August 13, 2015

AP’s Ohlemacher Claims Social Security System Has ‘Money,’ Then Admits It Doesn’t

Carrying water for the left as their pet programs implode while pretending to be an objective reporter is a daunting task. The Associated Press’s Stephen Ohlemacher was not up to that task Thursday afternoon.

Twice, in relatively early paragraphs of his 31-paragraph writeup, the AP reporter claimed that the Social Security system has “money.” He then separately quoted a Democratic congressperson who insisted that it has money, and that the mere act of correctly asserting that it doesn’t “manufactures a crisis.” But in a discussion of how big Social Security’s problems really are, Ohlemacher acknowledged that Congress has already spent the balances in the so-called Social Security “Trust Funds.” The dictionary definition of money does not include promises to repay money borrowed, Stephen — and that’s what the Social Security “Trust Funds” contain.

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AP Changes Description of Job Growth in Report on Retail Sales From ‘Seemingly Robust’ to ‘Solid’

It “seems” that a bit of doubt seeped into an economy-related Associated Press report today. An hour later, it was gone.

An early report by Josh Boak with a 10:22 a.m. time stamp found at a subscribing outlet’s site described job growth in the past 12 months as “seemingly robust.” An hour later, in an expansion of that early report primarily covering today’s government release on July retail sales, Boak, in collaboration with Anne D’Innocenzio, described it as “solid.”

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Initial Unemployment Claims (081315): 274K SA; Raw Claims (240K) 11 Percent Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:38 am

From the Department of Labor:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 8, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 274,000, an increase of 5,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 1,000 from 270,000 to 269,000. The 4-week moving average was 266,250, a decrease of 1,750 from the previous week’s revised average. This is the lowest level for this average since April 15, 2000 when it was 266,250. The previous week’s average was revised down by 250 from 268,250 to 268,000.

… UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 239,899 in the week ending August 8, an increase of 15,795 (or 7.0 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 11,568 (or 5.2 percent) from the previous week. There were 269,468 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014.

These numbers continue to come in at acceptable levels.

NewsBusted (080415)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:00 am

Continuing with the catchup campaign, here goes:

Topics:
– Planned Parenthood
– Cecil the Lion
– Hillary Clinton
– Jim Gilmore for President
– Chris Matthews
– Debbie Wasserman Schultz
– John Kerry
– Khloe Kardashian
– Lincoln Chaffee

Best Lines:

  • “Planned Parenthood is under fire for selling aborted baby parts. Newly released videos show representatives literally willing to charge and arm and a leg for an arm and a leg.”
  • “HIllary Clinton’s staff shut down a section of a New York department store last week so she could get a $600 haircut. Aides say Hillary needed to look her best for a speech on income inequality.”
  • “Former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chaffee is running for the Democratic nomination, but his campaign isn’t going well. Right now he’s polling two points behind the dentist who killed Cecil the Lion.”

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081315)

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.

Parents credit Willie Nelson’s music with saving their 4-year-old daughter’s life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Amaraillo, Texas:

Every country music fan loves Willie Nelson, but the parents of one special little girl credit his music with literally saving her life.

Four-year-old Ava Adams was born premature at 27 weeks and endured 12 surgeries in the first 15 months of her life. Her parents, Brittany and Jamison, were allowed very little interaction with her in the neonatal intensive care unit, but they did notice one thing that seemed to really help her.

“Any time she was having a bad day, you could play Willie Nelson or Johnny Cash or Ray Price and her stats would come up, she would start doing better just almost immediately,” Jamison tells News Channel 10 in Amarillo, Texas.

As she got older, Ava gravitated toward Nelson, and now, along with a backpack containing a feeding tube, she carries her Willie Nelson doll with her everywhere she goes. For Christmas in 2014, her parents scored tickets to Nelson’s scheduled concert in New Mexico, but it was canceled due to snow, and ever since then, Ava wanders around the house yelling, “We need to go see Willie Nelson!”

Her mother says they’re going to be patient and wait for another opportunity to see Nelson when the venue is conducive to Ava’s needs. Until then, she offers up her thanks to the country icon.

Go here for the rest of the story.