November 26, 2013

Bill Whittle on Common Core

Filed under: Activism,Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:31 pm

Outstanding (HT Education Freedom Ohio):

Best Line (but watch the whole thing): “Common Core is Obamacare for Education.”

First Pass: Year Nine’s Annual ‘Christmas’ and ‘Holiday’ Searches

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias — Tom @ 4:50 pm

Given other commitments, I’m just doing the Google News searches quickly today, so I have them for later in the week for further commentary if needed.

For those who are relatively new and need background, go here to the first post on search done on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving in 2010.

Here goes:

Last year’s full season “Christmas” component was the lowest ever (8.5%). This year’s early result may represent the beginning of a slight turnaround, especially since the “Christmas” component usually increases a bit in the second and third set of searches each year. The weighted all-results average from 2005 through 2011 was 12.9%. The average treating all years equally was 13.0%.

Now on to the second set of searches:

  • Christmas layoffs (not in quotes, also excluding the word “challenger” to ensure that about 30 items relating to the mass layoffs report issued by Challenger & Christmas were exluded) — 12,200 (45.4%)
  • Holiday layoffs (not in quotes) — 9,240 (34.3%)
  • Holidays layoffs (not in quotes) — 5,460 (20.3%)

One of the basic truths found for the past six years running continues to hold. The press is far more likely to use “Christmas” in connection with layoffs (4 times as likely in the most recent set — 45,4% vs. 11.3%), an obviously negative thing, than it is to use “Christmas” in connection with shopping and commerce, a generally positive or neutral thing.

The “Christmas” component of the layoff stories, if consistent for the rest of the shopping season, will be the highest in the nine years I’ve been doing this.

Reason TV — ‘If You Like Your Plan You Can Keep It: The Rap’ (w/ Remy)

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:50 pm

Nailed:

Best Line:

Sellin’ hope’s like selling soap,
Son, I’ll tell you why.
We can’t make either one
without a little bit of “lie.”

AP Claims It ‘Did Not Sit on’ the Iran-US Talks Story; Another Outlet Says It and AP Complied With Request to Do So

In response to several outlets contending with basis that the Associated Press sat on its knowledge that the United States and Iran were conducting secret diplomatic discussions, the AP’s Paul Colford has published a “Back Story” item defending its conduct, claiming that it could not “confirm, to its standards, what had happened.” My related NewsBusters post is here.

Breitbart had a related item earlier today. In it, Larry O’Connor posted a tweet from a specific person at another news organization indicating that “both had versions of it independently early & were asked to not publish til end of Iran talks.” Barring a better explanation from AP than what readers will see after the jump, the tweet by Laura Rozen at the Washington-based, Middle East-focused Al-Monitor presumptively refutes AP’s claim that it didn’t have enough information to justify publishing a story (if they didn’t, why would the government bother to ask them to not publish?). Colford did not address Rozen’s relayed claim, even though his item more than likely went up several hours after O’Connor’s Breitbart post and roughly 48 hours after Rozen’s tweet (depending on its time zone). Colford’s full AP post follows the jump (links and italics are in original):

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AP Touts Retail Group’s Projected Nov.-Dec. Spending Increase, Ignores Its Lower Christmas Spending Estimate

On October 3, the National Retail Federation projected that “sales in the months of November and December” will “marginally increase 3.9 percent to $602.1 billion, over 2012’s actual 3.5 percent holiday season sales growth.” But on October 16, it warned that “the average holiday shopper will spend $737.95 on gifts, décor, greeting cards and more, two percent less than the $752.24 they actually spent last year.”

Anne D’Innocenzio at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, in a report on the upcoming Christmas shopping season, chose to report the NRF’s overall November-December increase, and ignored the obviously more relevant and more recent lower individual spending expectations. She also held off mentioning the elephant in the room — sharply reduced spending by Obamacare “sticker shock” victims and those who anticipate more of the same during 2014 — until the 19th of her 21 paragraphs (bolds are mine):

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Two More Reasons Why ‘Obamacare Delenda Est!’’) Is Up

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:20 am

It’s here.

I appreciate the folks at PJ Media reviewing and publishing the column so quickly.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Friday morning (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (112613)

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

This open thread will stay at or near the top today. Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow. Other topics are also fair game.

Positivity: Pope praises elderly for their wisdom

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Nov 23, 2013 / 03:21 pm

Pope Francis met with participants of an international conference of health care workers today, reminding them that the elderly and sick play an important role in life.

The elderly “carry within themselves the memory and the wisdom of life, in order to hand it on to others, and they participate fully in the mission of the Church,” he said on Nov. 23 in the Paul VI Audience Hall.

Offering a special “greeting to the elderly,” Pope Francis continued, “dear friends, you are not just recipients of the Gospel message, but you are always also fully proclaimers by virtue of your baptism.”

“Every day you can live as witnesses of the Lord, in your families, in parishes, and in other common situations, making Christ and his gospel known, especially to young people.”
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Positivity: Grace Blumer Has Permanently Moved to Heaven

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Link (Cincinnati Enquirer):

Grace P. (nee Peters) beloved wife of the late Thomas E. Blumer, devoted mother of Barbara (Richard) Roll, Thomas W. Blumer, Raymond D. (Laura) Blumer, and the late Donald C. Blumer. Grandmother of Robert and Connor Roll, SarahJane, Samuel, Dana, Victoria, and Rachel Blumer. Also survived by her sisters Marie Gaska, and Jeanette Simandl.

She was a member of All Saints Catholic Church for 43 years; loved choir, and was involved in many volunteer activities along with enjoying playing cards and reading. Died on Sunday November 24, 2013 at the age of 86 in Columbus, OH.

Visitation will be at Gilligan Funeral Home, 8225 Montgomery Rd., at Galbraith on Wednesday November 27, from 9:00 AM to 10:15 AM followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 AM at All Saints Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made in the name of Donald Blumer Scholarship Fund at St. Xavier High School, 600 W. North Bend Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45224.