Some good stories I haven’t gotten around to sharing

On this blog, I try to share my own opinions as well as highlight and comment upon (and link to) the work of other journalists and commentators. I think that’s one of the strengths of the blog format.

That said, in any given week there are a lot of good articles I don’t get around to passing along to y’all. I’m not considering a daily set of links like a lot of blogs do, but I am toying with the idea of doing an occasional or maybe even weekly ICYMI-type roundup of these otherwise unmentioned articles.

I’m going to experiment with it today. Feel free to let me know whether you think this is useful, enjoyable, or if there’s a way to improve it.

And away we go:

  • Noemie Emery says universal social programs were bound to fail because people came to view goods and services as rights.
  • USA Today reports that the federal government fired or laid off just 0.55 percent of its workers in the last budget year.
  • Another executive, this time Atlanta’s Bernie Marcus, says the Obama administration’s policies and rhetoric are hurting the economy. (See a similar story that did make the blog earlier this week.)
  • Guess who is the leading all-time recipient of campaign contributions by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. and its employees?
  • And guess who really does accept campaign contributions from lobbyists despite his rhetoric about not doing so?

If there’s an appetite for this, I’ll try to expand it and extend it to local and state stories in the future.

– By Kyle Wingfield

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Gordon

July 21st, 2011
12:12 pm

This is what Neal Boortz calls “reading assignments.” Good idea once in a while.

Gordon

July 21st, 2011
12:13 pm

First time i’ve ever been first. One less thing on the bucket list.

Jefferson

July 21st, 2011
12:18 pm

Ragnar Danneskjöld

July 21st, 2011
12:29 pm

Worth one blog per week, interesting enough.

Red

July 21st, 2011
12:34 pm

Without going into lengthy detail, the Emery article is intellectually dishonest- or maybe she really does believe that Dr. Salk’s vaccine should have been co-opted for profit.

But a billionaire is displeased with the President? Imagine my surprise.

Thulsa Doom

July 21st, 2011
12:35 pm

Bernie Marcus comments should be required reading for anyone wanting to understand what’s going on with the economy, and especially for liberals.

Thulsa Doom

July 21st, 2011
12:36 pm

Red,

Yes. A billionaire who has given tens of thousands of good paying jobs to people over several decades and whose company has paid probaby tens of millions if not billions in taxes.

Scooter

July 21st, 2011
12:43 pm

That billionaire also paid over 90k dollars for my rehabilitation at The Shepard Center and because he is a good person he continues to do it for others. It is so ugly when people (democrats) let their envy and animosity show.

jconservative

July 21st, 2011
12:45 pm

Does this mean that “Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.” is a RINO?

Or does it mean that they are really liberals but pretend to be conservative to please their targeted audience?

Will Roger Ailes replace Joe Biden on the Democratic ticket?

Or is the answer political influence?

Jefferson

July 21st, 2011
12:48 pm

I was going to ask where are the good stories, but I remembered this is an opinion blog and that all it will ever be.

Jimmy62

July 21st, 2011
1:00 pm

Jcon: Maybe you should focus on the Democrats who demonize him publicly while happily taking his money and neglecting to mention that he’s funding them. It’s that sort of hypocrisy that the left loves to ignore when it’s their own guys.

Logical Dude

July 21st, 2011
1:08 pm

“•USA Today reports that the federal government fired or laid off just 0.55 percent of its workers in the last budget year.

So, the government actually SHRANK???? OMG, the reversal of the huge Government money suction machine is finally shrinking!
. . . or are you trying to say it should have shrank more? if so, how much more would be “ideal” or even “acceptable”?

Logical Dude

July 21st, 2011
1:10 pm

. . . and yes, I intentionally misread headlines to mess with people.

Red

July 21st, 2011
1:12 pm

Peace Scooter. I’m not acquainted with your patron personally and have no reason to question his character or good will.

I certainly believe that he would continue to dispense charity with a flat rate tax structure.

