This blog is mainly about the spectacular train wreck at The Sacramento Bee and its parent company, the McClatchy Company. But I also post about current events, the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, politics, anything else that grabs my attention. Take a look around this blog, hope you enjoy it.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Saturday November 7 -- Got news or an update?
If you have news or an update, leave it in comments. . . .
Obama's Frightening Insensitivity Following Shooting (NBC CHICAGO)...a narccistic's priorities are different.
But instead of a somber chief executive offering reassuring words and expressions of sympathy and compassion, viewers saw a wildly disconnected and, inappropriately light president making introductory remarks.
At the event, a Tribal Nations Conference hosted by the Department of Interior's Bureau of Indian affairs, the president thanked various staffers and offered a "shout-out" to "Dr. Joe Medicine Crow -- that Congressional Medal of Honor winner." Three minutes in, the president spoke about the shooting, in measured and appropriate terms.
Who is advising him?
Obama lunches with journalists at WH (2 hr lunch, 1:30 for soldiers, what priorities!)POLITICO
President Obama met with several journalists for lunch today at the White House, according to source with knowledge of the event.
The attendees for Friday’s lunch were as follows: CNN's David Gergen, Washington Post's Chris Cillizza, Newsweek's Jon Meacham and Howard Fineman, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker, POLITICO's Mike Allen, NPR/ Fox's Mara Liasson, Talking Points Memo's Josh Marshall and New York Times trio David Brooks, Andy Rosenthal, and Gail Collins.
Also on hand were administration officials: David Axelrod, Anita Dunn, Bill Burton, and Robert Gibbs.
The off-the-record lunch lasted about two hours, and included a green salad, halibut and and pear tart for dessert.
Obama says cops “acted stupidly” in Gates case June 23, 2009
WASHINGTON -- While admitting he was not familiar with all the facts in the case, President Obama on Wednesday took the side of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., saying the Cambridge, Mass., police "acted stupidly" in arresting him at his home.
Obama says don't jump to conclusions on shooting November 6, 2009 (AP)
President Barack Obama said Friday the entire nation is grieving for those slain at Fort Hood, and he urged people not to jump to conclusions while law enforcement officers investigate the shootings.
"We don't know all the answers yet. And I would caution against jumping to conclusions until we have all the facts," Obama said in a Rose Garden statement otherwise devoted to the economy.
L.A. Times Flushes Embarrassing Version of Fort Hood Story Down Memory Hole . . . PATTERICO
. . . and replaces it with a new version that mentions the shooter’s very devout Muslim faith and his statements of support for suicide bombings.
The old version of the story? It never existed. You got that? Never existed.
Except that it did. And I can prove it.
Many of you probably saw my post last night noting the L.A. Times’s politically correct failure to mention these important facts about Hasan’s support for Islamic terrorism.
As I said in my original post: “The L.A. Times will bury this as long as they can — probably until they’re embarrassed into revealing it due to its clear relevance.”
L.A. Times editors buried this information. PATTERICO (cont.)
And now they’re trying to hide the fact that they buried it.
1.LA Times blame game …
1) Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome
4) Anti Muslim Aggression by Whites in the Army
5) Second Ammendment
6) Inscription to the Armed Forces
The real blame …
1) Political Correctness
2) Islam as it is practiced, not preached
3) Poor Security at the Base
4) No profiling
Emerging Bias: Newsweek Claims Fort Hood Shooter Exposed Overstretched 'Military on the Brink' (Newsbusters)
In a case of trying to find liberal angles on a tragic shooting, switching the focus of blame and judgment from the mass murderer to the military, Newsweek's Andrew Bast asked on the magazine's blog The Human Condition :
"Is Fort Hood A Harbinger? Nidal Malik Hasan May Be A Symptom of a Military On the Brink."
So the shooting is the Pentagon's fault?
And they may inspire more shootings to come?
Newsweek is going there:
White House: FOX off-limits -- strategist (Chicago Tribune) (Axelrod didn’t get the memo.)
