September 2, 2014

Press Release: Conservative Website MediaTrackers.org ‘Defunded’ in blatant attempt to silence Kasich Criticism

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:00 pm

This came into my inbox last week. It deserves the attention of anyone who hasn’t heard or seen the news (typos corrected; bolds are mine):

Conservative Website MediaTrackers.org “Defunded” in blatant attempt to silence Kasich Criticism

Akron, OH – Today, the Ohio Citizens PAC learned that the conservative website MediaTrackers.org was “Defunded” effective immediately and Chief Writer and Editor Jason Hart has moved on to another organization. Sources close to the situation have suggested that large ORP donors, believed to be in the Cinncinnati area, were pressured by Ohio Governor John Kasich to drop their support of the website in retaliation for its critcism of the Governors performance. Mediatrackers.org has been consistent in pointing out the Governor’s increase spending, the cost of the Governors medicaid expansion push, his lack of transparency in the Jobs Ohio program and his efforts to increase taxes on the oil and gas Industry.

Ohio Citizens PAC President, Tom Zawistowski, said “We have seen this before a few years back when Matt Mayer was heading up the Buckeye Institute. Matt was putting out the facts to the public concerning Ohio’s job situation and the Governor did not like it. Next thing we know, Matt is pushed out of the organization with a lack of funding named as one of the reasons. Governor Kasich rules with an iron fist, anyone or anything that dares to stand up to him or question his decision will be destroyed. That is why Kasich is running virturally unopposed this fall, all competition has been eliminated by any means necessary. Citizens can vote for anyone you want this fall, as long as it’s Governor Kasich.”

Zawistowski went on to say, “With the Columbus Distpatch publisher one of the Governor’s biggest campaign donors and few in state media willing to face the wrath of the Governor, the only place that member of the public can find out the truth about what is going on is through TEA Party websites. In June a scandal was discovered when Leutenant Governor Mary Taylor’s staff was caught doing campaign work on state time. Media coverage was almost non-existent even after the “investigation” of the scandal was turned over to Taylor’s former head of security with hardly a word from the media. Despite evidence of this practice being routine in other areas of the Kasich administration. It is no wonder that most Ohioans have been misled to believe that the Governor has cut taxes – despite having increased state spending by 20% or more. Who’s to report anything different?”

Zawistowski concluded by saying “We thank Jason Hart and the other writers who worked for MediaTrackers.org for giving us information that we in the public had a right to know but otherwise would never have known. We can assure the good Governor, that those of us in the TEA Party will pick up the conservative banner and continue to report on things like common core, the threat to personal property rights posed by regionalism and the EPA, illegal immigration in Ohio, and the truth about state spending and jobs.”

Jason Hart’s most recent MediaTrackers Ohio post as of the time of this BizzyBlog post was on August 28.

Based on the email, that’s all there is and there won’t be any more.

Congrats to Jason for landing another spot. Hopefully, he can continue to cover Ohio from his new perch.

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Fox News: Obama ‘Briefed on ISIS More Than a Year Ago’

This morning, Catherine Herridge at Fox News, in the first two minutes of a video seen here, reported that “detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of ISIS was included in the PDB, or the President’s Daily Brief, for at least a year.” Fox is being careful, as some of what is being reported would indicate that the time involved is “far more than a year” — possibly even “three years.”

This would mean that Obama, if he actually reads the briefs he claims to devour in lieu of actually attending national security meetings as his Oval Office predecessors have, should have been fully aware of ISIS's danger at least several months before he called them the "jayvee team" in a New Yorker Magazine interview. If previous patterns hold, the fact that Fox is reporting the story will mean that the Obama-aligned establishment press will, as they have for several hours already, ignore it. The relevant portions of the transcript follow the jump (HT to a frequent tipster; bolds are mine):

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August ISM Manufacturing Index Zooms to 59.0%, Up From 57.1%

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:27 am

From the Institute for Supply Management:

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

The August PMI® registered 59 percent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from July’s reading of 57.1 percent, indicating continued expansion in manufacturing. This month’s PMI® reflects the highest reading since March 2011 when the index registered 59.1 percent. The New Orders Index registered 66.7 percent, an increase of 3.3 percentage points from the 63.4 percent reading in July, indicating growth in new orders for the 15th consecutive month. The Production Index registered 64.5 percent, 3.3 percentage points above the July reading of 61.2 percent. The Employment Index grew for the 14th consecutive month, registering 58.1 percent, a slight decrease of 0.1 percentage point below the July reading of 58.2 percent. Inventories of raw materials registered 52 percent, an increase of 3.5 percentage points from the July reading of 48.5 percent, indicating growth in inventories following one month of contraction. The August PMI® is led by the highest recorded New Orders Index since April 2004 when it registered 67.1 percent. At the same time, comments from the panel reflect a positive outlook mixed with caution over global geopolitical unrest.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 17 are reporting growth in August …

Backlog of Orders also went into expansion, up from 49.5 percent in July to 52.5 percent in August.

