…then I suspect that Yvonne Abraham would be dancing over the corpse of the White Rose Coffeehouse in Lynn

On Monday, the cafe was mostly deserted. Many of the people who came in were friends, offering condolences and dropping $10 or $20 into the tip jar. She couldn’t survive more than a few days like that — especially without her daughter’s help. Worse, she no longer wants to.

“What I have here is a family business that has no family,” she said. “Maybe I could weather this. But this used to be a place of joy for me, and I don’t see a way that I will ever feel that way again.”

what exactly did the owner of the coffee shop’s 23 year old daughter say that started all the trouble in the first place?

“I will not be part of the false rhetoric that cops are just misunderstood good guys,” Mele’s daughter wrote, among other things. “They uphold an unjust system and murder without consequence.”

I’m confused, isn’t this the same argument that the NFL players are making for protesting the national anthem, and that practically every media outlet in the nation including the Boston Globe is defending making?  And aren’t the owners being attacked by outlets like the Globe for even suggesting that their employees be made to stop by them, which by an odd coincidence is what the owner of this coffee shop did making her daughter take down the post while throwing in an apology to the police while she was at it?

Now like Ms Abraham I have some sympathy for the business owner who was caught up in a mess not of her own making that was apparently the final nail in the business’ coffin.  I’ve failed in business in the past and it’s a painful thing.  Strangely said sympathy for  business’ being targeted and folks being ruined seems rather selective:

With that in mind, and particularly considering the description of how such mobs “mostly” go after left-leaning views, we’re left with questions. Did Abraham write anything about Memories Pizza in Indiana when it was temporarily closed down by the mob after an elderly grandmother answered a phone call from a reporter one evening and said she wouldn’t want to deliver pizza to a fictional gay wedding reception? Did Abraham shed a tear for Elaine Huguenin after her home photography business was literally bankrupted by the mobbecause she didn’t want to create a wedding album for some lesbian nuptials? How about Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon? A similar story, except involving a bakery and a hypothetical wedding cake. Was Abraham clucking her tongue at the mob in that case?

That’s Jazz Shaw at Hotair who didn’t find any suggestion that this was an issue to her if the target was a conservative.

Furthermore her argument that her real issue is with online attacks might be more credible if something in either in print by her or in  her social media timeline where sh expressed some outrage over the Dana Loesch situation which apparently didn’t make her outrage cut.

I submit and suggest the real outrage for Ms. Abraham is that the left’s tactics and standards are now being applied to them and are having real world consequences to people who express opinions she and the left agree with rather to those nasty Christians, Conservatives and Trump supporters.  That being the case Kurt Schlichter’s suggestion applies

Alinksy was right – we must hold our enemies to their own stupid standards, and that’s especially true if it’s a newly-invented standard designed only to silence and suppress us conservatives. We must take their new rules, roll them up real tight, and ram them down the left’s collective collectivist throat, if not elsewhere.

If people are making actual credible threats against others, that’s wrong, evil and most importantly illegal and a matter for the police, who will be happy to both protect any people or business under actual threat, even one where an employee thinks they are a bunch of murders.

But I suspect the real story here is that a stupid 23 year old leftist has discovered that while the left and the media on TV and online are all in on the  “cops are a bunch of murders” meme, it’s a bad message for a marginal business which had very little room for error and her mother is unfortunately and unfairly paying the price for it.

On the bright side thanks to Ms. Abraham’s column both the daughter who caused the trouble and the mother who was the victim of her daughter’s woke assertions will be able to divert any blame for the business’s failure to the political enemies of Ms. Abraham, which, in my opinion,  was the entire point of the piece in the first place.

But if I’ve misjudged Ms. Abraham and she and her allies on the left wants to return to the days when if you are an individual who supports the police, believe in God can count the actual number genders on your elbows and voted for a republican you are not branded a white supremacist Nazi whose business should be destroyed or driven out of a company I’ll happily go along.

