January 15, 2011

AP Early Report on Fuller Arrest Ignores His ‘Democracy Now’ Fulminations

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 10:50 pm

Let’s see if this lasts. I’m guessing it will.

Here’s the opening paragraph of the Associated Press’s 8:16 p.m. ET report on the arrest of Eric Fuller:

One of the Arizona shooting victims was arrested Saturday and then taken for a psychiatric evaluation after authorities said he took a picture of a tea party leader at televised town hall meeting and yelled: “you’re dead.”

The rest of Bob Christie’s dispatch reflects either a failure by “The Essential Global News Network” to do a simple Google search on the guy, or, if such a search was attempted, a failure to report what was found.

Three of the results appearing on the first page of a Google Web Search on ["Eric Fuller" Tucson] (typed as indicated between brackets) are Friday items about an interview Fuller did on the far-left “Democracy Now!” program on that same day. One is at the Politico, which would seem to eliminate lack of knowledge as an AP excuse.

Another reference is directly to the interview. Here is all of what Fuller had to say from a transcript found at that “Democracy Now!” link (bolds are mine):

Once she walked up to me, she said, “I’ll answer your questions, but you have to wait.” And there was a line forming up there, so I went over and I sat down and looked over my questions, only two of them, kind of long ones, and was trying to figure out which one and whether I should, you know, ask those questions, when I heard the sound of gunshots. And I looked over only about 10 or 15 feet away, where Gabrielle Giffords had been standing, and in her place was a very excited gunman who was athletically pumping out the rounds and pointing the gun at anybody that he could get a bead on.

People around me were being hit. I just dove for the ground. And while I was diving for the ground, a round hit me in the knee. I was conscious of that. And while I was on the ground, I guess another one, another round, hit me in the back. A fragment did; it hit me in the back. A woman went over and knocked the clip out of his hand. He was reloading. He had a Glock 9mm with a 30-round clip in it. And my thought on the ground was that he’s going to come and finish us off. But this woman knocked the other clip out of his hand. Then a couple of guys came along, bystanders, and they tackled him, knocked him to the ground.

I was in shock, and I just wandered out into the parking lot. And a woman was pushing a cart full of groceries out there. And I said to her, “I’ve been shot.” And she just looked at me like I was crazy. I was taken to the hospital. And even though I was sedated and everything, I stayed up—I was staying up, stayed most of the night. And I didn’t know how to calm myself down, so I wrote down the Declaration of Independence, which I memorized some time ago. And that did help to organize my thoughts. And the first thing that I wrote down and what my reaction was to it was: “How many other people? How many other demented people are out there? It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle and the rest got their first target. Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled—senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all, even nine-year-old girls.” There was a little girl named Christina Green, nine years old, who is one of the deceased.

Another thing I wrote down was, “Can we have another fundraiser at the target range, Jesse Kelly?” Jesse Kelly ran against her in the election. And I’ve heard him speak several—a couple of times, and I couldn’t believe he was a real candidate. I thought he was just like a fake candidate. It didn’t seem like anybody would consider him seriously. He came within 4,000 votes of winning the election. One of his slogans was: “Shoot a fully automatic M16 with Jesse Kelly.” Kind of a very marginal personality and a low mentality.

I worked hard to elect Gabrielle Giffords. I would rather she was busy doing her job today than lying in a hospital with a gunshot wound in the head.

For what it’s worth, Fuller’s claim above that “I was taken to the hospital” contradicts what CBS’s Early Show reported, presumably based on what Fuller told the program, on Tuesday: “He drove himself to the hospital and was released Monday.”

Also, as an aside, if you listen to the end of the audio at the “Democracy Now!” link, you’ll hear host Amy Goodman tell her audience that her next guest will be Frances Fox Piven (of Cloward-Piven Strategy fame). Other persons of not described as “frequent guests” at Democracy Now’s Wikipedia entry include Noam Chomsky, Danny Glover, and Robert Fisk.

Back on point: Since when is the previous day’s unhinged rant of a guy arrested for making a very public “you’re dead” threat to someone with whom he happens not to agree not news? It would appear that the answer is: “It’s not news if it came from a hateful leftist whose exposure would ruin the ‘right-wing vitriol’ meme which we’re still trying to milk.”

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

John Hayward at Human Events on Friday: ‘You might be seeing a lot of Eric Fuller over the weekend’

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:07 pm

Noel Sheppard posted the news about J. Eric Fuller’s arrest at NewsBusters earlier this evening:

According to the website of ABC-TV affiliate KGUN, J. Eric Fuller was arrested and charged with threats, intimidation, and disorderly conduct.

Demonstrating impressive prescience, John Hayward at Human Events predicted on Friday that Fuller would attempt to capitalize on his being among the injured in last Saturday’s Tucson murders. Here’s a sampling of Fuller’s full feelings from Hayward:

You might be seeing a lot of Eric Fuller over the weekend. He’s one of the people injured in Jared Loughner’s shooting rampage, taking rounds in the knee and back. He’s also a vicious bigot, and because he’s elderly and a military veteran, the Left is going to fall in love with him.

