December 5, 2012

Not News: Syria’s Rebels Want Israel’s Destruction Next

In August, President Barack Obama “secretly” authorized support for Syria’s rebels. It was so “secret” that Reuters had a story about it. It “broadly permits the CIA and other U.S. agencies to provide support that could help the rebels oust Assad.”

At the Daily Beast, former Obama administration State Department member P.J. Crowley believes that ” Later this year or early next, Washington may formally recognize the Syrian opposition as a viable alternative to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.” Well, okay, sometimes you have to back a less undesirable alternative, but if you do, I would think Obama owes it to the American people to have them understand the true nature of those you’re backing. As of this moment, very few Americans know what the rebels would want to do if they achieve power. MEMRI does, because its people watch Middle Eastern TV and videos. What follows is a transcript from an October 21 broadcast (HT Weasel Zippers):

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Politico Providing Meal Suggestions as Cory Booker Takes the Bogus ‘Food Stamp Challenge’

Newark Mayor Cory Booker is considered a rising star in Democratic Party politics. Though a doctrinaire liberal on many fronts, he possesses several positive traits, including a willingness to risk his own safety when he sees people in danger and the courage to call out his fellow party members when they irresponsibly bash private-equity firms which, while occasionally making mistaken investments, have a far better track record of success than, say, the Department of Energy’s solar plays.

That makes it all the more disappointing that Booker, like so many other leftist politicians before him, is cynically taking the bogusly designed “Food Stamp Challenge.” Such an idea isn’t necessarily bad, as it has the potential for helping people make wiser, more nutritious and economical food choices. But to the left that’s not the point. Instead, their mission is to convince the public that benefits are too low and that the numbers of those participating in the program need to increase. To achieve their aims, advocates make a fundamentally dishonest claim about benefit levels. And in a unique twist, the Politico appears to have proactively attempted to become part of the false message.

The Politico’s writeup by Bobby Cervantes on the early stages of Booker’s effort repeats a long-running lie, and also reveals that the online site has been trying to make itself a part of the story (bolds are mine):

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ISM Non Manufacturing Index Stays in Expansion, Moving from 54.2 to 54.7

Filed under: Economy — Tom @ 10:21 am

Additionally, completely unlike the Manufacturing Index released on Monday, the orders-related numbers in today’s release are strong (58.1 and 53.5 for Orders and Backlog, respectively, with any number over 50 indicating expansion).

‘Blame Sandy’ Chorus Continues: Per ADP, Private Sector Adds 118K Jobs, Mostly at Large Firms

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:06 am

From ADP’s press release:

Private sector employment increased by 118,000 jobs from October to November, according to the November ADP National Employment Report®, which is produced by Automatic Data Processing, Inc. (ADP®), a leading provider of human capital management solutions, in collaboration with Moody’s Analytics. The report, which is derived from ADP’s actual payroll data, measures the change in total nonfarm private employment each month on a seasonally-adjusted basis. The October 2012 report, which reported job gains of 158,000, was revised down by 1,000 to 157,000 jobs.

Small businesses (1-49 employees) added 19,000 jobs. Medium businesses (50-499 employees) added 33,000. Large businesses added 66,000.

Mark Zandi at Moody’s blames Sandy:

“Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on the job market in November, slicing an estimated 86,000 jobs from payrolls. The manufacturing, retailing, leisure and hospitality, and temporary help industries were hit particularly hard by the storm. Abstracting from the storm, the job market turned in a good performance during the month.”

No kidding? All those hotels filled to the brim with people who had to leave their homes did nothing for employment? All of the people hired temporarily to help with the storm cleanup did nothing for employment? Well then, we should see a huge bounceback in December, maybe even 300,000 jobs added, right?

Wanna bet?

Fox’s Gutfeld Scores Direct Hits on Costas Hypocrisy, Whitlock’s Bigotry, Media’s Predictability

In a video posted at the Daily Caller by Jeff Poor (HT Hot Air), Fox News’s Greg Gutfeld went after Bob Costas’s opportunism and hypocrisy on gun rights in the wake of the Jovan Belcher tragedy. He also took on Jason Whitlock’s inexcusable characterization of those who believe that the Constitution’s Second Amendment means what it says and insist that our government to continue to act as if it does as racists.

The video and a transcript follow the jump (internal links added by me; bolds are mine):
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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (120512)

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: Lila Rose spreading her US pro-life work to Europe

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

From Rome:

Dec 4, 2012 / 06:08 pm

A young pro-life American activist is expanding her work overseas after speaking at her first international conference in France.

Lila Rose, who spoke at the International Symposium for Life, held in the southwestern town of Biarritz from Nov. 30 to Dec. 1, is planning on more work abroad.

The conference, drew doctors, pro-life advocates and bishops from the United States, Russia, Spain, France, Canada and the Holy See, and was aimed at raising public awareness, challenging political leaders and educating young people about love and life.

But Lila Rose, who has received death threats and promises of legal action for her undercover work in abortion centers, did not want to release much information on her plans for Europe.

“We don’t want to release too many details of our work abroad, but every country in Europe is being affected by abortion,” Rose told CNA on Dec. 4.

“The idea is to encourage and come up with some strategies that may have been effective in the United States and use them in Europe,” said the 24-year-old, who is originally from California.

“Here in Europe there’s definitely a climate of quietness and apathy about this issue out of fear,” she said.

Rose works for Live Action, a pro-life group she founded nearly a decade ago that is known for its undercover investigations and exposés on abortion centers.

Europeans have often told her they thought they couldn’t do her work and that they would receive attacks they could not withstand.

But Rose said that “if you employ professionalism and put your mind into persuading, you can overcome the challenges you’re told you will face.”

In fact, she was initially told that no one would listen to her, but over time she learned to be persistent and bold.

Rose explained that she is expanding her work to include Europe because “America has exported its pro-abortion ideologies, and so our interest must also look beyond the United States.

“We have to pay attention to what is happening internationally to help our investigative program.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.