Sunday, April 20, 2014

Latest Editorials from Los Angeles Times

Why can't we do more for victims of crime? Thirty years ago, Congress passed the Victims of Crime Act, which directed money from fines and fees paid by criminal offenders to programs designed...
Reproductive services: the Hoag Hospital compact When Hoag Hospital, which has facilities in Irvine and Newport Beach, announced it was establishing a partnership with St. Joseph Health System,...
California needs a rainy-day fund that works  At Gov. Jerry Brown's request, lawmakers will start working next week on a rainy-day fund to better prepare the state for the inevitable next...
No need for a rush to judgment on Obamacare The first open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act ended this week with roughly 7.5 million people obtaining policies through the new...
Speak up, Hilda Solis Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors are typically reelected every four years with token opposition at most, and in former days they..
A tax break worth saving  With lawmakers showing little enthusiasm for an ambitious proposal by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-Mich.) to...
Helping relatives help children Enormous public resources go to foster families and group homes, and those expenditures are appropriate because the county and state are the... Public officials in a wired world: How much privacy should they get? New technology often challenges society's long-standing assumptions and standards, but sometimes courts — and others — lose...
Dodger Yasiel Puig's long road around the Cuba embargo Fleeing Cuba is harrowing and costly, whether it's done in a flimsy boat headed for U.S. shores or a speedboat headed for Mexico. Yasiel...
High school stabbing suspect: He's not an adult  Alex Hribal, the 16-year-old suspect in a stabbing spree at a Pennsylvania high school, has been charged as an adult by local prosecutors....
Standing up to Russia
Perhaps Russia can be induced to pull its troops back from the border with Ukraine and to abandon efforts to destabilize what is left of...

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Latest from Rob Port and Say Anything Blog from North Dakota

Interesting: States That Increased Local Spending Have Not Reduced Property Taxes
Since before the 2007 Legislative session, North Dakota has been embroiled in a statewide debate about property taxes. Judging by the amount of criticism from the public about property taxes, and the fact that the state’s politicians seek to address it again and again with various schemes, I don’t think there’s any question that a majority in the state see property taxes as a problem.

Obama Administration To Announce More Delay For Keystone Pipeline: We live in a democracy. There’s nothing with dissent against pipeline projects, however misguided some of us may feel it is. But there is something wrong with the government sandbagging those projects and pandering to environmental activists by refusing to make a determination one way or another.

Jon Godfread: Conservation Measure Backers Have Flawed Assumptions
I read with great interest a recent letter from Steve Adair and Naomi Thorson about their interpretation of the Clean Water, Wildlife and Parks Amendment.It included several fundamentally flawed assumptions that need to be corrected.

Why George Sinner’s Anemic Fundraising Report Was Devastating For His Campaign

The numbers were awful for Sinner. After months of delays, breaking is own deadlines to announce a campaign, Sinner is now sitting with less than $40,000 in his campaign and just a little more than six months left to go until election day. Cramer, on the other hand, has over $500,000 in cash on hand, twice what he had at this point in his successful 2012 campaign.

Federal Judge Rules That Minnesota Can’t Restrict Coal-Fired Power Imported From North Dakota
A big win for North Dakota against Minnesota’s Next Generation Energy Act which put restrictions on importing coal-fired power into the state.

Steve Cates: A Timeline For Common Core
Did the Common Core Standards appear magically out of thin air? Unlikely.

North Dakota’s March Unemployment Rate: 2.6%, Down From 3% A Year Ago

No surprises in the latest job numbers for North Dakota. Unemployment remains at a rock-bottom low. In fact, it went a bit lower in March of 2014 compared to a year ago.

The Spirit Of The First Amendment Is As Important As The Law

The issue of free speech has been much in the headlines of late, most recently with the situation surrounding Brendan Eich who was forced to step down as Mozilla’s CEO because of a political contribution he made to an anti-gay marriage group.

From The Left: Does North Dakota Have A NIMBY Problem?
Being born in another state, but having spent most of my life here, it took me many years to truly adapt to the unique culture that we have. Our culture was formed on the East, primarily by emigrants from Scandinavia, who came from a culture of people that were fiercely independent and very humble, but also tended to keep to themselves.

