Archive for July 31, 2022

By John Ruberry

“The fliparoo theory of PolitiFact is now confirmed,” Dan Bongino said early in his July 28 podcast, “The fliparoo theory is this: If a fact-checker, airquotes, PolitiFact, says something is true it is probably false. If PolitiFact says something is false it’s probably true.”

Which means, of course, that we are now in a recession. PolitiFact, in a piece written by propagandist Louis Jacobson entitled, “No, the White House didn’t change the definition of ‘recession,'” he fact-checked a claim that originally came from an Instagram post. In seemingly 10,000 words, meant to overwhelm low-information voters, Jacobson ruled that statement false.

Jacobson is wrong, he’s gaslighting us. We are in a recession.

And Jacobson is not alone.

The Biden White House, led by the embarrassment of a press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, has been redefining “recession” for at least a week. For decades, the generally accepted definition of a recession has been two successive months of negative GDP growth. In the first quarter of 2022, the American economy shrank by 1.4 percent, and it contracted by 0.9 percent in the second quarter. These are facts. 

“However, the two-quarter threshold cited in the Instagram post has never been official,” Jacobson said in his so-called fact-check. “It’s more like a rough guide,” he continued, “one piece of a complicated puzzle.” Translation: the wise and oh-so-brilliant Jacobson is right, and you are a semi-literate yokel for accepting the commonly agreed upon description of a recession. 

In another overly long fact-check, Newsweek’s Tom Norton, another hack apologist, also ruled “false” the claim that the Biden White House is redefining what a recession is. “Furthermore, the White House website doesn’t have a dictionary or catalog of all political terminology and jargon it uses (that is the case for other governments, such as those of the UK and Canada, too),” Norton offered. 

Wow. I’m convinced. Not.

In Norton’s Newsweak–or is it Newspeak?— fact-check, Norton quotes Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen, who, by the way, was wrong about inflation being “transitory,” that it is really up to a secretive private organization to determine a recession. Who knew? “There is an organization called the National Bureau of Economic Research that looks at a broad range of data in deciding whether or not there is a recession,” she revealed.

Another fact-check fabulist, the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler, appears to be on vacation so he hasn’t weighed in on the leftist-induced recession debate. Three years ago, while fact-checking Donald Trump, Kessler wrote, “A recession is two quarters of negative economic growth.” But Joe Biden wasn’t president then.

Another prominent (along the lines of someone having an ugly prominent nose) fact-checker, USA Today, also hasn’t recently given its opinion on what a recession really is. Oh, what’s this? In a 2020 fact-check USA Today informed us, “A recession is generally defined as two consecutive quarters of declining GDP, or gross domestic product, a monetary measure of the market value of all the final goods and services produced during a specific time period.”

But on the other hand, Snopes is bowing to the Democrat Party mantra about recessions. Referring to a couple of social media messages, “The tweets quoted above may give readers the misleading impression that the Biden administration literally tried to revise the criteria economists use to determine when a recession has occurred. But that was not the case,” Bethania Palma chimes in for Snopes.

It is the case. Snopes is lying.

Here are some media talking heads talking not too long ago, based on who I see here and the chyrons, using the classical definition of a recession, in a montage compiled by the Media Research Center. You know the, you know the thing, as Biden likes to say, two consecutive quarters of declining GDP growth. C’mon man!

But, assuming briefly we are not in a recession when will we be in one? The Biden administration won’t say. Is it a recession when we have three successive quarters of declining growth? Four? Five-and-a-half?

Or will it be a recession only when there is a Republican president?

Dan Bongino is right. The fliparoo theory of “fact-checkers” is now confirmed. 

John Ruberry regularly blogs at Marathon Pundit.

Baseball league updates 1970 Draft League

Posted: July 31, 2022 by datechguy in Uncategorized

I haven’t done a post on my baseball leagues for a while so here is an update on the one of the two leagues I’m currently running online:

My Primary League is a draft league. We started in 1969 and are in our 2nd season playing 1970. We expanded to 18 teams this season and because of this converted to 3 divisions of 3 teams in each league with a wild card.

The season is 162 games, and you play more within your division than outside of it. Trades are allowed including draft picks for the next season up to round 7. Because Dynasty has not yet released a 1971 or 1972 season (but says they will soon) we presuming that we are playing the 1973 season next. If 71 or 72 comes out before the end of the season or soon enough before the draft we might go earlier.

Oh and one more thing, the divisions are based on where the managers live rather than where the teams actually are. This makes it easier for players to schedule games.

Seattle Pilots2925.537—–NoN/A
NY Yankees2726.5091 1/2No+1
Baltimore Orioles2328.4514 1/2No2
Minnesota Twins3024.556—–NoN/A
California Angels2628.4814No1/2
Cleveland Indians2427.4814 1/2No1
Oakland A’s2724.529—–NoN/A
Boston Redsox2627.4912No—–
Washington Senators1836.33310 1/2No8 1/2
AL Avg LeadersTeam Avg
Wes ParkerBos.356
Lou Piniella26.353
Rico CartyBos.349
AL Hits LeadersTeam Hits
Wes ParkerBos72
Don MoneyCal71
Sandy Alomar Sr.Cal71
AL Runs LeadersTeam Runs
Joe MorganMin39
Roberto ClementeMin36
Sandy Alomar Sr.Bos35
AL Home Run LeadersTeam Runs
Frank HowardWash15
Harmon KillebrewMin11
Reggie JacksonOak10
Don MoneyCal10
Willie MaysMin10
AL RBI LeadersTeam Runs
Don MoneyCal45
Tommy HarperSea45
Tommy AgeeSea42

AL LeadersDivision Winner automatically makes playoffs

Philadelphia Phillies3321.611—–NoN/A
Atlanta Braves3123.5742No+ 5 1/2
Montreal Nos Amours2427.4717 1/2No—–
Cincinnati Cin City3816.704—– Non/a
New York Daytraders2430.44414No1 1/2
St. Louis Cardinals2232.40716No3 1/2
San Francisco Giants4330.589—-Non/a
Los Angeles Dodgers2430.4445No1 1/2
1974 Chicago Cubs2430.4445No1 1/2
NL Avg LeadersTeam Avg
Vic DavalilloStL.366
Ted KubiakStL.345
Carl YastrzemskiMon.341
NL Hits LeadersTeam HIts
Tony OlivaAtl76
Luis AparicioPitt73
Ted KubiakStL68
NL Runs LeadersTeam Runs
Bob BaileyReds49
Jim HickmanReds49
Willie McCoveyLAD41
Johnny BenchReds41
NL Home Run LeadersTeam HR
Bob RobinsonPhil17
Bob BaileyReds17
Jim HickmanReds15
NL RBI LeadersTeam RBI
Jim HickmanReds49
Hank AaronNYM44
Bob RobinsonPhil43