Update: Take a look at the comments in the base story at the Globe, guess who the liberals in comments blame for this situation? Not the daughter, not the people who are being asses online,THE POLICE!

Reminder: In 2009, President Barack Obama “Joked” About Auditing His Enemies.

Glenn Reynolds Instapundit (repeated meme)

On Sunday Morning as a perused the net while Dawife resisted waking, I saw this headline at Memeorandum
globetrump

In an age where CNN honestly fact checking Hillary Clinton draws a “Wow!” an opinion piece at the Boston Globe hitting a presumptive GOP nominee for president as a potential authoritarian is practically evergreen.

Nor is the substance of Mr Cohen’s argument incoherent as it is, of particular note. After all you can’t lead a piece talking about the Trump flips and flops, describing a man whose words can’t be taken seriously and then tell us we should be concerned about Trump as an authoritarian thus:

But there’s a good reason why Bezos might be concerned about Trump going after him, if he became president.

Trump said he would.
Doesn’t “Be afraid because he said this”, this contradict that whole opening “You can’t believe a word Trump says” meme that he started with, or is it just me?

What caught my eye about this particular piece, what makes this something beyond the redundant, “GOP is Evil”, “Trump is Evil” media line was his big finish warning the American people about the oppression that would come under a Trump presidency:

What he’s hinting at is that he would use the anti-trust division of the Justice Department to go after a newspaper publisher who writes stories that he doesn’t like.

This is a direct threat. And even if Trump has no intention of following through, he is clearly trying to intimidate Bezos and in turn The Washington Post from running negative stories about him. Indeed, Trump is trying to get Bezos to use his position as owner of the paper to influence the Post’s coverage.

Trump, who is running for an office in which the oath for that position demands he “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States,” is actively calling for a measure that would violate the spirit if not the letter of the First Amendment. In an ordinary democracy, comments like these would practically be disqualifying for a presidential candidate. In America 2016, they barely garner notice. If anything, Trump is using it as a campaign selling point. Perhaps he should create a new tab on his campaign website titled “Planned Abuses of Power.”

It is easy to become inured to Trump’s obnoxiousness, crudeness, and know-nothingness. But, make no mistake, a man who so casually suggests using the awesome powers of the federal government to investigate newspaper owners is a direct threat to our democracy.

I’m sorry but ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Didn’t we have the federal government selling guns to mexican cartels and then using those sales to attack gun rights? 
Didn’t we have the IRS targeting the Tea Party over their political beliefs, and the public spectacle of Lois Lerner take the 5th before congress rather than answer questions without anyone being punished?
Are not Catholic nuns being sued by the federal government to be forced to violate their Catholic beliefs?
Didn’t we see an elected official in February jailed for daring to insist on her religious freedom of conscience?
Aren’t we seeing AG’s across the nation ready to practice lawfare against anyone dares point out the holes in the entire Global Warming meme?
Are we not seeing the full force of the federal government being used against North Carolina for daring to decree that biological reality is in fact reality?
And in the last seven days did we not see this very government command by fiat that every public school in the nation must allow students to choose their own gender as if they were bidding on a flight on Priceline?
And only now, does Michael Cohen,  whose columns seem oddly lacking in content about the abuses listed above, have worries about authoritarian presidency.  Only now, when the target of potential government abuse shift from conservatives to an industry like the press, almost entirely a haven for liberalism, is the oath of office for a president a serious and sacred thing worth worrying about.

Unexpectedly.

In the end this proves one thing: liberals are never worried about authoritarianism as long as they are the authorities.

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You know the Boston Globe has for years had the best coverage of Baseball period, with John Allen they now have the best Catholic reporter in the world and he proved it again:

Pope Francis can be understood as a living, breathing embodiment of the “both/and” instinct that’s so much a part of Catholic DNA, but which is increasingly difficult to understand in a world where false dichotomies and “wedge issues” are the political coin of the realm.

