January 4, 2013

Conn. Lawmaker Wants State’s Handgun Permit Records Made Public; Courant Reporter Lets Him Skate on Intimidation Factor

Currently in Connecticut, unlike New York, handgun permit records can’t be made public. Nutmeg State legislator Stephen D. Dargan, a Democrat from West Haven and co-chairman of the legislature’s public safety committee, wants to change that. Borrowing from some of the specious reasoning used by Gannett’s White Plains, New York-based Journal News to justify publishing an interactive map of two counties’ pistol permit holders, he wants to make handgun permit information to be publicly accessible.

At the Hartford Courant (HT NewsMax), Jon Lender failed to deal with the issue of endangering non-permit holders because of the increased likelihood that they will be identifiable as “soft targets” (unless they happen to own rifles, for which permits are not required), and also didn’t directly look into the possibility that Dargan has an additional motive — intimidation of current and potential permit holders (bolds are mine throughout this post):


‘Bad’ News From Politico: ‘Gun Control (as a Media Meme) Doesn’t Survive Christmas’

I’m almost surprised that the Politico’s web site background isn’t all black because of news delivered by its “On Media” reporter Dylan Byers on Tuesday.

The “bad” news is that “gun control” as a media obsession appears to have largely disappeared, especially when you consider that some of the primary remaining stories on the topic are about David Gregory’s illegal but unprosecuted (as of yet) brandishing of a magazine on Meet the Press, a New York newspaper’s publication of an interactive map of two counties’ pistol permit dwellers, and said newspaper either feeling threatened or pushing for more publicity (my bet is on the latter) by hiring armed guards to protect its headquarters and staff from outraged readers. Here’s part of Byers’s narrative (charts are at the link; bolds are mine):


NewsBusted (0104013)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 11:07 am

Here we go:

–Latin America
–President Obama
–U.S. Mint
–Sean Penn
–Hugo Chavez
–School Condom Machines
–Lindsay Lohan
–Vinny from Jersey Shore

Best Line: “Public schools in Philadelphia schools have installed condom machines. But at least they draw the line at vending machines for sugary drinks.”

The Employment Situation Summary (010413); +155K Jobs, 7.8% Unemployment

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:29 am

I’ll have to do the usual econ catch-up later because of some computer snafus.

Here are a few predictions:

  • Bloomberg — 153K jobs added, unemployment at 7.7%.
  • Reuters — 150K jobs added.
  • Associated Press (“US stock futures mixed ahead of jobs report expected to show underlying economic strength”) — 155K, 7.7%.

The report will be here at 8:30 a.m.

HERE IT IS (full release with tables is here):

Nonfarm payroll employment rose by 155,000 in December, and the unemployment rate was unchanged at 7.8 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment increased in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, and manufacturing.

Household Survey Data

The number of unemployed persons, at 12.2 million, was little changed in December. The unemployment rate held at 7.8 percent and has been at or near that level since September.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult women (7.3 percent) and blacks (14.0 percent) edged up in December, while the rates for adult men (7.2 percent), teenagers (23.5 percent), whites (6.9 percent), and Hispanics (9.6 percent) showed little or no change. The jobless rate for Asians was 6.6 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier.

… Establishment Survey Data

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 155,000 in December. In 2012, employment growth averaged 153,000 per month, the same as the average monthly gain for 2011. In December, employment increased in health care, food services and drinking places, construction, and manufacturing.

… The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for October was revised from +138,000 to +137,000, and the change for November was revised from +146,000 to +161,000.

My immediate reax is that this is the “new normal” with which we’re supposed to be satisfied (“underlying strength”? Are you kidding me, AP?). I’m not.

More to come later.


UPDATE: Reuters (“Job growth cools slightly, recovery grinds on”) — “The pace of hiring by U.S. employers eased slightly in December, pointing to a lackluster pace of economic growth that was unable to make further inroads in the country’s still high unemployment rate.”

UPDATE 2: After its usual annual tweaking of the Household Survey, BLS now reports that the unemployment rate rose in October from 7.8% to 7.9%, and was 7.8% instead of 7.7% in November.

UPDATE 3: The Household Survey tells us that the seasonally adjusted number of Americans employed in December was 23,000 lower than it was in October.

UPDATE 4: Drudge crystallizes (HT Althouse via Instapundit) —


Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010413)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:01 am

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


Positivity: ‘Pro-Life’ and ‘Feminism’ Aren’t Mutually Exclusive

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:01 am

In a Time Magazine column by Emily Buchanan (HT Life News; bolds are mine):

From its early beginnings, feminism was a young women’s movement. Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Alice Paul, Charlotte Lozier and so many others began their suffragist work in their 20s. These women — the original feminists — understood that the rights of women cannot be built on the broken backs of unborn children. Anthony called abortion “child murder.” Paul, author of the original 1923 Equal Rights Amendment, said that “abortion is the ultimate exploitation of women.”

So the pro-life movement hasn’t changed the meaning of feminism, as has been suggested. It was the neo-feminists of the 1960s and ’70s who asked women to prize abortion as the pathway to equality.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, along with a group of mostly Democratic women, started the Susan B. Anthony List in 1992, the so-called Year of the Woman, when numerous pro-choice women were elected to Congress. Dannenfelser, then in her mid-20s, saw a need to support more pro-life women running for elected office. Twenty years since the organization’s founding, we now have two pro-life women in the Senate, 17 in the House, four in governorships and hundreds more in state legislatures.

Pro-life feminism has captivated a new generation of young women who reject the illusion that to be pro-woman is to be pro-choice. Gallup polling showed that among 18-to-29-year-olds, there was a 5% increase in those labeling themselves “pro-life” between 2007–08 and 2009–10. The past few years have seen the emergence of young leaders like Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America, who is responsible for organizing more than 675 pro-life groups on college campuses across the nation, and Lila Rose of Live Action, whose undercover video work has forced the abortion industry to confront and amend practices it cannot defend, as well as dozens of other future leaders who have assisted our organization as staff members and interns. During the past two summers we’ve had young female leaders join the SBA List from Stanford, Georgetown, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the University of California, Berkeley. These passionate defenders of women and unborn children return to their campuses ready to lead pro-life groups and educate their classmates on the tragedy of abortion.

Not only does this young generation of pro-life women shun the notion that abortion somehow liberates women; it views abortion as the civil- and human-rights cause of our day.

Go here for the rest of Ms. Buchanan’s column.