Fuller gave an interview with the Democracy NOW radio show, in which he said of the Tucson shootings: “It looks like Palin, Beck, Sharron Angle, and the rest got their first target.” Presumably he’s not talking about Judge John Roll.

“Their wish for Second Amendment activism has been fulfilled,” Fuller ranted on, “senseless hatred leading to murder, lunatic fringe anarchism, subscribed to by John Boehner, mainstream rebels with vengeance for all, even 9-year-old girls.” I didn’t realize the Second Amendment called for all those things. They must be lurking in one of the penumbras or emanations.

And John Boehner’s part of Murder, Incorporated now? Even by the frothy standards of liberal hatemongering, that’s quite a stretch. At least the fevered minds of the Left can say that Palin, Beck, and Angle are feisty and confrontational. Boehner apparently inspired a murderous rampage by gently taking that gavel from Nancy Pelosi’s hands.

Fuller’s emergence as a beeping smoke detector amid the right-wing haze of the “Climate of Hate” has already drawn praise from Soros operative Eric Bohlert, who issued a Twitter taunt to Michelle Malkin and Andrew Breitbart: “Countdown to smearing wounded veteran from Tucson massacre begins… now.”

Looks like Fuller smeared himself quite effectively, per KGUN:

On the front row was Kenneth Dorushka, who was shot shielding his wife from Loughner’s gunfire; and J. Eric Fuller, who was shot in the knee.

… When Tucson Tea Party founder Trent Humphries rose to suggest that any conversation about gun control should be put off until after the funerals for all the victims, witnesses say Fuller became agitated. Two told KGUN9 News that finally, Fuller took a picture of Humphries, and said, “You’re dead.”

When State Rep. Terri Proud (R-Tucson) rose to explain and clarify current and proposed gun legislation in the state, several people groaned or booed her. One of those booing, according to several witnesses, was Fuller. Witnesses sitting near Fuller told KGUN9 News that Fuller was making them feel very uncomfortable.

The event wrapped up a short time later. Deputies then escorted Fuller from the room. As he was being led off, Fuller shouted loudly to the room at large. Several witnesses said that what they thought they heard him shout was, “You’re all whores!”

A Pima County Sheriff’s spokesman told KGUN9 News that they charged Fuller with one count of threats and intimidation, and said they plan to charge him with at least one count of disorderly conduct. Humphries told KGUN9 News that he does plan to press those charges.

… Afterwards, several participants told KGUN9 News that they hoped the outburst would not overshadow what they saw as the true message of the meeting: that Tucson is filled with good and decent people, and the community will get through this.

There would appear to be a better chance of “getting through this” if Mr. Fuller can be kept away from attempts to do so.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Reaganomics v. Obamanomics: It’s a Rout (See Update; Rout Will Be Even Greater After January’s Employment Report)

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:10 am

Twice the economic growth, and over 10 times more job growth.

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Note: This item went up at Pajamas Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Thursday.

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Much of the economic news immediately after the New Year was decent, even hopeful. The Institute for Supply Management’s Manufacturing and Non Manufacturing indices moved more solidly into expansion. Payroll and benefits giant ADP told us that the economy added 297,000 seasonally adjusted private-sector jobs in December, that report’s best monthly number in years.

Then came Friday’s Employment Situation Summary from Uncle Sam’s Bureau of Labor Statistics.

At first glance, that news also seemed acceptable. Seasonally adjusted, the national unemployment rate dropped from 9.8% to 9.4% in December, while employers added 103,000 jobs. The latter number trailed both expectations and ADP’s earlier report, but given the vagaries involved in seasonal adjustments, maybe it wasn’t all that bad.

Unfortunately, it was pretty bad. December’s BLS report capped off a year during which the post-recession consequences of Obama administration policies became all too clear. 2-1/2 years in, what I have been calling the POR (Pelosi-Obama-Reid) economy since the middle of 2008 has created a workforce which is disengaged and underemployed at levels not seen since the 1930s — which, not coincidentally, is the last time a Democratic administration’s supposedly stimulative policies created a long-term, high-unemployment economy.

Almost half of December’s unemployment rate drop occurred because on a seasonally adjusted basis, 260,000 people left the workforce. During 2010 (not seasonally adjusted, because it’s a year-over-year comparison), the civilian 16-and-over population increased by almost 2 million, but the ranks of those either working or looking for work only grew by 500,000. A primary reason for this is that a record number of those who could applied for Social Security retirement and disability benefits. Many surely would not have done so in a more favorable job market.

December’s seasonally adjusted workforce participation rate was 64.3%. The last time this rate was so low was in 1984, when many more families were intact and had one parent staying at home. The teenage workplace disengagement epidemic I addressed in September has become even more awful. In 2010, the 16-19 age group’s participation rate and employment-population ratio averaged under 35% and under 26%, respectively. Both were all-time lows by far. If the current rate of decline in the latter measurement continues, there may not be a single teenager employed anywhere in a dozen years.