At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration.
Political consultants are a staple of cable television talk shows, analyzing current events based on their own experiences working on campaigns or in government.
One Democratic strategist said that shortly after an appearance on Fox he got a phone call from a White House official telling him not to be a guest on the show again.
The call had an intimidating tone, he said.
The message was, "We better not see you on again,'' said the strategist, who spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to run afoul of the White House.
An implicit suggestion, he said, was that "clients might stop using you if you continue.''
In urging Democratic consultants to spurn Fox, White House officials might be trying to isolate the network and make it appear more partisan.
A boycott by Democratic strategists could also help drive the White House narrative that Fox is a fundamentally different creature than the other TV news networks.
For their part, White House officials appear on Fox News -- but sporadically and with "eyes wide open,'' as one aide put it.
House Dems say Sat. vote on health care may slip (AP)
WASHINGTON – House Democrats acknowledged they don't yet have the votes to pass a sweeping overhaul of the nation's health care system, and signaled they may push back the vote until Sunday or early next week.
Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told reporters in a conference call Friday that the make-or-break vote on President Barack Obama's top priority that had been set for Saturday could face delay.
Jon Voight: Democrats’ ‘Oppressive’ Health Care Bill Will ‘Decimate’ the U.S. Economy (CNSnews)
Thousands of Americans opposed to the Democrats’ health care plan marched on Capitol Hill Thursday urging lawmakers to “kill the bill.”
Among the speakers at the rally was Hollywood actor Jon Voight who told CNSNews.com he does not believe the Constitution authorizes Congress to require individuals to purchase health insurance.
Don't Get Sick After June - If you like Indian Health Services you’ll love the public option. (Fox)
Don’t get sick after June” is a well known saying in Indian Country. It refers to the month when the federally managed Indian Health Service (IHS) program runs out of money.
It’s “a pretty accurate mantra,” according to Kathleen Sebelius, the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the program.
IHS is a shameful example of how patients suffer when their care is relegated to a government bureaucracy that rations care.
IHS, in fact, characterizes the service it provides as a “rationed health care system.” As many in Congress continue to push for a public option run by the government, Americans should familiarize themselves with the tragic story of IHS.
NHS Hospital Attacks ‘Every 3 Minutes’ (Sweetness-Light)
Someone is attacked in an NHS hospital in England every three minutes as doctors describe A&E departments as ‘war zones’, official figures show.
Nearly 170,000 violent incidents take place in England’s NHS hospitals each year, data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed.
Labour’s laws on 24-hour drinking are being blamed for alcohol-fuelled violence in accident and emergency departments in particular.
There have been several murders and rapes at hospitals in recent years and thousands of attacks annually involve the use of knives and other weapons.
Almost one in four attacks results in injury, yet only a fraction of them are ever reported to the police.
The statistics reveal the dangers that doctors, nurses, paramedics, patients and visitors face in our hospitals on a daily basis.
Some hospital A & E departments have been described as "war zones" on a typical Friday or Saturday night.
AARP Official Defending ObamaCare Endorsement Was Senior Dem Official (NewsBusters)
Who is Nancy LeaMond? That's what I wanted to know after watching AARP's Exec. VP defending her organization's endorsement of ObamaCare to Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe today.
Click, Wikipedia, click: whaddayaknow? Turns out that before coming to AARP, LeaMond was a senior Clinton administration appointee and a top Dem congressional staffer.
Buried: NY Times Plunks GOP Protest In Middle of A-15 Story Titled 'House Democrats Seek Allies for Health Care Vote' (NewsBusters)
While the Washington Post ran a full news story by Philip Rucker on the conservative Capitol Hill rally on page 4 on Friday, The New York Times buried it with just six paragraphs – smack dab in in the middle of a story on A-15 headlined "House Democrats Seek Allies for Health Care Vote."
