Dem $ in Kansas, Good Story Wrong Conclusion

Jazz Shaw at Hotair brings up an election story that should surprise nobody:

Senate Majority PAC, a Democratic super-PAC run by former political advisers to Majority Leader Harry Reid, sent about $1.5 million to two super-PACs that promoted businessman Greg Orman, who was running as an independent and refused to identify with which party he would caucus. Orman was ultimately unsuccessful in his campaign to unseat Republican incumbent Pat Roberts.

Senate Majority PAC sent $1.31 million to Committee to Elect an Independent Senate in five installments beginning on (you guessed it) Oct. 16, the start of the veiled disclosure period. The Reid-aligned PAC also sent $151,000 on Nov. 3-4 to Kansans Support Problem Solvers, which also backed Orman…

What you mean that the same party that when all in for “independent” Charlie Crist went all in for an independent in Kansas?  I’m shocked SHOCKED.

This is a worthwhile story and Jazz is right to give it prominence but I have to take issue with his conclusion:

the big story here is that Harry Reid was dumping some mad cash into a push to elect Orman, who is not even a member of his party. I can already hear some of you saying, hold on… he can’t do that! But actually he can. And he did. That’s a rather dangerous game to be playing, though. When people were donating to Senate Majority PAC, was it with the understanding that their donations would be going to someone who flatly admitted that he might caucus with the Republicans if they took control of the Senate? Or were they intending to have their money spent on Democrats?

A full accounting of all these contributions will be forthcoming. Harry Reid may have a bit of explaining to do to both his big dollar donors and his base at large.

I submit and suggest that the only people who believed Greg Orman was an “independent” were those voters the MSM were trying to deceive, just as that same media tried to convince Floridians in 2010 that Charlie Crist was an independent.  They are the same folks to that Jonathan Gruber hoped to fool as well.

Jazz is a fine reporter but here’s wrong here.  The big money democrats might have an issue with Harry Reid’s strategic decisions because those decisions as I noted likely cost Democrats the Senate but let’s not for one moment pretend that any of those donors who funded that campaign of deception believed it.


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SLA terrorist to return to teaching at University of Illinois

U of I Student Union, Urbana
U of I Student Union, Urbana

By John Ruberry

The University of Illinois has three campuses, Chicago, Urbana-Champaign, and Springfield. The first one was the professional home of Bill Ayers for nearly two decades. Ayers, a longtime friend of the Obama family, was a member of the Weather Underground, one of the most violent of the radical groups of the 1960s and early 1970s.

Until a writer from the News-Gazette reported on his past with the mid-1970s terror group, the Symbionese liberation Army, former member James Kilgore, from 2009 until this spring, was an adjunct professor at the Urbana-Champaign campus–which is my alma mater.

So far no terrorists have been discovered teaching at the Springfield campus, but that is where former University of Colorado professor Ward Churchill received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees when the school was known at Sangamon State University. Churchill, whose invented Native American ancestry came to light when people looked into his background after he referred to the office worker victims of the World Trade Center attack as “Little Eichmanns,” says he built bombs for Ayers’ group.

Ayers retired and Churchill was fired for plagiarism. But Kilgore will be back teaching at the U of I this spring.

The Symbionese Liberation Army is best known for the 1974 kidnapping of media heiress Patty Hearst. Kilgore was a latecomer to the group, which was anything but an army–it never had more than ten terrorists among its roster. Kilgore took part in an SLA bank robbery in 1975 in which a woman making a deposit for her church was murdered. The “army” went AWOL later that year and Kilgore went on the lam, ending up in Zimbabwe and then South Africa. Using a phony name, Kilgore earned a Ph.D in Africa and married a professor, Teresa Barnes. But Kilgore’s life on the lam ended after the 2002 arrest of another longtime SLA fugitive, Kathleen Ann Soliah, who was his girlfriend when they were members. Soliah, who later changed her name to Sara Jane Olson, had briefly lived in Zimbabwe as well. Federal investigators quickly connected the dots and found Kilgore.

The following year Kilgore pleaded guilty to charges of passport fraud, explosives violations, and second degree murder. He served five years in prison, then joined his wife in Urbana, where she was now a University of Illinois professor. It’s unclear how much the school knew of Kilgore’s past, but no criminal background check was performed when he was hired and there was a glaring five-year gap in his resume–Kilgore’s time in prison–that would have given pause to any private-sector human resources manager, as would have his South African university work performed under a different name.

John "Lee" Ruberry
John “Lee” Ruberry

But left-wing academics–an oxymoron, I know, rallied to get Kilgore back in the classroom. Last week they succeeded in their goal.

The Kilgore story is only the latest proof that the “higher education” is out of step with the American mainstream and the taxpayers such as myself who support public universities.

But there is an upside to this narrative. Next month the temporary Illinois income tax hike expires, which means less money for state colleges. And Kilgore’s return to the classroom could cost the University of Illinois an already-pledged $4.2 million donation from a businessman who now says the college has “clearly lost its moral compass.”

