November 6, 2009

AP, Covering ACORN La. Raid, Acts As If Only One Office Was Videotaped by O’Keefe and Giles

acorn_rottenDid you know that activist filmmaker James O’Keefe and partner Hannah Giles made only one undercover video showing ACORN employees willing to assist them in illegal and human rights-violating activities?

Absent prior knowledge, that’s the impression you would have upon reading the Associated Press’s coverage of the latest development in the ACORN saga, namely the raid on the organization’s New Orleans office by Louisiana state investigators.

AP writer Cain Burdeau only mentions O’Keefe’s and Giles’s videotaping efforts in Baltimore. The fact is that the pair have thus far presented the results of their efforts in five other locations, and may have more episodes in inventory for other opportune times.

Here are the first five paragraphs of Budreau’s coverage (bold is mine):

Computers, records seized at ACORN offices in La.

State investigators raided ACORN offices on Friday, taking away computer hard drives and documents as part of a probe into alleged embezzlement and tax fraud when the organization’s national headquarters was based in New Orleans.

“This is an investigation of everything – ACORN, the national organization, the local organization and all of its affiliated entities, specifically as it relates to any potential violations of Louisiana law,” Assistant Attorney General David Caldwell said.

ACORN staff on the scene declined to comment, but an attorney for the group said in a statement the raid was prompted by allegations that former ACORN employees had removed or altered electronic documents and may do so in the future.

Attorney Pamela Marple said ACORN was cooperating and called the raid exhaustive, saying investigators wanted “virtually every document in the possession of ACORN and any related entity.”

The raid was the latest development for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now. Videotapes released recently showed ACORN employees offering tax advice to two people in Baltimore posing as a prostitute and her pimp. The videos led Congress and state governments to cut funding for ACORN.

For the record, the other locations besides Baltimore where O’Keefe and Giles have shown results of their undercover visits are Washington DC, New York/Brooklyn, San Bernardino CA, San Diego, and Philadelphia.

In an article of over 400 words, Burdeau clearly could have included “and five other cities” in his paragraph that mentioned Baltimore. But he didn’t. There’s no good explanation for this failure other than a conscious effort to minimize the comprehensive nationwide significance of the O’Keefe’s and Giles’s work. It would appear that the AP would rather that as few readers as possible know that the intrepid pair have exposed and organization that from all appearances is corrupt to its very core, from sea to shining sea.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Obamanomics Charts of the Day

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 4:10 pm

Via Geoff at Innocent Bystanders, whose post deserves a full read:

First there’s the update to the now-infamous Obama stimulus promise vs. reality graph:

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Then there’s this, with benchmarking points added by yours truly:

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The POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) Economy began roughly as spring turned into summer of 2008. I identified its onset in early July 2008.

Since we’ve been under their grip, we’ve endured four quarters of contraction, one quarter of largely artificially-induced growth, and an employment environment that is arguably the worst since the Great Depression.

Here’s Geoff’s sum-up:

The (first) graph says that within a couple of quarters, the stimulus package will stop the increase in unemployment and reverse the employment trend. That was the real mission of the stimulus. Stop job loss. Get the private sector hiring again.

So no matter how convoluted and fanciful the “jobs created or saved” numbers get, we just have to remember what the point used to be, and realize how far short we’ve fallen. And whose fault that really is.

The October Employment Situation Report (110609)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:42 am

See this post for the run-up to the report.

The news:

The unemployment rate rose from 9.8 to 10.2 percent in October, and nonfarm payroll employment continued to decline (-190,000), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. The largest job losses over the month were in construction, manufacturing, and retail trade.

Double-digit unemployment arrives.

My 2008 campaign name for President Obama, Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH (Barack O-bomba Overseas HusseinObambi“ Obama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters), has acquired a whole new meaning. I’ll have to work on redoing the acronym’s underlying words to fit the circumstances.

More later.

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UPDATE: The Associated Press’s Chris Rugaber did some homework:

The Labor Department said Friday that the economy shed a net total of 190,000 jobs in October, less than the downwardly revised 219,000 lost in September. August job losses were also revised lower, to 154,000 from 201,000.

But the loss of jobs last month exceeded economists’ estimates. It’s the 22nd straight month the U.S. economy has shed jobs, the longest on records dating back 70 years.

Yikes, and nice job on the advance research.

Lickety-Split Links (110609, Morning): Previewing the October Employment Situation Report

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:30 am

My, this was quiet: Payroll and employee benefits giant ADP said on Wednesday that “Nonfarm private employment decreased 203,000 from September to October 2009 on a seasonally adjusted basis.”

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My, this was quiet II: The Institute for Supply Management’s Non Manufacturing Index came in at 50.6% in October, barely above the 50% sentiment measurement needed to indicate expansion, and down from September’s 50.9%. Expectations were for a rise to 51.5%.

Further, as noted at MarketWatch, “The employment index fell to five-month low of 41.1% from 44.3% in September. The percentage of companies adding workers fell from 13% in September to a record-low 5% in October, matching the low reached last November.”

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My, this was quiet III: Also at MarketWatch, “The decline in the ISM employment index, along with a sobering ADP report, “suggests downside risk for Friday’s October jobs report,” said economists for Action Economics. Economists surveyed by MarketWatch currently expect a decline of 150,000 in October nonfarm payrolls.”

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As to more updated predictions reacting to the above and other reports this week, here is Seeking Alpha’s Jeff Miller with a round-up of a few of them, including his own:

Our indicators suggest a net job loss of about 140,000, a little better than the Street estimates of -175K.

TrimTabs also uses real time data. Their estimates are based upon tax deposits for salaried employees. They see a net job loss of 284K.

WANTED Technologies, a relatively new entrant in this field, has a model based upon online help-wanted advertising. This is an innovative and different approach to real-time data. They see a net job loss of 224k.

As to the unemployment rate, economists surveyed by the Associated Press see it coming in at 9.9%, as does a Dow Jones survey of analysts. Both surveys predict 175,000 seasonally adjusted jobs lost.

The October report will be here at 8:30 a.m.

Positivity: Traditional Anglican Communion of U.K. first to accept Pope’s offer

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From London, England:

Nov 6, 2009 / 12:24 am (CNA).- Members of The Traditional Anglican Church in Great Britain have announced that they will enter into communion with the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution for Anglicans.

According to the group’s website, members met on October 29 for their October 2009 Assembly. They scrapped their initial itinerary for the meeting following the Vatican’s Oct. 20 announcement that an Apostolic Constitution was being prepared in response to requests from groups of Anglican clergy and faithful wanting to enter into full communion with the Church. Instead, the assembly focused on what the news from the Vatican meant for the small group of Anglicans who are part of the Traditional Anglican Communion.

Anglican Bishop David Moyer released a statement describing the October Assembly as “grace-filled,” noting that everyone in attendance became “aware of the movement of the Holy Spirit.”

“The bishops, priests, ordinands, and lay representatives were brought to a place of ‘being in full accord and of one mind,’ as St. Paul prayed for the Church in Philippi,” Bishop Moyer wrote.

During the assembly, Bishop Moyer as well as Anglican Bishops John Hepworth and Robert Mercer fielded questions about the Vatican proposal before the Assembly unanimously passed resolutions written to carefully “and clearly reflect TTAC’s corporate desire and intention.”

The resolutions state that the Traditional Anglican Commuion in Great Britian “offers its joyful thanks to Pope Benedict XVI for his forthcoming Apostolic Constitution allowing the corporate reunion of Anglicans with the Holy See, and requests the Primate and College of Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Communion to take the steps necessary to implement this Constitution.”

Go here for the rest of the story. ….