Left Coast Stupidity on Display

by: the Common Constitutionalist

How’s the weather in your neck of the woods? Here in New England we’re freezing our tushies off. It could be worse. We could be living in the Lakes region or Buffalo New York buried under several feet of snow, with more on the way. And winter is still over a month away.

I was speaking with a buddy of mine from Houston Texas a day or so ago. He told me was in the 30s. The 30s – in Houston – where they fry bacon on the sidewalks in May.

In fact the whole country is frozen over, save for maybe the southern tip of Florida.

However, none of this seems to have any affect on the liberal wackos in Berkeley California.

Kristin Bender of the AP writes: “Some of the country’s first gas pump warning labels about climate change are coming to Berkeley, a city with a long history of green and clean policies. The Berkeley City Council voted late Tuesday to draft a proposal by next spring that will put stickers on gas pumps citywide to warn customers that burning fuel contributes to global warming.” read more

Senate Panel OKs Measure Defining a Journalist

Who couldn’t have guessed this would eventually come up? I wonder if they have an end game in mind?

 

(AP) Senate panel Oks measure defining a journalist
By DONNA CASSATA
Associated Press
WASHINGTON
A Senate panel on Thursday approved a measure defining a journalist, which had been an obstacle to broader media shield legislation designed to protect reporters and the news media from having to reveal their sources.

The Judiciary Committee’s action cleared the way for approval of legislation prompted by the disclosure earlier this year that the Justice Department had secretly subpoenaed almost two months of telephone records for 21 phone lines used by reporters and editors for The Associated Press and secretly used a warrant to obtain some emails of a Fox News journalist. The subpoenas grew out of investigations into leaks of classified information to the news organizations.

The AP received no advance warning of the subpoena.

The vote was 13-5 for a compromise defining a “covered journalist” as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information. The individual would have been employed for one year within the last 20 or three months within the last five years.

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Another Obamacare Fact-Check

Apologies for the Obamacare saturation coverage today, but news is news — and the news is still terrible for Obamacare.  Katie underscored the Associated Press’ fact check of Obama’s latest round of perfidious healthcare assertions earlier.  Now McClatchy’s getting in on the act with the unsparing headline, “Obama boasts of health care savings, but costs likely to rise for many.”  Yup:

President Barack Obama assailed Republicans on Thursday for trying to dismantle his signature health care law, saying it’s already providing a benefit of one kind or another to millions of Americans, including a drop in projected premium costs in nearly a dozen states. But experts predict that premiums on individual plans will increase in most states because of the new consumer protections the sweeping legislation requires. The impact on premiums will vary across states depending on geographic location, the type of coverage and the individual characteristics of the enrollee. 

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Government Secretly Obtains AP Records

Although this is a travesty, one part of me can’t help but be delighted by it. This should never happen to anyone or organization, left or right. But after you finish reading, don’t you just want to tell them we told you so. At the end of the day these thugs don’t care who they take down. The press now knows not to ever step out of line! …And they came for the press…

 

WASHINGTON (TheBlaze/AP) — The Justice Department secretly obtained two months of telephone records of reporters and editors for The Associated Press in what the news cooperative’s top executive called a “massive and unprecedented intrusion” into how news organizations gather the news.

The records obtained by the Justice Department listed incoming and outgoing calls, and the duration of each call, for the work and home phone numbers of individual reporters, general AP office numbers in New York, Washington and Hartford, Conn., and the main number for AP reporters in the House of Representatives press gallery, according to attorneys for the AP.

In all, the government seized those records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to AP and its journalists in April and May of 2012. The exact number of journalists who used the phone lines during that period is unknown but more than 100 journalists work in the offices whose phone records were targeted on a wide array of stories about government and other matters.

In a letter of protest sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday, AP President and Chief Executive Officer Gary Pruitt said the government sought and obtained information far beyond anything that could be justified by any specific investigation. He demanded the return of the phone records and destruction of all copies.