Historically, as Pope Benedict XVI once put it, Catholicism has been the great Christian tradition of “both/and.” When Protestantism raised the question of whether Scripture or tradition is the basis of authority, Catholicism answered “both.” Likewise, when Martin Luther asked whether salvation is from faith or works, the Catholic answer again was “both.”

Francis is very much like that.

and he gives an excellent example of the dual nature of the church

A gay couple wants to enroll their child in a Catholic school. One option would be to say no, on the grounds of causing scandal. Another is to say yes, on the basis that some contact with the faith is better than none. Both are consistent with church teaching, but they give off different vibes.

Or to put it another way Christ over and over warns about the Justice that will come if one doesn’t repent:

Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’

He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

Matthew 25:41-46

Yet when dealing with an actual sinner with actual sin the mercy pours out as in the gospel for this week:

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives.

But early in the morning he arrived again in the temple area, and all the people started coming to him, and he sat down and taught them. Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery and made her stand in the middle. They said to him, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” They said this to test him, so that they could have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and began to write on the ground with his finger. But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” Again he bent down and wrote on the ground. And in response, they went away one by one, beginning with the elders.

So he was left alone with the woman before him. Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.

John :1-11

God will give us our entire lives to repent and will give us every chance to do so, but not a moment more.

Somehow I suspect Francis thinks the same and wants to do the same.

 

Don Fanucci:  This is my neighborhood. You and your friends should show me some respect. You should let me wet my beak a little. I hear you and your friends cleared $600 each. Give me $200 each, for your own protection. And I’ll forget the insult.

The Godfather part 2 1974

Monday evening I was grabbing something at the supermarket when I noticed a headline at the Boston Globe concerning the safety of e cigarettes. As that story is behind a subscription wall I bring you this report from the Washington Examiner instead:

A majority of people say in a new poll that e-cigarettes are harmful to health and should be subject to strict regulations that tobacco cigarettes now face.

The poll, released Monday by Harvard and the Boston Globe’s Stat news service, comes as federal regulators are finalizing a slew of regulations for the burgeoning e-cigarette industry.

Now the first thing that jumped out at me was: WHO CARES?

In terms of evaluating any drug for safety the question isn’t what the general public thinks, the question is what do we actually know.

Now ecigs contain nicotine so if the government wants to judge their safety based on the known risks of nicotine that’s perfectly legit.

But these polls aren’t about public safety, or the data, it’s all about justifying a tax on a product so that the government bureaucracy can wet it’s beak.

The difference between Don Fanucci & the government is Fanucci doesn’t pretend it’s not about feathering his nest.

Sir Humphrey: Bernard, what would you say to your present master as the next Prime Minister?
Bernard: The Minister?
Sir Humphrey: Yes.
Bernard: Mr Hacker?
Sir Humphrey: Yes.
Bernard:
As Prime Minister?
Sir Humphrey: Yes. [notes Bernard checking his watch] Are you in a hurry?
Bernard:
No; I’m just checking to see it wasn’t April the First.

Yes Minister Party Games 1984

In late November I’ll be celebrating the 7th anniversary of my blog. In those seven years there have been two instances where I woke up in the morning and was so surprised at what was being reported that I presumed I was still asleep and dreaming. The first was when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize:

Being a normal and sane man I assumed I was still groggy or maybe still asleep and then turned on the TV.

Apparently not being George Bush counts for a lot. From what I’ve seen on Morning Joe even the White House seems a bit embarrassed.

And the resignation of Pope Francis XVI

Just woke up and turned on the TV but couldn’t find the controller so only saw the pictures of the pope and talk of an election, it wasn’t until about 4 minutes later that I found out that Benedict XVI will resign effective Feb 28th.
I was rather surprised it was a contrast to Pope John Paul II who stayed on as an example of perseverance but of course it is up to the pope who decide if he is physically capable of doing the job.

Today came number 3 when I saw this headline at Hotair:

Boston Globe endorses Republican for MA governor

Granted it’s not as unusual for this to happen as a Pope resigning (after while you have to go to per-guttenburg days to find a Pope resigning you only have to go back 20 years to find the Globe going for Bill Weld.