After Voting With Him 97% Of The Time, Heidi Heitkamp Helps Other Democrats Campaign Against Obama
In her 2012 campaign, Senator Heidi Heitkamp worked long and hard to brand herself not as a liberal Democrat, but as an “independent” who would “stand up” to President Barack Obama. Such rhetoric was necessary in a state where Obama lost by more than 20 points, and Heitkamp herself won by just a few thousand votes. It’s hard to imagine Heitkamp being in the US Senate now had she not campaigned so hard against Obama.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Chicago Sun Times Seeks to End Trollish Blog Comments

Starting this weekend, the Chicago Sun-Times and the other titles in the Sun-Times Media group will temporarily cease to run comments with our articles.
The world of Internet commenting offers a marvelous opportunity for discussion and the exchange of ideas. But as anyone who has ever ventured into a comment thread can attest, these forums too often turn into a morass of negativity, racism, hate speech and general trollish behaviors that detract from the content.
In fact, the general tone and demeanor is one of the chief criticisms we hear in regard to the usability and quality of our websites and articles. Not only have we heard your criticisms, but we often find ourselves as frustrated as our readers are with the tone and quality of commentary on our pages. (SOURCE: Apr 12, 2014: Craig Newman: Chicago Sun Times: "Sick of Internet comments? Us, too – here’s what we’re doing about it")

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Obamacare Touted as a Success that Might Fail by National Journal's Major Garrett

About a week ago, Major Garrett, writing for the National Journal, wrote

 "The numbers are still coming in on the Affordable Care Act, and that will continue for years." 

And then within just a couple of paragraphs wrote

" Even so, 7.1 million enrollees is a milestone. It doesn’t guarantee the law will work, and it doesn’t ensure premiums won’t rise or doctors and nurses will be available to provide the care promised by the insurance acquired." 

So is he saying that the ACA will continue for years even as a failure? Garrett couldn't be making himself more clear as an Obamacare groupee as he applauds an event that isn't guaranteed to work (his own words) as he writes: 

"What is so remarkable about an administration, with three years to plan, attaining the agreed-upon goal of enrolling 7 million Americans?" 

He then implied the 7.1 million number was one that 

"Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius embraced in congressional testimony"

 but doesn't mention that she also unembraced it after it looked like they were not going to make the goal and claimed the number came from the Congressional Budget Office. Throughout the article Garrett reacts as though he was nominated head cheerleader for Team Obama on health care. And...may be he was or self designated himself to be even in spite of the fact the law might not work.  (SOURCE: Major Garrett: National Journal "White House Masked Fears of Obamacare Collapse")

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Ben Shapiro Profiles Stephen Colbert and with Accuracy

Ben Shapiro (Truth Revolt) has a great article about Stephen Colbert. Very insightful into the character. You can read it in it's entirety at: "Stephen Colbert's Vile Political Blackface."

 I wouldn't have know this was here if I hadnt seen the "critique" at Salon (Or i guess what passes for a critique at Salon which to them means they do a character assassination of the author as opposed to addressing anything in the article) . As I have considered Colbert in recent times I have been hard pressed whether to classify him as political or Hollywood. There's some humor to him til you figure out what he is doing.He's like Norman Lear's Archie Bunker who was created intentionally to make anyone right of center look like an idiot. The amusing thing about his character is that so many people on the left actually think he makes sense like a perpetual Saturday Night Live skit that won't go away..

Media Matters is Bothered that Fox News Acknowledges the existence of the Tea Party

Media Matters is bothered by the answer  Rupert Murdoch gave to Fortune to this question: "Does it bother you at all, Rupert, that there is a view that Fox News has contributed in a big way to the political discontent in the U.S., degraded the political process, and maybe, in spotlighting the Tea Party, even hurt the Republican Party?" Murdoch said 

"I think it has absolutely saved it. It has certainly given voice and hope to people who didn't like all that liberal championing thrown at them on CNN. By the way, we don't promote the Tea Party. That's bullshit. We recognize their existence."

 But the Media Matters author, Ben Demeiro, says 

"But Murdoch's assertion that it's "bullshit" that Fox News promotes the tea party is, well, bullshit.

He then gives examples of Fox News acknowledging they exist and calling it "Tea Party" promotion. 
I think Media Matters is more bothered that Fox News doesn't pretend the Tea Party doesn't exist.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Iowa Governor Signs Muslim Recognition Day; Where's the Freedom From Religion Foundation Now?

Pamela Geller reports that 

"Gov. Terry Branstad signed the annual Muslim Recognition Day proclamation at the Iowa Statehouse today at 11:30 AM." 

and she asks 

" Is there a Hindu recognition day? A Bahai recognition day? A Jewish recognition day? A Buddhist recognition day?

