April 7, 2012

Bill Whittle’s Firewall: ‘Slowly … Slowly’

Excellent, and very sad:

Key conclusions:

Power, once granted, will be used.

… Slowly, slowly, people of both parties have gained the kind of power the Constitution was designed to protect us from.

They have the ring.

And both our incumbent President (who, as explained in the video, pretended in a “signing statement” not to want the powers to detain American citizens without cause included in the National Defense Authorization Act — but who in reality made sure his apparatchiks shepherded the bill through Congress with those powers intact) and his perceived leading challenger aren’t troubled … because, well, they would never, ever use it.

As Whittle notes, “Power, once granted, will be used.”

Guess it’s just a matter of how much time it will take.

Darn It, This Is NOT an Apology

Filed under: News from Other Sites,Quotes, Etc. of the Day — Tom @ 10:20 pm

From the “No, He Didn’t” Dept.:

Tiger Woods apologized Saturday for kicking his golf club on Friday during the second round of the Masters.

“Certainly, I’m frustrated at times and I apologize if I offended anybody by that,” Woods said. “But I’ve hit some bad shots and it’s certainly frustrating at times not hitting the ball where you need to hit it.”

That is NOT an apology. He did NOT say he’s sorry for what he did.

As far as Woods is concerned, WE are the ones with the problem because WE are offended by supposed professionals kicking their golf clubs like spoiled 10 year-olds. If there were no expressed outrage, the thought of apologizing apparently wouldn’t even have occurred to him, and his “frustrating” play almost seems in his mind to justify his actions.

It gets worse:

Woods has struggled during the first major championship of the year. He posted an even-par 72 during the third round on Saturday to scores of 72 and 75 to all but fall out of contention at Augusta National.

Tiger Woods struggled through an emotional third round Saturday, then apologized for kicking a club during Friday’s second round.

Woods said he was not approached by any club officials about Friday’s incident, although he still could be fined for his behavior by the PGA Tour, which never announces such punishment.

“I certainly heard that people didn’t like me kicking the club, but I didn’t like it, either,” Woods said. “I hit it right in the bunker and it didn’t feel good on my toe either.”

Really? We’re supposed to feel sorry for him because he felt pain when he kicked his club?

As I said this morning (third item at link):

… though I’d really rather not see Tiger Woods eclipse Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 wins in major golf tournaments, I really would like to root for him to win one or two more, which would give him 15-16.

But as long as incidents like those described here which occurred during the second round of the Masters keep happening, I’m not going to.

His “sorry you’ve got a problem with that” handling of conduct which should have occasioned a simple, unconditional “I was wrong; I am sorry” just reinforces that sentiment.

Related: AP’s Jim Litke gets in the neighborhood of the right sentiment, but still misses the mark: “Woods apologized. Sort of.” Actually, Jim, he didn’t apologize at all.

AP, UPI Finally Note NBC’s Firing of Producer Over Zimmerman 911 Call Editing

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance,Scams — Tom @ 2:26 pm

Breitbart.com has noted that it took about 17 hours before the dam broke, but now the Associated Press and United Press International both have stories on NBC’s decision to fire a Miami-based producer over the editing of George Zimmerman’s 911 call.

The AP story, which has a time stamp of 12:03 p.m. at the Wall Street Journal, plays it pretty straight (posted in full because of it relative brevity; the item’s author, as shown here, is Television Writer Frazier Moore):

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AP Headline After Disappointing March Jobs Report: ‘US job market takes a break after hiring binge’

Did you know that the economy was on a “hiring binge” until February? Gosh, neither did I until the headline to Paul Wiseman’s report at the Associated Press yesterday afternoon informed of that.

I also didn’t know that economies took breaks, but that’s what the AP’s headline said the economy did in March. And don’t worry — “few economists expect hiring to fizzle in spring and summer, as it did the past two years.” Correct me if I’m wrong, but they weren’t expecting to see fizzling in 2011 or 2010, and guess what happened (or maybe they were just extended “breaks”)? What follows are the first five paragraphs from Wiseman’s dispatch, plus selected others:

The U.S. job market took a breather in March after its best hiring stretch since the Great Recession.

Employers added 120,000 jobs last month – half the December-February pace and well short of the 210,000 economists were expecting. The unemployment rate fell from 8.3 percent in February to 8.2 percent, the lowest since January 2009, but that was largely because many Americans stopped looking for work.

Still, few economists expect hiring to fizzle in spring and summer, as it did the past two years. And they blamed seasonal factors for much of Friday’s disappointing report from the Labor Department.

“We don’t think this is the start of another spring dip in labor market conditions,” said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist with Capital Economics.

The report was also closely watched in political circles. If employers retreat on hiring, consumers could lose confidence in the economy and potentially dim President Barack Obama’s re-election hopes.

… A warm January and February allowed construction companies and other businesses that work outdoors to hire workers a few weeks earlier than usual, effectively stealing jobs from March. It helps explain a 7,000 drop in construction jobs.

… Economists also say the numbers can bounce around from month to month. Consistently creating 200,000 jobs a month is tough. The economy hasn’t put together four straight months of 200,000 or more new jobs since early 2000.

… Companies across the country are hiring …

Wiseman goes on to cite five companies which are adding employees. Does anyone remember an AP reporter citing five examples of hiring when the economy under George W. Bush added over 7.7 million seasonally adjusted jobs from 2004-2007, bringing the unemployment rate well below 5%?