“There can be no possible justification for such an overbroad collection of the telephone communications of The Associated Press and its reporters. These records potentially reveal communications with confidential sources across all of the newsgathering activities undertaken by the AP during a two-month period, provide a road map to AP’s newsgathering operations, and disclose information about AP’s activities and operations that the government has no conceivable right to know,” Pruitt said.

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This Just In…Republicans are Racist

Methodologically Flawed AP Poll: Republicans Are Racist

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The Associated Press is claiming, based on the results of a recent poll of theirs, that anti-black sentiments have increased under President Obama so much that it stands to knock him back by five percentage points in the popular vote on Election Day.

The main offenders, those most likely to engage in explicit and implicit prejudice against blacks, are, naturally, Republicans.

The AP found similar results in 2008, a fact which really ought to be cause for them to re-examine their methodology, considering Obama won the popular vote in a landslide that year.

One reason the poll revealed racism is because of the AP’s definition of racism, which is an incorrect definition.

For example, one question it asks is, “Irish, Italians, Jewish [sic], and other minorities overcame prejudice and worked their way up. Blacks should do the same without special favors. Agree or disagree.”

If a respondent answered that he agreed with that statement, he is considered racist. It is considered racist to believe that we should hold all races to the same standard.

Another question the poll asks: “It’s really a matter of some people just not trying hard enough; if Blacks [sic] would only try harder, they could be just as well off as whites.” (Here I note that the word “Blacks” was incorrectly capitalized and the word “whites” was correctly not.)

If a respondent answered that he agreed with that statement, he is considered racist. The flaw here is that the same person who would agree with that statement would also agree with the statement even if any mention of a particular race were removed; e.g., “If people would only try harder, they could be well off.” That is a statement with which Democrats generally disagree and Republicans generally agree. Republicans recognize that it is the same exact question no matter what race is specified and no matter whether race is specified at all, and they will answer the same way regardless. The AP worded it in such a way that the expected Republican reply would necessarily come across as racist.

Many of the other questions that were asked used this same “gotcha” methodology, framing the questions so that Democratic replies would necessarily sound more favorable than Republican ones. (“Over the past few years, Blacks have gotten less than they deserve.” Agree or disagree? Republicans disagree, but only because they don’t believe anybody “deserves” anything beyond life, liberty, and the freedom to pursue their happiness, so this question is biased against Republican respondents.)

If there truly is an increase in the negative attitude towards blacks in America, the results

Republicans are all Racist

of a seriously flawed poll cannot be a reliable indicator of that.

But, if it is true, I have my own theory as to why: Barack Obama has engaged in the most racially divisive politics since the days of Woodrow Wilson, pitting blacks against whites. After four years of blacks being made to feel like the victims of whites, would it be surprising if they did hold any resentment towards whites? And after four years of whites being made to feel like their ethnicity is a thing to hide from, would it be surprising if they did hold any resentment towards blacks?

And just as an afterthought, I’ve never met a single conservative Republican who would prefer white Republican Jon Huntsman to black Republican Allen West, or white Republican Joe Scarborough to black Republican Thomas Sowell–for any office.

Mitt Romney, Father of our Nation?

So we recently learned the ancestry of our lord and savior, Barack Hussein Obama. After an exhaustive and no doubt expensive geneology search including DNA evidence & Ouija Boards, the Associated Press reports magical concrete evidence that our dear president is not only the descendent of slaves but undeniable proof he descended from the very first American slave. He’s even more authentic & awesome that we thought!

Of course, it’s not until nearing the end of the article (you know, the part that no one reads), the wholly unbiased AP admits the links are weak at best and really can’t be proved. What’s important is that it could be true if one just wants it to be badly enough.

Hearing of this revelation the RGCA (Republican genealogical Committee of America) decided to conduct its own study on presidential nominee, Mitt Romney.

The committees findings suggest Mitt Romney’s ancestry can be traced back to George Washington, the father of our nation.

