Late night news reads: Open thread…

Good Evening

Here are some quick news reads for you tonight. If you missed the debate, you can catch up on it here

I just want to post some links, since it is so late we will make this a quick post.

Sacha Baron Cohen Banned From Oscars 2012

 EXCLUSIVE… BREAKING 3PM… The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has pulled actor Sacha Baron Cohen‘s tickets from the 84th Academy Awards. This means he is banned from attending the Oscars even though he is an Academy member and one of the stars from Hugo, Paramount’s 11-nominated movie and Best Picture contender. “Unless they’re assured that nothing entertaining is going to happen on the Red Carpet, the Academy is not admitting Sacha Baron Cohen to the show,”  Paramount just told me. The reason is that a proposal reached the Academy for Baron Cohen to strut the Red Carpet in full costume as his title character in the upcoming Paramount comedy The DictatorUPDATE AT 5:30 PM: Later today, faced with all the bad publicity resulting from its action, the Academy tried to parse what it did when questioned by some media outlets. But the fact is that, this morning, the Academy’s Managing Director Of Membership Kimberly Rouch phoned Paramont’s awards staff to say Baron Cohen’s tickets had been pulled unless he gives the Academy assurances ahead of time promising not to show up on the Red Carpet in costume and not to promote the movie on the Red Carpet. The Academy made it clear that, without those assurances, it would not issue him the tickets. So he’s banned.*

Make sure you go read the rest of the article…looks like Baron Cohen’s latest film is the source of the friction.

You may have seen those strange polling numbers on a recent CNN poll about Obama’s birth control mandate. » Blog Archive » STUPID QUESTION, STUPID ANSWER

Polling has gotten much more accurate in recent years, as the field that used to be an art is now a well understood science. By that I mean that we now have a good understanding of response effects, framing, and how to avoid poorly worded or leading questions. I’m hardly an authority on the subject, but I know enough to be staggered by just how terrible some survey questions from major polling outfits can be. This is compounded by the frustration of watching the media present endless public opinion data without the slightest understanding of what the numbers mean or how the questions can influence the results.

Consider the following question from a Feb. 10-13 CNN/Opinion Research poll (n=1,026 adults nationwide ± 3, 228 Catholics ± 6.5)

As you may know, the Obama administration has announced a new policy concerning health insurance plans provided by employers, including religious organizations, and how they handle birth control and contraceptive services for women. Based on what you have read or heard, do you approve or disapprove of this policy?

Compare this to two other pieces of information from the same poll. First, 81% of all respondents and 77% (!!!) of the Catholics disagree with the statement, “Using artificial means of birth control is wrong.” Furthermore, 88% (!!!!!!) of Catholics chose the latter option when asked, “Do you think Catholics should always obey official Church teachings on such moral issues as birth control and abortion, or do you think it is possible for Catholics to make up their own minds on these issues?” In light of this widespread support for contraceptive use, the results from the first question – 44% approve, 50% disapprove – appear way too low. It creates the impression that the White House’s new policy is quite unpopular.

I urge you to go to the link and read the rest of the Gin and Taco post. It goes into some detail…and actually makes a big point.

This next article for you tonight touches on the basics…Um, What’s a Brokered Convention?

There comes a point in every presidential election battle where political pundits and fanatical West Wing-watchers alike hold their breaths, click their heels, and wish upon an earmark that this will be the year of the brokered convention.

As the surety of Mitt Romney’s arranged marriage to the Republican Party steadily diminishes while other suitors pull ahead, the plausibility of a tussle in Tampa come convention-time in August has grown. Herewith, a look at the peculiar institution of the nomination convention, why all the talking heads are in a tizzy about a brokered instead of a fixed one, and what the odds are of a televised royal rumble this summer.

If you want a review of what is a brokered convention…skip on over to the link and read up.

Anyway, just a quick round-up for you…I wanted to post some information on the two journalist who were killed in Syria, but there is new information coming out, so I will wait until tomorrow’s evening reads to catch you up on the situation.

This is an open thread…

2 Comments on “Late night news reads: Open thread…”

  1. Minkoff Minx says:

    I think BB did a post on the latest news out of Virginia…And how states are now starting to push to keep from paying for contraception.

    Brent Bozell To Eliminate ‘Evil’ Contraceptive, Abortion Services From MRC Staff Insurance Plan | The Jane Dough | News and Opinion on Women in Business

    In the wake of President Barack Obama’s recent healthcare mandate proposal, Bozell sent a memo to staffers stating that he was “horrified” to learn that his organization’s insurance policy, which is BlueCross, covers abortion services:

    “[W]e are working to change our insurance policy so as not to have to comply with this administration’s disgusting mandate to provide contraceptive, sterilization and abortifacient services. In the course of looking into this I have learned our insurance policy provides abortion services. I cannot begin to tell you how horrified I am by that. I never would have approved this had I known. It is the taking of a human life. That will change.”

    It will take some time to sort through the necessary paperwork and logistics of this policy change, Bozell wrote, but asked employees to refrain from using “contraception/abortifacient/abortion services” until then:

    “In the meantime, I have a simple plea I make: Do not avail yourselves to these contraception/abortifacient/abortion services, not through the MRC. They are evil, and I am unequivocal about this. But I’m also unequivocal in saying I cannot, and will not demand or even ask you to agree with me if you feel otherwise. I cannot, and will not force you to comply with this request if you’re not so inclined.”

    Whether employees have previously used these “evil” services won’t be used against them, Bozell wrote:

    “I cannot and no one here will not ever review your personal records to see what you have or haven’t done. Period. This is a personal request, and nothing more. To not do this is to commit a mortal sin, I believe.”

  2. ralphb says:

    A brokered convention seems to be the vehicle that Princess Dumb Ass of the North Woods, and some fans, think will lead the GOP to ask her to save them from themselves. 🙂