November 28, 2007

What Time of Year Is It? (Year 3 Follow-up, Part 1)

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias — Tom @ 10:22 pm

As the Christmas shopping season went into full swing in 2005, I sensed that journalists in general have a strong preference for using the term “holiday shopping” instead of “Christmas shopping” when covering business and commerce, but that when it came to people losing their jobs, they preferred to describe layoffs as relating to “Christmas.”

My instincts have been proven correct, as you can see below from the results of three different sets of Google News searches in November and December in each of the last two years (links to last year’s related posts are here, here, and here; 2005′s are here, here, and here):

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News stories overwhelmingly prefer “holiday shopping” on the commerce side, and at an ever-higher rate, but use “Christmas” over twice as frequently in articles about layoffs.

I’ve decided to track the same items this year to see if there is any noticeable change or continuation in the trend.

Based on the first set of Google News searches during this Christmas season, I would say there is:

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The continued upward creep in using “holiday shopping season” for commerce continues, while “Christmas” is still used with almost three times as much frequency in stories about layoffs.

What I concluded at the end of 2005 and of 2006 (with minor editing) is again proving to be true in 2007:

It seems beyond dispute that there is a strong bias against using the word “Christmas” to describe not only the shopping season, as noted above, but also events, parades, and festivals that happen during the Christmas season. There is, however, a bit of an exception — “Christmas” is a word that is much more acceptable to use when “Scrooge” employers are letting people go.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

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Previous Posts:
Dec. 22, 2006 — What Time of Year Is It? (Year 2 Follow-up, Part 3)
Dec. 9, 2006 — What Time of Year Is It? (Year 2 Follow-up, Part 2)
Nov. 26, 2006 — What Time of Year Is It? (Year 2 Follow-up, Part 1)
Nov. 11, 2006 — Will Christmas Be a Four-Letter Word This Year?
Dec. 22, 2005 — When You Can Say What at This Time of Year (UPDATE 2)
Dec. 7, 2005 — When You Can Say What at This Time of Year (UPDATE)
Nov. 29, 2005 — What Time of Year Is It?
Nov. 23, 2005 — When You Can Say What at This Time of Year

Couldn’t Help But Notice (112807)

This is one of the furthest stretches to defend the indefensible I have seen in quite some time.

Well, since Ohio Attorney General Marc Dann won’t apologize for his “Jesus had a better Good Friday” e-mail (near end of article; note the non-apology that follows), and Governor/”Minister Ted” Strickland doesn’t think it’s worth trifling over, their potential primary and general election opponents in 2010 will just have to ask Ohio’s “Christianist” voters how they feel about it. Also see posts at King’s place and at RAB.

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No wonder they think there’s a middle-class squeeze (HT Tax Prof) – earning $97,000 a years makes you “rich.” But, building on a point made by a Tax Prof commenter, if you are earning up to $80,000 a year or more, your children, and maybe even you, could still be eligible for the nearly-free health care of SCHIP, which was designed originally to be for the “working poor.” Yeah, I know that the second figure would often be for a two-income couple, but there’s still not a lot of “middle” left, is there?

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Michael Totten from Fallujah (bold is mine; HT Instapundit):

Baghdad is supposedly only half as violent as it was when I spent my quiet week inside the city, but it is still very dangerous. The trend lines are going in the right direction, but anything can still happen anywhere at any time. It remains a city at war.

Fallujah is different.

None of the Marines I’ve spoken to are nervous while walking the streets. “Complacency kills” is the new catchphrase in Fallujah, and it’s drummed into the heads of the Americans here every day. The Marines may not have yet won the war in this city, but it sure is starting to look like it. The insurgency in Fallujah is over.

Read the whole thing for news you won’t see anywhere in Old Media.

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This is makingHeaven’s Gate” ($3.5 million box office, $44 million production budget) and “Ishtar” ($14.4 million box office, $55 million production budget) look like all-time blockbusters:

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Forgive me for waxing “poetic”:

I think that we will never see,
The production costs of this movie.

Positivity: Holocaust survivor from Tel Aviv, rescuer from Poland, reunited

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:58 am

From New York:

Nov 24, 2007 23:09 | Updated Nov 25, 2007 12:54

In a symbolic closing of a circle, a 94-year-old Holocaust survivor was reunited on Friday with the elderly Polish woman who sheltered her during the Holocaust, more than six decades after the two parted ways.

The special Thanksgiving weekend reunion, which took place at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, brought together Golda Bushkanietz, 94, of Tel Aviv with her Polish rescuer, Irena Walulewicz, 82, of Olsztyn, Poland.

Walulewicz and her late mother Zofia, who have been recognized as Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem for their selfless heroism, hid Bushkanietz in their home for several months during the summer of 1943, as the Nazi killing machine marched on, even after a neighbor denounced them to the Germans.

The two women, who had not seen each other for 62 years, were reunited by the New York-based Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, a group formed two decades ago that provides financial assistance to 1,200 non-Jews in 26 countries around the world who risked their lives to rescue Jews from the Holocaust.

“Don’t cry, don’t cry,” Bushkanietz said in Polish, as she hugged Walulewicz in a tearful reunion.

This story of heroism and bravery in the face of evil began in September 1941, after all the Jews from Swieciany, Poland, which is today in Lithuania, and the neighboring villages were rounded up by the Germans, and divided into two groups: some, like Bushkanietz and her husband Szymon, were sent to a slave labor camp after being deemed “useful,” while others were immediately murdered by the Nazis and buried in a mass grave.

In early 1943, when the Germans decided to liquidate the camp, the young Jewish couple managed to flee, with Szymon Bushkanietz heading for the woods to join the partisans and his wife fleeing to her home town to search for a hiding place.

It was 2:00 in the morning when Bushkanietz knocked on the window of the home of the daughter of the town’s pre-war mayor, whom her father had known slightly, in the hopes of finding refuge inside.

“I really wanted to live,” Bushkanietz recalled Thursday in an interview before leaving Israel for the reunion.

Zofia Walulewicz, the daughter of the mayor, who was home alone with her 17-year-old daughter Irena, who was deaf and mute, opened the window.

“Who are you?” the Polish woman asked.

“I am Fiegel’s daughter,” she answered.

“Come in,” she responded.

For the next several months, Bushkanietz found refuge in their house, hiding in the mice-infested attic, or even in the pigsty, to avoid capture. …..

Go here for the rest of the story.