May 22, 2013

Scott Pelley’s POS (Particularly Odious Speech)

Blaming the faster — and on balance, superior — messengers, while absolving himself.

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This column went up at PJ Media and was teased here at BizzyBlog on Monday. This column has been moved to the top for the rest of the day, and has special resonance given the press’s mostly poor performance thus far in reacting to new developments in the Benghazi scandal and the onset of the IRS-targeting and DOJ press-snooping scandals.

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On May 10, Scott Pelley of CBS News received the 20th annual Fred Friendly First Amendment Award, presented by the Quinnipiac University School of Communications, at a New York city luncheon.

In his acceptance speech, Pelley proceeded to prove his unfitness for such an award beyond any reasonable doubt. Then again, a review of past award winners, including Christiane Amanpour, Gwen Ifill, alltime lapdog interview king Steve Kroft, Bill Moyers, and attempted election fixer and fabricated document user Dan Rather indicates that the CBS Evening News anchor is now more directly and appropriately associated with plenty of unfit company.

Pelley’s pervasively biased career alone should have been enough to disqualify him from consideration for any award related to the First Amendment he has so liberally abused.
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Ohio’s economy is treading water

Filed under: Ohio Economy,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:33 pm

Job growth in the past 12 months has been mediocre to non-existent.

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This column went up with some editing at Watchdog.org earlier today.

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By Tom Blumer | Special to Ohio Watchdog

Ohio’s job losses in March were even worse than originally reported. In that context, the state’s April performance was hardly comforting. Results over the past 12 months are also cause for serious concern.

A month ago, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in its Establishment Survey of employers, estimated that the Buckeye State lost 20,400 jobs on a seasonally adjusted basis in March, the worst performance in the nation by a significant margin.

Since the initial estimates in BLS’s reports, especially at the state level, often change significantly in subsequent revisions, there was reason to believe that its April version issued late last week might show fewer job losses in March.

No such luck. BLS’s April’s report revised March’s job loss to an even higher 21,700, and indicated that the state only gained back 7,600 of them in April. Ohio has added only 8,200 seasonally adjusted jobs so far this year, and an abysmal 4,400 in the past 12 months.
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Quote of the Day: On Yesterday’s IRS Demonstration in Cincinnati

Paraphrasing a comment made by a caller into 55KRC in Cincinnati this morning:

It’s a good thing those IRS employees had better protection provided by the Department of Homeland Security yesterday against those dangerous Tea Party patriots than Christopher Stevens and the men who tried to save him in Benghazi had from our military and leaders in Washington last year.

Though I’m sure they’ve been around, I have NEVER EVER seen a DHS vehicle in Greater Cincinnati since that federal government department was created in late 2001 after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

But there was at least one at yesterday’s noontime demonstration at the Federal Building in Cincinnati where the Tax Exempt Division of the Internal Revenue Service is housed (photo courtesy of Doug Ross):

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Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052213)

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

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

Positivity: Courageous prayer leads to miracles, Pope reflects

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

May 20, 2013 / 11:35 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis encouraged bold prayer and faithful trust in God during his homily at Mass today at Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican.

“A courageous prayer, that struggles to achieve a miracle,” the Bishop of Rome said May 20. “Not prayers of courtesy: ‘Ah, I will pray for you,’ I say an Our Father, a Hail Mary and then I forget.”

Rather, he said, “strong prayer is needed. Humble and strong prayer that enables Jesus to carry out the miracle.”

Highlighting the importance of faith in Christ, he told of how an Argentine girl who fell ill and was expected to live but a few hours was miraculously healed after her father prayed intensely for her.

“Her father, an electrician, a man of faith … took a bus to the Marian shrine of Lujan, 70 kilometers (43 miles) away.”

“He finally arrived after 9:00 p.m., when everything was closed. And he began to pray to Our Lady, with his hands gripping the iron fence and he prayed, and prayed, and wept, and prayed … and that’s the way he remained all night long,” Pope Francis added.

The man returned to the hospital the following morning and found his wife weeping. She told him that the doctors came and said the fever was gone and that she would live.

Go here for the rest of the story.
“This still happens,” the Pope reminded his listeners. “Miracles do happen.”