Passing along news?

July 21st, 2011
1:19 pm

Passing along news? More like passing gas. This column always stinks.

Big Corporate CEO

July 21st, 2011
1:26 pm

Gee, there isn’t anything I wouldn’t say, or money I wouldn’t give, to try to get a tax cut or fewer regulations on the books. I am in the business the make money, that’s all. Do you think I might exploit anything I could, regardless of reality? That’s right America, I am making record profits but I need more tax breaks and fewer regulations to make more. And the only political uncertainty that I am waiting on is whether the Republicans will succeed in complete breaking the unions. I mean why hire American workers now when I can get them for pennies on the dollars after labor unions are dismantled?

MiltonMan

July 21st, 2011
1:33 pm

How to know that a liberal is telling a lie:

As soon as they open their mouth.

MiltonMan

July 21st, 2011
1:39 pm

Jay Carney, White House Press Secretary:

“The economy has vastly improved since Obozo took office.”

Keep feeding your liberal lemmings who follow Obozo lockstep.

td

July 21st, 2011
1:39 pm

“The transparency watchdog noted Tuesday that Democrats received 51 percent of contributions while Republicans received 49 percent, despite the firm’s highly publicized links to the GOP, such as a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association in August.”

Just like their motto says “Fair and balanced”. Let us look at the reporting for NBC, CBS, ABC and the NY times. I would bet my house that it says at the least 85% Democrat.

MrLiberty

July 21st, 2011
1:52 pm

And guess who just raised another 635,000 dollars in just over one day all from small doaners who care about freedom and liberty? Ron Paul of course. He has also once again raised more money from all folks who say their employer is one of the military branches than ALL OTHER REPUBLICAN contenters COMBINED.

Rob Woodall, man of the people. So long as the people are Washington beltway insiders since Rob's never worked anywhere else.

July 21st, 2011
1:52 pm

Hmm… Interesting. A billionaire businessman believes there’s too much regulation. Before him there was Steve Wynn. Obscenely wealthy businessman. I hear that Donald Trump thinks there’s too much regulation. And I bet the Walton family is anti-regulation as well.

You know who isn’t against regulation? The 450,000 Countrywide mortgage customers that were fleeced by the lender to the tune of about $100 Million. I’m sure Bernie and Wynn are confident that Countrywide’s internal auditing processes would have identified their illegal practices and would have proactively reported the malfeasance.

That’s really all we need. Companies should have an ombudsman on staff to police things. We could eliminate the EPA and save billions!!!!! I’m sure energy drilling companies would let us know if their fracking poisoned our drinking water. They’d self report. That’s the ticket.

PAC Man

July 21st, 2011
1:54 pm

td
July 21st, 2011
1:39 pm
“The transparency watchdog noted Tuesday that Democrats received 51 percent of contributions while Republicans received 49 percent, despite the firm’s highly publicized links to the GOP, such as a $1 million donation to the Republican Governors Association in August.”

But I wonder how much is going to those shadowy Republican PACs, run by the likes of Karl Rove? Oh that’s right, we don’t have to report those types of donations.

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July 21st, 2011
1:58 pm

How about this recent article where the Urinal reported on an inmate being executed but left out the usual blubbering about how awful it was for the savage-

When police arrested him, they found the .44-caliber handgun used in one of the shootings. Stroman confessed, and court documents show he told authorities he belonged to the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang.

So you libs are fond of certain types of trash but not others, eh?

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July 21st, 2011
2:09 pm

I wonder why doesn’t have an obozo-meter, complete with a demeaning little obozo head, like they do for Nathan Deal?

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July 21st, 2011
2:10 pm

Ooops-

I wonder why the Urinal doesn’t have an obozo-meter, complete with a demeaning little obozo head, like they do for Nathan Deal?

Beavis

July 21st, 2011
2:37 pm

Urinal rhymes with Journal. huh huh.

