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Friday, October 16, 2009
Friday October 16 -- Got news or an update?
If you have news or an update, leave it in comments. . . .
White House Communications Director Claims Mao One of Her ‘Favorite Political Philosophers' (McClatchy orgasmically happy, to shortly issue I.F. Stone award to Dunn) NewsBusters
The feud between the White House and the Fox News Channel took another, thanks to one of Glenn Beck's viewers.
On Beck's Oct. 15 program, the Fox News host played video sent to him of White House Communications Director Anita Dunn, who had previously slammed Fox News and called it an organ of the Republican Party.
In the video, Dunn reveals her two favorite political philosophers - humanitarian Mother Teresa and Mao Tse Tung, Chinese revolutionary and Communist leader responsible for an estimated 70 million deaths.
Wall Street Journal passes USA Today as No. 1 paper (Gannett-owned publication struggling)
NEW YORK (AP) - The Wall Street Journal has surpassed USA Today as the top-selling daily newspaper in the United States.
The Audit Bureau of Circulations won't be releasing its latest figures until Oct. 26, but the Journal said Wednesday that it gained about 12,000 subscribers in the April-September period, compared with a year earlier.
That puts its average Monday-Friday circulation at 2.02 million. The Journal claimed the top spot last week after USA Today released its circulation figures early, but had not given out specifics.
USA Today, which has long been No. 1, said last week that it had its worst circulation decline ever, dropping 17 percent to 1.88 million.
CNN’s Finishes 4th in Prime Time Demo For 7th Consecutive Weeknight
For the 7th consecutive weekday, CNN finished fourth on cable news in the prime time A25-54 demographic. It was the 77th time CNN finished 4th in that category this year. FNC was way out in front, followed by HLN just edging MSNBC by 1,000 viewers.
Magazine Editors' Group Creates Award Category for Obama Covers (NewsBusters)
America's American Society of Magazine Editors has added a category to its annual magazine cover awards: Obama.
This new category is the only ASME category focused on a single person, and highlights the reverential attitude for the President widely held in the magazine publishing community.
ASME represents about 850 magazine editors nationwide. According to its website, the organization "works to preserve editorial independence."
How they manage to maintain this air of objectivity while devoting an entire awards section to such a polarizing figure is a mystery.
White House: 3.6 Million Jobs Lost is “Quite Positive” (heritage)
The Obama administration released the first hard numbers on how many jobs their $787 billion stimulus package has created or saved on Recovery.gov today.
The number: 30,383 jobs from roughly $16 billion worth of stimulus contracts awarded directly by federal agencies.
Crunching the numbers, that comes to $533,000 per job “saved or created.” To put those 30,383 jobs in perspecitve, consider that the U.S. economy lost 263,000 net jobs just last month and has lost 3.6 million net jobs since President Barack Obama was sworn into office.
Health Care Burdens PATTERICO
Via TaxProf Blog, Douglas Holtz-Eakin writes in the Wall Street Journal that the Baucus bill will impose a 23% marginal tax rate on the middle class.
This follows N. Gregory Mankiw’s analysis that marginal tax rates could go as high as 80%.
Less than one million Americans file bankruptcy each year, which is far less than 1% of Americans.
Some undoubtedly file because of medical bills. Under every version of ObamaCare I’ve seen, an expanded class of Americans will face financial difficulty because of increased taxes that will probably be non-dischargeable in bankruptcy.
They may (or may not) have health care but more Americans will have fewer options when it comes to dealing with their debts — and a liquidation bankruptcy may not be one of those options.
So we may discard a health care system that provides care to all Americans and results in far less than 1% filing bankruptcy because of health care debts.
We’re doing this to adopt a health care system that provides not-necessarily-better care to all Americans with more financial hardship that can’t be discharged.
Does this make sense?
ObamaCare's Magic Math: Dems struggle to hide costs (NY Post)
IF only the laws of the universe didn't make it impossible to conjure something out of nothing.
In a magical world free of such encumbrances, Democrats would be spared the bother of hiding the inevitable costs of ObamaCare.
The latest gambit of Democrats in both the Senate and House is to take roughly $250 billion out of health-care reform -- for Medicare payments to doctors -- and spend it in a separate bill.
This instantly makes ObamaCare appear cheaper, although its impact on the federal budget will be precisely the same.