Still the idea of the Boston Globe picking a republican is very odd to say the least, so odd that if you look at reaction from the right there is one person to blame for this and it isn’t Charlie Baker.

How bad a candidate is Martha Coakley? Boston Globe endorses Republican for Gov

Or this from Jazz at Hotair

Maybe this would have meant more if the Globe had endorsed Charlie Baker before the Republican gubernatorial candidate had opened up a 9-point lead over Martha Coakley. The latest Globe poll shows Baker as an inevitability, which gives this editorial endorsement more of a flavor of a bandwagon effect than a heartfelt choice

That’s a very fair point and the daily caller provides context

In past elections, The Globe has only backed Republican candidates in anticipation of landslide victories; Bill Weld crushed Mark Roosevelt in the 1994 election, garnering nearly 71% of the popular vote in the process.

I agree, the primary driver is the bandwagon effect but consider, you can’t have a bandwagon if someone hasn’t managed to get a lead and the Baker campaign deserves full marks for doing a better job than the last time he ran and lost, which apparently can’t be said for Martha Coakley.

And if you look a the the Globe’s editorial they make a legit case

Effective activist government isn’t built on good intentions. To provide consistently good results, especially for the state’s most vulnerable and troubled residents, agencies need to focus on outcomes, learn from their errors, and preserve and replicate approaches that succeed. Baker, a former health care executive, has made a career of doing just that. During this campaign, he has focused principally on making state government work better. The emphasis is warranted. And in that spirit, the Globe endorses Charlie Baker for governor.

This is very true of Charlie Baker but then again it was true of Charlie Baker the last time and that wasn’t enough to cause them to abandon Deval Patrick.  This time however thanks to the Gilligan effect hitting Democrats this year,  competent is the new sexy.  The Globe continues:

Baker splits from the national Republican Party on social issues such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage. The commitment he expresses to avoid raising taxes shouldn’t be mistaken for an allergy to the public sector; Baker spent the formative years of his career deep in the weeds of government — first as secretary of health and human services under Governor William Weld and then secretary of administration and finance under Weld and Governor Paul Cellucci. In those years, he learned how agencies work (or don’t) and how budgets are balanced (or not).

Do not let the emphasis in this paragraph fool you,  the only sentence that matters is the first one.  I don’t care how much he knows about “how agencies work”, even with a veto proof majority in both houses if Baker gave even the slightest indication of social conservatism on abortion or Gay Marriage  they wouldn’t care if he was going to win 99-1 and raise taxes 200% to feed the poor,  they would be condemning him as a villain worse than Hitler and carrying Martha Coakley on their shoulders.

I know some on Twitter who have said that Baker is to the left of Coakley see this as confirmation of what they’ve said.  Red Mass Group which previously expressed support for Baker has yet to update but as I’ll be attending a Tea Party event tonight, we’ll see what they have to say about the Globe endorsement.

What do I think?  I think Rob Eno made the most important point in a piece on another subject:

Yes, I know, I am king of the RINOs because I support Charlie Baker for governor, so what right do I have complaining… The reason I support Charlie is because he isn’t Bill Weld, at least when it comes to party politics.  Charlie has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to helping legislative candidates this cycle.  Because of it, we look to make great gains.

For all my disagreements with Baker on social issues he would be one of the most competent men ever to sit in the corner office and if he has some coattails and advances the GOP to the point where there is the slightest chance that the Democrats might eventually lose their veto proof majorettes in both houses and help us repeal the gas tax then he will have done more for the state than any Governor has in decades.

Something that can’t go on forever won’t and the veto proof governance of Democrats for my lifetime has turned Massachusetts into a state you go to get an education and then get the hell out.  ASAP if Baker can win this election (remember all this talk not withstanding he hasn’t won anything yet) and change this situation then he will deserve the support of the party and its faithful and the tanks of the state for years to come.

