July 24, 2017

Feminist Columnist Keeps Attacking Teen Sons’ ‘Toxic’ Masculinity — And All Men

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 4:43 pm

Last September, as I noted in a NewsBusters post, the Washington Post published a column by feminist freelancer Jody Allard, who used her perch to publicly shame her sons, lamenting how they were “blind to rape culture.” Last week, facing criticism for continuing to expose her parent-child struggles and her sons’ apparently unacceptable worldviews, she went to Medium.com to explain why she’s not letting up. Outlets which carry her columns need to be asked how they can justify continuing to enable her.



Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072417)

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: Imagine That — After Texas Cut Planned Parenthood Funding, Teen Abortions Fell 28% and Teen Births 24%

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Austin, Texas via Life News:

JUL 21, 2017   |   5:03PM

… the media have missed the big picture. Based on the media coverage of this study, one would think that there was a teen-pregnancy epidemic in Texas. But the legislature cut funding to the Texas Family Planning program in 2011, and since then there have actually been large reductions in both the abortion rate and birth rate among minors in Texas. Specifically, between 2011 and 2014, the number of Texas minors who gave birth fell by over 24 percent. During the same period, the number of abortions performed on minor girls in Texas fell by 28 percent. This is the opposite of a public-health crisis. …

Go here for the full story.


Something’s Happening Here … (Update: Yep)

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:23 am

… but what it is, isn’t exactly clear.

The term “human trafficking” made its way into a horribly tragic illegal-immigrant smuggling story:

At least nine people died after being crammed into a sweltering tractor-trailer found parked outside a Walmart in the midsummer Texas heat, victims of what authorities said on Sunday was an immigrant-smuggling attempt gone wrong.

The driver was arrested, and nearly 20 others rescued from the rig were hospitalized in dire condition, many with extreme dehydration and heatstroke, officials said.

“We’re looking at a human-trafficking crime,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus, calling it “a horrific tragedy.”

Well, first of all “an immigrant-smuggling attempt” is already “wrong,” and the deaths turned that wrongful act into a tragedy.

But if this is an attempt to smuggle people into the country voluntarily, Chief McManus’s description of this as a human-trafficking crime conflicts with the dictionary definition:

the illegal practice of procuring or trading in human beings for the purpose of prostitution, forced labor, or other forms of exploitation.

While we may eventually find out otherwise, the purpose of the enterprise appears to have been to take people who wanted to be smuggled into the US … into the US. It seems likely they were “exploited” into paying money to get smuggled in. But it’s not at all clear, unless the chief knows something we don’t and won’t yet tell us, that any of the things which fit the definition of “human trafficking” or “exploitation” are present.

If they’re not, are we looking at an attempt to broaden or muddy the definition of a now-clearly understood term?


UPDATE, July 24: That didn’t take long

Outrageous: NBC Blames ‘Current Political Climate’ for Human Trafficking Deaths

In other words, “It’s Trump’s fault.”

NBC provided no evidence that this tragedy involves “human trafficking” as the dictionary defines it.

A participant at a vigil for the victims quoted by NBC directly indicated that this is NOT “human trafficking,” as those involved (children or present parents excluded, obviously) had voluntarily gone on board:

They’re willing to risk themselves and their willing to risk their lives for their kids and for their family members just so they can have a better future.

July 23, 2017

Schumer: ‘Gas Prices Are Sticky,’ and Oil ‘Never Goes Down’

In an appearance Sunday morning on ABC’s This Week, New York Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer teased his party’s economic plan which will be unveiled Monday.

One hopes, probably in vain, that it incorporates an understanding of basic economics. Schumer betrayed the fact that he has little to no such understanding when he declared that “gas prices are sticky,” and that when the “price for oil goes up on the markets … it never goes down.”

This Week host George Stephanopolous was to so interested in pushing Schumer about “single-payer” health care, aka a full government takeover of health care, that he didn’t even notice (or pretended not to).



‘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

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.

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)

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.