Leave it to the Associated Press, with the assistance of the "magic" of seasonal adjustments, to make the November housing market appear as if it was a bit better than the two months that preceded it. It wasn't.

Thursday, the wire service grabbed the single crumb that was available, namely the Census Bureau's report earlier that day that annualized, seasonally adjusted housing starts had increased by about 4% and turned it into a decidedly positive headline: "Home construction up after 2 months of declines."

AP Economics Writer Jeannine Aversa watered down the headline in her very first sentence, describing the "up" part of the headline as a "nudge."

That's nowhere near enough. The available evidence indicates that November may have been the worst month the homebuilding industry has had in 4-5 decades of related recordkeeping.

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Leave it to the Associated Press, with the assistance of the "magic" of seasonal adjustments, to make the November housing market appear as if it was a bit better than the two months that preceded it. It wasn't.

Thursday, the wire service grabbed the single crumb that was available, namely the Census Bureau's report earlier that day that annualized, seasonally adjusted housing starts had increased by about 4% and turned it into a decidedly positive headline: "Home construction up after 2 months of declines."

AP Economics Writer Jeannine Aversa watered down the headline in her very first sentence, describing the "up" part of the headline as a "nudge."

That's nowhere near enough. The available evidence indicates that November may have been the worst month the homebuilding industry has had in 4-5 decades of related recordkeeping.

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Rep. Peter King will hold hearings on “the radicalization” of American Muslims when he gets his gavel for the House’s homeland-security committee. Framing the question that way predetermines its outcome: millions of Americans will be presumptively guilty of drifting into fellow-traveling with al-Qaeda. But King is right that even a statistically miniscule rise in homegrown […]

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The Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) claimed to have uncovered two Israeli spy cameras placed in the mountains overlooking Beirut. And how did it know that the devices belong to Israel? Well, one of them had the word "Israel" written in English on its side. The LAF promptly posted photos of the cameras on its website.

A mysterious explosion also rocked the southern Lebanese city of Saida on Wednesday night, which Lebanese media said was caused by Israel destroying another espionage device. Israel denied that was the case, and Lebanese authorities have so far been unable to produce munitions with "Israel" written in large letters on its side.

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As one of the liberal media members that have expressed feeling betrayed by the President's recent tax compromise proposal, Ed Schultz on Wednesday said Barack Obama did a better job of selling the Bush tax cuts than George W. Bush ever did.

So dismayed by today's 81 to 19 Senate vote in favor of the measure was the host of MSNBC's "The Ed Show" that he asked Nation magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, "Do you trust President Obama?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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As one of the liberal media members that have expressed feeling betrayed by the President's recent tax compromise proposal, Ed Schultz on Wednesday said Barack Obama did a better job of selling the Bush tax cuts than George W. Bush ever did.

So dismayed by today's 81 to 19 Senate vote in favor of the measure was the host of MSNBC's "The Ed Show" that he asked Nation magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, "Do you trust President Obama?" (video follows with transcript and commentary):

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On MSNBC Friday night, Ed Schultz proclaimed on his show that Sarah Palin's a phony for touring Haiti now, that the "earthquake happened 11 months ago" and now she's just doing it to plug her new book and reality show. (Ed seems to have missed the recent cholera outbreak. Who needs the Couric question about what newspapers he reads?) Since liberals usually equate traveling to desperate spots of global poverty with compassion, let's ask this question: When has Ed Schultz been to Haiti? A review of transcripts on Nexis and Google searches provide no shred of evidence that Schultz has cared enough to visit.

But there he was in his New York studio — the one he may have threatened to burn down for leaving him out of network promos — trashing Palin as insincere at the top of his show: "The next stop on Sarah Palin’s grandstanding tour is Haiti.  Is she really, really—does she really want to help these folks?  She should start with the unemployed Americans.  She’s exploiting desperate people for political gain, and it makes me sick." Halfway through the show came his attack on her "grandstanding" with Christian evangelist Franklin Graham and his Samaritan's Purse relief agency:

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(Paul)

Tonight the MLB network will air Game Seven of the 1960 World Series. It’s the first time the game will be seen since October 13, 1960, the day it was played. As I understand it, a film of the game was uncovered recently in the wine cellar of then-Pirate part-owner Bing Crosby (1960 was a very good year). Crosby couldn’t make it to Game 7 because he was out of the country (in some accounts he did not attend out of superstition). So he had someone film the television broadcast.




Power Line

Dec 152010

$ 8 billion in earmarks for spending bill.
American Thinker Blog

America’s 39th President talks about his biggest failure:

Former President Jimmy Carter says his biggest failure during his term in the White House was that he didn’t get to spend another four years there.

“I guess my biggest failure was not getting reelected,” he said in an interview with Big Think, referring to the 1980 presidential election.

Carter, 86, said the loss taught him “not to ever let American hostages be held for 444 days in a foreign country without extracting them.”

Gee, do you think?




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A new ABC-Washington Post poll found ObamaCare sunk to its lowest popularity yet: 52 percent opposed, and only 43 percent in favor. ABC mentioned the poll without fanfare at the end of a Jake Tapper report on Monday’s World News, and Tapper added this was the health law's "lowest level of popularity ever." But Tuesday’s Washington Post reported not one sentence on the poll in the paper – even as they reported in the paper that the same survey found Obama’s tax-and-unemployment-compensation deal has “broad bipartisan support.”

