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Wednesday Evening News Roundup

Wednesday Evening News Roundup

This is what Sandy looked like from New York City.

Do you remember that I mentioned that there was this plant, in New England, that made an injectable steroid compound? That compound got infected with a fungus that I’d never heard of before. The number of deaths from this infection is now 28. There’ve been 377 infections. Again, let me say, we need more not less government oversight in order to prevent things like this from happening again.

Every now and then, in this 24/7, gotcha media environment that we live, in people get on camera that shouldn’t. People simply get airtime who shouldn’t be given the time of day. For reasons that are unclear, somebody decided to interview Michael “heckuva job” Brown about FEMA’s response to hurricane Sandy. Michael Brown thought that the Obama administration was “premature.” Basically, they operated too fast. In our society, there are some people that should be seen and not heard. (To be honest, some people should not be seen or heard.)

Today, was the first time I’d heard in conjunction with Hurricane Sandy a real discussion about climate change. Look for Fox News push back tomorrow.

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I’m not sure what to make out of Mitt Romney’s latest ad that is airing in Ohio. Basically, the ad suggests that Jeep, a subsidiary of Chrysler, is shipping jobs to China.

This was completely discussed in the WaPo

Here’s what Romney said last Thursday in Ohio: “I saw a story today that one of the great manufacturers in this state, Jeep, now owned by the Italians, is thinking of moving all production to China. I will fight for every good job in America, I’m going to fight to make sure trade is fair.”

This was completely wrong. Bloomberg News had reported that Fiat, the majority owner of Chrysler, was planning to once again start building Jeeps in China, after production had been on hold since 2009.

The article made clear that Chrysler was was “adding Jeep production sites rather than shifting output from North America to China,” but some blogs, such as the Washington Examiner’s Washington Secrets,misinterpreted the article and reported: “Jeep, the rugged brand President Obama once said symbolized American freedom, is considering giving up on the United States and shifting production to China.”

After Romney made his comments, Chrysler issued a statement firmly denying that any North American production was being moved to China:

“Jeep has no intention of shifting production of its Jeep models out of North America to China. It’s simply reviewing the opportunities to return Jeep output to China for the world’s largest auto market. U.S. Jeep assembly lines will continue to stay in operation. A careful and unbiased reading of the Bloomberg take would have saved unnecessary fantasies and extravagant comments.”

In response, a Romney spokesman explained: “The larger point that the governor made is that rather than creating jobs here, the foreign owner, handpicked by President Obama, is planning to add jobs overseas.”

This is a strange bit of spin, given that all international automakers build cars in other overseas markets. In this case, one could argue it is a sign of the company’s growing strength that it is returning to a major overseas market that it had abandoned. (Moreover, Chrysler is planning to add to its Jeep workforce in the United States in 2013.)

By |2012-10-31T20:18:54-04:00October 31st, 2012|Elections, Environment|Comments Off on Wednesday Evening News Roundup

Late Thursday Night News Roundup

Late Thursday Night News Roundup

Fungus in the brain. Yuck. This is what government is all about. It is protecting us from business. I’m not saying that the New England Compounding Center did anything wrong. What I’m saying is that if the government does its job stuff like this rarely happens. (For those who are somehow unaware, a steroid injection meant to be injected into the spinal canal has been contaminated with a fungus. I have never heard of anything like this. 20 patients have died. Over 250 patients have become sick. I have never even heard of this fungus – Exserohilum. Never.)

I just finished watching the 49ers beat the Seattle Seahawks. This is simply good football.

I found this stat on Pro football focusHe (Romo) completed 79.3% of his passes on plays where there was no pressure for a QB rating of 120.3, but he completed just two of seven passes (28.6%) under pressure for a QB rating of 16.1, thanks largely to the pick he threw.

President Clinton had a few things to say about that Mitt Romney

The one phrase that will live with Mitt Romney not just for the next several days and the next several months will be – binders full of women. Remember, Mitt Romney was answering a question about the disparities between men and women in the workplace – “So we took a concerted effort to go out and find women that had backgrounds that could be qualified to become members of our cabinet. I went to a number of womens’ groups and said, ‘Can you help us find folks?’ And they brought us binders full of women.” Just think about what was going through Mitt Romney’s mind. First of all, you know he does not to mention his time as governor of Massachusetts. Governor of Massachusetts equals Romneycare. He doesn’t want to bring that up. So he’s already on a subject that he doesn’t want to talk about. Let’s just set aside the “women in binders” phrase. Mitt Romney is selling himself as a businessman. Not just a good businessman, but a great businessman. Why doesn’t he know any qualified women? Are there no business women? Did he go to Harvard business school? Were there women in his Harvard business school class? He couldn’t find any of those women who would work with him? Now, we find out that his story basically isn’t true. He didn’t go out and try to find women to place in his Massachusetts cabinet. As it turns out, a bipartisan group called Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus contacted both candidates and asked them to try to form cabinets that were representative of the state. Basically, they wanted more women in state government. This is not an initiative that Mitt Romney started. Instead, it was an initiative that was started outside of the Romney camp. Yet, he wants to take credit for it. Once again, Mitt Romney lied. He did not make a concerted effort to go out and find women. Instead, a woman’s group got together a list of qualified women for both him and his opponent. Whenever Mitt Romney is pressured, whenever he doesn’t have a pat answer right at hand, his reflex seems to be to make something up, to lie.

By |2013-11-03T18:15:22-04:00October 19th, 2012|Elections, Healthcare, NFL, Party Politics|1 Comment
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