Charged Into Their Kitchen

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Florida:

Apr. 9, 2014 11:40am

Police told TheBlaze on Wednesday that no charges will be filed against a Florida father and mother who armed themselves after hearing an intruder breaking into their home and fired shots at the man, killing him.

“If this guy would’ve stayed home, he’d have been alive right now,” Denver Kemp, a neighbor of the family, told WTVT-TV in Tampa Bay.

Public Information Officer Jamie Brown told TheBlaze on Wednesday that a son who was armed along with his mom and dad “fumbled around with the weapon and did not fire.”

Luis A. Pena, 54, told police when he investigated the noises he saw a man trying to open the French doors leading off his back porch, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Pena fired a warning shot above the back door to deter the burglar, but the man continued to work his way inside the home in Winter Haven, which is about 50 miles east of Tampa.

“That warning shot did not deter the intruder,” Police Chief Gary Hester told WTVT about the Monday morning incident. “The intruder didn’t retreat.”

But by the time Mitchell G. Large, 40, made it into the kitchen just before 7 a.m., Pena’s wife and son had also armed themselves and the three of them were waiting for the intruder. When Large charged at Pena, he shot the man in the torso at least once, police said, noted the Sentinel.

“It appears at least two of the family members fired in defense of themselves and their property,” Hester told WTVT.

While investigators don’t believe Large was armed, Hester said it appears as though the mother and father were within their rights to fire their weapons. …

Of course they were.

Go here for the rest of the story.

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April 14, 2014

AP’s Rugaber: Continued Large Deficits Signify ‘Improvement in the Nation’s Finances’

On Thursday, Christopher Rugaber’s assignment at the Associated Press was to cover that day’s release of Uncle Sam’s Monthly Treasury Statement for March.

If the AP economics writer had limited the scope of his coverage to the statement itself, his coverage would have been passed muster. But, as he and his AP colleagues so often do, Rugaber felt it was duty to offer what he must have thought was helpful analysis. He wrote that March’s reported $37 billion deficit, an admitted significant improvement over the March 2013 result, even after adjusting for timing differences in end-of-month receipts and outlays, was “the latest sign of improvement in the nation’s finances.” The last time I checked, running significantly in the red is not an improvement. It really signifies less rapid deterioration, especially since fiscal 2014 in full is still expected to end with deficit of over $500 billion.

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Michael Graham: Brandeis Embraced Bill Ayers, Has Bred Terrorists

In one of a pair of Sunday posts at his web site, New England talk show host Michael Graham added an emphatic exclamation point to Brent Bozell’s and Tim Graham’s Saturday column condemning the cowardice and hypocrisy of Brandeis University’s decision to revoke its commencement invitation to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. In the other, Graham roasted the Boston Globe for backing Brandeis.

Bozell and Tim Graham rightly pointed to the university’s embrace of particularly nasty anti-Catholic and anti-Israel speakers. Michael Graham found yet another example adding toxic icing to an already rancid cake, and noted that three of its female graduates have achieved a unique level of infamy (links are in each original; bolds are mine throughout):

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (041414)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

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9:00 a.m. — “Housing Recovery” Factoid of the Day“Mortgage production has never been this low during any quarter since Mortgage Daily began tracking Wells Fargo’s originations in 2003.”

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3:00 p.m. — An emailer reacted to my Saturday post about the Bundy standoff:

I love the comment below the picture: “I wish my Government would put this many resources on the southern border…..”

My friend told me the other day: “I wish the government would protect our borders the way they can protect a pheasant”!

It is time to point this out, the government can track down and find some guy who shot a moose in Alaska (the greatest frontier on Earth) outside of hunting season, but they can’t find one single illegal crossing a desert, and he is not even hiding.

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3:45 p.m.Daily Caller: “Most Americans don’t think Obama is black.” Well, that’s because he’s not.

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4:15 p.m. — Author Brad Thor and his family are leaving Chicago for Nashville. Why? ” I love Chicago + Illinois but the Democrat party left us no choice” (HT Twitchy).

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Positivity: The Toddler Who Survived, and the Cop Who Became Her Mom

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From New York City:

APRIL 13, 2014

The bodies were discovered throughout the first-floor railroad flat in Brooklyn, a bizarre still-life of death. Many of the victims remained seated in chairs or couches; one woman’s hands still held a spoon and a small can of pudding.

It came to be known as the Palm Sunday Massacre, the largest mass shooting in the New York area in decades. Ten people were killed that day 30 years ago, including eight children. Only one survivor was found: a crying toddler covered in blood, crawling at the feet of the dead.

The tiny girl was handed to one of the first police officers to arrive. A front-page photograph in The New York Post, under the headline “The Only Survivor,” shows the officer clutching Christina Rivera, 13 months old, a pacifier in the child’s mouth.

The officer was assigned to the toddler through the night, taking her to the hospital and then watching over her at a police station in East New York. Since that day, the officer has never really let go.

The officer became the girl’s benefactor, then a surrogate parent. At age 14, Christina moved in with the officer and her new husband. And then last year, the officer adopted Christina, now 31. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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