This is the same Post that highlighted the news on Page One on October 20, 2009, when they found a “clear majority” in favor of a socialist “public option” — amid charges they oversampled Democrats. 

The numbers weren't excluded because they arrived late. The Post poll numbers went up on the website yesterday at about 1 pm, under the headline “Health care opponents divided on repeal.” That obscured the numbers a bit, as Cohen found a “slim majority” (not a “clear majority”?) currently oppose ObamaCare: 

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In an age of hyperpartisanship, will a legitimate, viable third party emerge?

That was one of the questions that emerged during the first panel discussion at the launch of “No Labels” in New York.

MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough said it’s “inevitable” that third-party candidates will start winning — if the major parties continue to fail to tackle the national debt and energy independence.

“The practical barriers to a national third party are so substantial,” disagreed outgoing Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.). “More likely, one of the two existing parties will get it.”

Asked to rate the partisanship in Washington on a scale of 1 to 10, Republican political analyst David Gergen pegged it at 15. He said the spirit of the World War II generation, that we are Americans first and partisans second, has been eroded.

Newly elected Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia said he was struck at his first Armed Services committee meeting how the Democrats and Republicans sat apart – unlike they do at committee meetings in his home state.

Bayh agreed that the caucus system needs to change. “It’s almost tribal,” he said, adding that there were only three times during his 12 years in the Senate that Democrats and Republicans sat down and listened to each other.

“The whole notion of principled comprise seems to have gotten a dirty name on the far left and the far right,” said Bayh, who cited the divisive political climate when he decided not to run for re-election. “If you see people being exceedingly partisan or exceedingly ideological, don’t support them. Join the raging center.”

Hotline On Call

Everyone knew Republican Linda McMahon was spending a boatload of money in the U.S. Senate race, but now it’s official. She spent the most money ever in a losing cause for a seat in Washington, D.C., according to Roll Call.

McMahon spent more than $ 50 million as of November 22, which was far more than the $ 17 million that Democrat Ned Lamont spent in the 2006 race against incumbent U.S. Sen. Joe Lieberman. At the time, the $ 17 million that Lamont spent was an individual record in Connecticut.

Despite the spending, McMahon lost the race by a double-digit margin to Richard Blumenthal, the longtime attorney general.

Even after Election Day, McMahon ran television, radio, and newspaper advertisements to thank the people of Connecticut for supporting her.

The official records from the Federal Election Commission in Washington, D.C. show that McMahon provided $ 49.5 million in loans to the campaign, plus nearly $ 605,000 in in-kind contributions that covered office rent, mileage, utilities, and other expenses.

Overall, McMahon’s total of loans and contributions was $ 50.1 million – the amount that had been widely predicted during the campaign.

She received only $ 110,694 in individual contributions – a tiny percentage of the amount that she spent. With her widespread name recognition that comes from professional wrestling, McMahon received contributions from fans and admirers from virtually all corners of the country. Those included a remarkably wide geographical network that matches some of the best fundraisers in the nation, including contributions from Anchorage, Honolulu, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Phoenix, New York City, Chicago, Dallas, Pittsburgh, Pasadena, Philadelphia, Omaha, Tampa, Fort Lauderdale, Boise, Boulder, Baton Rouge, Binghamton, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Colorado Springs, Cos Cob, Chapel Hill, El Paso, Kansas City, Las Vegas, La Jolla, Newport Beach, Niagara Falls, Oklahoma City, Rochester, San Jose, San Antonio, Saint Louis, Vero Beach, Virginia Beach, Wichita, and Washington, D.C., among many others.

McMahon clearly could have raised more money, but she limited her contributions to a maximum of $ 100.

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Worst Photoshop ever? (Palestine Today)

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Dec 092010

Palestine Today (Arabic) has an article on US funding for Israel’s Iron Dome anti-missile system.

Their illustration shows a knitted kippah, with the IDF logo, protecting a building from rockets.

I have no idea if they made that horrendous Photoshop themselves or if they grabbed it from some Israeli blog, but it is a really strange picture to accompany the story.



Elder of Ziyon

I was reading this round up of tax cut deal opinions by Ed Morrisey, and came across this line, which absolutely made me laugh.

Obama, the most Left-leaning President ever elected, just endorsed the Bush tax rates for another two years

Obama’s the most “the most Left-leaning President ever elected”? Seriously? This is the guy who, since he took office, has slashed taxes, enacted the Republican plan for health care reform (at least, it was the Republican plan until Obama began to champion it), authorized the assassination of American citizens, continued the practices of torture and rendition, doubled down in Afghanistan, bailed out big corporations, and embraced the international jihad against Wikileaks.

Good lord, Obama’s further to the right of Reagan and Nixon. The former pushed for amnesty for illegals and embraced tax increases to help control deficits while the latter put forth the EPA, Clean Air Act, negotiation with China, etc. In the meantime, Obama kicked Cap and Trade and the Dream Act to the curb on its priority list upon taking office, “ObamaCare” is a much more conservative proposal than Nixon’s universal health care proposal was, and we seem to be gearing up to at least a limited military conflict with Iran.

Seeing Obama as “Left-leaning” just shows how far to the right the political consensus has moved in the past two decades.




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