President Obama’s auto fatality gaffe
President Obama said some rather strange things during his appearance on The Tonight Show last week, but one gaffe in particular has flown low under the radar. While he was attempting to downplay the resurgence of al-Qaeda, the President said, “The odds of people dying in a terrorist attack obviously are still a lot lower than in a car accident, unfortunately.” This was before he | Read More »
Live from Macon, GA: My Take on the Georgia Senate Race
Here in Middle Georgia, fresh from making buttermilk peach ice cream from a fresh crop of Georgia peaches to go with my wife’s homemade pound cake, comes word that Republicans are worried about Georgia. With this article circulating from The Hill about the state of the GOP primary in Georgia, more folks have emailed asking for my thoughts. I’ve put them off to let the | Read More »
Duck Dynasty Goes to Washington?
Duck Dynasty star Willie Robertson is being eyed as a candidate for Congress in the Bayou state. Millions have watched his antics on the show, but could Robertson turn that into votes in Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District? Current seat holder Rodney Alexander is retiring to take a job in Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s administration leaving his Congressional seat open and prompting a special election set | Read More »
The Protocols of the Elders of South Dakota
When Edward Schumacher-Matos signed to serve as the NPR Ombudsman he probably forgot his hip-boots. He was blissfully unaware that his job description would include a thorough mucking of the Augean Stables. When NPR reporter Laura Sullivan ran a series that accused the state of South Dakota of removing Native American children from reservation homes and farming them out to wealthy Caucasian foster parents to collect federal subsidies for the adoption, he knew that he had stepped into a bear-trap of a professional assignment.
Schumacher-Matos took Sullivan apart and NPR to task. He detailed five fundamental professional ethics violations that occurred in the reporting of the story. He gets straight to the point below.
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The series committed five sins that violate NPR’s code of standards and ethics. They were:
1. No proof for its main allegations of wrongdoing;
2. Unfair tone in communicating these unproven allegations;
3. Factual errors, shaky anecdotes and misleading use of data by quietly switching what was being measured;
4. Incomplete reporting and lack of critical context;
5. No response from the state on many key points.
Can Jeff Bezos Save Print Media?
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the purchase of the Washington Post by Jeff Bezos, if he can use his vision and technology to change our consumption of news, and some amazing Bitcoin statistics.
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McConnell Experiences Election Cycle Catharsis – Sort of
This past year, we have witnessed the wholesale collapse of the Senate GOP Conference. With the help of Senate Republicans, Democrats successfully passed the fiscal cliff tax hike/stimulus bill, amnesty, a massive farm bill, an internet sales tax, and most recently – the confirmation of an array of radical executive nominees. Throughout this year, as John McCain and Lindsey Graham have divided the conference, everyone | Read More »
Clown Dresses As Obama At MO State Fair, Democrats Cry “Racism®” *UPDATED
A rodeo clown at the Missouri State Fair over the weekend donned an Obama mask instead of typical clown fare. The clown, a participant in the fair and not officially representative of the fair, broke the new golden rule: thou shalt not mock the President. [Show Me Progress photo] Senator Claire McCaskill called it “shameful.” “If what’s being reported is true, then it’s shameful and it’s unacceptable. | Read More »
Washington Post buries its allegation that Terry McAuliffe’s Greentech lied to VEDP.
There’s a good bit here of interest in this surprisingly hostile Washington Post article on Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe* and his horrible, awful, no good kiddie electric car company GreenTech, but one particular bit jumps out: VEDP [Virginia Economic Development Partnership] officials were also uneasy about GreenTech’s heavy reliance on EB-5 financing. A top GreenTech executive told the VEDP that each year, 20,000 Chinese | Read More »
Bob Filner was actually quite representative of the incoming 2007 Democratic House leadership.
Breitbart may want to present this without comment… …but I have no intention of following suit. Let’s look at that list, shall we?
40% Growth in Oil and Gas Jobs Since 2007. #oilandgas
From FuelFix.com, the energy blog of the Houston Chronicle: Jobs in the oil and gas sector have grown 40 percent in the last five years, helping to counteract the tepid one percent increase in total U.S. employment. The oil and natural gas industry created more than 162,000 jobs from 2007 to 2012 in drilling, extraction and support services, according to a report by the Labor | Read More »
Quote of the Day, From The Mouth Of Terry McAuliffe’s Business Partner edition.
Greentech Automotive president Charles Wang, on the dubious joys of partnering with Virginia gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe: …there are days when Mr. Wang says he wishes he had never gone into business with a politically connected partner. “I learned a lot of things,” he said. “Politicians or people with political backgrounds are dangerous to business.” Bolding mine – and get that up on a campaign | Read More »
Democrats: Filner Magically Cured Of The Pervs In Less Than Two Weeks
Bob Filner has emerged early from the therapy it’s claimed he went to after his raging case of Pervs was cured, say Democrats. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s chief of staff confirmed to 10News that the mayor began his therapy a week early and has already completed the program. On Friday afternoon, Chief of Staff Lee Burdick told 10News reporter Allison Ash that Filner began | Read More »
The real class war
Somehow Marxist class theory has been written into American politics at the genetic level. It’s easy to understand why politicians, especially the dedicated Big Government types, want us to think this way. We never should have played along. But we did, so now Americans view themselves as a great, shapeless, saintly Middle Class, floating above a shadowy Lower Class from which we have no right | Read More »
Missouri Voters May Get The Right To Vote For Employee Choice
With more than 91% of its workforce union free, Missouri is still one of those states that allow unions to have employees fired from their jobs for refusing to pay union dues. However, that could change.
According to Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder, Missouri voters may soon get the chance to vote whether to give employees the right to decide for themselves whether or not to fund union bosses by putting so-called Right-to-Work legislation on the 2014 ballot.
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Japan’s Debt Tops One Quadrillion Yen
On today’s edition of Coffee and Markets, Brad Jackson is joined by Francis Cianfrocca to discuss the new Japanese debt number of one quadrillion Yen, how they got to such an absurd debt level and if Bernanke policy has sent us on the same death spiral.
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