ISM’s Manufacturing Survey has shown expansion in almost every month since the fall of 2009, and this is what we have to show for it in jobs:

ManufacturingJobsJan2004toJuly2014

Manufacturing jobs are up by only 707,000 since their February 2010 trough:

  • That sector has therefore regained only 26 percent of the 2.691 million jobs lost from August 2004 to that trough.
  • If you want to isolate it to the officially defined recession, manufactuing has only regained 31 percent of the 2.293 million jobs lost from December 2007 to February 2010.
  • If you want to isolate it to the recession as normal people define it, manufactuing has only regained 34 percent of the 2.051 million jobs lost since June 2008.

Yet ISM shows not only expansion, but strong expansion. Really?

All I can say is that the recession’s survivors must be really happy, but not happy enough to be adding lots of people — or they’re “hiring” people through “temporary” help agencies who don’t show up as payroll employees in the manufacturing sector.

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UPDATE: But Obamacare’s 30-hour full-time employee definition is irrelevant. Sure it is.

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (090214)

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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.

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Positivity: Hundreds flock to conference looking to revive parish life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Denver:

Sep 1, 2014 / 12:24 pm

Some 500 Catholic leaders and their pastors from across the United States met recently at the first-ever Amazing Parish conference in Denver to brainstorm and swap ideas about improving parish life.

The newly-founded Amazing Parish movement seeks to provide resources to pastors and parish leaders so they can create a thriving parish life. The conference, held Aug. 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, featured Catholic speakers and workshops on topics such as parish leadership teams, formation programs and evangelization.

For a movement that is just starting out, interest in the conference was widespread and the overall response very positive.

“Would it be wrong to say it’s been amazing?” quipped Matt Manion, president of the Catholic Leadership Institute and a speaker at the conference.

“But it’s really been an excellent experience of Church, of prayer, and of people who are open to new ideas and new ways of serving God through the parish,” he told CNA.

Many of the speakers, like Manion, are Catholics serving in leadership roles for big companies who are adapting tricks of the trade of company leadership to practical ideas for parish leadership. …

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September 1, 2014

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (090114)

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Positivity: Labor Day, Its History, and Its Meaning

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

This post is a BizzyBlog Labor Day tradition.

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From the May 3, 2008 version of a web page as it originally appeared at the US Department of Labor’s web site (obtained from archive.org):

The History of Labor Day
Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means

“Labor Day differs in every essential way from the other holidays of the year in any country,” said Samuel Gompers, founder and longtime president of the American Federation of Labor. “All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day…is devoted to no man, living or dead, to no sect, race, or nation.”

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

Founder of Labor Day

More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.

Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.”

But Peter McGuire’s place in Labor Day history has not gone unchallenged. Many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.

The First Labor Day

The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.

In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a “workingmen’s holiday” on that date. The idea spread with the growth of labor organizations, and in 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country.

Labor Day Legislation

Through the years the nation gave increasing emphasis to Labor Day. The first governmental recognition came through municipal ordinances passed during 1885 and 1886. From them developed the movement to secure state legislation. The first state bill was introduced into the New York legislature, but the first to become law was passed by Oregon on February 21, 1887. During the year four more states — Colorado, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York — created the Labor Day holiday by legislative enactment. By the end of the decade Connecticut, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania had followed suit. By 1894, 23 other states had adopted the holiday in honor of workers, and on June 28 of that year, Congress passed an act making the first Monday in September of each year a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

A Nationwide Holiday

The form that the observance and celebration of Labor Day should take were outlined in the first proposal of the holiday — a street parade to exhibit to the public “the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations” of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families. This became the pattern for the celebrations of Labor Day. Speeches by prominent men and women were introduced later, as more emphasis was placed upon the economic and civic significance of the holiday. Still later, by a resolution of the American Federation of Labor convention of 1909, the Sunday preceding Labor Day was adopted as Labor Sunday and dedicated to the spiritual and educational aspects of the labor movement.

The character of the Labor Day celebration has undergone a change in recent years, especially in large industrial centers where mass displays and huge parades have proved a problem. This change, however, is more a shift in emphasis and medium of expression. Labor Day addresses by leading union officials, industrialists, educators, clerics and government officials are given wide coverage in newspapers, radio, and television.

The vital force of labor added materially to the highest standard of living and the greatest production the world has ever known and has brought us closer to the realization of our traditional ideals of economic and political democracy. It is appropriate, therefore, that the nation pay tribute on Labor Day to the creator of so much of the nation’s strength, freedom, and leadership — the American worker.

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August 31, 2014

Terror-Supporting Islamist Finds ‘Humor’ in Saying ’9-11, 7-7, 3-11′ During Mic Check Before CNN Interview

When last seen in coverage at NewsBusters, Anjem Choudary was sparring with Sean Hannity while claiming that ISIS atrocities are a Western “falsehood” and that Islamic Sharia law will be implemented “in the whole world one day.”

Before getting to his latest stunt on CNN’s Reliable Sources program with host Brian Stelter, it’s important to provide some context, simply because Choudary described at Wikipedia as a “Muslim social and political activist” has already said that “if you had a sense of humor, maybe you would have laughed” at how he conducted the mic check before his interview.