Of course if he does that then the Globe will certainly not back him a second time.

 

 

 

It’s not often that the Boston Globe’s news coverage is worthy of praise, but their acquisition of John Allen Jr. to cover the Vatican is producing some of the most informative and professional coverage the Globe has even seen

Can it really just be diplomatic happenstance that the date set this week for the prayer summit bringing Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres together with Pope Francis at the Vatican is a day of particular moment on the Christian calendar?

The June 8 gathering, to which Francis invited the two leaders during his recent trip to the Middle East, will coincide with the Christian feast of Pentecost, when the Bible reports that the Holy Spirit descended on the disciples after Jesus had ascended to Heaven, transforming them from a timid bunch cowering in an upper room into the most fearless missionaries the world has ever seen.

Perhaps in private, Francis is hoping for a similar miracle this time around.

Those paragraphs show a real understanding of not only the Catholic faith but of this pope. An understanding the secular media doesn’t have.

Moreover this piece notes that while in a secular that dismisses prayer (but somehow embraced a generic “spiritually”) as a meaningless thing. No matter what the faith The function of prayer is meaningful to the believers:

Jews and Muslims have their own sensitivities about praying with followers of other religions, while for Catholics, Pope John Paul II’s 1986 prayer summit in Assisi, Italy, the birthplace of St. Francis, opened a debate about the limits of interfaith prayer that has never really ended.

It will be fascinating to see what kind of ritual organizers invent, and whether it includes joint prayer or rather separate prayers in the same space.

That’s an insight that Globe readers should be grateful for, moreover he put the entire event into proper perspective:

At the level of realpolitik, it’s not yet clear if the pope’s brand of politics can move the ball, but perhaps that’s not the right test for a distinctly religious actor.

“I realize political credibility is important in this world,” said American Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, “but it’s more important to be faithful to God. … He’s counting on the Lord, and you can’t tell the pope that’s not the right thing to do.”

McCarrick, a veteran diplomatic troubleshooter, spoke to the Globe in Jerusalem during the papal visit.

The pope, he said, “is not putting himself out on a limb, he’s putting himself up on the Cross, and that’s what he’s called to do.”

In any event, he’s certainly doing it in his own unique way.

This is only a small sample of a large piece that covers a lot more ground than the upcoming event of the 8th. (The Anchoress notes a rather significant part that deserves more of my attention at a later date) but for now let me recommend that you avail yourself of Mr. Allen’s insight and perhaps drop the Globe a line commending them on their move.

Perhaps you can show more appreciation than their commentators do.

John Henry spent 2874 words explaining to readers of the Boston Globe today why he bought the paper. Among those words are these:

The Globe will never be the prisoner of any ideology or political agenda.

You are perfectly welcome to believe those words but before you decide remember this:

In 2011, the Times turned down a $300 million offer from Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications, Inc., publisher of the Orange County Register and other newspapers in California. This offer even included the assumption of pension liabilities, which are currently estimated at $110 million.

The Times itself reports that today’s sale to Henry does not include pension liabilities. Apparently, those remain a Times’ responsibility and expense.

Think about this for a second.

The New York Times turned down an offer 4 times as large that included the pension costs in order to avoid selling this paper to the owners of the Orange County Register.

and this:

John Henry on the other hand is a long time Democratic donor and activist. According to his donation records Henry has donated over $1.1M to Democrats and special interest groups, while $1000 went to a lone Republican.

$1,000 Republican
$1,003,250 Democrat
$101,500 special interest
total: $1,105,750

and most of all this:

If you search for Jennifer Morbelli’s in the Boston Globe this is what you get:
globe

You would think the death of a 29-year-old woman from a botched abortion in her 33rd week of pregnancy might be newsworthy, particularly if the abolitionist in question was celebrated by the media elites at the Sundance film festival. It might even elicit some outrage, but not if the hundreds of thousands of visitors to the site or readers of the print edition never see it. As far as they are concerned it never happened.

