May 13, 2014

When Did That Happen? AP’s Retail Sales Coverage Sharply Cuts Predicted 2014 Economic Growth

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:49 pm

The Associated Press’s unbylined coverage of the Census Bureau’s April retail sales report — sales rose 0.1 percent, falling far short of consensus expectations of 0.4 percent, a result Reuters predictably called “unexpected” — slipped in a sentence that had me rubbing my eyes.

In early May, after the government announced that first-quarter gross domestic product growth came in at a barely perceptible annual rate of 0.1 percent — the equivalent of a business which grossed $100,000 in the previous quarter seeing its sales rise by $25 — reporters at the “essential global news network” were regaling readers with an air of assuredness that the rest of the year would be different. Specifically (both here and here), the wire service carried predictions that the economy would turn in annualized second-quarter growth of 3.5 percent, and that the entire year would end up at 3.0 percent. As seen after the jump, put a big “oops” on those figures (bolds are mine):


WaPo Editors Insert Error Into National Review Writer’s Submission, Then Lets Others Rip Him For the Error

File this under “Epic Fails: Layers of Editors.” National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru submitted a requested column to the Washington Post’s Outlook section. After several rounds of mutually agreed-upon edits, the geniuses at WaPo made a final change without consulting Ponnuru. That change inserted erroneous information into what had been an otherwise clean column. The Post then published two letters to the editor criticizing Ponnuru for the error WaPo had created. That caused Ponnuru to demand a correction, which he ultimately received. CEO and WaPo owner Jeff Bezos really needs to take a hard look at the leftist koolaid-drinking Keystone Cops operation for which he massively overpaid. Otherwise, the default assumption will be that he’s fine with the completely unacceptable status quo.

Excerpts from Ponnuru’s retelling of the story follow the jump (HT Twitchy):


Latest PJ Media Column (‘Common Core: 2014′s Bipartisan Wedge Issue’) Is Up (See Updates)

It’s here.

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

Money quote:

The default assumption has to be that anyone who still supports Common Core is uninformed, bought and sold, or an unapologetic statist.

Left on the cutting room floor: “Common Core for thine, but not for mine” (bolds are mine) —

For public schools, it’s great. For my private school, not so much.

One of the big disconnects in Common Core advocacy is that a lot of the people who think the standards are vital to the future of America and want to see them implemented in public schools everywhere send their children to private schools that have not adopted the Core.

President Obama comes to mind: His daughters attend Sidwell Friends School, a private school in Washington that not only doesn’t have the Common Core but doesn’t subscribe to other Obama education reforms (like linking teacher pay with student test scores). Bill and Melinda Gates, whose foundation funded the creation of the Common Core, send their children to an elite private school in Seattle that doesn’t teach by the Core (and doesn’t seem to care a whit about some of the other education reform policies Gates supports).

Apparently they don’t follow what education historian and advocate Diane Ravitch wrote is the most famous line ever written by John Dewey:

“What the best and wisest parent wants for his own child, that must the community want for all its children. Any other ideal for our schools is narrow and unlovely; acted upon, it destroys our democracy.”


UPDATE, 10:50 a.m.: From Walter Hudson at PJ Media

The Obama administration has threatened to hold back federal funding from Indiana after the state dared to repeal Common Core standards, highlighting what may be the most pervasive obstacle to protecting individual rights – a corrupt federalism wherein state and local units of government are beholden to the feds.

This may explain why the Hoosier State passed a non-genuine repeal. Perhaps it was an attempt at appeasement — but it still wasn’t good enough for the Obama administration’s Department of Education thugs.

UPDATE 2, 6:20 P.M.: Intense thanks for the nice words to Richard Combs in a tweet“Best article I’ve seen on Common Core & how/why it’s resonating w/ voters.”

UPDATE 3, 8:25 p.m.: At the Daily Caller“Leftist, Terrorism-Inspiring Southern Poverty Law Center Labels Common Core Critics ‘Far-Right Extremists.’” Money paragraph:

The report largely ignores the large number of critics on the American political left, including the Chicago Teachers Union, who deplore Common Core because it mandates evermore standardized testing. It also largely ignores the complaints of a multitude of critics on the right, who oppose a technocratic takeover of public education that wrests education decisions out of the hands of local school boards and parents.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051314)

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: Paul VI to be beatified at close of synod on family

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

May 10, 2014 / 05:17 am

The Vatican has announced that Pope Paul VI will be beatified this October at the conclusion of the synod of bishops on the family.

A statement from the Holy See’s press office on May 10 read, “the Holy Father has authorised the dicastery to communicate that the rite of beatification of the Venerable Servant of God Paul VI will take place, in the Vatican, on October 19, 2014.”

The beatification ceremony will take place just as the world’s bishops conclude their meetings regarding matters related to marriage and family life.

Paul VI is particularly well-known for his encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which spoke about the importance of generosity in married love and the principles of responsible parenthood.

The late Pontiff was born in the Lombardi region of Italy in 1897 and given the baptismal name Giovanni Battista Montini. Ordained a priest in 1920 and consecrated as a bishop in 1954, he was appointed to the college of cardinals in 1958.

At the age of 66 he was elected Pope and chose the name Paul VI in reference to the missionary spirit of the Apostle Paul.

He re-convoked the second Vatican council, which had automatically closed with the death of his predecessor, John XIII, and improved ecumenical relations with the Orthodox Church. In a historic move in December of 1965, Pope Paul VI and the Ecumenical Patriarch Athenagoras I of Constantinople mutually lifted the excommunications that had been leveled against the leaders of both churches in 1054. …

Go here for the rest of the story.