Henny Youngman

July 21st, 2011
2:45 pm

You can always tell a MiltonMan. But you can’t tell him much! How do you get a MiltonMan off your porch? Pay him for the pizza! I’ll be here all week. Don’t forget to tip your waitresses.

Ignorant Conservative

July 21st, 2011
2:55 pm

Here’s a start for you:

The USA Today article stated that the federal government FIRED 0.55% of its workers in the last fiscal year. Funny how Kyle had to tuck “and laid off” into his statement. It really stinks when conservative news media-types have to “stretch the truth” (read: lie) to make their point.

Noelle Emery (writing for The Weekly Standard, who’s founding publisher is Rupert Murdoch and News Corp.) states in her opinion piece that “(Democrats) want all of the old to have lavish retirements, all of the young to have scholarships, verse-penning cowboys to have festivals funded by government, and everyone to have access to the best healthcare. At no cost to himself.” Oh really? Every penny the government spends comes out of our pockets. HELLO??? Somebody wake me up when a person who collects social security and is on Medicare advocates for their elimination.

Bernie Marcus says Obama’s rhetoric and policies are hurting the economy. Yawn…Yeah, him and every other conservative mouthpiece within earshot of a camera or microphone. It would have been nice if he humored us with some specifics. Six days after Obama was sworn into office on Jan 2009, Home Depot announced 7,000 layoffs. Hmmmm……….I guess this was Obama’s fault, too.

News Corp. has donated more to Democrats than Republicans for every election since 1989.

I guess you have a good idea if you just shoot straight with your readers and provide topics for good, healthy debate instead of poorly researched half-truths and innuendo.

Mary Margaret Thomlinson-Hanson

July 21st, 2011
3:21 pm

This is what Home Depot’s founder Bernie Marcus said on a conference call yesterday:

“If a retailer has not gotten involved with this, if he has not spent money on this election, if he has not sent money to Norm Coleman and these other guys,” Mr. Marcus said, apparently referring to Republican senators facing tough re-election fights, then those retailers “should be shot; should be thrown out of their g*ddamnn jobs.”

It’s nice to know Home Depot supports the death penalty for not supporting their politics. The coming EFCA fight is going to be bloody

Yeah, I will take what Bernie Marcus says with a grain of salt.

MiltonMan

July 21st, 2011
3:28 pm

Henny do you want to compare W-2s clown?

The Anti-Wooten

July 21st, 2011
3:28 pm

@whiner, as someone opposed to the use of the death penalty I can assure you that I was equally opposed to Stroman’s execution as to that of anyone else that the state murders. In the case of a person being tried for killing a police officer capital punishment should not be an option unless the totality of the investigation and prosecution are conducted by a juridictional authority based no less than 100 miles away. Too eager rush to judgement by distraught police and zealots in the prosecutors office. We’ll soon see the execution of Troy Davis who may very well be innocent. He may be guilty but it will be too late to remedy that once the needle goes in the arm.

MiltonMan

July 21st, 2011
3:30 pm

Another Liberal charm:

Treasury Asst Secretary stated that it was a major accomplishment now that the Obozo circus has sold of the remaining govt ownership of Chrysler to Fiat – for a whopping 1.3 billion taxpayer loss.

The Anti-Wooten

July 21st, 2011
3:36 pm

@MiltonBoy, if you’ve ever once written or uttered the term Government Motors then your typical Republic hypocrisy is showing. If not then carry on.

td

July 21st, 2011
3:38 pm

The Anti-Wooten

July 21st, 2011
3:28 pm

And how many years has this person had to find addtional evidence to prove he was not given a fair trail?

Kyle Wingfield

July 21st, 2011
3:42 pm

Ignorant: You’re right. The percentage of federal workers “fired or laid off” was not 0.55 percent, but 0.57 percent. Mea culpa.

MiltonMan

July 21st, 2011
3:43 pm

Anti-Wooten defending the loser Davis just like his heros Jimmy Carter, Al Sharpton, “Rev” Jackson, AI, rapper M1 – good group there loser.