This isn't even competent three-card monte. It's the logic of the spendthrift who's maxed out on his Visa and MasterCard, but thinks it's frugal to put a new $6,000 Samsung 65-inch LCD flat-screen TV on his American Express card instead.
House Dems vote to bring Gitmo detainees into U.S. (63 Dems switched) 911FamiliesForAmerica.org
Yesterday, 223 House Democrats (and Ron Paul) voted down a motion to recommit H.R. 2892. In effect, they voted:
1) to bring Guantanamo al Qaeda detainees into the U.S.,
2) to delete the requirement that all detainees who once were or currently are being held at Gitmo be placed on the Department of Homeland Security's 'no-fly' list, and
3) to delete this additional requirement: "the Secretary of Homeland Security shall conduct a threat assessment for each such individual who is proposed to be transferred to the continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii, the District of Columbia, or the United States Territories."
Figures. Democrats Appoint Dead Man to Committee (GatewayPundit)
Democrats reward their party faithful.
Alabama democrats appointed dead supporter Reynolds Smith Jr. to a party panel.
Reynolds Smith Jr. was a stalwart Democratic voter in stark-red Alabama. But the Alabama Democratic Party overlooked another fact when it appointed Smith to an interim party panel:
He died in November at age 83. Party executive director Jim Spearman told the Press-Register Tuesday that the mistake was caused by outdated records.
He said the party received Smith’s name from a 2006 list of candidates for the county committee and then used a voter list to verify him as an active voter.
NY state senator (DEMOCRAT) escapes felony assault conviction (New York Post)
Monserrate was found guilty of the lesser charge of third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, in the non-jury trial for dragging his girlfriend down a hallway, an incident that was caught on surveillance cameras.
Democratic State Sen. Hiram Monserrate was found not guilty today of the felony assault after Queens Supreme Court Judge William Erlbaum rendered his verdict after reflecting on the evidence.
Monserrate, who gets to keep his seat as a result of being acquitted on felony charges, faces up to a year in jail. He will be sentenced Dec. 4.
Kansas City Star Defends Sportswriter’s Use of Phony Limbaugh Quotes (adastrum.kansascity.com)
Derek Donovan SMELL THE SULFER
About that Whitlock/Limbaugh spat
Welcome, BigGovernment.com readers. A couple of points:
1. Please read what I actually wrote below, not what the inaccurate headline on Breitbart's BigGovernment.com says I wrote. I am emphatically not The Kansas City Star. I am its readers' representative. Approximately 75 - 80 percent of what I air here and in my column comes from conservatives' critiques of the paper and KansasCity.com. My record is clear throughout my years in this post.
2. I do not "defend" Whitlock's column for FoxSports here. In fact, if you will read the post below, you will see I say that I believe using questionable or false quotes weakens anyone's argument substantially.
CNN's Sanchez: "We didn't confirm" bogus Limbaugh quote (National Review Online)
Rick Sanchez: i've know rush. in person,i like him. his rhetoric,however is inexcusably divisive. he's right tho. we didn't confirm quote. our bad.
Daily Presidential Tracking Poll -11
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Friday shows that 28% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President.
Thirty-nine percent (39%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -11 (see trends).
Forty-six percent (46%) have a favorable opinion of Vice President Joe Biden.
Welcome to Derek Donovan's world of warped apologia in which he tries to convince you he cares about conservatives while insulting conservatives and defending the indefensible.
"70 to 80 percent of my work is addressing the concerns of conservatives (that alone should tell you something about the Star's content), but (insert hairsplitting conservative bashing argument here) followed by (utter bullshit here)."
Up yours Derek, where's your column on Barnhart lying through his teeth about Glen Beck?
That's Derek's real problem. There's a new lie, or a new hate campaign launched everyday in this filthy rag and his pattern of deceit becomes very visible very quickly to anyone who watches more than a couple of days.
I see now that Barnhart (The Star's media liar) is now claiming, after several days, that he deleted the email Fox says doesn't exist. Gee whiz, I wonder who to believe, the Star's liar, or Fox? Don't look for any discipline for Barnhart. Lying is a fundamental essence of The Star.
PS, got that from John Landsberg, an actual source of news in Kansas City. See the Bottom Lime Communications link.
7:38 now that's funny, thanks John.
Oh, we can't forget about the boy in the balloon...gotta keep the media focused on the important stuff dontchaknow!
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