July 23, 2015

Fiorina Rejects Tapper’s ‘Rape/Incest’ Bait, Attack Hillary Clinton’s Radical Abortion Stance

The press’s favorite abortion questions usually have nothing to do with the 700,000-plus terminations of preborn babies’ lives which take place each year in the U.S. (Note: The real figure is likely quite higher, because reporting is voluntary.) Especially when the person interviewed is a Republican or conservative, abortion questions focus heavily on the fewer than 1% of all abortions which are performed because of rape and incest. This is the equivalent of a news organization focusing all of its attention on a single house fire while an entire city a few miles away burns out of control.

2016 GOP presidential candidate Carly Fiorina had no interest in playing this game with Jake Tapper on Tuesday. In the process, she put on a clinic which should be mandatory viewing for any Republican or conservative who is in or wants to have a career in politics.

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Initial Unemployment Claims (072315): 255K SA (A Dubious 45-Year Low); Raw Claims (263K) 8 Percent Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:17 pm

From the Department of Labor:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending July 18, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 255,000, a decrease of 26,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 281,000. This is the lowest level for initial claims since November 24, 1973 when it was 233,000. The 4-week moving average was 278,500, a decrease of 4,000 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 282,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 262,981 in the week ending July 18, a decrease of 81,382 (or -23.6 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 54,210 (or -15.7 percent) from the previous week. There were 287,049 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014.

The “record” achievement is VERY dubious, given that this year’s seasonal factor of 103.3 is significantly higher than the factor for the same week last year of 99.4 for no apparent reason. Both weeks were full weeks of business unaffected by holidays.

If last year’s factor had been used on this year’s raw claims, the result would have been 10,000 claims higher; 262,981 divided by .994 is 265,000, rounded. That would have only been the lowest figure since May 9, i.e., a whole 2-1/2 months ago.

All of that said, it is nice to see raw claims trailing last year by 8.4 percent. It would be nicer if that would continue. We’ll see if it does.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (072315)

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: Our ‘Life-saving Angels’

Filed under: Health Care,Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

Carly Fiorina’s question in the wake of Planned Parenthood’s now-exposed sale of fetal body parts (“What has gone wrong in our nation?”) is valid. The answer is that our government and our courts have devalued human life, and many Americans, a large majority of whom have no idea what supporting abortion really leads to in the read world, have followed them down that depraved path.

The following reminder of the heroic efforts of those who work in neonatal care contained in Michelle Malkin’s latest column is quite timely (bolds are mine), and shows that there is still a mainstream respect for life which cannot and will not be extinguished:

it is worth pausing from this avalanche of evil to remind the nation that there are thousands of miracle workers in the health care industry who value life and honor their professional oath to first do no harm.

I know this firsthand as the proud daughter of a neonatologist who dedicated his life to using his medical training to save lives, not destroy them. Nowhere is the sanctity of life more vividly illustrated than in a NICU. A father in Texas wrote me with his own personal story and wanted me to share his message:

“I read your piece (last week) regarding the monstrous doctor from Planned Parenthood. Though I have tried, I really cannot grasp the horror of the PP abattoirs or the blackness of the souls that labor within.

“I want to tell you about my family’s encounter with another place that is the antithesis of the Planned Parenthood slaughterhouse.

“My wife and I had the great misfortune three years ago of finding ourselves with two beautiful but tiny children in the Level 3 NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) at the Woman’s Hospital of Texas in Houston.

“Our beautiful daughter spent the first five months of her life there, and our brave son spent the entirety of his life there, all 44 days.

“I want to tell you this, because I want to tell you about a very bright light that shines in this world, but it shines behind the wall of privacy and quarantine that is a necessary function of NICU life. The six neonatologists and all of the amazing nurses who cared for our children are some of the finest, most decent, devoted and caring people I have ever encountered.

“They work tirelessly to save every life, to give every child in their care as much of a chance as possible, and they truly do care for the ‘least of these.’ They go to work every day in a place where, in spite of all their efforts, tiny children pass away in their care. They are people who deserve to have the veil lifted from their works.

“I am sharing this with you as answer to the final paragraph of your moving piece. You ask what kind of a country we live in? I want you to know that we also live in a country that God has truly blessed with these amazing souls and hundreds more like them: Dr. Alagappan Alagappan, Dr. Talat Ahmed, Dr. Salim Bharwani, Dr. William Caplan, Dr. Peter Haney and Dr. David Simchowitz.

“In the face of evil, it is easy to see only the darkness. There are lights burning still.”

Thanks to the father in Texas for that timely reminder.