June 25, 2015

EPA Chief: Climate Skeptics Are Not ‘Normal People’; Press Snoozes

Though such instances are quite rare, especially from conservative and Republican office-holding politicians and bureaucrats, we’ve been told time and again by the left that it’s people on the right who demonize and dehumanize their opponents.

Well, I don’t recall George W. Bush, anyone in his administration, or any Republican congressman or senator serving at the time of his tax cuts or during the Iraq War characterizing their political opposition as not being “normal people.” (Considering the out-of-control conduct of and statements made by many opponents, the temptation to do so must have been nearly overwhelming.) Readers can be sure that if they had, outfits like the Hill and the Assocated Press would have reported it. So why did those two news organizations ignore what they heard from EPA head Gina McCarthy at a White House climate change summit earlier this week?

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O’Reilly Calls Out Press For Letting ‘White Supremacist’ Meme Go Unchallenged

In his “Talking Points” opening monologue Wednesday night, Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly lit into the establishment press for allowing the notion that America is a “white supremacist nation” to go “largely unchallenged.” He further accused the press of allowing itself to be “intimidated,” leaving Fox as the only channel, in his view, “standing up for the truth.”

I have been told that O’Reilly’s monologue went about twice as long it usually does, but that’s because he had a lot to say, and said it well.

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AP Treats Second-Quarter Economic ‘Rebound’ As a Virtual Certainty, Ignores Contrary Data

Yesterday, the government revised the economy’s first-quarter contraction from the annualized 0.7 percent it reported in May to 0.2 percent.

In covering that news, the Associated Press’s Christopher Rugaber spent most of his report speculating about the second quarter’s impending “rebound” as if its existence is absolutely certain, citing only the items which would cause readers to believe that’s the case. There are several reasons to be quite concerned about the second quarter and the general direction of the economy — even if some of them are somehow not yet showing up in the gross domestic product figures.

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Legal Language Means Nothing Any More When It Conflicts With the Agenda

Filed under: Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:23 am

Obmacare wind, and the English language loses:

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the nationwide tax subsidies under President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, in a ruling that preserves health insurance for millions of Americans.

The court has decided that the Obamacare exchange was “established by the states.” No it wasn’t.

Nothing will ever change the fact that this court defied the language of the Affordable Care Act as written.

1984 becomes more of a user’s manual than a warning with each passing day.

NewsBusted (062415)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 10:10 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– Donald Trump
– President Obama
– ISIS
– Rachel Dolezal
– Matt Lauer
– Loretta Lynch Sworn In
– Brian Williams to MSNBC
– Senator Marco Rubio
– McDonald’s Hires Robert Gibbs

Best Lines:

  • “On the Today Show, Rachel Dolezal told Matt Lauer she identifies as black. Even more incredible is that Lauer identifies as a journalist.”
  • “Brian Williams has been transferred to MSNBC. He’ll be paid $10 million a yaar, which amounts to about a million dollars per viewer.”
  • “There are more problems for Senator Marco Rubio. The New York Times reports that he may have violated the law back in the 90s, when he once removed a tag from his mattress.”

Initial Unemployment Claims (062515): 271K SA; Raw Claims (263K) 14 Percent Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:00 am

From the Department of Labor:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending June 20, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 271,000, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 267,000 to 268,000. The 4-week moving average was 273,750, a decrease of 3,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 276,750 to 277,000.

… UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 263,221 in the week ending June 20, an increase of 4,457 (or 1.7 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 1,607 (or 0.6 percent) from the previous week. There were 305,029 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014.

The seasonal adjustment factors were virtually identical (97.2 this year, 97.5 for same week last year).

This is another quite acceptable result.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (062515)

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: Carrie Underwood’s Husband Mike Fisher on His Christian Faith

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From the Political Insider in mid-June:

Mike Fisher is the star of the Nashville Predators hockey team. But he might be better known as the husband of Country superstar Carrie Underwood. He married the American Idol star a few years ago, and they have started a family together.

We know how profoundly Christian Carrie Underwood is (see here and here). She makes no apologies for standing up for traditional values, which is very difficult to do as a pop star. Carrie Underwood is a true patriot, but did you know her husband is too?

Fisher sat down and went on record to describe how his faith changed his life. He accepted Jesus at a young age thanks to being raised in a Christian home, and he credits his belief in Jesus Christ to his success in hockey.

Fisher noted that after playing hockey for a few years, he was acting like a “good Christian” but his life was still a mess. That all changed when he opened the Bible at a Bible Study. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Politico Columnist: Putting a Woman on the $10 Bill ‘Isn’t Worthy’

One of the latest in a seemingly endless stream of missives from the perpetually aggrieved comes from Ruth Graham at the Politico, which seems to have become an especially fertile repository for such ridiculous items.

Mr. Graham is completely unimpressed that Obama administration Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has announced that the image of a famous woman to be named later will soon grace the $10 bill. In fact, the New Hampshire journalist essentially considers the move an insult.

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