It’s also hard to find much consolation in the number of jobs added during December, or even during 2010.

December’s not seasonally adjusted job results were worse than every December from 2003 to 2007. That indicates deterioration, as November 2010′s analogous figure was in the lower-middle end of the November 2003-2007 range. In a real recovery from a deep recession, this should not be happening. Well over 20% of the 1.35 million private-sector jobs added in 2010 came from temporary help services, even though that sector is less than 2% of total employment.

Well, at least the numbers are positive, and that’s good enough, right? Wrong. The real benchmark for evaluating this recovery’s employment and economic growth should be the post-recession, tax cut-driven Reagan recovery. In that contest, it’s Reagan in a rout.

Here’s how employment growth compares, without even taking into account our currently much larger potential workforce (source data: total; private):

ReaganVobamaJobs6qsRecov

This should be a complete embarrassment to the Keynesian (left) wing of economic thought. During the first six post-recession quarters under Reagan, the economy added over 4.1 million private-sector jobs. During Obama’s comparable six quarters, that number, subject to future revisions, has been less than 400,000. Even if ADP is right and the economy really added almost 200,000 more jobs than the government estimated in December, Reagan still prevails in a complete wipeout.

Further, Reagan’s figures above are somewhat handicapped. Those who believe that the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) deserves to have the last word on when recessions begin and end (I don’t; I prefer the traditional definition) should note that Reagan’s first quarter included two months during which the NBER said we were still in a recession.

What about economic growth? As seen here, growth during Reagan’s first five post-recession quarters averaged an annualized 6.2%. Obama’s first five quarters? Try 2.9%.

Yes, from 1982 to 1988, the government ran up budget deficits of $1.2 trillion. Putting aside that these deficits occurred largely because Tip O’Neil’s Democratic Congresses serially broke promises to rein in spending and partially because of a defense buildup that helped defeat the Evil Empire, at least Reaganomics gave us millions of jobs and robust economic growth in return. In just two years of Obamanomics, we have $3 trillion more in debt, projected budget deficits as far as the eye can see, mediocre growth, and a still-weak job market.

Sadly, it’s not just the failed Keynesian stimulus that has held back the economy and employment. Despite the President’s positive rhetoric, his administration demonstrates its resistance to steps that would improve the economy and create jobs on a nearly daily basis. A small sample: EPA v. Texas, which The Wall Street Journal has described as a “carbon regulation putsch“; an energy policy deliberately designed “to raise prices by making fossil fuels harder to produce and use”; ObamaCare provisions that have already scuttled plans to build 45 physician-owned hospitals; and an FCC Internet power grab that has “the potential to kill a new industry as well as stifle free speech.”

Under Reagan, America was open for business, and the economy boomed. Under Obama, our government is hostile to business — except, for course, for businesses associated with favored cronies. Our economy seems destined to meander along at a rate barely above stagnation until that changes.

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UPDATE: The rout will be even greater than indicated in the column once the results of the latest comprehensive revision to previously released figures get incorporated into the monthly tables. Here are the preliminary number the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced in October –

BLScomprehRevision100610prelim

The revision, which will by finalized and announced January’s Employment Situation Report to be released on February 4, will affect previously published data from April 2009 forward. Thus, all but three months impacted by the revision (April through June 2009) will be after the official June 2009 end of the recession (by both definitions: the one normal people use and the one decreed by the National Bureau of Economic Research).

If the downward revision holds, and if as would be expected the vast majority of it affects July 2009 and later months, overall job growth through 18 post-recession months under Obama will go negative, and the private-sector growth indicated above will be reduced to something in the neighborhood of 150,000. Stay tuned.

Positivity: Church leaders react to decreed beatification of John Paul II with ‘great joy’

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:14 am

From around the world:

Jan 14, 2011 / 08:02 pm (CNA).- Polish Catholic leaders reacted to the announcement of John Paul II’s beatification with enthusiasm and gratitude, praising the late Pope’s example to Poland and to the Church. The Archbishop of New York also reacted with “great joy” as he recalled memories of the Pope’s visits.

In a Jan. 14 audience Pope Benedict XVI approved the decree for the beatification of his predecessor. Doctors studied the miraculous healing of Sr. Marie Simon Pierre Normand and ruled it was “scientifically unexplainable.” Following approval from theologians and church officials, Pope Benedict promulgated the decree.

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, John Paul II’s longtime personal secretary, expressed the “great pleasure” of the entire Archdiocese of Krakow and of the entire Polish people. He expressed “a huge thank you” to Pope Benedict XVI for the decree confirming the miracle.

He invoked the Italian phrase “santo subito,” which roughly means “saint now.” It was a phrase on the lips of many of John Paul II’s mourners who wanted him declared a saint immediately after his death. This phrase has been “fulfilled,” the cardinal said in a statement from the archdiocese.

“For us, John Paul II is a patron and protector. The life of the Holy Father was our guide to the direction of the sovereignty and independence of our country.”

“Today we need such a guide, because in today’s world it is not easy,” he commented. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

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