What I have to wonder is where are the usual folks who would be crying fowl because of "separation of church and state?" Or where is the Freedom From Religion Foundation? Hiding? There silence on this not only shows their hypocricy but affirms their cowardice.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Slate Posts (ANOTHER) Misleading Article: Mississippi First Set Them Straight

Mississippi First posted a letter to Slate correcting their misleading article ("Mississippi Sex Ed Class Compares Women to Dirty Pieces of Chocolate"). I knew the Los Angeles Times and Salon  had an article about it, but apparently Cosmopolitan and Wonkette had an article, also.....although I guess with the exception of the LA Times (who sometimes gets stories right), journalist of a feather type together. Anyway,  from Mississippi First:  

"Contrary to your headlines—and even the present progressive tense in some of your stories--Oxford School District is not teaching a curriculum that compares girls to nasty, passed-around chocolate. In 2012, Oxford’s school board revised the district’s sex education policy to require evidence-based, medically accurate, and age-appropriate curricula. Oxford is now teaching two curricula recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services called Draw the Line/Respect the Line and Reducing the Risk. Sure, Slate acknowledged several paragraphs in to its outraged finger-wag that the district is not teaching these lessons today. Unfortunately, since the Slate article failed to mention when Oxford made the switch, the reader gets the impression that the district pitched the peppermint pattie as recently as yesterday instead of two years ago. The rest of you neglected even to note Oxford’s change, leaving us wondering whether you actually read the original LA Times article in full."

 It's not really news any more for Slate to get something wrong. It would be news if they got something right. (SOURCE: Mississippi First: MacKenzie Stroh: "The Truth about Peppermint Pattie: The Real Story of Sex Ed in Mississippi")

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Going forward, the name of the Ford Hood shooter will Not be named

On her show last Wednesday, Megyn Kelly announced that she would not publicly identify the shooter involved in the recent Fort Hood killings: 
"Authorities are identifying the shooter. If you are interested you can get his name on other shows, like the one that preceded this one, and online, but we have decided not to name these mass killers here as a policy here on the Kelly File. Too often it is infamy they seek, and we decline to help."
 Fox News Sean Hannity also followed suit.  Kelly told Bill O'Reilly last year: 
"I really think I’m at the point where I no longer want to utter the names of these people at all. I think we should all do it. If they want to find out the names of these people who do this, who shoot up places or take themselves out in a blaze of glory, go look it up online." 
I think the move is a great move. Quite often in shootings that end in suicide, the shooter thinks he will gain some kind of notoriety or fame and his name will be remembered (though not for anything great). But we all know who shot President Kennedy and his brother, and even remember the name of the person who attempted to kill President Reagan. We should not make legends out of cowardly murderers who take others with them just before they take their own life. 

Friday, April 4, 2014

Truth Revolt Blocks Firefox Users. Thank you Truth Revolt and Ben Shapiro for holding to your convictions.

If you try and go to Truth Revolt and are using Firefox, you will see the following message:

Well done, Ben Shapiro and Truth Revolt, well done!!

Slate - Slate.com - has officially become the armpit of the internet.

Slate has officially become the armpit of the internet. If you are a fan of vitriol, thuggery, crudeness, obnoxiousness, and a long list of other negatives, then Slate is the place to be. Just a sampling of today's articles are: 

Jamelle Bouie says black Americans cant succeed because of "housing discrimination" and "poverty" which basically means "White people"  (Down and Out)

Amanda Hess has already decided that David Letterman's replacement  will likely be  a white guy (Go Ahead, Give David Letterman's Gig to Another White Guy)

 William Saletan encourages people to destroy the lives of at least 435 people because they don't support gay marriage and , hence, should be unemployed (Purge the Bigots)

Mark Joseph Stern tells us that anyone (like the majority of California Voters) were "cruel: for supporting the "cruel" campaign (Just a Reminder: The Campaign for Prop 8 Was Unprecedentedly Cruel)

 Amy S.F. Lutz applauds electrified autistic kids for their health (Why I Got Electroconvulsive Therapy for My Autistic Son)

Bryan Lowder applauds Honey Maid for making a gay graham cracker commercial and implies if you are a company that hasn't made a gay commercial you must be a homophobe. .(Honey Maid Makes Art (and a Great Ad) Out of Hate)

Slate continues it's inquisition and witch hunts of any one who opposes what they believe

Slate continues it's inquisition and witch hunts of any one who opposes what they believe with an article by Wiliam Wheaton ("Purge the Bigots "). After the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, Slate applauds the ruination of a person right to live and work by suggesting that they go after some more. Wheaton writes: 

"Thirty-seven companies in the database are linked to more than 1,300 employees who gave nearly $1 million in combined contributions to the campaign for Prop 8. Twenty-five tech companies are linked to 435 employees who gave more than $300,000. Many of these employees gave $1,000 apiece, if not more. Some, like Eich, are probably senior executives.Why do these bigots still have jobs? Let’s go get them."

 The left driven witch hunt continues. It won't be long before they are burning them at the stake.

The Angry Intolerant Left Forces Another Person to Loose Their Job

Joel Gerhke (Washington Examiner) reports that the angry intolerant left strikes again as Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich resigned under pressure after gay rights activists demanded that he step down or recant his support of traditional marriage laws. Eich donated $1,000 to support Proposition 8, the California ballot initiative that amended the state's constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

 "I don't want to talk about my personal beliefs because I kept them out of Mozilla all these 15 years we've been going,” Eich told The Guardian. “I don't believe they're relevant.” 

