March 3, 2014

Sore Loser Schelzig at AP Razzes Corker Because VW-Chattanooga Hasn’t Announced an Expansion

The people who pretentiously call themselves journalists at the News Media Guild-represented Associated Press are really having a hard time getting over the representation election the United Auto Workers union lost two weeks ago at the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The latest whine came from Erik Schelzig Friday afternoon. He must have believed he was being really hard-hitting in trying to hold Volunteer State Senator Bob Corker to his word that “If the UAW is voted down they’re going to come here … and affirm they’re going to build a line here” within two weeks. Well, Erik, Corker clearly miscalculated. The Senator never dreamed that the UAW would appeal a secret-ballot vote it lost by 6.4 percent of the ballots cast, and also underestimated the chances of retalation by the U.S. government and the company’s German union. Several paragraphs from Erik’s execrable essay follow the jump (bolds are mine throughout this post):

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Intrepid Reporter Gets Blasted by Plowed Snow, Carries On

Filed under: General — Tom @ 4:45 pm

Nice job:

Better you than me, pal.

Press Reluctant to Call Russia’s Crimea Takeover an ‘Invasion’; No Such Hesitation in 1970 with Cambodia

The Obama administration’s most recent abuse of the English language late last week involved its reluctance to call Russia’s military move into Crimea an “invasion.” The press, unlike in 1970 when Richard Nixon sent U.S. troops into Cambodia for under three months, is largely following suit.

CNN (HT Hot Air) began the Team Obama-driven festivities on Friday by reporting that “According to the latest U.S. assessment, there has been an uncontested arrival of Russian military forces by air at a Russian base in Crimea. They are believed to be Russian land forces, CNN was told.”

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Dem Tweet Laments How Minimum Wage Is ‘Worth Less Than When Reagan Was in Congress’

In December, NPR, the New York Times, National Journal, and other establishment press platforms gave the Republican National Committee grief over the following tweet: “Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism.” The tweet erronseously shortened the following sentence from a longer GOP statement: ““We remember and honor Rosa Parks today for the role she played in fighting racism and ending segregation.” Juliet Lapidos at the Times noted that the tweet was corrected in 3-1/2 hours, and seemed to lament that it took so long.

On Friday, “the official Twitter account of the Democratic Party” tweeted the following in support of increasing the federally mandated minimum wage (HT Patterico):
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February ISM Manufacturing (030314): 53.2%, Up From 51.3% in January

Filed under: Economy — Tom @ 9:41 am

Predictions:

I’m not going to hazard a prediction on this one, as survey respondents seem to be gauging their sentiment about manufacturing’s direction in the coming months partially on the weather, which in my view isn’t the point of the exercise.

The report will be here at 10:00 a.m.

HERE IT IS (permanent link):

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in February for the ninth consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 57th consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

… “The February PMI® registered 53.2 percent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from January’s reading of 51.3 percent indicating expansion in manufacturing for the ninth consecutive month. The New Orders Index registered 54.5 percent, an increase of 3.3 percentage points from January’s reading of 51.2 percent. The Production Index registered 48.2 percent, a decrease of 6.6 percentage points compared to January’s reading of 54.8 percent. Inventories of raw materials increased by 8.5 percentage points to 52.5 percent. As in January, several comments from the panel mention adverse weather conditions as a factor impacting their businesses in February. Other comments reflect optimism in terms of demand and growth in the near term.”

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 14 are reporting growth in February …

The three components tied to GDP were mixed: As seen above, Production went into contraction and New Orders went into further expansion. The Backlog of Orders went from congration (48.0) into expansion (52.0).

In the circumstances, this report is pretty decent. The open question is the degree to which the contraction in production is truly weather-related vs. an adjustment to order levels which haven’t been expanding as much as they were several months ago.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (030314)

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: Student-led project gives breakfast to 1,500 at homeless shelters

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Mar 2, 2014 / 04:00 pm

Students at St. Peter’s School in Washington, D.C., led a recent project to assemble 1,500 bagged breakfasts for those seeking refuge from the cold in homeless shelters around the city.

“It’s so important to understand that we have lots of blessings and gifts, and that’s why we need to share with other people that don’t have such opportunities,” said Maggie, an eighth grader helping lead the project.

She told CNA Feb. 27 that in her group, students ensured that “nobody got anything less than anyone else” by assigning people tasks. One student was named “granola girl,” another was “applesauce guy” and so forth, as they filled up the bags with breakfast items for the homeless.

The school-wide project was part of a larger venture organized by Catholic Charities. Entitled “Cup of Joe,” the initiative brings together volunteer groups to assemble healthy breakfasts for up to 1,300 men and women staying at Catholic Charities shelters every single night.

The meals are offered to those who stay at the shelters, particularly in the cold winter months, said Cup of Joe project coordinator Kevin O’Brien, explaining, “If they’re interested in taking breakfast, it’s available.”

While the bags assembled by St. Peter’s students contain typical items such as granola bars, applesauce, crackers and tea, O’Brien said that the students also decided to decorate their bags and include encouraging Bible verses and notes in both English and Spanish.

“They want to reach out to as many people as possible,” he explained. …

Go here for the rest of the story.