John Henry has been a gift to every Red Sox fan like myself who longed for a World Series win and are enjoying their third trip to the series in under a decade, but lets face facts:

The New York Times sold their paper to him at a price that was 23% of a previous offer from a conservative owner while still retaining responsibility for pensions that the conservatives offered to take on.

Henry is a partisan who has given his money to democrats over Republicans by a ratio of 1100-1

So Baseball aside I trust you’ll forgive me if I’m not inclined to buy “The Globe will never be the prisoner of any ideology or political agenda.” line.

But when that same John Henry writes three sentences later…(emphasis mine):

A major job of the Globe will be to determine not only what news will be of interest to its readers, but what news should be of interest.

THAT I believe.

Update: A great example of what I’m talking about at HotAir:

Over the weekend, I linked to an intriguing look from the New York Times inside the White House spin on the ObamaCare rollout, which spread nothing but sunshine and optimism to Democrats on Capitol Hill and especially to the media. The article posits that Barack Obama and his health-care team were blindsided by the massive failures this month. However, in the second half of the article, the Times’ Michael Shear and Sheryl Gay Stolberg noted that the projects defects were such an “open secret” in the industry

Funny the media in General didn’t pick up on this. Ed Morrissey wonders why:

Maybe the media didn’t dig into these “open secrets” because, like Democrats, the media was satisfied with just hearing the sunny spin from the White House. It’s not as if this was entirely a secret; the Weekly Standard reported in July that the rollout would be a disaster on the security end, which got a little media attention that faded with White House reassurances that all was well.

As for John Henry’s the Boston Globe? I guess they just didn’t decide this news should be of interest to its readers.

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Archie Bunker: You wouldn’t then turn around and do what McNabb was trying to do, would ya?

Jim Bowman: You mean sell to Jews?

Archie Bunker:   Yeah.

Jim Bowman: Oh NO!…These people are Baptists.

All in the Family Lionel Moves into the Neighborhood 1971

At Breitbart they are talking about the sale of the Boston Globe and the fact that the NYT is taking a 93% loss.

After purchasing the Boston Globe in 1993 for a then-record $1.1 billion, the financially troubled New York Times just announced it sold the 141 year-old paper to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry for a mere $70 million. That’s a straight 93% loss. Figuring in two decades of inflation would only make it worse — as does the fact the Times retains the Globe’s pension liabilities, estimated at over $100 million.

That the Globe is being sold at a 93% (not counting inflation) is news.  That it’s being sold to the owner of the Boston Red Sox is bigger news.  Maybe the Globe figures if anyone can turn things around, he can, after all he has a  history of producing Miracles that nobody would have believed possible. (and that doesn’t even include this season).

But the big story of the sale of the paper (and the Worcester Telegram) was a throw away line later in the piece.

In 2011, the Times turned down a $300 million offer from Aaron Kushner, CEO of Freedom Communications, Inc., publisher of the Orange County Register and other newspapers in California. This offer even included the assumption of pension liabilities, which are currently estimated at $110 million.

The Times itself reports that today’s sale to Henry does not include pension liabilities. Apparently, those remain a Times’ responsibility and expense.

Think about this for a second.

The New York Times turned down an offer 4 times as large that included the pension costs in order to avoid selling this paper to the owners of the Orange County Register.

Why?  I think it’s because they read my piece from February:

consider the following:

  • Imagine a Movie section where the liberal themes of a picture were noted and tweaked while the conservative themes were highlighted and celebrated.
  • Imagine a culture section where events of a conservative nature were celebrated while liberals pressed to get the press.
  • Imagine reviews of plays with conservative themes getting web space and print space and liberal themes hoping for a line or two.
  • Imagine stories in the Sunday section celebrating historic places, people and sites that highlight America’s conservative History or people who are conservative doing great things for the community.
  • Imagine a whole slew of conservative Journalists cutting their teeth of straight news instead of news with a liberal spin, imagine the farm team it would create.
  • Imagine an editorial page giving conservative opinion day after day after day.
  • And imagine a web site ranked in the top 1500 worldwide and top 350 nationally, a web site that local papers around New England draw stories from giving that public conservative thought as background noise in the same way that liberals have done for ages.

