January 29, 2015

NewsBusted (012715)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 1:36 pm

Here we go:

Topics:
– Obama Up in the Polls
– Military Disapproves of Obama
– Boy Lies about Heaven
– IRS Budget Cuts
– Dartmouth Cheating Scandal
– ISIS
– College Reading Levels
– Colorado Virus

Best Lines:

  • “Readers were disappointed to learn that a boy who once claimed to have died and visited heaven recanted his story. Meanwhile, the man who promised us heaven is still sticking with his story.”
  • “The quality of service at the IRS continues to deteriorate due to budget cuts. The IRS warns it may not even have the revenue necessary to adequately harass the Tea Party.”
  • “A third of Americans disapprove of how President Obama is handling ISIS. The other two-thirds didn’t know that he was handling ISIS.”

Welcome to the New, Sickening Normal

Filed under: Economy,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 1:21 pm

So they’ve had six years to recover from the recession and get the economy on track, and this is what we get:

RealGDP2015andFd

The bar-lowerers in Washington and in the press, who would never accept it coming from a non-leftist administration, are simply letting CBO’s published assumption that we’re doomed to annual GDP growth of barely above 2 percent as far as the eye can see slide by virtually without comment.

News Flash: Despite CBO’s predictions, the chances that household incomes will ever recover if growth really ends up being that tepid for that long are very low.

Initial Unemployment Claims (012914); 265K SA, Lowest Since 2000; NSA Claims Down 22% From Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:37 am

From the Department of Labor:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending January 24, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 265,000, a decrease of 43,000 from the previous week’s revised level. This is the lowest level for initial claims since April 15, 2000 when it was 259,000. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 307,000 to 308,000. The 4-week moving average was 298,500, a decrease of 8,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 306,500 to 306,750.

… UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 280,237 in the week ending January 24, a decrease of 102,358 (or -26.8 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 57,297 (or -15.0 percent) from the previous week. There were 357,806 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014.

Of course, this result blew away expectations of 300,000.

The seasonal adjustment factor this year (105.6) was reasonably close to the one used during the comparable week last year (103.7).

The news is very good, and comes at a time, given other developments, when we could use some.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (012915)

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: Women Affected by Abortion Share Heartfelt Stories at March for Life

Filed under: Lucid Links,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington, via Kristine Marsh and Katie Yoder at NewsBusters (video at link; bolds and internal links are theirs):

January 28, 2015 | 3:02 PM EST

Every year the media ignore the thousands who gather on the National Mall to celebrate life – in 2015, an estimated 200,000 gathered and ABC and NBC refused to acknowledge the March for Life. While conservative and religious organizations covered the annual event, one story that is often untold is the personal. This year, MRC Culture’s Katie Yoder spoke with six women eager to share their stories of heartbreak and hope on the other side of abortion – the perspectives the media want to censor.

Mary Rathke, a pro-life speaker who was conceived through rape, had some strong words for the pro-life movement: “Even those in the pro-life movement think it’s OK to abort me. Because I hear all the time, ‘I’m pro-life, except in the case of rape.’ I’m really hearing, ‘I’m pro-life, except in the case of Mary Rathke.”

“Just because my father was a rapist doesn’t mean I don’t deserve life,” she said.

Another woman, Travon Clifton, was pro-choice, until she found out that she too was conceived through rape. “Up until that point I did not know … in High School, I was actually pro-choice. I used to write papers about that – a woman’s right to choose.”

But, “I realized that when I was supporting the exception, I was consenting to my own death.”

Others told of their experiences of being raped and choosing not to have an abortion. In light of the recent fallout over the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (which would have banned abortion after 20 weeks except in cases of reported rape), many women at the march wanted to assert that life was still worth defending, even amidst the trauma of rape.

Marisol Guzman was one who chose to have her baby despite going through the traumatic ordeal of being drugged and raped by a stranger. “Do I regret what happened? Yes. But was it also the greatest thing that happened to me? Yes.” …

Go here for the rest of the post.