November 22, 2011

AP Writer Can’t Even Accurately Relay the Small Number of ‘Occupy the Highway’ March Finishers

At the Associated Press this afternoon, reporter Ben Nuckols opened his report on the completion of Occupy Wall Street’s “Occupy the HIghway” march thusly: “Drenched, blistered and weary, a few dozen Occupy Wall Street protesters arrived Tuesday in the nation’s capital after a two-week, 240-mile march from Zuccotti Park in lower Manhattan.”

Anyone reading Nuckols’s opening statement would believe that at least 24 marchers completed the entire journey (I’d say 36, but the dictionary defines a “few” as “not many but more than one”). Actually, that’s not the case, as readers who somehow endure the intervening insipidness learn when they get to the report’s seventh and eighth paragraphs:

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Rich: ‘What Killed JFK’ Was Dallas’s ‘Dallas’s General Atmosphere of Hate’

JFKmotorcade112263On Monday, Noel Sheppard at NewsBusters noted how former New York Times op-ed writer (and before that, theater critic) Frank Rich, who now plies whatever his trade is at New York Magazine, criticized MSNBC’s Chris Matthews for writing a “man-crush of a biography” about John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated 48 years ago today.

Monday evening, Allahpundit at Hot Air identified a particularly egregious contention in that same very poor Rich piece, namely that “the hate that ended his (JFK’s) presidency” which inspired avowed communist and Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald to commit his heinous crimes (Oswald also shot Texas Governor John Connolly in JFK’s motorcade and killed Dallas police officer J.D. Tippit later that day) came from the right. Really. What follows are selections from Rich’s risible self-righteousness:

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State Job Growth: Ohio at 75K Seasonally Adjusted for Year; Sept Goes from -21K to -12.6K

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:01 pm

Again a hasty post of necessity. The Labor Department’s October report on state joblessness shows Ohio’s unemployment rate at 9.0% in October with 600 jobs lost during the month (both figures seasonally adjusted).

If the track record of the past four months is any indication, that loss will turn into a gain in the coming months, as previous month revisions have bee quite positive since July or August. September’s original 21,000-job loss came down to 12,600. As a percentage of the workforce that was the biggest upward revision of any industrial state by far.

Here is the scoreboard on state job additions as a percentage of the workforce, where Ohio is coming in at Number 14:

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Considering the Washington-driven headwinds in energy being thrown at the state and the clearly negative impact Issue 2′s expected and now actual failure is having, the Ohio’s performance has been pretty good.

First Pass: Year Seven’s Annual ‘Christmas’ and ‘Holiday’ Searches

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 3:51 pm

Xmas2010Just doing the Google News searches quickly today, given other commitments.

For those who are relatively new and need background, go here to last year’s post on the first set of searches on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

Here goes:

Don’t have time to dig into the past, but that seems like an extraordinarily low percentage for the “Christmas” component.

Now on to the second set of searches:

  • Christmas layoffs (not in quotes, also excluding the word “challenger” to ensure that about 30 items relating to the mass layoffs report issued by Challenger & Christmas were exluded) — 137 (28.8%)
  • Holiday layoffs (not in quotes) — 223 (47.0%)
  • Holidays layoffs (not in quotes) — 115 (24.2%)

One of the basic truths found for the past six years running continues to hold. The press is far more likely to use “Christmas” in connection with layoffs (roughly four times as likely in the most recent set — 28.8% vs. 7.6%), an obviously negative thing, than it is to use “Christmas” in connection with shopping and commerce, a generally positive or neutral thing.

3Q11 GDP Revised From Annualized +2.5% to +2.0%

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:24 am

Gee, “someone” said that the number was probably too high a month ago.

From the full release at Uncle Sam’s Bureau of Economic Analysis:

Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 2.0 percent in the third quarter of 2011 (that is, from the second quarter to the third quarter) according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the second quarter, real GDP increased 1.3 percent.

… The “second” estimate of the third-quarter increase in real GDP is 0.5 percentage point, or $15.0 billion, lower than the advance estimate issued last month, primarily reflecting downward revisions to private inventory investment, to nonresidential fixed investment, and to personal consumption expenditures that were partly offset by a downward revision to imports.

Business Insider’s email predicted 2.4%. Reuters, which is now moving the punch bowl by predicting 3% for the fourth quarter, predicted 2.5%. So did Bloomberg.

Well, we’d better see if there’s still a real recovery in place. Yeah, by the barest of margins — and the private sector’s GDP is STILL smaller than it was at the end of 2007:

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Another 0.4% or 0.5% drop in the final revision (which I don’t expect) would mean that the whole economy was smaller at the end of the third quarter of this year than it was at the end of 2007.

The worst post-recession economic performance of any recovery since World War II marches on.

Occupy Update (112211)

Filed under: Activism,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:15 am

Yes, it’s been a couple of days since the Occupy folks have been heavy in the headlines, but there’s a backlog of things I think readers need to know, and that I will need to have avaiable for future reference. So here goes.

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At Gateway Pundit, from last Thursday“Occupy St. Louis Goons Storm Municipal Courts Building – Shut Down MLK Bridge.” Also: “… several hundred occupy activists, union members and other demonstrators marched from the former site of the occupy St. Louis tent city.”

Oh, and there’s this from the people who have sworn a duty to their citizens to follow the law and maintain order: “St. Louis Mayor’s Office Lashes Out at Tea Party After Sexual Assault Is Reported at Occupy St. Louis Squatters Camp.”

Plus this, from Dana Loesch at BigJournalism.com“Why Did It Take Media 10 Days To Report A Sexual Assault At OccupySTL?”

