November 20, 2014

Ohio Press Buys Fed’s Hokey Claim That Extended Jobless Benefits Didn’t Hurt Economy

Boy, it’s a good thing that the unemployment benefits Congress continued to extend during most of the first five-plus years of Barack Obama’s presidency didn’t hurt the economy much.

A study commissioned by the Cleveland branch of the Federal Reserve concluded that extended benefits “only account for a fraction of the actual increase in the unemployment rate.” The allegedly minimal impact of that “fraction” follows the jump.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112014)

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Positvity: Retiring Cardinal George opens up on faith, freedom and death

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Chicago:

Nov 18, 2014 / 11:58 am

As he enters retirement, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago noted the importance of living faith in the truth, reflecting on his time as archbishop, the approach of death, and advice for his successor, Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich.

“The faith, what it means, and then the habits of life that protect a life of faith, are part of personal formation in the truth, and the Church should attend to those dimensions as much as she possibly can,” the 77-year-old Cardinal George said in an interview with the Catholic New World, published Nov. 16.

He discussed the need to save people from the dangers of living in falsehood, “especially religious falsehood.”

“You also want to see to it that they have the habits of life that keep them free, particularly the young people. If young people get caught early on in habits that enslave — drugs or sexual promiscuity or gangs — they’re never free. Christ died to make us free.”

Cardinal George also noted the importance of engaging people who disagree with him or the Church.

“If you don’t do that you risk reducing people to their ideas. People are always more than their ideas. I think Pope Francis reminds us of that. Also, when you reach out, you often discover things you wouldn’t have found out had you not made the effort to speak with them.”

“I try purposely to keep all of the doors open that I can,” he added. “God wants us to talk to him and he wants us to talk to one another. Conversation is part of loving.”

Cardinal George has headed the Archdiocese of Chicago since 1997. He will be the first Chicago archbishop to retire. …

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November 19, 2014

Not Reported: The South Is Carrying the Nation’s Homebuilding Industry

Today at the Assocated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, Martin Crustsinger covered the Census Bureau’s report on new home construction in the usual way. Regardless of whether a given month shows improving or declining data, the wire service’s overall message is almost invariably, “Things are really getting better. No, really.”

The sentence promoting that point of view in Crutsinger’s report came from one of the AP’s go-to analysts:

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111914)

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Positivity: New Chicago archbishop: Be authentic, leave your comfort zone

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Chicago:

Nov 18, 2014 / 04:06 pm

Newly installed Chicago Archbishop Blase J. Cupich’s first public homily stressed the importance of personal witness “with joy and compassion,” purified of “anger, harshness and fear.”

“Jesus tells all of us today to go back to where our journey of faith began, to be in touch with the joyful experience of being transformed by the intimacy God offers us, to be willing to share it with the next generation,” he said during his installation Mass at Chicago’s Holy Name Cathedral on Tuesday.

“Young people have always been attracted to authenticity of life, where words match deeds. Let’s not be afraid to let our young people know about our life with God and how it began.”

He encouraged Catholics to “stay close” to young people, in order to “tell them what it means for us to believe, and share with them how the Gospel has brought joy and meaning to us and has transformed our lives.”

Archbishop Cupich, 65, succeeds Cardinal Francis George, who had headed the Chicago archdiocese since 1997. Cardinal George is battling cancer for the third time at age 77 and chose to step down as head of the local Church.

Archbishop Cupich had served as Bishop of Spokane, Wash., since 2010 and previously headed the Diocese of Rapid City, S.D. …

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November 18, 2014

Another Keynesian Fail: Japan ‘Unexpectedly’ Falls Into Another Recession

There were several more of those infamous “U-word” (“unexpectedly”) sightings yesterday in the business press, as Japan — to the surprise of no one who has successfully avoided the Keynesian koolaid — reported that its economy shrank for the second quarter in a row, officially falling yet another recession.

The U-word hit the trifecta, appearing in reports at the Associated Press, Bloomberg and Reuters.

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Terse 5-Paragraph AP Story Shows It Clearly Wants the Gruber Story to Go Away

As I noted yesterday, the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, finally broke down on Friday and mentioned the name “Jonathan Gruber” in a news story — a Friday afternoon item which, among other things, dishonestly attempted to distance the Affordable Care Act advisor from his long acknowledged and celebrated (until recently) “architect” role.

As of early this evening, the only other AP mention of Gruber has come in an unbylined Sunday morning story on President Barack Obama’s insistence that, in AP’s words, “the American public was not misled about certain provisions of his health care law,” and that, again in AP’s words, “there was no provision of the health care law that was not extensively debated and was not fully transparent.” The terse, “Now will you people please go away?” five-paragraph report follows the jump:

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Immigration Study: Obama’s Executive Action Will Make Many Illegals De Facto Full Participants in the Welfare State

Link (organization’s home page):

Through a maze of statutes and regulations, aliens granted deferred action or parole in place will be eligible for many public benefits. This is true even though they are still illegal aliens. To summarize:

Aliens with parole for less than a year are eligible for Obamacare, Social Security, EITC, Unemployment, and Medicare (with sufficient authorized work history). Paroled aliens, whether for less than a year or greater, who are children and pregnant women are also eligible for health care benefits through Medicaid and SCHIP in states that have opted to cover them.

