July 23, 2017

‘She Says’? Kansas Paper’s Headline Doubts Contest Winner’s Claim of DQ Based on Trump Support

A Kansas woman who entered a national makeup artists contest has been disqualified from personally redeeming her prize after having been declared its winner. Why? Because, and only because, she posted on Instagram, without comment, a “Trump for President” 2016 graphic on Election Day last year. Despite having all the necessary evidence documenting what happdned, the Wichita Eagle’s related story headline only concedes that this is something Gypsy Freeman only “says.”



Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072317)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.


Positivity: McDonald’s employee jumps through drive-through window to rescue unconscious police officer in Florida

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From March, but in light of other related negative incidents with McDonald’s locations, police officers, and other officials, it deserves wider notice.

From Doral, Florida (video at link):

Mar 15, 2017, 3:08 AM ET

A McDonald’s employee in Doral, Florida, rescued a police officer on Tuesday after she became unconscious at the restaurant’s drive-through window, according to a local ABC News affiliate report.

Surveillance footage provided to Miami-based station WPLG shows the fast-acting employee, Pedro Viloria, jumping out the restaurant’s drive-through window after a customer very slowly pulls away.

Viloria said the customer — an off-duty Miami-Dade police officer who had her two children in the backseat — was suffering from a medical emergency.

Viloria said the customer pulled up and paid for her order without a problem, but he noticed that she was having trouble breathing when he returned to the window with her food.

“In that moment, I thought, ‘I’d rather save that woman’s life,’” he told WPLG on Tuesday. “I see she’s, like, inflating her neck, like trying to breathe, like ‘ahh,’ and basically I thought something was going wrong.”

After checking on the customer and finding her unconscious, Viloria said he rushed back into the restaurant to get help.

Thankfully, he did not have to look far.

A customer, who identified herself as a paramedic, jumped into action and assisted the officer, WPLG reported.

Moments later, an off-duty Miami-Dade Fire Rescue worker entered the store and offered his assistance as well, according to the report.

“The real heroes are the fire rescuers,” Viloria told WPLG. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 22, 2017

Columnist Ruben Navarrette Is Reluctant to Credit Trump For Border Crossings Plunge

Friday morning on Fox & Friends, Washington Post Writers Group columnist Ruben Navarrette, Jr. gave President Donald Trump only grudging and partial credit for the steep decline in illegal border crossings from Mexico into the U.S. so far this year. Navarrette’s “logic,” which went unchallenged by host Steve Doocy, ignored several policy-related Trump administration announcements which have had direct impact, and failed to recognize how the tone which has been set at the administration’s highest levels has had an impact on how the law is enforced on the ground.



Positivity: Proud Americans cheer on the US military on Panama Beach in Florida

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 12:33 pm



Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072217)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

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July 21, 2017

More Evidence That Bill Kristol Has Lost It

Filed under: Economy,Marvels,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:48 pm

Blind Trump hatred will do that.

Reacting Monday evening to a Made-in-America event at the White House, Kristol tweeted: “Maybe it’s just me, but I find something off-putting about turning the White House into an exhibition hall for American tchotchkes.”

A tchotchke is “an inexpensive souvenir, trinket, or ornament.”

So Kristol expanded my vocab today. That’s where the gratitude ends.

Michelle Malkin’s excellent Wednesday column showed that Kristol believes that tchotchkes include:

  • The products of “A pioneer in the materials handling industry, Hytrol (which) employs 1,300 high-skilled workers and will rake in revenues of more than $200 million this year alone.”
  • Wisconsin’s Pierce Manufacturing, “produces the iconic aerial tillers, pumpers, tankers and rescue trucks driven by first responders across the country every day.”
  • Iowa-based RMA Armament’s founder Blake Waldrop, a former Marine and police officer,” who “was inspired to manufacture stronger body armor after losing a comrade in Iraq to an IED attack.”
  • Delaware’s ILC Dover, whose “trademark trifling bauble” is “The space suit worn by every U.S. astronaut since Project Apollo.”

Malkin’s conclusion:

to nastily deride the makers and job creators proudly showing off their wares in the nation’s capital at the invitation of our commander in chief takes a special level of anti-Trump lunacy and arrogance.

We expect this contempt for people who actually make and do things from the left, but Kristol has taken it to a whole new level.


Report: Murdochs Wanted Fox News to Be Never-Trump; Ailes Refused

Wednesday morning, Michael Wolff at The Hollywood Reporter, based on what conversations he claims to have had “on a regular basis” with recently deceased former Fox News Chairman and CEO, claimed that Rupert Murdoch, and especially his sons, “were agitated by Ailes’ regard” for presidential candidate Donald Trump. Wolff claims that the elder Murdoch “instructed Ailes to tilt to anyone but Trump … even Hillary.”