Davis has his day in court all the way up to the Supreme Court pal. If you do not like our judicial system – change it.

MiltonMan

July 21st, 2011
3:44 pm

Anti-wooten been on the taxpayer dime as long as cop-killer Davis – 20 years.

The Anti-Wooten

July 21st, 2011
3:49 pm

@td, if we simply convicted people of crimes and put them in prison for life without possibility of parole it would save millions, if not billions of dollars plus having the added benefit of knowing as a factual certainty that the state had not executed an innocent person. There are myriad valid reasons to abolish capital punishment and none that stand up to scrutiny for keeping the system in place now. Except the old saw about “After executing John/Jane Smith we can be certain that he/she will never commit another crime.”

The Anti-Wooten

July 21st, 2011
3:52 pm

Sorry to burst your little bubble there MiltonBoy but the only taxpayer dime I’ve ever received was 4 weeks UI back in 1979 and the daily stipend for the occasional jury duty that I’ve done over the years.

The Anti-Wooten

July 21st, 2011
3:55 pm

With respect to changing an aspect of our legal system, I write letters and pay yearly dues to organizations that work to abolish capital punishment. Just for the fun of hearing your empty head explode I will tell you that one of those organizations is the ACLU.

td

July 21st, 2011
3:56 pm

The Anti-Wooten

July 21st, 2011
3:49 pm

If you mean life in prison like in good food, AC, Cable TV, all the drugs you can take and all the sex you want then I do not agree. Get rid of the TV’s, the AC, keep the prisoners isolated and bring back the chain gangs (hard labor) and I will go a long with getting rid of the death penalty.

BTW: The stinking Liberals and their co conspirators the ACLU are the ones that have drove the cost of the death penalty so much. I am all for reducing the cost no more than 2 years to appeal 2 times (State Supreme court and US Supreme court) and then carry out the sentence.

tar and feathers party

July 21st, 2011
3:57 pm

Ah yes, the ajc special, copy and paste is alive and well! First your pulitzer prize winner, Cindy Lou does the copy and paste routine on her blog, than your half baked sports opinion writer does a little copy and paste, now our own conservative Kyle strikes! As newspapers die, the number of original articles declines. If you take the limit as the number of papers approaches zero, you will have one original article, and an infinite number of links to that article by what passes for the rest of the press. All of this is just my humble little opinion….

The Anti-Wooten

July 21st, 2011
3:58 pm

@td, I agree substantially with your first paragraph. With respect to the second, that means that we’re doing our jobs well in working to abolish an abhorrent practice.

tar and feathers party

July 21st, 2011
3:59 pm

PS – I support capital punishment, hang em high…..

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July 21st, 2011
4:02 pm

In short, there aren’t enough jobs to go around now and there will be even fewer jobs a few months down the road. All this points to significantly higher unemployment in the near future, possibly over the 10% mark.

Buh-bye obozo!

stranger in a strange land

July 21st, 2011
4:04 pm

.55, or .57 percent laid off per year. Why, at that rate the size of the federal work force ought to be about right in the year….uh…who cares…we and our children will all be dead by then

MiltonMan

July 21st, 2011
4:10 pm

Anti: Oh yes – the wonderful ACLU. The group who defends NAMBLA? Good to see you wasting your welfare checks on pedophilia.

MiltonMan

July 21st, 2011
4:13 pm

Obozo’s World: We need more engineers & scientists

Real World: Engineers being laid-off by NASA, Lockheed, etc.

Can’t wait until this circus clown is gone in 2012 – that’s my hope & change

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July 21st, 2011
4:14 pm

A Politico reporter who often penned stories about Sarah Palin and other Republicans has quit journalism to work with the Democratic Party in Arizona, sources tell The Daily Caller.

Uh, you mean that he made it official, just sayin…

MEGO

July 21st, 2011
4:16 pm