December 3, 2012

AP Story on Ariz. Terrorist Bombing Attempt References 1995 OKC Bombing, Not Others Since

Well, it was only a matter of time before the Associated Press was going to have to write up something about a Friday bomb explosion just outside of a Social Security office in Casa Grande, Arizona.

I guess the AP’s Brian Skoloff needed time to work on maximizing the misdirection in his report. Instead of associating the attempted bombing by Abdullatif Ali Aldosary, described yesterday in a PJ Media post by Patrick Poole as “an Iraqi refugee” (but not by the AP reporter, of course), with any of the actual or failed terrorist bombing attacks by Islamists both on American soil and overseas beginning in the late 1990s, Skoloff’s dispatch strangely decided to go all the way back to 1995 (bolds are mine througout this post):

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Snobby Press Ignores How Biblically-Based, ObamaCare-Challenging Retail Chain Grows and Pays Employees Well

Just before Thanksgiving, the leftist think tank Demos issued a report by its own Catherine Ruetschlin advocating a $12 an hour minimum wage (stated as $25,000 per year by her) for those who work full-time in retail.

What’s interesting about Ruetschlin’s suggestion is that there is already a retailer out there which is actually doing that and more — and it’s not Costco, which “pays starting employees at least $10 an hour.” To be fair to Costco, rapid wage advancement is apparently quite common there, but that’s off-topic. Perhaps surprising to the press, the company involved starts its full-time employees not at $12 an hour, but at $13. Perhaps if it spent less time trying to figure how to discredit this company, the establishment media might instead focus on how this company is able to be profitable under such a wage structure. Before identifying the firm after the jump, we’ll first see in an open letter from its CEO why it’s not getting favorable press attention (in full; bolds are mine):

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Imagine That: ISM Manufacturing Shows Contraction

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:15 am

… the first Institute for Supply Management Manufacturing Index after the election comes in showing slight contraction (49.5, with anything below 50 indicating contraction) after an expansionary reading (51.7) just a month earlier.

Readers may remember that yours truly suggested that the orders-related elements of the index (i.e., the ones which lead to sales and truly tie into economic growth) showed signficant weakness in previous months. That’s especially true of orders backlog, which continued to stay in the pits in November, falling from 41.5 to 41.0. New Orders, at 50.3, fell 3.9 points in November. As long as the orders-related numbers stay weak, the manufacturing sector will be weak.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (120312)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 am

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

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Positivity: GQ magazine names pro-life activist ‘Rebel of the Year’

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From New York City:

Nov 29, 2012 / 12:04 am

A secular men’s magazine has praised Chinese anti-abortion advocate Chen Guangcheng in its December 2012 issue, placing him on the list of “Man of the Year.”

Gentleman’s Quarterly, the popular men’s entertainment and fashion magazine, lauded the blind activist for his fight against forced abortions and sterilizations in China, calling him a “humanitarian cause célèbre.”

Despite its usual fare of risqué photo spreads and articles, the latest issue features a three-page interview detailing Chen’s house arrest, torture and eventual escape to the United States in May 2012.

Blinded by a serious illness when he was young, Chen is a self-educated human rights attorney who spoke out against China’s one-child policy and the coerced abortions and sterilizations that are often used to enforce it. His work attracted the anger of Chinese authorities.

Chen spent more than four years in prison and was subsequently placed under house arrest in September 2010. Both he and his family were held without formal charges, endured violent assaults and were refused medical treatment.

Chen’s routine beatings “went on for a year and a half, all because the self-taught lawyer had sued the Chinese government to stop forced abortions in his village,” John B. Thompson of GQ wrote for the December issue.

In late April, Chen made international headlines by escaping from house arrest and reaching the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. …

Go here for the rest of the story.