June 17, 2012

Missing From Media Coverage: Obama’s Historically Dismal Record on Full- and Part-Time Employment

During the 1980s, despite data which even then was telling them they were wrong, it became a mantra of a desperate establishment press that the booming economy under Ronald Reagan really wasn’t that impressive because so many of the new jobs created were part-time or temporary.

The data was not then readily available for temps, but it certainly was for part-time vs. full-time employment. It comes from to the Household Survey performed by Uncle Sam’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on a monthly basis to determine the unemployment rate. What follows is a graph comparing the growth in employment in those two categories during the 35 post-recession months under Reagan to the analogous 35 months since the most recent recession’s official end in June 2009. It will make you wonder how the press can claim objectivity when it has barely touched on the contrast you will see, or even on the poor performance itself without historical comparisons.

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Nigerian Violence: AP, Reuters Won’t Label Boko Haram a Muslim Terrorist Group

It would appear that the establishment press is determined to portray a “both sides are at fault” equivalency as much as possible in Nigeria where almost none exists.

Earlier today, Patrick Poole at the PJ Tatler pointed out that a brief initial Associated Press item from Lagos would cause a person, in Poole’s words, to “come away mystified as to why these churches were subject to apparently random ‘violence.’” He specifically objected to the vagueness of a sentence claiming that “Churches have been increasingly targeted by violence in Nigeria.” Later more detailed dispatches from Reuters and the AP aren’t much more helpful, especially as they both fail to tag the principal perpetrators of the violence, the Boko Haram, as the terrorists that they are.

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘The Private Sector Was Really Fine Under Reagan’) Is Up

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

It’s here.

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

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061712)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 9:20 am

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

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Positivity: Former spy’s Congress bid fueled by her Catholic faith

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:15 am

From Phoenix:

Jun 14, 2012 / 04:09 am

Leah Campos Schandlbauer, a Catholic mother of four, hopes to represent Arizona in the U.S. Congress, after serving the country for over 10 years as an international agent in the CIA.

“The most accurate way of describing it is by my professional title – which was ‘Operations Officer’ in the National Clandestine Service,” Schandlbauer told CNA on June 13. “But we are otherwise known as ‘spies.’”

In the “fiercely patriotic” state of Arizona, the aspiring Republican candidate for the newly-formed Ninth District says she gets plenty of positive feedback about her background with the foreign intelligence agency.

“They’re really grateful for my service – which is humbling to me,” she said.

Schandlbauer left her CIA position six months ago, as her husband Alfred prepared for a one-year deployment in Afghanistan. The Catholic couple prayed extensively over Leah’s decision to seek political office.

On August 28, she will contend for the Republican nomination, as one of seven choices in the party’s primary election. The choice, she said, was heavily influenced by her time as an officer in Western Europe and Latin America, which left her concerned for her own country’s future.

“A lot of the rhetoric that I heard coming out of Washington sounded a lot like what we were hearing from the likes of Hugo Chavez – really divisive, ‘class warfare’ type rhetoric.”

“In countries like Argentina and Venezuela, the government divides the people along the lines of class, race, and other categories,” she noted. “They kill the unity of the people. It’s very manipulative of the government, for political gain, to control the discourse and pit people against each other.”

“I see that happening here now, and it is frightening.”

She also notes that the “cautionary tale” of Europe’s cultural and financial crisis “is ours to learn from, or be the next victims.”

“I was there,” she recalled, “and I saw a lot of the false promises that come out of a statist, European-style ‘social democracy.’”

A lifelong Catholic, Schandlbauer learned her faith partly from her mother, who teaches as a catechist. Leah’s sister, Rachel Campos-Duffy, is a Catholic author and blogger. …

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