The story by Times reporters Carl Hulse and David M. Herszenhorn focused mostly on how Democrats were organizing their own caucus and gaining endorsements from the AARP, the American Medical Association, and the American Cancer Society.
In paragraph eight, the Times duo finally devoted some 230 words to the conservative rally that drew thousands of Americans from across the country:
While Democrats sought to build support, Republicans engaged in an equally determined effort to block the measure, with House Republicans lining up to address thousands of conservatives gathered at the West Front of the Capitol. No House Republican is expected to vote for the measure, meaning its entire support has to come from within the 258-member Democrat caucus.
Acorn HQ in New Orleans raided by La Attorney General (big gov't)
In a fast-breaking development comes word that agents of the Attorney’s General office in Louisiana have raided ACORN’s offices in New Orleans.
ACORN’s New Orleans was, for decades, the headquarters of the national community organizing association. News of the raid comes from Marcel Reid and her colleagues at ACORN 8, an association of former ACORN leaders and board members.
Many of the individuals involved with ACORN 8 were fired from ACORN for demanding a forensic audit following an embezzlement scandal involving Dale Rathke, brother of ACORN co-founder Wade Rathke.
State investigators taking dozens of computers from ACORN office on Canal Street (Times-Picayune)
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell has served a search warrant at the ACORN office at 2609 Canal Street, according to Tammi Arender Herring, a spokeswoman with the office.
Investigators in khaki pants and polo shirts loaded several dozen computers and other electronic items into an SUV. They are also carrying records out of the building on handcarts.
The large office building sits at the corner of Dorgenois and Canal. ACORN staffers were given no notice that a search would be conducted today, Herring said.
Obama Nominates ACORN Activist to Appeals Court (Newsmax)
Senate Republicans are gearing up to block the appeals-court nomination of U.S. District Judge David Hamilton, whose resume includes a stint as a fundraiser for ACORN, the community-organizing group recently tripped up by a series of embarrassing undercover videos.
Conservative legal groups have described Hamilton as "ultra-liberal." His appointment to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago would provide an aerie perch from which to rule on appeals from Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin.
News that Reid planned to push the Hamilton nomination without much debate has triggered alarms among Senate Republicans, who view Hamilton's record as too extreme.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., recent wrote a letter to colleagues warning that Hamilton "has used his position as a district court judge to drive a political agenda."
Sessions accused Hamilton of being a judicial activist who had "abused his lifetime appointment" as a judge to "deprive the people of Indiana of their domestic and constitutional rights…."
Ironically, when President Obama selected Hamilton to become the first judicial nomination of his presidency, aides said it signaled the president's desire to work harmoniously with Senate Republicans.
Will crooked Congressional Black Caucus members crying and lying embarrass/cost Democrats next year? (The Collins Report)
The House Ethics Committee is trying to figure out how to clear seven crooked Black Democrats.
Blacks you must remember are untouchables in Democrat-think.
These Black crooks aren’t going down easy. They have a lifetime of experience being crooked Black politicians; they well understand their skin color is their “Get out of jail free” card. They know how to generate White liberal Democrat guilt.
Phrases that stoke the fires of guilt
One anonymous Black Congressional Caucus member said: “Is there concern whether someone is trying to set up [Congressional Black Caucus] members? Yeah, there is.
It looks as if there is somebody out there who understands what the rules [are] and sends names to the ethics committee with the goal of going after the [CBC].”
The nervy CBC actually whined about the treatment former member Rep. William “Cold cash” Jefferson (D-La.) got even though he was never kicked out of office.
Remember he commandeered a rowboat in the Katrina emergency to force Louisiana National Guardsmen to take him to his home to retrieve his “hard earned” bribe money.
Here’s the list of other CBC members under “full blown” investigation:
NY Representative Charlie “tax cheat” Rangel (two investigations – one for tax cheating one for a multitude of sleazy stunts)
California Democrats Maxine Waters and Laura Richardson Reps. Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Donald Payne (D-N.J.) and Del. Donna Christensen (D-U.S. Virgin Islands) are under investigation for taking corporate funds for a “fun in the sun” trip to the Caribbean in 2007.
