September 2, 2014

Press Release: Conservative Website MediaTrackers.org ‘Defunded’ in blatant attempt to silence Kasich Criticism

Filed under: Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:00 pm

This came into my inbox last week. It deserves the attention of anyone who hasn’t heard or seen the news (typos corrected; bolds are mine):

Conservative Website MediaTrackers.org “Defunded” in blatant attempt to silence Kasich Criticism

Akron, OH – Today, the Ohio Citizens PAC learned that the conservative website MediaTrackers.org was “Defunded” effective immediately and Chief Writer and Editor Jason Hart has moved on to another organization. Sources close to the situation have suggested that large ORP donors, believed to be in the Cinncinnati area, were pressured by Ohio Governor John Kasich to drop their support of the website in retaliation for its critcism of the Governors performance. Mediatrackers.org has been consistent in pointing out the Governor’s increase spending, the cost of the Governors medicaid expansion push, his lack of transparency in the Jobs Ohio program and his efforts to increase taxes on the oil and gas Industry.

Ohio Citizens PAC President, Tom Zawistowski, said “We have seen this before a few years back when Matt Mayer was heading up the Buckeye Institute. Matt was putting out the facts to the public concerning Ohio’s job situation and the Governor did not like it. Next thing we know, Matt is pushed out of the organization with a lack of funding named as one of the reasons. Governor Kasich rules with an iron fist, anyone or anything that dares to stand up to him or question his decision will be destroyed. That is why Kasich is running virturally unopposed this fall, all competition has been eliminated by any means necessary. Citizens can vote for anyone you want this fall, as long as it’s Governor Kasich.”

Zawistowski went on to say, “With the Columbus Distpatch publisher one of the Governor’s biggest campaign donors and few in state media willing to face the wrath of the Governor, the only place that member of the public can find out the truth about what is going on is through TEA Party websites. In June a scandal was discovered when Leutenant Governor Mary Taylor’s staff was caught doing campaign work on state time. Media coverage was almost non-existent even after the “investigation” of the scandal was turned over to Taylor’s former head of security with hardly a word from the media. Despite evidence of this practice being routine in other areas of the Kasich administration. It is no wonder that most Ohioans have been misled to believe that the Governor has cut taxes – despite having increased state spending by 20% or more. Who’s to report anything different?”

Zawistowski concluded by saying “We thank Jason Hart and the other writers who worked for MediaTrackers.org for giving us information that we in the public had a right to know but otherwise would never have known. We can assure the good Governor, that those of us in the TEA Party will pick up the conservative banner and continue to report on things like common core, the threat to personal property rights posed by regionalism and the EPA, illegal immigration in Ohio, and the truth about state spending and jobs.”

Jason Hart’s most recent MediaTrackers Ohio post as of the time of this BizzyBlog post was on August 28.

Based on the email, that’s all there is and there won’t be any more.

Congrats to Jason for landing another spot. Hopefully, he can continue to cover Ohio from his new perch.

Fox News: Obama ‘Briefed on ISIS More Than a Year Ago’

This morning, Catherine Herridge at Fox News, in the first two minutes of a video seen here, reported that “detailed and specific intelligence about the rise of ISIS was included in the PDB, or the President’s Daily Brief, for at least a year.” Fox is being careful, as some of what is being reported would indicate that the time involved is “far more than a year” — possibly even “three years.”

This would mean that Obama, if he actually reads the briefs he claims to devour in lieu of actually attending national security meetings as his Oval Office predecessors have, should have been fully aware of ISIS's danger at least several months before he called them the "jayvee team" in a New Yorker Magazine interview. If previous patterns hold, the fact that Fox is reporting the story will mean that the Obama-aligned establishment press will, as they have for several hours already, ignore it. The relevant portions of the transcript follow the jump (HT to a frequent tipster; bolds are mine):

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August ISM Manufacturing Index Zooms to 59.0%, Up From 57.1%

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:27 am

From the Institute for Supply Management:

Economic activity in the manufacturing sector expanded in August for the 15th consecutive month, and the overall economy grew for the 63rd consecutive month, say the nation’s supply executives in the latest Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

The August PMI® registered 59 percent, an increase of 1.9 percentage points from July’s reading of 57.1 percent, indicating continued expansion in manufacturing. This month’s PMI® reflects the highest reading since March 2011 when the index registered 59.1 percent. The New Orders Index registered 66.7 percent, an increase of 3.3 percentage points from the 63.4 percent reading in July, indicating growth in new orders for the 15th consecutive month. The Production Index registered 64.5 percent, 3.3 percentage points above the July reading of 61.2 percent. The Employment Index grew for the 14th consecutive month, registering 58.1 percent, a slight decrease of 0.1 percentage point below the July reading of 58.2 percent. Inventories of raw materials registered 52 percent, an increase of 3.5 percentage points from the July reading of 48.5 percent, indicating growth in inventories following one month of contraction. The August PMI® is led by the highest recorded New Orders Index since April 2004 when it registered 67.1 percent. At the same time, comments from the panel reflect a positive outlook mixed with caution over global geopolitical unrest.

Of the 18 manufacturing industries, 17 are reporting growth in August …

Backlog of Orders also went into expansion, up from 49.5 percent in July to 52.5 percent in August.

ISM’s Manufacturing Survey has shown expansion in almost every month since the fall of 2009, and this is what we have to show for it in jobs:

ManufacturingJobsJan2004toJuly2014

Manufacturing jobs are up by only 707,000 since their February 2010 trough:

  • That sector has therefore regained only 26 percent of the 2.691 million jobs lost from August 2004 to that trough.
  • If you want to isolate it to the officially defined recession, manufactuing has only regained 31 percent of the 2.293 million jobs lost from December 2007 to February 2010.
  • If you want to isolate it to the recession as normal people define it, manufactuing has only regained 34 percent of the 2.051 million jobs lost since June 2008.

Yet ISM shows not only expansion, but strong expansion. Really?

All I can say is that the recession’s survivors must be really happy, but not happy enough to be adding lots of people — or they’re “hiring” people through “temporary” help agencies who don’t show up as payroll employees in the manufacturing sector.

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UPDATE: But Obamacare’s 30-hour full-time employee definition is irrelevant. Sure it is.

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (090214)

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

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.

Positivity: Hundreds flock to conference looking to revive parish life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Denver:

Sep 1, 2014 / 12:24 pm

Some 500 Catholic leaders and their pastors from across the United States met recently at the first-ever Amazing Parish conference in Denver to brainstorm and swap ideas about improving parish life.

The newly-founded Amazing Parish movement seeks to provide resources to pastors and parish leaders so they can create a thriving parish life. The conference, held Aug. 27-28 at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center, featured Catholic speakers and workshops on topics such as parish leadership teams, formation programs and evangelization.

For a movement that is just starting out, interest in the conference was widespread and the overall response very positive.

“Would it be wrong to say it’s been amazing?” quipped Matt Manion, president of the Catholic Leadership Institute and a speaker at the conference.

“But it’s really been an excellent experience of Church, of prayer, and of people who are open to new ideas and new ways of serving God through the parish,” he told CNA.

Many of the speakers, like Manion, are Catholics serving in leadership roles for big companies who are adapting tricks of the trade of company leadership to practical ideas for parish leadership. …

Go here for the rest of the story.