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

A Sobering Advent Milestone Lucy Lizotte 1921-2014

Sheldon:  60 only takes me to here. I need to get to here.
Leonard:  What’s there?
Sheldon:  The earliest estimate of the singularity, when man will be able to transfer his consciousness into machines and achieve immortality.
Leonard:  So, you’re upset about missing out on becoming some sort of freakish self-aware robot?
Sheldon:  By this much.

The Big Bang Theory The Cruciferous Vegetable Amplification 2010

Then he told them a parable. “There was a rich man whose land produced a bountiful harvest. He asked himself, ‘What shall I do, for I do not have space to store my harvest?’ And he said, ‘This is what I shall do: I shall tear down my barns and build larger ones. There I shall store all my grain and other goods and I shall say to myself, “Now as for you, you have so many good things stored up for many years, rest, eat, drink, be merry!”

But God said to him, ‘You fool, this night your life will be demanded of you; and the things you have prepared, to whom will they belong?’

Thus will it be for the one who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich in what matters to God.”

Luke 12:16-21

A week ago Saturday November 29th at around 11:45 AM, four hours before the official start the new Church Year in Lunenburg Massachusetts a woman named Lucy Lizotte died in her home at the age of 93. She had lived in that home since her husband Albert built it in the fifties and remained there after he died in 1987.

Mrs. Lizotte was my mother’s oldest sister but what makes her death particularly significant to me is she is the last of my mother’s four brothers & sisters out of six who lived past childhood to die. That does two things.

Presuming clear memory starts at around age 4 that moves the oldest living memory of that branch of the family from the roaring 20’s to the very end of World War 2.

It also means that the seven children from that side of the family ranging from my 73 year old cousin & Godfather to me as the youngest of the batch are now officially the elder generation of that family and baring accident or an odd disease like Ebola it is now our turn to start dying off.

Now this is a perfectly natural thing, one generation dies and a new one replaces it. It has happened to every single generation of humans since humans have existed on this planet so it is nothing unusual.  When however, you realize that your branch of the family are next up in the death pool it can be a sobering thought.

freaky RobotAnd that’s a good thing because Sheldon Cooper and dreams of the singularity not withstanding life is a finite thing.  No matter how rich or are, no matter how careful you are, no matter how well you take care of yourself, how well you eat how much you exercise your human life is destined to end.

And  being finite said life is something of great value.

Advent is the church’s new year, the time when we remember when God did something completely new, providing a redeemer to save us from our sins.

So use this temporal life, this gift from God  wisely.  take the time to do what counts, first start the new year making yourself right with God.

Then take care of the important things family, friends.

And whatever you do, whether it is factory work, clerical work, running a business or even cutting meat in a deli, take the time to do it well.

My Aunt did and when she died she was ready to face God and did so with a smile.

May we take advantage of this advent season to begin on that pat so that when our inevitable time comes we can do the same.

November jobs report – seasoning is everything

By Steve Eggleston

On Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November jobs report, and everybody focused on the seasonally-adjusted gain of 321,000 jobs, 314,000 in the private sector. I’ll join the club and start there. On a seasonally-adjusted basis, that is the best overall and private-sector 1-month gain since January 2012, when the economy added 360,000 jobs overall and 364,000 in the private sector. Further, it’s the best overall November since 2005 (a 337,000-job add) and the best private-sector November since 1994 (a 396,000-job add).

However, as I’ve learned with any government report, things are rarely as good as they seem. John Crudele of the New York Post took a look at the seasonal adjustments, and he came away rather disillusioned. On a not-seasonally-adjusted basis, the economy added 497,000 jobs overall and 380,000 in the private sector. Though both numbers are the third-best November of the 21st Century, they actually were behind last November’s add of 523,000 jobs overall and 398,000 in the private sector, which was seasonally-adjusted to adds of, respectively, 274,000 and 272,000.

Crudele asked the Labor Department for an explanation, and their economists were perplexed. A partial explanation comes from Tom Blumer, who remembered that the October seasonal adjustments were as unkind as November’s are kind.

The growth in jobs didn’t exactly translate to either a change in the unemployment rate or in the number of employed. The seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate (5.8%), labor force participation rate (62.8%, still a multi-generational low) and employment-population ratio (59.2%) all remained unchanged when rounded to the nearest tenth of a percent, with the number of employed increasing by 4,000, after last month’s equally-anomalous 683,000 add, and the number of unemployed increasing by 115,000.

Blumer also noted that, on the full-time front, we are still very short of where we were in November 2007. Even though, on a not-seasonally-adjusted basis, there are 548,000 more people employed now than there were in November 2007, there are 2,405,000 fewer people working at least 35 hours per week now, with 396,000 more people working multiple part-time jobs presumably to reach full-time status. On the positive side, 2,566,000 more people were working full-time last month than in November 2013.