Aliens with parole for more than a year retain their eligibility for Obamacare, Social Security, EITC, Unemployment, and Medicare. If they are children or pregnant women, they are also eligible for health care benefits through Medicaid and SCHIP in states that have opted to cover them. Finally, because paroled aliens become qualified aliens after a year, paroled aliens become eligible for all federal public benefits after 6 years, including SCHIP and TANF.

Finally, aliens with deferred action are eligible for Obamacare, Social Security, EITC, Unemployment, Medicare (with sufficient authorized work history). If they are children and pregnant women, they are also eligible for health care benefits through Medicaid and SCHIP in states that have opted to cover them.

Even if this was a good idea — and it most emphatically isn’t, for reasons which would take up a book — a government running serious deficits as far as the eye can see and long-term unfunded liabilities approaching and perhaps by now exceeding $100 trillion can’t even begin to afford this.

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NYT Editorial Calls Gruber’s Obamacare Role ‘Limited’; Past Times Articles Disagree

The New York Times wants America to ignore Jonathan Gruber. Pay no attention to that architect behind the curtain!

Scott Whitlock at NewsBusters noted earlier today that a Times editorial on Jonathan “stupid voters” Gruber claims that the MIT economist was not an important player in the law’s creation. The Times now insists that “In truth, his role was limited.” The trouble is, Times reporters and columnists have paid quite a bit of attention to Gruber and the importance of his role in the creation, passage and defense of the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, during the past five years.

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Fournier: Obama Has Destroyed His, Admin’s, and Government’s Credibility; But He Still Wants ACA to Work

Two cheers — and two cheers only — for the National Journal’s Ron Fournier.

On Fox News’s Special Report with Bret Baier last night, the former Associated Press Washington Bureau chief observed that the Jonathan Gruber videos about how the Affordable Care Act was dishonestly written and promoted, as well as President Barack Obama’s reaction to those revelations, demonstrate that he (Obama) has destroyed the credibility of his administration, himself, and government itself.” Fine. But then, imitating the naive lover who won’t give up despite constant betrayal in the hit song “I Can’t Let Go,” Fournier stated that he “would like to see this bill work.” Video follows the jump (HT Washington Free Beacon):

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NewsBusted (111814)

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Here we go:

TOPICS::
– Asian Economic Summit
– President Obama
– Net Neutrality
– MSNBC
– Chris Matthews
– U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch
– Prince Charles Birthday
– Kim Kardashian

Best Line: “President Obama has nominiated U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch to be the country’s Attorney General. Lynch is a curious choice, since she has no previous experience running guns to Mexico.”

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111814)

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Positivity: Pope Francis blasts abortion, euthanasia as ‘sins against God’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Nov 15, 2014 / 07:53 am

Pope Francis has told a group of Catholic doctors that “playing with life” in ways like abortion and euthanasia is sinful, and he stressed that each human life, no matter the condition, is sacred.

“We’re are living in a time of experimentation with life. But a bad experiment… (we’re) playing with life,” the Pope told an audience of 4,000 Catholic doctors gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on Nov. 15.

“Be careful, because this is a sin against the Creator: against God the Creator.”

Pope Francis offered his words in an address given to members of the Italian Catholic Doctors Association in celebration of their 70th anniversary.

He recalled that many times in his years as a priest he heard people object to the Church’s position on life issues, specifically asking why the Church is against abortion.

After explaining to the inquirer that the Church is not against abortion because it is simply a religious or philosophical issue, he said it’s also because abortion “is a scientific problem, because there is a human life and it’s not lawful to take a human life to solve a problem.”

Regardless of the many objections he has heard saying that modern thought has evolved on the issue, the Pope stressed that “in ancient thought and in modern thought, the word ‘kill’ means the same!”

“(And) the same goes for euthanasia,” he explained, observing that as a result of “this culture of waste, a hidden euthanasia is practiced on the elderly.” …

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November 17, 2014

AP’s Elliott Tries to Separate Gruber From His Obamacare Architect Role

The Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press — the entity which to our great misfortune is considered the de facto news source of record by the nation’s establishment press — finally broke down several days ago and mentioned the name “Jonathan Gruber” in a news story.

Of course, the wire service saved Philip Elliott’s story for Friday afternoon to minimize its visibility; the time stamp at the AP’s national site is 4:20 p.m. ET Friday; that’s only a minute later than the 3:19 p.m. CT time stamp found here at the earliest Google News entry I could find. Elliott largely made the story almost entirely about Republicans’ and conservatives’ reactions to what Gruber has said — as if they’re the only ones who should be deeply troubled about Gruber’s insulting descriptions of the American people and the fundamental dishonesty involved in drafting and passing the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, in early 2010. But he also quite dishonestly tried to claim that Gruber wasn’t even an “architect” of the law (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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