As to the whine about how “consistently creating 200,000 jobs a month is tough”:

  • The economy under Ronald Reagan did that for 19 out of 20 months from April 1983 to November 1984. The monthly average during that time off a 30% or so smaller workforce base was 344,000. The 18.4 million jobs added under Reagan from the November 1982 end of that decade’s recession to when he left office in January 1989 represented a monthly average of 248,000.
  • The economy under Bill Clinton added 200,000 or more jobs in 22 of 24 months from April 1993 to March 1995, and had another run of 38 months out of 49 from May 1996 through May 2000. The former was what one would expect an economy to do coming out of a recession. The latter was largely due to supply-side economic policy changes, primarily a 1997 capital-gains tax cut, which took effect after Clinton’s reelection.
  • The only reason that it’s “tough” for the economy to create 200,000 jobs a month with millions of workers available is that the administration’s policy choices (stimulus, heavy regulation, anti-business bully pulpit, looming ObamaCare) have been so counterproductive.

The entire post-recession Reagan era and most of the Clinton era saw real hiring binges. There has been nothing even resembling such a binge under Obama, and it’s an outright deception to pretend otherwise:

SAnonfarmAndPvtJobAdds2009toMar2012

Looking at the history of not seasonally adjusted job additions shows why the breezy assumption that the economy, particularly the private sector, will resume adding lots of jobs on a monthly basis is very suspect:

NSAandSAprivateEmpToMarch2012

Note how March’s actual job adds only translated to 121,000 after seasonal adjustment. That happened primarily because the 706,000 raw jobs significantly trailed last year’s 823,000.

For the economy to add 300,000 seasonally adjusted jobs per month during the spring — which really should be the minimum acceptable benchmark given the legions of unemployed, the still high unemployment rate, and the millions of workers sitting on the sidelines who aren’t considered in calculating the official unemployment rate — we would have to see 1.2 million jobs added on the ground in April, 930,000 in May, and 1.1 million in June. That’s over 3.2 million jobs, when the last two years have only come in at 2.55 million and 2.76 million. Somehow, this will almost assuredly occur despite the high prospect of $4.50 – $5 per gallon gas prices and any number of other potential economic hazards. I’m not saying it can’t be done; I am saying that telling readers that it’s the most likely outcome is an exercise in pretense.

Separately, President Obama told an audience yesterday: “So we welcome today’s news — (applause) — we welcome today’s news that our businesses created another 121,000 jobs last month, and the unemployment rate ticked down.”

I don’t know what’s more insulting to our intelligence: Obama’s pretense that yesterday’s news was “welome,” or the disinformation from the AP, aka the Administration’s Press, acting as if it was only a “break” after a hiring binge which has never occurred.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

Latest PJ Media Column (‘The Administration’s Press’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Monday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (040712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:30 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder follows. Other topics are also fair game.

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Not a spoof, look like a spiff (Click on graphic for a bigger picture of the whole home page; I’m not going to provide a link to the URL, but the home page is at incomeathome22.com)

IncomeAtHomeSharpton0312

It would appear that Al Sharpton gets some kind of referral credit every time someone signs up for “income at home” because users heard about it from him. Really?

In general — The web site used to be absolutely free — and in that sense, even though most of the opportunities presented are not suitable (I’ll stop at that word; I have some stronger ones, but I’m not interested in getting unwanted grief), it wasn’t in and of itself a problem. But now you can’t do anything without paying an upfront fee, and I have a problem with that (they should be able to make plenty of money from business opportunity offerers who pay for visibility).

Sadly, talk-show hosts like Sean Hannity (personally) and Glenn Beck (commercials during his show citing his name) are promoting it. I want to believe their promotion is based on not knowing that it has turned into a fee-based site. If I’m wrong, shame on them.

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At the Orlando Sentinel (“Two arrested in brutal hammer beating in Seminole”) — The alleged perps are black. This link claims that the victim, who according to the Sentinel is “a 50-year-old Winter Springs man whose name has not been released, (and) is on life-support at Orlando Regional Medical Center,” is white. To be clear, I do not know that, and haven’t seen confirmation of that anywhere else.

The beating occurred on March 26, the same day Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson led a Trayvon Martin-related rally. I would love to know if either or both of the alleged perps were there, and if they might have been “inspired” by what they heard at the rally to commit what, if the victim is indeed white, would likely be a hate crime (in the liberal parlance; in the real world every crime of this nature is steeped in some form of hate).

Anyone with a lot of patience and the ability to recognize faces (this appears — emphasis appears — to be the Facebook page of one of the two arrested) might consider looking through the 96 pictures found here to see if either of the two suspects arrested and pictured at the Sentinel link were there.

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We all like legitimate comeback and redemption stories. And though I’d really rather not see Tiger Woods eclipse Jack Nicklaus’s record of 18 wins in major golf tournaments, I really would like to root for him to win one or two more, which would give him 15-16.

But as long as incidents like those described here which occurred during the second round of the Masters keep happening, I’m not going to. It was so bad that AP writer Tim Wahlberg is suggesting that Masters Chairman Billy Payne “would do well take it upon himself to show Woods the door.”

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Hilda Solis, Head of the Department of Labor, reacting to yesterday’s “ruh-roh” jobs report, is out of touch, but on message.

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At Heritage: “Brace yourself. In a mere 271 days, you and your fellow Americans will be hit with a tax hike the likes of which this country has never seen.”

Positivity: A Dying Cubs Fan’s Last Request

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:15 am

Indeed (HT New Editor), as performed by Steve Goodman:

For Cubs fans, “Wait ’til next year” is the equivalent of “Free beer tomorrow.” It never comes.