October 6, 2012

Passage of the Day: Camille Paglia

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:09 pm

In yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, needing no elaboration:

Capitalism has its weaknesses. But it is capitalism that ended the stranglehold of the hereditary aristocracies, raised the standard of living for most of the world and enabled the emancipation of women. The routine defamation of capitalism by armchair leftists in academe and the mainstream media has cut young artists and thinkers off from the authentic cultural energies of our time.

… Thus we live in a strange and contradictory culture, where the most talented college students are ideologically indoctrinated with contempt for the economic system that made their freedom, comforts and privileges possible. In the realm of arts and letters, religion is dismissed as reactionary and unhip. The spiritual language even of major abstract artists like Piet Mondrian, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko is ignored or suppressed.

Thus young artists have been betrayed and stunted by their elders before their careers have even begun. Is it any wonder that our fine arts have become a wasteland?

DOL’s Solis Misleads CNBC Viewers on Job Revisions, Admin’s Willingness to Work With Congress

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:38 am

In a Friday interview where the primary purpose was to give her an opportunity to defend her Bureau of Labor Statistics, Obama administration Department of Labor head Hilda Solis gave CNBC viewers the false impression that prior-month upward revisions to reported job additions were in the private sector (they were all government jobs), and falsely claimed, despite her boss’s refusal to do anything until after Election Day, that “Congress needs to work with us.”

The video can be found at CNBC, where Solis tells the network’s reporter that “I am insulted” that people would believe that BLS’s books are cooked. Here is her specific quote on job growth (Solis’s comments below are not in the text of the post; HT Breitbart’s Big Government; bolds are mine):


NewsBusted (100512)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 8:17 am

Here we go (video was officially released on Friday):

– Presidential Debate
– Income Decline
– President Obama
– Michelle Obama
– Ralph Nader
– Elizabeth Warren
– Pee Wee Football
– Paddling Students
– Madonna
– Morning After Pill
– Mayor Bloomberg

Best Line (though I appreciate the sentiments of those who might agree that it’s humorous, I still think it’s the “best,” i.e., the most telling): “Some New York City public schools now offer students the morning-after birth control pill. And Mayor Bloomberg’s cool with it — so long as they wash it down with a soda that’s less than 15 ounces.”

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100612)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:00 am

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


Positivity: Petition to end abortion in Spain draws 100,000 signatures

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 7:55 am

From Madrid:

Oct 5, 2012 / 12:01 pm (CNA/Europa Press).- Accompanied by a group of children, a local pro-life leader delivered a petition signed by 100,000 people to the Ministry of Justice calling for the end of abortion in Spain.

Every day in the country, “300 children die in a violent way in the wombs of their mothers,” said Ignacio Arsuaga, head of the Spanish civil rights group HazteOir.org.

As he presented the petition to government officials on Oct. 4, Arsuaga urged them to fulfill their “electoral promise to change the law on abortion to protect the right to life.”

This includes not only ending abortion but also enacting policies to support mothers, “so that women who have an unexpected pregnancy can move forward,” he added.

The organization Right to Life collected the signatures, which were delivered just three days before the local March for Life takes place in Madrid on Oct. 7.

According to Right to Life, the petition states that abortion constitutes “the cruel and violent death of a human being” and that it always leaves “two victims: the child that dies and the mother who suffers it.”

It also denounces “the million-dollar industry that benefits a few individuals who profit from the deaths of other human begins.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.