Representative Jesse Jackson jr is so immersed in criminality the OBAMA Justice Department has told the House Ethics Committee to back off Jackson because he’s one of their targets.
This is a headache the Democrats will go into 2010 with and that’s a good thing for sure.
The End of an Era That Never Began (Townhall.com) It's all so terribly sad.
To listen to liberals and the White House spin election results, you'd think all was well with the world. Barack Obama is still personally popular! The evil right-wing extremists lost in New York's 23rd congressional district and a Democrat (who was arguably more conservative than the Republican nominee) won.
Virginia was always a red state (no matter what we all said about it turning blue with Obama's victory), and the election hinged on local issues.
Defeated New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine was personally unpopular (let's all forget that the White House tried to turn the race into a referendum on Obama's agenda).
In short, the White House spin is: "There's nothing to see here, folks. All is well."
$230,769.23 Spent Per Stimulus Job "Created or Saved" (Weekly Standard)
The White House’s stimulus program is a joke. Indeed, the Obama administration would be better served if it handed out money on the side of the street, than it is by its current job creation program.
Consider the current numbers:
Reports to be released Friday on the government Web site Recovery.gov are expected to show that the $150 billion in grants and loans made so far under the economic stimulus package have created or saved about 650,000 jobs, White House officials said Friday morning.
Now, some simple math:
“Created or saved” jobs: 650,000
Cost per “created or saved” job = $230,769.23
And the White House call this a success?
Yes, yes it does. Joe the-vice-president Biden’s chief economist, Jared Bernstein, says: “Good news, folks...But as we applaud these unprecedented efforts in transparency and this new confirmation that the Recovery Act is successfully creating jobs across America, we are also acutely aware that even the highest estimates of jobs created or saved by the Act only partially offset the extent of job losses since the recession took hold last year.
Obama proclaims himself “job savior” amid widespread cynicism...(created at least 1 million jobs!) (NY Examiner)
In what some see as tongue-in-cheek rhetoric and others see as downright deception, the Obama administration has declared that the $787 billion stimulus bill saved or created some 650,000 jobs by the end of last month.
In what has almost become a running joke and sure fodder for a potential Saturday Night Live TV skit, the ruling czar-laced regime continues to tout imagined “air jobs” recreated in the face of the fact that the economy has lost 1.3 million jobs since the president was elected.
Yet, Obama’s starry-eyed disciplines go on to say that government and private forecasters estimate that Recovery Act spending has saved and created at least 1 million jobs!
Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics suggests a much grimmer reality with figures of about 3.3 million jobs eliminated since the stimulus act passed.
You Know What’s the Worst Part of the Stimulus? (Patterico)
Jules Crittenden does:
“Never mind the inflated job counts and pay raises counted as jobs saved. I’m still stuck on the subsidies to social service agencies counting as economic stimulus part. That’s not economic stimulus. That’s welfare. AP.”
I’m stuck on both. Crittenden’s AP link reports many of those “created or saved” jobs weren’t actually saved or created:
“About two-thirds of the 14,506 jobs claimed to be saved under one federal office, the Administration for Children and Families at Health and Human Services, actually weren’t saved at all, according to a review of the latest data by The Associated Press.
Instead, that figure includes more than 9,300 existing employees in hundreds of local agencies who received pay raises and benefits and whose jobs weren’t saved.”
There are specific examples at the link, including this one from Georgia that shows the reporting scheme was intentional and systemic:
At Southwest Georgia Community Action Council in Moultrie, Ga., director Myrtis Mulkey-Ndawula said she followed the guidelines the Obama administration provided. She said she multiplied the 508 employees by 1.84 — the percentage pay raise they received — and came up with 935 jobs saved.
“I would say it’s confusing at best,” she said. “But we followed the instructions we were given.”