What’s $230 million dollars and pension costs to the shareholders when it’s held up against keeping those dirty conservatives out of the neighborhood? Particularly with a tough election coming up in 2014.

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The Simpsons have been on TV for a very long time. A lot of people have seen this scene of Homer voting for Obama:

But registering for McCain

And while 29 Million plus have seen this fictional account there is a little bit of reality that has not gotten the same attention:

For some reason this video hasn’t gone viral. Funny I would think this would be of interest to the news media, but then again there are a lot of interesting things that don’t get a lot of play like this interesting tidbit of information:

You read that correctly: In any attempted poll or survey, only 9% of attempted contacts come back with an actual response.

That means 91% of sampled households are NOT having their opinions recorded by pollsters.

Now personally I think not answering polls are foolish but the math is the math and reality is reality, so when I see polls the the Washington Post poll that says this:

This time, the issue isn’t sampling — at least not in the national polling. The D/R/I is only a D+3 at 33/30/33, a pretty reasonable model for this year’s election. That’s right in between the 2008 and 2010 exit polling results.

The big gap on swing states makes less sense, though. The biggest non-swing states should favor Obama — California, New York, and Illinois, with Texas being the only large non-swing state that is firmly in the Republican column. Romney will win the South easily, but Obama gets the whole West Coast and most of New England, too. Without a chance to see the samples in each state and the demographic breakout, I’m a little skeptical that Romney could be losing by eleven in the swing states but only by two nationwide.

If you are going to make a declaration in your poll you need to provide at least the cross tabs to be checked, like the Boston Globe poll.

I crunched the numbers and found the sample split thus D-36.5% R-14.2 Other -48.3%.

The Democrat numbers match registration but the GOP numbers are up 3 points from the latest state figures, while it is certainly possible that the GOP has gained a bit (after all when you are as low as the party is you can only go up) this poll certainly has not played games with registration numbers to get Liz Warren ahead. If that is the case Scott Brown might need to do some tweaking (I’m suggested some already)

Reality reality involves looking at things as they are, for example the one commodity that neither campaign can get more of before election day is Time and that time has to be spent where support is needed, thus the question.

Why is Obama postponing a trip to Columbus, Ohio to come to Madison, Wisconsin the day after the first debate?

This is for all the marbles, does a candidate really waste a day that he can’t replace in this way?

If you want to dispute my take on the polls, fine make your case, but the math is the math and the reality is the reality and don’t think for one moment that either the Obama campaign or the Romney Campaign doesn’t know where this race is.

Don’t watch what they say, watch what they DO. That is the only way you can afford a home in realville.

Update: And Stacy McCain tells you, there are papers in Realville too.

Update 2: Speaking of realville, Brian Preston finds PPP doesn’t have an apartment in that town in North Carolina.

How does PPP arrive at this 48-48 tie? Looking at page three, we find the answer: Democrats make up 48% of the respondents, while Republicans only make up 34%.

Is it possible that Democrats outnumber Republicans by 14%, and will vote that way on November 6, in North Carolina?

Sure, it’s possible. It’s also possible that space monkeys will descend from their base on one of Jupiter’s moons to declare a cheese war on the US Virgin Islands tomorrow.

Well that would explain the lack of security in Libya, the administration is preparing for the Virgin Islands Cheese wars.

By the authority granted to me by his Imperial Majesty Kaiser Wilhelm the Second I pronounce you man and wife – proceed with the execution.

The African Queen 1951

…is hitting the Mayor of Boston over his Chick-Fil-A stance

which part of the First Amendment does Menino not understand? A business owner’s political or religious beliefs should not be a test for the worthiness of his or her application for a business license.

you know this is trouble. Not for Menino, Boston is so liberal he is more likely to die of old age before being voted out. The globe understands the trouble this makes nationally in an election year.

