January 7, 2015

At 4 PM, Politico’s Dylan Byers Still Wasn’t Sure If Charlie Hebdo Murderers Were Islamic Terrorists

In an item time-stamped 4:11 p.m. ET at his “On Media” blog at the Politico, Dylan Byers wrapped up a post primarily about the Associated Press removing its “Piss Christ” photo from its image library by claiming, in reference to the Charlie Hebdo Magazine murders in Paris, that “Though there (sic) identity is as yet unknown, the masked gunmen are believed to be Islamic terrorists.”

Here’s most of Byers’ post about the outrageous hypocrisy at AP, which shortly affter the massacre had publicly announced that it would not show any Charlie Hebdo Islamic cartoon images:


Financial Times House Editorial Refutes Associate Editor Who Criticized French Magazine For ‘Baiting’ Muslims

This afternoon, Matt Balan at NewsBusters covered Tony Barber’s disgraceful evening (London Time) column at the Financial Times. In the wake of the terrorist attack at the French satirical publication Charlie Hebdo which killed 12, Barber argued that “some common sense would be useful at publications such as Charlie Hebdo, and Denmark’s Jyllands-Posten.” In other words, after sifting out the myriad paragraphs of weasel words and historical rehashes, Barber was contending that these outlets should self-censor to protect jihadists’ delicate sensibilities.

Balan indicated that Barber is an associate editor at the Times, so readers could very well have interpreted the columnist’s take as speaking for the newspaper. That is not so, as seen in its house editorial (HT Hot Air):


Vanity Fair Failed to Report Solid Evidence of Jeffrey Epstein’s Underage Sexcapades 12 Years Ago

At the Daily Beast on Tuesday, Vicky Ward, who profiled Jeffrey Epstein for Vanity Fair Magazine in early 2003, revealed that she and Graydon Carter, the publication’s editor, were aware of and had specific details about the convicted ultrarich creep’s sexual episodes with underage girls. They also apparently had proof that Epstein had forged denial documents from two of his victims. Epstein had recently become publicly visible as a result of his 2002 African travels with former President Bill Clinton.

At the last minute, Carter almost completely spiked the sexual elements of Ward’s story, leaving only vague references to Victoria’s Secret models, a party “filled … with young Russian models” and to ”beautiful women … whisked off to Little St. James (in the Virgin Islands).” The published product focused almost entirely on the mystery of Epstein’s career as a broker, including his admission to securities law violations, his subsequent business dealings, and his quirky but often lavish purchases and lifestyle.


Just Received an Email With a One-Word Message

Filed under: Activism,National Security,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:34 pm

That message:


It relates to this suggestion:


Zombie is correct. It is necessary. Now it’s done:


December ADP Employment Report: 241,000 Private-Sector Jobs Added (See Conference Call Notes)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:25 am

Business Insider predicted seasonally adjusted 225,000 private-sector jobs added.

The report was supposed to appear at 8:15, but the web site is currently not accessible, but a Bloomberg flash headline indicates that the number is 241,000.


UPDATE, 8:29 A.M.: Still can’t get into ADP’s web site, so I’ll be going into the monthly conference call without any prep beyond the topside number. Here goes …

* * * * *

“This month’s conference call will be led by Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and head of the ADP Research Institute.”

Yildirmaz: 241K jobs added.

Solid pace consistent to tighten the labor market. About 2x as many as needed to absorb the growing working-age population.

2014 ends with 2.54 million jobs added. (212K/mo. average).

Gains were broad-based across all firm sizes and industries. Falling gas prices are helping. “Good sign of overall health of the economy.”

Missing piece is still real wage growth. Have seen some very early indications that this situation is improving.

Q & A:

Chris Rugaber of AP (Wants evidence of gas prices helping): No elaboration provided.

Chris Rugaber of AP (mining and drilling sector detail): That level of detail isn’t available, though the goods-producing adds overall weren’t that strong. Have to wait and see.

End of questions. Not surprising, as Ms. Yildirmaz was very hard to understand.

8:40 a.m.: The server is still too busy. Well, we are too, and we can’t wait. That’s it.

NewsBusted (010615)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:30 am

Here we go:

– Obama Back From Vacation
– Obama’s Fourth Quarter
– Harry Reid Injured
– Cuba’s Raul Castro
– Sony Hack Scandal
– North Korea
– Al Sharpton
– Iran’s Supreme Leader
– Black James Bond?

Best Lines: “In leaked emails, Sony executives say audiences may be ready for a black James Bond. That may be true, but they’ll never be ready for a white Shaft.”

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (010715)

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: Without the Church, Jesus ‘is at the mercy of our imagination,’ Pope says

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Jan 1, 2015 / 04:25 am

In his homily on New Year’s Day, Pope Francis said that Jesus and his mother Mary are “inseparable,” just like Jesus and the Church, who is the mother of all humanity that guides her children to God.

“To separate Jesus from the Church would introduce an ‘absurd dichotomy,’” the Pope told Mass attendees who were present in St. Peter’s Basilica for his Jan. 1 Mass celebrating the solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.

“(The Church) is like a mother who tenderly holds Jesus and gives him to everyone with joy and generosity…Without the Church, Jesus Christ ends up as an idea, a moral teaching, a feeling,” he said.

Without the Church and her guidance, our relationship with Christ “would be at the mercy of our imagination, our interpretations, our moods,” the Roman Pontiff continued.

It is not possible to understand the salvation offered by Jesus without also appreciating the motherhood of the Church, he explained, adding that it is also impossible to love and belong to Christ without loving and belonging to the Church, because the Church is God’s family who brings Christ to humanity.

“Our faith is not an abstract doctrine or philosophy, but a vital and full relationship with a person: Jesus Christ” who lives among us and can be encountered inside the Church through her sacraments, Pope Francis explained. …

Go here for the rest of the story.