Here are the indisputable facts: 

Washington was known to sleep in many places, if you know what I mean.

We’ve all seen the signs, “Washington Slept Here”.

Well it seems George Washington may have taken a secret trip down below, to Ole Mexico.

In one of the places where “Washington slept”, lived a peasant girl named Consuelo Romneskasketa .

After Washington’s swift departure, most didn’t believe her, as she attempted to describe her tryst with George. She, however, retained proof of the affair. During the height of their night’s passion together, she got a splinter in her lip from one of George’s wooden teeth. The splinter, I hear, is still housed, under glass, in the Mexican museum of Antiquities.

The press of the day, hearing rumors upon Washington’s return to the states, asked him for comment. Was there any truth to the rumored affair with Mexican house girl Consuelo Romneskasketa? And what about this “Splinter”?

Washington’s purported answer was, “It depends on what the word, “Splinter” is.

Family Resemblance Anyone?

They also discovered the origin of Mitt’s name, which is apparently American Indian. Being that Southwestern American Indians and Mexicans have a similar heritage this was not uncommon, nor a surprise to the highly skilled linguists of the RGCA.

The english translation is as follows:

Mitt was derived from the Indian Mittaskeshaw, meaning outsourcing.

The linguists claim Romney comes from the Indian Romneskasketa, meaning, capitalist exploiter.

I wasn’t aware the Native Americans language had such words, but I am not going to question the experts.

So, there you have it. Absolute proof. Obama = First American slave, Romney = Father of our country.

A Few are Awakening

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A funny thing happened upon release of the monthly unemployment statistics yesterday.

A few journalists in the mainstream media began to wake up.

While there are still plenty of headlines floating around today that are some variation on “Unemployment Down Despite Lack of Jobs, Obama Yay,” a few journalists appear to have noticed the oxymoron inherent in the story pushed by the Obama Labor Department.

You’d be excused if your initial reaction is “it’s about time.”

Reuters and a few news outlets got it right this time. Instead of following the lead of the Associated Press, which published a story earlier this week predicting unemployment below 8 percent by election time, Reuters’ headline reported “US hiring slows, spells trouble for economy, Obama.”

While the unemployment rate technically fell from 8.2 percent in March to 8.1 percent in April, only about 115,000 jobs were added, not enough to account for the statistical improvement of jobless figures.

The secret number that’s being buried this month is the increasing number of people who are just giving up and leaving the labor force altogether. About half a million unemployed people who were counted as being in the labor force in March were removed from the April figures, drastically shrinking the number of people considered unemployed, without increasing jobs.

The Associated Press report predicting sub-8 percent unemployment ran this week before the release of the new labor figures. The prediction titled “Steady Job Gains To Sustain US Recovery” was based on interviews with obviously pro-Obama economists, included some outright boosterism:

“Falling unemployment would boost President Barack Obama’s prospects in November. Going back to 1956, no president has lost re-election when the unemployment rate dropped in the two years before the election.”

The AP’s spin on today’s unemployment figures was “Jobs Lost to Recession Trickle Back.”

The Associated Press’ chairman is William Dean Singleton, who last month slobbered all over himself while introducing President Obama at a luncheon. Singleton also owns hundreds of newspapers across the country and is probably singlehandedly responsible for running more newspapers into the ground than any human being in the last century.

Under Singleton’s leadership, those newspapers that haven’t closed outright have whittled their staffs down to near nothing, virtually eliminated local and original reporting, and ultimately just become print versions of the Associated Press and New York Time wire service, with local banners and ads.

As the Associated Press has swung Left under Singleton, a substantial portion of America’s newspapers have blindly followed.

Reuters, owned by the Thomson Corporation of Canada, operates in somewhat different circles than the AP leadership. One story doesn’t mean any media outlet is changing its tune, but it would be nice if professional reporters started leaving the rose-colored glasses at home when covering the Obama Administration.