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At the Washington Post, from Saturday“Police arrest 13 as Occupy D.C. supporters take over Franklin School building.” As Instapundit noted: “Because nothing says stick it to Wall Street like occupying a school that’s a former homeless shelter.

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At Breitbart (HT Fox Nation via OWS Exposed: “Another clueless occupier – doesn’t know what her sign says.” The sign in the video at the link refers to PSLweb.org, the “Party for Socialism and Liberation.” Recent and upcoming events:

  • November 21 — Save the US Postal Service! Washington march/protest
  • November 22 — Palestine will be Free: Palestinian Resistance and Solidarity Struggle (Los Angeles)
  • November 23 — Introduction to Marxism (Syracuse)

But you can’t say that the Occupy movement is anticapitalist. (/sarc)

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From a Saturday Boston Herald editorial (“Occupiers must go”) — A place called the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy near Dewey Square has complained of “incidents of drug dealing, deteriorating sanitary conditions, a loss of income to vendors and to the farmer’s market,” and an accurate assertion that “If the mayor continues to ignore this lingering blight on his city — especially in the wake of the Conservancy’s pleas — he doesn’t deserve the title.” As of Monday afternoon, nothing had been done.

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From the “No Sense of Irony — or George Orwell — “ Dept. (HT JWF via Instapundit) — “Occupy Wall Street protesters stay at $700-a-night hotel.”

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“Peace-loving” Occupy Toronto news

It turns out the occupiers don’t like it much when they are the ones being occupied.

Some will even steal, push, break equipment and threaten if they feel it’s happening to them.

And they know there will be no repercussions because St. James Park in downtown Toronto is a lawless zone.

Anything goes — as long as they’re the one doing it.

If a critic of the movement does anything they don’t like, there’s a sudden call for the police to get involved to go with pushing, shoving and intimidation.

Suddenly, in true double standard fashion, it’s time to enforce the laws.

That reminds me of the time when rabid Code Pinker Medea Benjamin was at an event and felt endangered by hecklers, she sought the protection of nearby Marines. Yes, she really did that. Like the Occupiers, she summoned the very people who are supposedly “pigs” when she felt even a little threatened.

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The latest Maxine WatersThat’s Life, It Happens” counts:

Positivity: Wife’s ER trip ends up saving husband’s life

Filed under: Health Care,Positivity — Tom @ 5:57 am

From Bradenton, Florida:

Updated: Friday, 28 Oct 2011, 6:04 PM EDT
Published : Friday, 28 Oct 2011, 6:04 PM EDT

Wayne Nelson was one heart beat away from missing his 79th birthday, and his medical miracle began with his wife Donna.

Late one night, she complained of severe abdominal pain. Wayne rushed her to the emergency room at Blake Medical Center in Bradenton, where she was diagnosed with appendicitis and needed emergency surgery.

The worried husband and father called his daughter to let her know, not realizing he was about to have his own life-threatening emergency.

Donna describes watching Wayne as he spoke on the phone.

“All of a sudden, he was talking, he started speaking garble. I couldn’t understand what he was saying, and I looked over and he was sliding out of his chair, ” she said.

Wayne’s heart suddenly and unexpectedly stop beating. The emergency team at the hospital stabilized Wayne and revived his heart.

“If that cardiac arrest had happened outside the hospital, the survival is less than ten percent, ” explained Dr. Anthony Pizzo, a cardiologist at Blake Medical Center. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112211)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 5:56 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.

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The amount of customer money “missing” (i.e., illegally gambled and lost) at Democrat and Obama bundler Jon Corzine’s bankrupt MF Globalcould exceed $1.2 billion,” roughly double previously reported estimates. Related (“Anger mounts as MF Global clients see $3 billion still stuck”) at Reuters: “Three weeks after MF Global’s collapsed, furious former customers are still fighting for access to billions of dollars as they question why as much as two-thirds of their money is still stuck.” My math says that two-thirds of $3 billion is “as much as” $2 billion. Also this: “Farm belt rage over MF Global could chill markets.”

Andrew “Unemployment Bennies Stimulate the Economy” Taylor at the Associated Press“Debt panel’s demise sets up partisan wrangling.” As Newsmax noted on Sunday, President Obama avoided any meaningful involvement. Also this (mentioned on the air yesterday by Rush: “CBS’ Bill Plante: Obama ‘Administration Couldn’t Be Happier This [Super Committee] Is Failing.’”

“Ex-AIG CEO’s company suing government over bailout” — “The suits accuse the government of taking valuable assets from AIG’s shareholders without their consent or fair compensation, in exchange for the government’s 80 percent stake in the company.”

“‘al-Qaida sympathizer’accused of NYC bomb plots” — “Jose Pimentel, 27, a Dominican-born convert to Islam, was on the verge of testing his homemade explosives in a mailbox when he was arrested Saturday in a Manhattan apartment.”

Green news (as in green money) — “Dr. James Hansen’s growing financial scandal, now over a million dollars of outside income.” Specifically, “NASA records released to resolve litigation filed by the American Tradition Institute reveal that Dr. James E. Hansen, an astronomer, received approximately $1.6 million in outside, direct cash income in the past five years for work related to — and, according to his benefactors, often expressly for — his public service as a global warming activist within NASA.” Oh, but green activists’ motivations are pure as the driven snow, driven entirelyby “science,” totally beyond reproach, and not tainted in any way by conflicts of interest. (/sarc)

Canada’s promise that it would seek to export natural gas to China and other points west if the Keystone Pipeline got delayed was not empty (HT Gateway Pundit). Obama’s “deferral” may have killed the project, its 20,000 jobs and its partial solution to our long-term energy needs coming from allies (well, I think they’re still allies) permanently.