Stats of the Day: Michigan-Detroit vs. Ohio-Cleveland Unemployment (Update: Indiana Is at 3.0 Percent)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:42 am

Stats of the Day: Michigan-Detroit vs. Ohio-Cleveland Unemployment

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, January 2011:

  • Michigan — 10.9 percent (absolute high was 14.9 percent in June 2009)
  • Metro Detroit — 12.1 percent (absolute high was 16.3 percent in June 2009)
  • Ohio — 9.2 percent (absolute high was 11.0 percent in January 2010)
  • Metro Cleveland — 7.6 percent (absolute high was 8.9 percent in June 2009)

Seasonally adjusted unemployment rates, June 2017, as reported today:

  • Michigan — 3.8 percent
  • Metro Detroit — 3.8 percent
  • Ohio — 5.0 percent
  • Metro Cleveland — 5.9 percent
  • UPDATE: Indiana — 3.0 percent

During Governor John Kasich’s time in office thus far, Ohio’s unemployment rate has dropped by 4.2 points, but is now over a half-point above the national average of 4.4 percent.

Metro Cleveland has seen its unemployment rate drop by only 1.7 points since January 2011 to a rate which is now 1.5 points above the national average.

During Governor Rick Snyder’s time in office thus far, Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped by 7.1 points, and is now over a half-point below the national average.

Metro Detroit has seen its unemployment rate drop by 8.3 points since January 2011 to a rate which is now 0.6 points below the national average.

Ohio’s governor thought his record was so great that he ran for President. Meanwhile, Michigan’s governor has governed. Indiana’s former governor is now the nation’s Vice President.


Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072117)

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Positivity: Former US head of Opus Dei dies at 71

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

Jul 20, 2017 / 04:00 pm

Father Arne Panula, the former U.S. vicar of Opus Dei, passed away at his Washington, D.C. home on July 19, 2017 after a battle with cancer.

“Father Arne had the firm belief that anything is possible, the imagination to think big, and the drive and energy to make things happen,” said Father Thomas G. Bohlin, U.S. vicar of Opus Dei.

Born in Duluth, Fr. Panula graduated with a degree in English Literature from Harvard University in 1967, before studying theology in Rome. While there, he lived with St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of the personal prelature Opus Dei.

Fr. Panula completed his graduate studies in theology, and in 1973, became a priest. He served as chaplain of The Heights School in Washington, D.C. and later became the U.S. vicar of Opus Dei, a role he served from 1998-2002.

Starting in 2007, Fr. Panula became the director of the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. The center includes a bookstore and chapel, offering Mass, adoration, confession and spiritual direction, and hosts talks from prolific Catholic speakers.

Under Fr. Panula, the center was expanded to include the Leonine Forum, which aims “to educate men and women early in their careers in the core tenets of the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 20, 2017

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072017)

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Positivity: 97-year-old war veteran finally gets high school diploma

Filed under: Positivity,US & Allied Military — Tom @ 5:55 am

From South Philadelphia (video at link):

Sunday, July 16, 2017 08:18PM

SOUTH PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A very special celebration took place for a 97-year-old South Philadelphia man who received his high school diploma Sunday.

It’s been the dream of a lifetime for Charles Leuzzi, a decorated World War II veteran.

His family made it all possible.

Leuzzi was forced to leave high school his junior year to support his family, the 97-year-old was then drafted as a teen to fight in World War II.

Two purple hearts, four bronze star medals and generations of children and grandchildren later, the Philadelphia School District gave him his honorary diploma.

When asked how does it feel to finally get your diploma.

“This is good. I finally done it. I had to wait a long time for it, but I got it,” Leuzzi said.

His daughter, Beverly Pintarelli said, “It meant everything, especially when he saw all his friends. Just living to be 97 is a blessing. We’re happy we made him happy with a lifelong dream.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

July 19, 2017

AP, NY Times Are Conveniently AWOL As Women’s March, Black Lives Matter Praise 1970s Cop KIller

The Women’s March movement has received fawning and forgiving establishment press attention, particularly from the Associated Press and New York Times, since its first official event the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. Now the movement appears to be (or at least should be) self-immolating for several reasons, most recently its unapologetic support for a 1970s convicted cop killer. That controversy has even pulled in the Black Lives Matter movement, which has also received consistent and undeserved favorable press treatment, also exposing BLM once again as consistently, violently radical. Now the AP and the Times are not covering either group’s direct association with this controversy.



Some Evidence That Real Wages Are (Finally) Rising; Related to Lower Illegal Immigration?

Filed under: Economy,Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:22 am

From the Bureau of Labor Statistics Wednesday morning:

Median weekly earnings of the nation’s 113.4 million full-time wage and salary workers were $859 in the second quarter of 2017 (not seasonally adjusted), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. This was 4.2 percent higher than a year earlier, compared with a gain of 1.9 percent in the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) over the same period.

The raw gain during this year’s first two quarters was 2.3 percent. The after-inflation gain was 1.7 percent (0.6 percent in the first, and 1.1 percent in the second).

The quarter-to-quarter data seems noisy and inconsistent, so we need to see more positive quarters. With that qualifier, that 1.7 percent, two-quarter pickup is the highest such result since the first quarter of 2009, when recession-related job losses at the lower end of the pay scale skewed the results upward.

If the first two quarters are replicated in the second two quarters, the resulting 3.4 percent gain in real pay would be the highest calendar-year result since 1998.

The pay raise “coincides” with reported sharp decreases in the number of illegal-immigrant border crossings — except that it hardly seems like a coincidence.