From the daily archives: Monday, January 4, 2010

I used to think Tom Blumer of BizzyBlog ‘fame’ was just really bad at making economic predictions. Which is, of course, quite true. But today I discovered that this is not the whole picture.

Today I discovered that there is an actual reason behind his profoundly poor prognostication. And I feel obligated to share my new found knowledge mainly because other people actually take his advice in this area.

It turns out that every prediction Tom Blumer makes is based very little on actual economic facts and a whole lot on how he sees those facts through the lens […]

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Finally, a response from the PD regarding their scrubbing of a Bill Mason story, then unscrubbing, whose editors appear happy to hang their reporter, Leila Atassi, out to dry.

Mr. Russo, I am the reporter who wrote the story you’re discussing on your blog. The version of the article that ran originally online was not the finished story. ?Editors and I continued to tinker with it for several days before it was published in the newspaper, as information became available and could be confirmed.
The story ran without the two sentences in question simply because one […]

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The two lines – the central allegations – which have been missing from a PD article about Bill Mason’s dealings with a crony, and which PD editor Susan Goldberg cited as proof the article wasn’t a whitewash, have magically returned to the article. ?I received no answer to any of the questions about why the lines went missing. ?I expect no answer, and of course expect no explanation. ?Someone call a blogger ethics panel.

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Just pulled petitions

On January 4, 2010 By

If you’re one of those people who obsessively checks the candidate filing list at the Cuyahoga BOE site, you’ll notice my name on there today or tomorrow for two races – county council District 7, and county executive. ?I have until mid-June to choose between the two!

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Based on this totally awesome Tom Ganley campaign ad, Tom is a wise old owl but if you don’t take his Senate campaign seriously, he is going to use his big ol’ owl talons to claw your eyes out!

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Since Barack Obama was elected president, the opportunity to seize national security credibility from Republicans for the long term has been there for the taking, and awaiting only a few things. ?Capture or death of Osama Bin Laden is the big prize, of course. ?But the inevitable attempted terrorist attack on Barack Obama’s watch, and the Republican response to it, offers the same opportunity.

The Christmas Day attack has given Barack the best of all worlds. ?Thank God, the attack failed, hilariously. ?Just as hilarious has been the utterly predictable Republican attack in response, whose main effect is to […]

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