Editors notes:

1) The margin of error for that 115,000 jobs number is 100,000. My prediction; the paultry 115,000 will quitely be revised down. Watch for it next week. It always happens.

2) 125,000 to 150,000 jobs must be added each month just to keep pace with work force population growth.

3) The Workforce or Labor Participation Rate is at 63.6%, the lowest in 30 years (1981). The labor force dropped 522,000 off the books to total over 88,000,000 discouraged Americans no longer looking for work.

Simply put, by dropping people off the books, the government can claim any unemployment rate it wishes without adding a single new job.

Obama hearts the Second Amendment

The Obama camp, including the media, wasted no time trying to burnish President Obama’s Second Amendment credentials after Mitt Romney told a crowd at the National Rifle Association that the president was not protecting gun owners’ rights.

“We need a president who will enforce current laws, not create new ones that only serve to burden lawful gun owners,” Romney said at the St. Louis convention. “President Obama has not. I will.”

Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said the president’s record “makes clear the he supports and respects the Second Amendment, and we’ll fight back against any attempts to mislead voters.”

The Associated Press jumped to Obama’s defense with a story that countered Romney’s words with statements such as “the topic has rarely arisen during (Obama’s) time in office.”

It’s the sort of reportorial assertion that masquerades as balance but is more likely to appear in a story about a GOP member slamming the president than vice versa.

Romney does have a changeable record on gun rights, having said in 1994, “I don’t line up with the NRA,” then becoming an NRA member a decade later. But at least his history moves in the right direction.

Obama’s camp seems to be promoting the thesis that because the president hasn’t pushed for outrageous limits on guns that he therefore is some sort of Second Amendment champion. The more likely truth is that he knows congressional resistance from Republicans is strong.

As is often the case with Obama, to discern his real position on gun issues, it’s useful to look at the people around him. Since taking office, the president has appointed a number of anti-gun zealots to high office, such as Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor.

Then there’s the Big Daddy of the anti-gun crowd, Eric Holder, who once talked about having to “brainwash” the public into being against guns, yet administered the Fast and Furious operation that put powerful U.S.-made weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.Romney also brought up a good point at the NRA conference, raising the question of President Obama’s recent open-mic comments to the Russian President Medvedev.

“In a second term, he would be unrestrained by the demands of re-election,” Romney said. “As he told the Russian president last month when he thought no one else was listening, after a re-election he’ll have a lot more, quote, ‘flexibility’ to do what he wants. I’m not exactly sure what he meant by that, but looking at his first three years, I have a very good idea.”

It’s not a minor point, especially with Obama’s recent executive order allowing him to declare martial law in peacetime without approval of Congress.

Attribution: Tad Cronn

Current Delegate Count (03-07-2012)

Here are delegate counts as of 5:55 a.m. ET on Wednesday, March 17, as tabulated by The Associated Press:

 Mitt Romney, 415 delegates.

Rick Santorum, 176 delegates.

Newt Gingrich, 105 delegates.

Ron Paul, 47 delegates.

All told, the Super Tuesday states will send 437 delegates to the national convention beginning on Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla. Some of them are superdelegates with automatic slots, who are not in play in Tuesday’s elections. The AP count includes superdelegates who have already made their choices.

What’s a Superdelegate?

Unlike most convention delegates, the superdelegates are not selected based on the party primaries and caucuses in each U.S. state, in which voters choose among candidates for the party’s presidential nomination.

 Instead, most of the superdelegates are seated automatically, based solely on their status as current (Republican and Democrat) or former (Democrat only) party leaders and elected officials. Others are chosen during the primary season. All the superdelegates are free to support any candidate for the nomination.

 Although originally created to describe this type of Democrat delegate, the term has become widely used to describe these particular delegates in both parties, even though it is not an official term used by either party.

 In 2012, there are 126 Republican superdelegates.There are potentially 3 superdelegates in each state, consisting of the state chairman and two RNC committeemembers. However, certain states either have no superdelegates or have them but their votes are bound by the results of the state vote.