The White House acknowledged there may have been counting errors but defended the practice of counting raises as saving jobs:
“If I give you a raise, it is going to save a portion of your job,” HHS spokesman Luis Rosero said.”
The saddest part is some people really believe this.
Barney Frank Present When Partner Arrested for Pot (FOX)
FOX25 has learned that Congressman Barney Frank was present during a marijuana arrest at James Ready's home in Ogunquit, Maine. Ready is well-known for his relationship with Congressman Frank.
According to a police report, police charged Ready with marijuana possession, cultivation and use of drug paraphernalia in August of 2007.
Ready admitted to civil possession and paid a fine. The remaining charges were dismissed in 2008.
Sources tell FOX25 that when Frank was questioned he told police that he did not live in the house and that he only smoked cigars.
Congressman Frank tells FOX25 that he was surprised and disappointed with what police found. He also tells us that he wouldn't recognize a marijuana plant if he saw one because he is, "not a great outdoorsman," and ,"wouldn't recognize most plants."
Gibbs: Can You Imagine if, 5 Years Ago, People Had Protested With Hitler Pictures? [WTF Talk about a blithering out of touch IDIOT!]
Today, Robert Gibbs lamented some of the offensive signs at the rally (of which there were some, but not enough to even fill out HuffPo's 12 Most Offensive slideshow):
"I will continue to say what I've said before. You hear in this debate, you hear analogies, you hear references to, you see pictures about and depictions of individuals that are truly stunning, and you hear it all the time.
People -- imagine five years ago somebody comparing health care reform to 9/11. Imagine just a few years ago had somebody walked around with images of Hitler.
ANOTHER OBAMA FIASCO Fannie red ink: $18.9B (cost to taxpayers---$400 Billion, and counting) (NY POST)
Fannie Mae will tap the Treasury again; bad mortgages and foreclosure prevention efforts resulted in a $18.9B net loss in Q-3.
F/M was seized by the govt last year. The Q-3 loss stems from $22B in expenses: charges on impaired loans it bought from mortgage-backed securities on loans modified under Obama's foreclosure prevention plan.
Anticipating more losses, F/M also boosted provisions for credit losses in future quarters.
A liberals’ answer to everything: more government, more spending, more regulation.
Krugman: It's Time For The WPA (The Business Insider)
We wondered if Paul Krugman would use this morning's 10.2% unemployment reading as an excuse to call for another stimulus.
Indeed: You can make a pretty good case that just employing a lot of people directly would be a lot more cost-effective; the WPA and CCC cost surprisingly little given the number of people put to work.
Think of it as the stimulus equivalent of getting the middlemen out of the student loan program.
So why aren’t we doing this? Politics, of course: government is the problem, not the solution, even when it is, you know, the solution, and cheaper than running things through the private sector.
Nevada Dem. leader pleads guilty to hitting son (N C Times)
A Nevada Democratic Party leader who pleaded guilty to hitting his teenage son and throwing him on the hood of a car has resigned, according to a letter received Friday by a newspaper.
Paul Belt, the party chairman of Douglas County, said in a letter to the Record-Courier that he resigned his post after his "regrettable actions."
He pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a misdemeanor count of domestic battery. He was sentenced to a suspended one-year jail term and ordered to attend counseling.
Belt, 45, was accused of punching his 15-year-old son several times on Oct. 22 when he learned his son was no longer on the boys' junior varsity soccer team.
I heard from a neighbor of mine who still subscribes to one of the MNI shit rags that the paper has fallen so low as to inform their remaining subscribers in this bad economy that they'll be charged extra for their newspapers the days surrounding Thanksgiving. Why? Well, because they're loaded with ads, coupons and inserts of course. Not because of the wonderful content or anything. Actually there really isn't much content anymore.
I understand that about a 1/4 of newspapers around the country are doing this.
This is yet another example of how lost this company and the newspaper industry is and has no sense of reality.
The only thing that this is going to do is put a couple of thousand dollars in MNI's pocket for a couple of days and piss off their readers even more. The revenue made off of something like this wouldn't even be able to pay a salary.