That, however, was not an option for the intolerant left. They DEMAND that you goose step with them  or go away. 

"CEO Brendan Eich should make an unequivocal statement of support for marriage equality," a Credoaction petition signed by almost 75,000 people said, per The Inquirer. "If he cannot, he should resign. And if he will not, the board should fire him immediately." 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Slate Posts One of the Most Racist & Race Baiting Articles I Have ever Seen in Recent Times

I posted this in the comments section of an article today:' This has got to be one of the most racist and race baiting article I have read in recent times. This author and Slate should be embarrassed for trying to pass this off as journalism. "  The article was from Slate, and just the title makes you think where its probably going to go ("Why Whites Support Capital Punishment"). And author Jamelle Bouie does not disappoint. Through a lengthy effort to justify his position he goes back to the 1700s and then Louisiana history in the 19th century and then attempts to bring it all up into the 20th by century by noting that 

"it’s noteworthy that as late as 1954, rape was a capital offense in every state of the former Confederacy, and five retained the death penalty for arson.." 

And this has what to do with race? He cites as some sort of "proof" in the writings of a book called "Persuasion and Resistance: Race and the Death Penalty in America" (written by Mark Peffley & Jon Hurwitz). What Bouie leaves out is the book summary which says 

 "Although there exists a large and well-documented “race gap” between whites and blacks in their support for the death penalty, we know relatively little about the nature of these differences and how the races respond to various arguments against the penalty."  

Anyway, the conclusion is that if you are white and support the capital punishment it's because you are racist. So I restate: This author and Slate should be embarrassed for trying to pass this off as journalism.

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Issue is NOT whether Paul Ryan is Racist; It's What Does the Word "Racist" Mean?

Ian Haney Lopez, in an article titled "So, IS Paul Ryan a Racist?"  pontificates about whether or not the discussion about Paul Ryan being a racist is justified or not. Moyers assumes "expertise" because he recently wrote a book about race-baiting and he penned the Politico article "Is Paul Ryan Racist" on Mar 16, which he blames Politico editors for putting the title on it.  In the end, Lopez feels the debate is good and summarizes by saying:
 "And that means that arguing about whether Paul Ryan is a racist is a very good thing." 
I might agree except that it comes at the expense of a persons reputation. The real question that needs to be debated is what the word "racist" means today, as I believe it has shifted from what it used to mean. THEN, it could be clear whether or not Ryan can be fit in that category. As it is, "Racism," very much like the word "homophobe" are simply shiny things that distract the conversation from the real issues.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Activist Post: Feinstein's Bill to Kill Free Speech of Independent Journalists Has Enough Votes to Pass Senate

After fending off numerous attacks on the freedom of the internet last year, activists and independent journalists alike are now facing another hurdle that flies in the face of freedom of the press, the “Journalist Shield Law“.
Although the bill is being sold by the Obama administration and establishment politicians in both parties as a positive step in protecting free speech, unfortunately the name of this bill is highly deceiving. Remembering just how unpatriotic the Patriot Act was, this new law, although deceivingly named, is likely to crush freedom of speech of any journalist not on a corporate payroll. According to the AP, this is how the bill defines who a real journalist is:
The bill’s protections would apply to a “covered journalist,” defined as an employee, independent contractor or agent of an entity that disseminates news or information. The individual would have to have been employed for one year within the last 20 or three months within the last five years.
It would apply to student journalists or someone with a considerable amount of freelance work in the last five years. A federal judge also would have the discretion to declare an individual a “covered journalist” who would be granted the privileges of the law. (SOURCE: Nick Bernabe: Activist Post: "Feinstein’s Bill to Kill Free Speech of Independent Journalists ‘Has Votes’ to Pass Senate")

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Huffington Post Seems to be in a Real Hurry to Perpetuate a Religious Controversy at Virgina Tech

The Huffington Post really wants to perpetuate a controversy at Virginia Tech.   First they reported a story that said "Atheists Reportedly Face 'Forcible Baptisms' At Virginia Tech" which was clearly an unverified report from Daniel Linford, a philosophy graduate student on the Executive Board of Freethinkers at Virginia Tech. However, even though it was unverified the Huffington Post printed it. Then, AFTER, it was printed, the Post was contacted by the president of Freethinkers at Virginia Tech, Josh Clark, who said "First off, in Dan’s interview, he was not speaking on behalf of our club. Dan is not affiliated with the club in the sense that he doesn’t hold an executive position" and stated that "Freethinkers significantly doubts that forced baptisms occur in any significant number at Virginia Tech, if at all." That's probably information that could have been discovered beforehand through some kind of verification process, or what is commonly know as good journalism.

A Google search showed that they were forced to offer a correction, but the accusation still remains, though quite clearly unfounded.