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Restricting ‘Choice’: California Dictates That Its Employers Cannot Refuse to Cover Elective Abortions

This “choice” thing with abortion is really the narrowest of one-way streets.

Seven robed men decided in 1973 that a woman has a “privacy” right to “choose” to take the life of a pre-born baby she is carrying, the God-given right to life of the baby be damned. But the radicals in Jerry Brown’s government in the State of California have now mandated that all employers in that state, even those with religious affiliations, do not have a choice as to whether they will cover abortions in their health plans. It’s funny, but certainly not in a humorous sense, how certain states’ attempts to limit the practice routinely make national news, while this blatantly coercive dictate by California has barely been noticed.

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Not News: Tens of Thousands of Illegal Immigrant ‘Children’ Dispersed Throughout U.S.

The “Office of Refugee Resettlement” in the government’s Department of Health and Human Services has released a county-by-county list of 29,890 unaccompanied children sent “to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members).” Year-to-date, the number, according to an HHS state-by-state list, is 37,477. This has occurred “while they await immigration proceedings.”

Now that they’re out in the general population, we’re still supposed to believe that the majority of these “children” (more on that later) will ultimately be deported. After all, that’s what White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on July 7, specifically:

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Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (083114)

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Positivity: Pope — When we become worldly, we lose Christian flavor

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

From Vatican City:

Aug 31, 2014 / 09:39 am

Christians must avoid the temptation to conform to the world, Pope Francis cautioned Aug. 31, stressing that they should instead allow their faith to transform the world around them.

“Christians live in the world, fully integrated into the social and cultural reality of our time, and rightly so,” the Pope said in his reflection at the Sunday Angelus. However, “this carries with it the risk that we might become ‘worldly’, that ‘the salt might lose its flavor’,” as the Gospel of Matthew warns.

Pope Francis spoke to those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square at noon. As he does each week, the Holy Father offered a reflection on the Sunday Gospel before reciting the Angelus.

He pointed to the passage in the Gospel of Matthew in which Jesus predicts his coming passion, death and resurrection.

At this “critical moment” in Scripture, “the apparent contrast between Jesus’ way of thinking and that of the disciples emerges,” he said, pointing to Peter’s rebuke of Jesus.

“Jesus, in turn, severely rebukes Peter, because he does not think ‘according to God, but according to men’, and plays – without realizing it – the part of Satan, the tempter.”

The Pope explained that we should learn from this example, heeding the words of St. Paul, who says, “Be not conformed to this world; but be reformed in the newness of your mind, that you may prove what is the good, and the acceptable, and the perfect will of God.”

Rather than becoming worldly, we should change the world, he said.

“When the power of the Gospel remains alive in Christians, it can transform ‘mankind’s criteria of judgment, determining values, points of interest, lines of thought, sources of inspiration and models of life, which are in contrast with the Word of God and the plan of salvation’,” he exhorted, citing the 1975 apostolic exhortation of Pope Paul VI …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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August 30, 2014

Arctic Ice Cap Expands by 41 Percent in Two Years; Al Gore Thought It Might Be Gone by Now

Ice, ice baby. That’s what they have a lot more of in the Arctic.

The UK Daily Mail, one of those British tabloids the left has despised going back to the Clinton administration and its paranoia about a right-wing media conspiracy, reports from authoritative sources — the kind the U.S. establishment press uses when it seems to support the hoax known as human-caused global warming — that the Arctic ice cap has expanded rapidly in the past two years. In doing so, it has made up all of what was lost between 2009 and 2012 with a slight margin to spare. Seven years ago, former Vice President and leading global warming false alarmist Al Gore predicted that “It could be completely gone.” Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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NYT: Here Come Those Government-Reimbursed ‘End-of-Life Talks’

In a Saturday evening story to appear on Page A1 in its Sunday print edition, Pam Belluck at the New York Times tells readers that “paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.” This apparently blessed development is occurring “After Sarah Palin’s ‘death panel’ label killed efforts to include it in the Affordable Care Act in 2009.”

Belluck seems fairly pleased that “Bypassing the political process, private insurers have begun reimbursing doctors for these ‘advance care planning’ conversations as interest in them rises along with the number of aging Americans.” (But of course, “private insurers” have really become inside cronies in “the political process” since Obamacare’s passage; so their involvement may really prove that behind-the-scenes government pressure to reimburse those “services” is working.)

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Politico: Obama to Limit Campaigning to ‘States Where He’s Still Popular’; Make That ‘Less Unpopular’

A Friday afternoon dispatch at the Politico from Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein tells us that “The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular.”

The list of states where the Politico pair alleges that’s the case is quite short: “Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California.” That’s it. Obama, in a situation resembling that of Richard Nixon in the final months of his presidency, when “Tricky Dick” was mocked for being able to find friendly audiences in just a few Southern states, is apparently toxic everywhere else, just in time for midterm elections. Moreover, it didn’t take much research to show that the Politico’s pair’s claim Obama is “still popular” in most of those five states is either false or shaky — especially after considering that such polls are all too often overloaded with Democrat and liberal respondents.

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