August 5, 2015

Press Ignores Hillary Bringing Back Her Southern-Accent Pander

Though it’s not as blatant as the speech which got noticed at Fox News and many center-right outlets (and, of course, nowhere else) eight years ago, it’s clear that Hillary Clinton once again altered her diction and style several days ago to (in her mind, one would surmise) “adapt” them to her Southern audience.

This time, Mrs. Clinton was being interviewed by South Carolina Democratic Party Chairman Jaime Harrison. Shoshana Weissman at the Weekly Standard took excerpts from that interview (the full interview is here) and gave certain words and phrases ratings of one to five “cowboy boots,” depending on how obvious her regional language “adaptations” were:

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Politifiact: Harry Reid’s ’30 Percent of Women Served’ Planned Parenthood Claim Is a ‘Pants on Fire’ Lie

Call the “Ripley’s Believe It or Not” people.

Politifact, the alleged fact-checking site which has for years almost invariably insisted on calling obvious truths stated by Republicans and conservatives “Half True” at best and often worse, while taking flat-out lies by leftists and pretending they contain some element of truth, has issued a “Pants on Fire” rating on Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid’s outrageously false claim last week that Planned Parenthood is “the only health care that a significant number of women get,” specifically contending that this is the case for 30 percent of women.

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For the ‘Bush Lied’ Crowd

No comment needed about something anyone who has read BizzyBlog for years already knows:

AlthouseOnBushLiedAndWMD0515

July ADP Employment Report: 185K Private-Sector Jobs Added, Way Below Expectations

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:04 am

Because of another commitment, I wasn’t around for the release of this month’s ADP Employment Report or the related conference call.

That’s too bad, because it would have been entertaining to hear Moody’s Mark Zandi explain away today’s mediocre result.

Expectations were for a reading between 220,000 and 240,000. We didn’t get that, and published reaction is pathetic:

August 5, 2015 – Private sector employment increased by 185,000 jobs from June to July

… “July employment growth was slower than June, but is still in line with what we have seen since the first of the year,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and chief executive officer of ADP. “Notably, large businesses with more than 500 employees had their strongest job gains since last December and were almost double the June number.”

Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said, “Job growth is strong, but it has moderated since the beginning of the year. Layoffs in the energy industry and weaker job gains in manufacturing are behind the slowdown. Nonetheless, even at this slower pace of growth, the labor market is fast approaching full employment.”

Yeah, Mark, we must be “fast approaching full employment.” That explains why there’s so much wage pressure … oh, wait, there isn’t any.

Prior month changes went the wrong way, but by only small amounts:

  • June — from 237K to 229K.
  • May — from 203K to 197K.

The 198,000 jobs per month average for the first seven months of this year is a 20 percent pullback from the 248,000 seen in last year’s final six months.

Zero Hedge:

The question now is what will The Fed need as an excuse to raise rates given that employment is no longer their crutch, printing below economists’ lowest estimate.

The answer is that the Fed probably won’t raise rates, because the economy is too weak. In fact, the economy isn’t structurally any better than it was two years ago, when Ben Bernanke said: “If we were to tight, the economy would tank.”

Six years after the official end of the recession, the economy is still too weak to withstand above-essentially-zero interest rates.

Wenesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (080515)

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: Pope Francis’ advice to altar servers: Let Christ draw near to you

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Vatican City:

Aug 4, 2015 / 11:46 am

In his first public audience in a month, Pope Francis told thousands of young altar servers on Tuesday that they should be open to Christ, who isn’t someone far off, but is close to us in the Eucharist and the other sacraments.

“You do not encounter Jesus placed on an inaccessibly high throne, but in the bread and wine of the Eucharist. His word does not shake the doorposts, but rather caresses the strings of the heart,” the Pope said Aug. 4 in St. Peter’s Square.

“If we do not resist him, Jesus will touch our lips with the flame of his merciful love, as he did to the prophet Isaiah. This will make us worthy to receive him and to bring him to our brothers and sisters.”

To be close to Christ and to get to know him in the Eucharist enables one to be open to others, to journey together, and to set and accomplish demanding goals, Francis observed.

“It is a source of real joy to recognize that we are small and weak, all the while knowing that, with Jesus’ help, we can be strengthened and take up the challenge of life’s great journey in his company.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.