April 3, 2013

ADP: 158K vs. 200K Expected; ISM Mfg.: 51.2 vs. 54.0 Expected; ISM Non-Mfg.: 54.4 vs. 55.6 Expected; Vehicle Sales Up Only 3.4% Over a Year Ago

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 10:27 am

Sorry, AP and the rest of the establishment press, this is not impressive.

ADP:

Private-sector employment increased by 158,000 from February to March, on a seasonally adjusted basis. (The estimated gain from January to February was revised up by 39,000, to 237,000).

Which means, pending revision, that March was only 2/3 of February.

ISM Manufacturing:

The PMI™ registered 51.3 percent, a decrease of 2.9 percentage points from February’s reading of 54.2 percent, indicating expansion in manufacturing for the fourth consecutive month, but at a slower rate.

At least the orders-related numbers are above the 50% minimum for expansion. But each dropped bigtime (Backlog from 55.0 to 51.0; New Orders from 57.8 to 51.4).

ISM Non Manufacturing:

“The NMI™ registered 54.4 percent in March, 1.6 percentage points lower than the 56 percent registered in February. This indicates continued growth at a slightly slower rate in the non-manufacturing sector.

The NMI report, while still heading down a bit, is the only one of the three discussed thus far which is arguably acceptable.

That’s three misses, two of them significant, vs. expectations.

Oh, and vehicle sales came in less than 4% above a year ago for the second straight month, while the press pretends that the car biz is booming, even though it’s still miles below where it was in the middle of the past decade.

But don’t worry.

All is well.

This isn’t a repeat of the past two springs and summers.

No, really.

We’ll see.

NewsBusted (040313)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 10:05 am

Here we go:

Topics:
TOPICS:
– Easter 2013
– Joe Biden’s 3rd Vacation
– Supreme Court
– Same-Sex Marriage
– Chris Matthews
– Facebook
– DOMA
– President Clinton
– April Fool’s Day
– Kim Jong Un
– Actor Jake McClain
– Jim Carrey
– N.R.A.

Best Line: “This past Sunday people all over the world celebrated Easter. However, many liberals already celebrated the resurrection of their savior last November.”

AP Will No Longer Call Illegal Immigrants ‘Illegal Immigrants’

George Orwell:

Most people who bother with the matter at all would admit that the English language is in a bad way, but it is generally assumed that we cannot by conscious action do anything about it. Our civilization is decadent and our language — so the argument runs — must inevitably share in the general collapse. It follows that any struggle against the abuse of language is a sentimental archaism, like preferring candles to electric light or hansom cabs to aeroplanes. Underneath this lies the half-conscious belief that language is a natural growth and not an instrument which we shape for our own purposes.

Leftists and progressives work night and day to shape language for their own purposes; most of the rest of us, unfortunately, sit by and think that all evolution reflects natural growth and commercial evolution, and to a large degree, over time, end up accepting the dictates of the language-shapers.

The Associated Press, in a classic abuse of its power and near-monopoly authority derived from its quirky and undeserved “co-operative” tax-exempt status, has set its feet firmly in the camp of the abusive language shapers. Sara Noble at the Independent Sentinel objects (as does Orwell):

Words “Illegal Immigrant” Banned by AP

We have gone from using the words “illegal aliens” to “illegal immigrants” to “people here illegally” because of PC requirements now taking over our First Amendment. The Associated Press now says they will no longer allow journalists to use the term “illegal immigrants” because calling people “illegal” is demeaning to them.

I guess we’d better not call people felons or lawbreakers or mentally ill either. We can say they acted feloniously or with mental illness.

The term “illegal” can only be used to describe an action. So much for the free press or getting accurate information.

The left-wing organization, pretending to be neutral, is responding to open borders and other illegal immigrant amnesty groups who want the term eliminated because it is too “dehumanizing.”

… Last month AP banned the word “sequester.” I wonder when the book burnings will begin.

Related: “Leno: AP Replaces ‘Illegal Immigrant’ With ‘Undocumented Democrat’”

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (040313)

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

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

Positivity: Event Aims for Abortion Industry ‘Exodus’

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

From Washington:

Apr 2, 2013 / 04:06 am

Former abortion clinic manager Abby Johnson is organizing a day – called “Exodus 2013” – for abortion workers seeking to leave the industry to band together in solidarity and encouragement.

“We kind of thought picking one particular day might bring about a sense of camaraderie,” Johnson told CNA, “that they might all feel a little more courageous if they know they’re doing it with other people.”

“Exodus 2013 – National Leave the Abortion Industry Day” will take place across the country on April 8, helping workers wishing to leave the abortion industry to gather both the courage and resources to do so.

Johnson said that contact with pro-life organizations, including 40 Days for Life, helped her to leave her job as the director of a Planned Parenthood abortion clinic in 2009.

She later became a pro-life advocate and founded an organization called “And Then There Were None” to help abortion workers find the information, support and funds to leave the abortion business.

The group offers emotional support and arranges for counseling, because “these workers have seen and participated in things the general public wouldn’t be able to stomach,” Johnson explained. In addition, spiritual care from one’s religious tradition can be arranged for those who want it.

The organization is also able to provide pro-bono legal assistance through its partnership with legal firm Alliance Defending Freedom for individuals who are prosecuted by the abortion clinics. Since the ministry’s start last June, 47 abortion clinic workers have left the abortion industry with Johnson’s help.

“We’ve had amazing success through our ministry,” she said, “and we just kind of thought – maybe if we could get a day where we asked people to just pick up and leave the abortion industry…it would at least be good exposure to let clinic workers know that there is a resource for them.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.