Friday, June 27, 2014

By The Way, NYT Readers' Comments Do Not Necessarily Praise The Gray Lady

Re the preceding story: Take a glance at the comments section. Commentators who suggest there are cover-ups (by IRS and by NYT ) receive about 4 or 5 times the recommendations as the "nothing to see here folks" gang.

NYT's The Public Editor's Journal

From NYT

My take:

The Times was somewhat late in beginning to cover the latest development about the lost emails. My office had begun to field several days’ worth of reader protests on the lack of attention when the first story finally went online. Despite that slow start and the quiet display of the subsequent stories (an analytical piece might have been a good choice for the front page), The Times has given its readers insightful coverage of a situation heavily clouded by partisan politics.

The take of Post Obotomy Syndrome's Public Editor concerning NYT's coverage of IRS scandal: COVERUP!

In Case You Missed It: IRS To Pay National Organization For Marriage $50K for Leaking Confidential Information

Two years after activists for same-sex marriage obtained the confidential tax return and donor list of a national group opposed to redefining marriage, the Internal Revenue Service has admitted wrongdoing and agreed to settle the resulting lawsuit.

The Earliest Associated Press Coverage Of IRS Scandal?

This is believed to be the first Associated Press coverage of the IRS scandal. Dateline March 2, 2012. This was old news by the time AP touched the subject.

WASHINGTON • The Internal Revenue Service is embroiled in battles with Tea Party and other conservative groups who claim the government is purposely frustrating their attempts to gain tax-exempt status.
The fight features instances in which the IRS has asked for voluminous details about the groups' postings on social networking sites like Twitter and Facebook, information on donors and key members' relatives and copies of all literature they have distributed to their members, according to documents provided by some organizations.

Meet Lenar Whitney

Meet Lenar Whitney, the Republican candidate for Louisiana's 6 congressional district. If elected she would succeed Bill Cassidy who is running for senate against the very vulnerable Mary Landrieu. Whitney is rather opinionated on the subject of global warming. She may even be a denier and she will almost certainly by in the next congress.

The Return Of Inflation: One More Un-Covered News Story

What DO the MSM report on? I don't watch CBS, NBC, ABC and I don't watch Fox very much as they add viewer-insulting shows like "The Five" and "Outnumbered." However, I am curious how the networks can fill a half hour broadcast while taking a vow of silence on a multitude of issues.

Lois Lerner vow of silence. Benghazi vow of silence. DOJ targeting the president's critic's vow of silence. Ongoing deficit vow of silence. On and on and on. Add inflation to the vows of silence.

Among this writer's myriad set of skills, we can add professional grocery shopper. He has worked as a small scale purchasing agent for a six bed medical unit and has in the past managed the finances of disabled people. The chunky broads in minivans have nothing over this dude. He has consistently underspent his two rival units by about $200/week as his unit had a higher census and a significantly higher client satisfaction rate for food and meals.

So, it is with a trained eye that I view the phenomenon of rising food prices. Besides killing Bin Laden, Obama has nothing favorable on his presidential resume. I am not saying that facetiously or snidely or in a partisan way. I am merely stating that it has been all bad news all the time during the Obama Administration. Every economic number--save perhaps the stock market which might be on borrowed time--has been unfavorable. To gas prices, total employment, GDP we can add food inflation.

I have noticed for months that food prices were rising. Pinpointing the start of inflation is kind of like isolating the time when I started receiving emails concerning the IRS harassment of Tea Party groups (I think they started in 2011.) Yet, the Consumer Price Index has not reflected inflation. When the news media do discuss economic issues they make bizarre statements like the concern for deflation shared by smart and real smart and super smart economists. Food price inflation? One more vow of silence. is not afraid of this subject.  I have not heard of Chriss W. Street but he has food inflation pegged at 22%. Yipes. The administration wants to blame a drought in California. Street blames the Fed (as do I.)

A latter day Ted Turner could make a fortune just reporting some of the news the other outlets ignore. It's as if all the fishing fleets had decided to stay in dry dock for the better part of the decade. Who needs fish? Look at our boats, baby! Inflation is just one more big one that got away.

Rasmussen Has Obama's Approval Rating Qt 45% For Three Consecutive Days

Maybe there is hope for the Hope Dopes after all. After bemoaning the permanency of BO's approval ratings (at 49% See comments.) Total Approval has topped out at 45% at Rasmussen.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Is Alison Lundergan Grimes stuck on stupid?

Who the hell is running Alison Lundergan Grimes' campaign? Roseanne Barr? Kentucky Democrats used to be damn clever but lately they seem to have run out of brains. They were sure a woman could beat Mitch McConnell. Any woman but especially Ashley Judd. Judd was the ideal candidate but when she declined to run they recruited Grimes with the hope that she could be pawned off as the next best thing. Maybe if they could run her through rehab a couple she would be just as good. Grimes is not that bad of a candidate but her campaign would be more suited for a blue state such as Maryland than Kentucky. A candidate from Maryland could cozy up to Coal Makes Us Sick Harry Reid and raise money in Hollywood. She is the wrong candidate for her state and screwing up won't change that. She's another Wendy Davis without the nymphomania.
The week after the EPA launched its war on coal Grimes attended a Washington fund raiser with Dirty Harry pledging to use the occasion as her chance to call for more federal spending on clean coal technology. She never spoke the four letter word the entire evening. Politico obtained an audio of her speech which proves as much.
Then there is the Hollywood connection. Both candidates raise most of their money from out of state. It shouldn't surprise anyone that a national figure such a Senate Minority Leader would attract money from New York but Open Secrets identifies the Los Angeles-Long Beach metro area as Grimes' geographical financial base. Hollywood has poured almost $1 million into her war chest. Kentucky is not interested in electing a Senator Kardashian.
As if Reid, Obama, and Hollywood were not enough liabilities the Grimes campaign has enlisted Sandinista Senator Elizabeth Warren to campaign on her behalf. Warren knows what worries unemployed coal miners the most. It's student debt.
"Our campaign welcomes Sen. Warren's support as she champions relief for Kentuckians crushed under the burden of student loan debt," campaign manager Jonathan Hurst said. "As hardworking families across the commonwealth struggle to make ends meet, college affordability is at the top of so many Kentuckians' minds. Unlike Mitch McConnell, who votes against helping students at every turn, Alison Lundergan Grimes will stand up for every Kentuckian who dreams of obtaining a college degree."
Does this man even know what state he's in? Yes, Alison will stand up for Kentuckians who dream but not Kentuckians who work! Leave the Kentucky Bourbon in the cabinet until after the campaign.
"Sen. Warren is all-in for Alison because she knows Alison gets it," Hurst wrote. "Now we need to be all-in, too."
Yes, and Kentuckians are smart enough to know what makes the grass green. Horse shit. The Republican National Committee responded to the news by sending out a news release with the subject line: "No, this is not a joke."
Would Eliot Spitzer have wanted Sarah Palin to campaign for him? No, but the Grimes campaign is probably dumb enough to ask Spitzer to campaign for Alison.

