NY Times admits good economic news

You know it just killed them to do it, and as Ken Shepherd writes here, they didn't exactly blare the positives the way they did the negatives:What a difference three days make. 72 little hours.In that time, a New York Times reporter went from tolling the death knell of real wage growth to reporting a 7-percent wage jump over last year after inflation.“[T]he current expansion has a chance to become the first sustained period of economic growth since World War II t … [Read more...]

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Derek Jeter Jumps

In yesterday's game, Jeter once again made a terrific play, fielding a grounder, spinning 360 degrees while in the air and making a perfect throw to get the runner out at first. No easy feat with no feet on the ground - the throw is built entirely on upper body strength - but Jeter makes it look simple. A commenter during the broadcast said (paraphrasing), "I've watched him do that move for 11 years, now, and after a while you forget just how remarkably tough it is...until you see another … [Read more...]

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The Day “Bush Hatred” Jumps the Shark

A few years ago the press and the left were gasping about the "brilliance" of some novella (whose name escapes me - it was called Checkpoint, or Flashpoint or Freakpoint or something - I'll have to go to the Borders Bargain Bin and see what it's called, again) in which a character discusses "assassinating George W. Bush." How daring! It represented the staggering intellectualism of Bush Derangement Syndrome, or whatever.And there have been, here and there, in London and NY, small theatre … [Read more...]

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A Podcast? Oh, you flatterer, you!

Sort of a nice thing happened this week...I got invited to be interviewed by the Baltimore Sun for a podcast - can you imagine? With all that's happening in the world, they're out of ideas - they must be to want to talk to me! Exchanged some emails with a very congenial and witty fellow who wanted to talk to me about the blog and why I write and what I write and blah, blah, blah. I was pleased they found the blog interesting enough to want to feature it on their not-yet-activated podcast, but … [Read more...]

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Two conservatives in civil dispute

That would be Bulldog Pundit, who doesn't much like John McCain, and Pat Hynes, who likes McCain so much he's working for him.It's nice to see two people in thorough disagreement with each other managing to do it like adults. An example for the rest of us. … [Read more...]

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“How a Non-Catholic respectfully communes at Mass”

"This is how you do it..."Thus says from my Li'l Bro Thom (no Bush-lover, he) who very much appreciated seeing President Bush not receive communion while attending a Catholic mass.Non-Catholics and Catholics who have not yet gone through the process of formally receiving the sacrament of reconciliation and their first communion, but who wish to "participate" in that part of the Mass are invited to process to the minister dispensing the Holy Eucharist with their hands crossed upon their chest … [Read more...]

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Incuriouser & Incuriouser – Bush or the Press?

Jay Ambrose has a great piece up that touches on something I've always maintained, that the word "incurious" belongs rightly to the press, not the president.The incurious press never did want to know about John Kerry's military records...they never did actually want to hear what the Swiftboat Vets had to say...hell, they weren't even curious enough about Plamegate to ask Joe Wilson a question beyond "so, how is the Bush Neocon Cabal out to get you?" They never were curious enough to ask … [Read more...]

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“I’m a terrorist?” Press itself causes doubt.

A year ago we were listening to reporters tell us that the Superdome was hell-on-earth, that gangs were raping and murdering babies...based on nothing more factual than an escape of hot air out of someone's inflamed rantings.Now, has some video that I'm not sure we should pay any attention to:From KTVU in San Francisco, here’s a little bit of information that somehow failed to make it into any of the media reports on yesterday’s hit and run attacks in San Francisco.Watch as reporter Rob Rot … [Read more...]

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“All that I hate, I am become!”

St. Paul wrote those words, grieving about his own moral state, understanding that his human weakness could bring out in him behavior he deplored in others.I have used the phrase a few times on the blog, but this time, it's my center-left L'il Bro Thom saying it, in response to this article.Last week, Sen. George Allen personally apologized to a staff member of his Democrat opponent, James Webb, for calling him a "macaca." This was the latest in a string of public apologies for what has been … [Read more...]

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“Fascist” – word only newsworthy when used by GOP

This is pretty funny - we've heard folks on the left throw the words "fascist" and "fascism" around for decades now, at the drop of a hat. I still remember Liz Smith asking Hillary Clinton how it felt to be running for the senate against "a fascist," (that would be Rudy Giuliani, who was called a fascist throughout his two terms as Mayor of NYC, excepting those post 9/11 months.)Hillary simply "giggled" at the question. She didn't have a problem with the word being applied to the man. No … [Read more...]

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Muslim kills Jews? Road Rage? -UPDATED

:::UPDATE II::: A reader graciously sent me a link to this map which really lays out the path of the perp. Clearly the neighborhood was not "Jewish," and although I did qualify my remarks (saying it "appeared to be a somewhat Jewish neighborhood" on the basis of the first input of readers), on further examination, one cannot conclude that the perp was "targeting Jews." Whether this can rightly be called "terrorism" at this point is debatable. I don't mind saying it when I am wrong, and I feel … [Read more...]

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Shame of Plame stays mainly on…the Plame!

I meant to link to this terrific post by Ed Morrissey before my computer started acting up, and I can't not link to it, now, because I simply adore his righteous and exquisite wrath:The more I think about this, the angrier I get -- and not just at Patrick Fitzgerald. Richard Armitage confessed to the DoJ in October 2003, and then sat on his ass for the next three years as the media and the Left play this into a paranoid fantasy of conspiracies and revenge. I know Armitage dislikes Rove, … [Read more...]

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All the news that’s fit to read elsewhere UPDATED

:::UPDATE::: BlueCrab Boulevard finds that England had no problem reporting on the material the NY Times said they could not. Interesting. Sad. :::END UPDATE:::The NY Times continues its inexorable slide into utter irrelevance:The New York Times' Web site is blocking British readers from a news article detailing the investigation into the recent airline terror plot, turning its Internet ad-targeting technology into a means of complying with U.K. laws."We had clear legal advice that … [Read more...]

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“Forced Conversions? Hey, no prob, man!”

Hey, that Spanish Inquisition, that was pretty bad, what with forcing folks to convert to Catholicism or die, huh?Good thing stuff like that doesn't happen anymore...or, you know, if it does it's no big deal! It's not like they're burning people at the stake or anything, right? It's not like during the Crusades when a captured Christian soldier might have his feet boiled in oil unless he claimed "There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet..."It's all so civilized, now. Sure, … [Read more...]

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