June 7, 2013

Gee whiz, Ohio State President Gordon Gee is retiring

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:25 pm

Why he was fired isn’t why he should have been sent packing long ago.

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This post went up at Watchdog.org with minor edits a short time ago.

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Last week, an audio recording of Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee exposed him opening his gaffe-prone mouth several times too many in just one appearance.

At a meeting of OSU’s Athletic Council six months ago, Gee fired off smears in rapid succession at Catholics (“You just can’t trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or Friday”); Kentucky’s two largest universities (they aren’t “institutions of like-minded academic integrity”); the University of Cincinnati (“They’d have to take [OSU Athletic Director] Gene [Smith] out and shoot him to let Cincinnati into the Big Ten“); Wisconsin’s former football coach (“he left just ahead of the sheriff”); and finally, the Southeastern Conference, and really the South in general (they need to “learn to read and write”).

Despite self-evident self-serving denials, this final episode, following several years of similar though more spread-out missteps committed by a man who of all people should know that every word you say matters, is what led Gee several days later to retire as the school’s president.

Gee’s retirement is effective at the end of this month. But like a bad penny, he will reportedly hang around, “probably as a law professor and definitely to raise money for the university.”

Gee should have been dismissed long ago for three more substantive reasons: his overwhelming sense of self-entitlement, his obliviousness to the consequences of his actions, and his failure to reform OSU as he said he would.
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The May Employment Situation Summary (060713): 170K Jobs Adds, Unemployment Rate Ticks UP to 7.6%

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:45 am

This effort was delayed by an unrelated post early this morning.

Business Insider predicted that the government would report a 167,000-job pickup in May.

Here’s the news (full permanent link):

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000 in May, and the unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 7.6 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Employment rose in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, and retail trade.

Household Survey Data

Both the number of unemployed persons, at 11.8 million, and the unemployment rate, at 7.6 percent, were essentially unchanged in May.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for adult men (7.2 percent), adult women (6.5 percent), teenagers (24.5 percent), whites (6.7 percent), blacks (13.5 percent), and Hispanics (9.1 percent) showed little or no change in May. The jobless rate for Asians was 4.3 percent (not seasonally adjusted), little changed from a year earlier.

… The civilian labor force rose by 420,000 to 155.7 million in May; however, the labor force participation rate was little changed at 63.4 percent. Over the year, the labor force participation rate has declined by 0.4 percentage point. The employment-population ratio was unchanged in May at 58.6 percent and has shown little movement, on net, over the past year. …

Establishment Survey Data

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 175,000 in May, with gains in professional and business services, food services and drinking places, and retail trade. Over the prior 12 months, employment growth averaged 172,000 per month.

… The change in total nonfarm payroll employment for March was revised from +138,000 to +142,000, and the change for April was revised from +165,000 to +149,000. With these revisions, employment gains in March and April combined were 12,000 less than previously reported.

Instant reax: Pretty much what you’d expect from a “new normal” report. More will come later after I get a chance to look at the not seasonally adjusted figures and other items.

Instant spin in a USA Today email: “The (unemployment rate) increase occurred because more people began looking for work, a good sign.” Only if they get the full-time jobs they’re looking for, guys.

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UPDATE: 46% of the +420K seasonally adjusted increase (995K not seasonally adjusted) in the workforce was teenagers:
- 20+ men — +75K (+464K NSA)
- 20+ women — +151K (+122k NSA)
- 16-19, both sexes — +194K (+429k NSA)

UPDATE 2: “Mancession” v.2? Two months ago, the respective unemployment rates for men and women 20 years and older were 6.9% and 7.0%, respectively. Now they’re 7.2% and 6.5%.

UPDATE 3: Temporary help services continued to be the economy’s strongest job sector, adding 25,600 seasonally adjusted jobs (70,500 NSA).

NYT Waters Down Already-Published Editorial on NSA Call Data Collection, Limits Criticism of Obama Admin’s Credibility to ‘This Issue’

Yesterday, the editorial board at the New York Times published an editorial harshly criticizing President Obama and his administration for continuing to collect the phone records of millions of Verizon customers.

Presumably, the board obtained word-for-word consensus before hitting the “Enter” key on this crucial sentence in the editorial’s second paragraph: “The Obama administration has lost all credibility.” Mere hours after its initial publication, Jamie Weinstein at the Daily Caller notes, the editorial (“President Obama’s Dragnet”) was revised. Yours truly has the graphic grabs of the most crucial changes after the jump.
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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060713)

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

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

Positivity: Mobile ultrasound aims to reach abortion-vulnerable women

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

From Denver:

Jun 4, 2013 / 06:03 am

A network of pro-life pregnancy centers in Colorado is the latest to take to the streets with a mobile ultrasound unit that it hopes will help women choose life and reject abortion.

“We want to go to where the women are in their daily routines. Instead of waiting for women to find us, we’ll find them,” said Rick Thielen, executive director of the Longmont, Colo.-based Life Choices.

“We’ll meet them where they are, and hopefully show them that what they are really carrying is life, and isn’t just a mass of tissue as pop culture wants to tell them.”

Life Choices’ new ultrasound unit, housed in a large recreational vehicle, aims to provide free ultrasounds in zip codes with a high proportion of women more likely to undergo abortions. The organization gave a tour of the vehicle outside its new affiliate’s offices in Westminster.

“Our target is the abortion-determined women, who may already have an abortion scheduled,” Thielen told CNA May 31.

He reported that in general, about 70 percent of these women change their minds after viewing an ultrasound, while about 87 percent of women who are unsure whether to have an abortion will choose to carry their babies to term.

The new mobile unit will have a paid nurse manager to oversee the trained volunteer nurses who perform the ultrasound procedure. Ultrasounds will be electronically transmitted to a doctor for review and referral.

The vehicle will also provide free pregnancy tests and host trained volunteer advocates from local pro-life pregnancy centers to help assist the women and provide them with the resources they need. …

Go here for the rest of the story.