Ironically, Menino is citing the specific location along the Freedom Trail as a reason to block Chick-fil-A. A city in which business owners must pass a political litmus test is the antithesis of what the Freedom Trail represents. History will render judgment on the views of Chick-fil-A executives. City Hall doesn’t have to.

That’s why they pen such a conservative editorial to wit, supporting the right of private institutions to make decisions

The situation was different when Northeastern University blocked a proposed Chick-fil-A amid student protests. In that case, a private institution made its own decision not to bring the company in as a vendor.

A lot of people angry at the Boy Scouts would be shocked at that sentence coming from the Boston Globe, but the editorial board knows how to count and they covered all those votes for Gay Marriage that lost so they understand what’s good for the goose…

But using the power of government to freeze the company out of a city sends a disturbing message to all businesses. If the mayor of a conservative town tried to keep out gay-friendly Starbucks or Apple, it would be an outrage.

…could come out and bite you.

This is why I’ve never understood liberals willingness to give government more power, (nor some conservatives) except in extreme emergencies. This principle SHOULD unite conservatives & liberals, political winds change you should never give coercive power to a government that will sooner or later be controlled by your political foes.

Via Allahpundit at HotAir who thinks Memino is grandstanding (he’s right) and bluntly says he hopes it increases traffic (I second the motion)

One more thing, back when Menino was elected I was very happy, he was the first Italian Mayor in Boston and I was all for him for that reason. His performance proves that one should be wary of supporting a leader based on the placement of vowels in his name, or pigmentation.

Update: Michael Graham (whose op-ed on this yesterday was awesome, retweeted this one this morning

Hey it’s apparently OK with Mayor Menino to call for the death of gays as long as you let them marry first. I have a much better twitter solution:

 

It just hit me, it won’t just hurt nationally, this won’t help Elizabeth Warren. If she is smart she will jump on this saying: “I support Gay Marriage but we can’t pushing business’ based on personal beliefs.”

Is she willing to say such a think that will win votes but anger her Hollywood money base?

Update 2:  Added African queen quote

Update 3:the Anchoress

The big deal is simply this: the press put aside context and decided to paint this company as some radically-religious-gay-hating-entity and then let the forces of anger, hate and spite have their way with it. The truth is, one can be a Christian and still be sympathetic to some parts of the so-called “gay agenda” without signing on in toto. One can disagree on the issue of gay marriage — based on scripture, or thousands of years of tradition, or on natural law — without actually hating anyone. But the right to principled opposition is being erased, quickly, and the press is doing all it can to help erase it. We are losing the right to say, “I don’t think the same way you do; my opinions are different.” That matters, a lot.

This is our mainstream press — the people charged with the public trust — and it has moved beyond advocacy and into “search and destroy” mode.

She is also right about the reasons:

And frankly, these are acts born out of insecurity, not security, in one’s own position. It is bringing a sledgehammer to a fight, because you cannot trust your own argument.

When people are afraid of an open argument that tell you a lot about the quality of their position.

Update 4: Legal insurrection notes the double standard isn’t restricted to a Mosque in Boston:. It extends to Chicago as well

Menino and Emanuel have selected evangelical Christians for their selective bullying knowing full well that in Boston and Chicago there will be no repercussions. Yet they will not take on more powerful groups who espouse far worse views on homosexuality and gay marriage.

This isn’t about anything but pandering.

Update 5: Glenn Reynolds

What I think is funny is that if you have the same view on gay marriage that Obama had when he was elected, now you’re an enemy of humanity or something.

Hey didn’t Mumbles Menino appear with Barack Obama in Boston before he had his epiphany on this issue?

Update 6: Drudge notes the double standard

Update 7: I put in the base tweet that Graham re-tweeted rather than the Graham Tweet. Corrected the write up.
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