Kentucky, like Louisiana, is a heavily Democratic state that likes to elect Republicans. Democrats hold a 57% to 37% edge in registered voters. It didn't like JFK but went all the way with LBJ then left the solid south until Jimmy Carter. It got enough of Carter in just one term and didn't go for another Democrat until Bill Clinton, who is the only Democrat to carry the state twice since FDR. He was also the last Democrat to carry the state.
Kentucky is obdurately rural and small town. All the people who do not live in Louisville or Lexington live in small towns or on farms. The third largest city, home to Rand Paul, the Everly Brothers and the Chevy Corvette, is Bowling Green, population 58,067. Even the urbanites have elbow room. Lexington, population 296,000, has an area of 285 square miles which compares favorably to Chicago's 234 square miles. If one accepts the proposition that geography hones civic values it should be no surprise that whole states has small town values. It is not star struck. It regards the glamorous Hollywood as a national embarrassment.
Reflecting their rural perception older Kentuckians frequently mention the county rather than the town as their birthplace or residence. Although a Texas transplant Rand Paul with his bird nest hairstyle and wrinkled shirt is Kentucky personified.

If it were a presidential year and a popular Democrat such a Bill Clinton were at the top of the ticket Grimes would be Kentucky's first woman senator but the Democratic Party is hell bent on driving her state into poverty. If law is not her love she could be the ideal game show host. It would be a shame to waste the elocution lessons.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Gowdy v. Koskinen

Trey Gowdy's Dream

Walmart Responds To NYT Smears

Score one for the Internet. In the old days the world was divided into the privileged media and the rest of us. Even wealthy people, like Walmart for instance, could be pummeled with innuendo, half-truth and even blatant falsehood and their recourse was limited. DARPA changed all of that.

I wish every victim of media falsehood would fight back with truth the way Walmart has. Of course, the pseudo-sophisticates who treat the Gray Lady as daily gospel will miss the rebuttals but the rest of the world will enjoy the public exposure of habitual liars. Viva Walmart!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Why did the IRS use Sonasoft?

Spending: The Forgotten Issue

My position is simple. Yes, we have to protect ourselves from Al Qedahs but our national debt is the absolute greatest threat to America.

The Tea Party has its roots in the public's concern for the national debt. Perhaps because it has been with us for so long, people are not alarmed by the warnings of insolvency. Maybe in a growing economy, we could carry a modest increase in the debt load. However, our economy is not vibrant and our debt increase is colossal.

I am not much of a Keynsian but most things for most people most of the time would be better if the profligacy had been used for "shovel-ready jobs." For $8 trillion---and that is $8 trillion in deficit alone, not $8 trillion of total spending--over five years we could have rebuilt every old bridge in this country (see Crumbling of America, a topic that will move to the front burner should a Republican seize the White House) we could have the world's best passenger rail system, we could put a colony on the moon, we could give every adult a college education, we could reinforce shaky state and municipal pension funds...$8 trillion is a lot of play money!

So where did all the moolah go? We can return to that later. The Obots won the battles and they won the war. They hit us with so many assaults on the Constitution, so many acts of harassment, ongoing corruption, health care policies that less than 40% of Americans endorse, scandals, lies, more scandals, more lies, on a backdrop of 176 rounds of golf, two-jet vacations, fundraiser after fundraiser and more celebrities than "The Tonight Show." The Obama Administration's greatest success (for them, not us) is deleting the issues of deficits, debt and graft--in a word, spending--from public discourse.

Will spending be an issue in 2014?

Predicted 4.5 billlion deaths caused by global warming 2 years past due

Remember back in 2012 when 4.5 billion people died due to global warming? That was scary for all you who missed. In 2007 the Canadian which describes itself as Canada's new socially progressive and cross-cultural national newspaper opined;
Runaway Global Warming promises to literally burn-up agricultural areas into dust worldwide by 2012, causing global famine, anarchy, diseases, and war on a global scale as military powers including the U.S., Russia, and China, fight for control of the Earth's remaining resources.
Over 4.5 billion people could die from Global Warming related causes by 2012, as planet Earth accelerates into a greed-driven horrific catastrophe.

Obama has lowest favorable rating among all living presidents

Which living president has the lowest poll rating? Barack Obama of course. This Gallup poll published June 20 shows Obama enjoys, if that's the proper word, the lowest approval rating of all living presidents. One must assume a sizable number of the sample has no memory of Jimmy Carter which is probably just as well.