Get a fucking clue you morons! Even a second-grader would tell your past and current business decisions are complete failures.
It's the old-school way of doing things and the ancient human bones that are still saturated within the industry have caused it to completely self-destruct.
Most are still running the show and because of it, fittingly MNI has been going the wrong way down a one way street for a very, very very long time.
Friends of BeeGuildNow have started a facebook page: "A place for members and supporters of the Newspaper Guild at The Sacramento Bee."
Ed Fletcher inveighs: "Hey all please ask more people to join. We need to get this to a couple thousand members. We'll need people to speak up for quality journalism."
The really interesting thing about the Bee Guild's blog is reading these reporters write without benefit of editors.
News Alert: 72% Don’t want health care reform. A damning poll from the leftist CNN? That probably means the number is much higher. Rumor has it Obama is readying an endorsement from Santa Claus, but the rotund senior worries about higher premiums due to his love of sugarplums.
Poll: Huge majority doesn't want
Democrats' health care bill
Washington Examiner, by Byron York
With House Democrats racing to pass their 2,000-plus page health care reform bill this weekend, a new CNN/Opinion Research poll shows that an overwhelming majority of those surveyed -- 72 percent -- want Congress either to make major changes, start over from scratch, or simply stop working on health care legislation. Just 26 percent want Congress to pass the current health care proposal as is, or with minor changes.
Why would a Democrat breaking his campaign promised surprise anyone? Obama takes the lead on getting elected using lies and mumbo jumbo. One year is all NY has to put up with this typical, lying liberal.
Owens Break 4 Campaign
Promises in first hour in Congress
The Gouveneur Times, by Nathan Barker
Congressman-elect Bill Owens was sworn in at noon today. Owens indicated in a press release released shortly afterwards that he was now in favor of the the "Affordable Healthcare for America Act" bill in direct contrast to his earlier position during the election campaign.
The healthcare reform we need is tort reform, and fraud prosecution. Odd Obama hasn’t gotten behind two simple, but cost saving reform measures.
Broader Measure of
Unemployment Stands at 17.5%
If statistics went back so far, the measure would almost certainly be at its highest level since the Great Depression.
Great healthcare protest sign.
Even the Bee can’t hide the lies about the ‘Sucker Package’ working to save the economy.
The Sacramento Bee: “Up to one-fourth of the 110,000 jobs reported as saved by federal stimulus money in California probably never were in danger, a Bee review has found… In a required state report to the federal government, the university system said the $268.5 million it received in stimulus funding through October allowed it to retain 26,156 employees.
“That total represents more than half of CSU’s statewide work force. However, university officials confirmed Thursday that half their workers were not going to be laid off without the stimulus dollars.”
Loyalty and the
Thomas M. Kelly
Where is the loyalty of the RINOs? Arlen Specter joins the Democrats. Colin Powell endorses the Democrat. Dierdre Scozzafava endorses the Democrat.(Snip) Co-dependency is not a viable political strategy. You don't get a drunk to sober up by catering to their behavior. The RINOs aren't bringing the Democrats to the center. The Democrats are pulling the RINOs to the left.
Is Pelosi draining the swamp, or is the legal system draining it for her?
William Jefferson sentencing
of 27-33 years recommended
New Orleans Times-Picayune, by Jonathan Tilove
Prosecutors on Friday night issued a memorandum recommending that former U.S. Rep. William Jefferson be sentenced to between 27 and 33 years in prison.
How many more jobs will Obama kill?
Washington Examiner [DC]
Unemployment has hit 10.2 percent, the highest level since the 1983 recession. Obama administration officials will no doubt try to spin this latest bad economic news by noting that unemployment is typically a "lagging indicator." That was true in the old days, but it won't cut it in the age of the global economy and Internet-driven 24/7 news cycle. Unemployment may now be something of a leading indicator...
The issue isn't the issue.
The issue is control."
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