October 5, 2015

Not News: Obama’s Planned Visit to Roseburg, Ore. ‘Not Welcome’ There

Items found at the Associated Press, the New York Times and the Washington Post, in reporting that President Obama plans to visit Roseburg, Oregon later this week, have all failed to report that community leaders have said that his visit is not welcome.

The 4:10 p.m. PT (7:10 PM ET) entry at a running timeline at AP announced that “Barack Obama will travel to Oregon this week to visit privately with families of the victims of last week’s shooting at a community college.” None of the four previous items in the timeline as of 9:00 PM ET tonight (saved here for future reference) mentions that town leaders, who believe they are appropriately expressing the community’s sentiments, would prefer that he stay away.

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Salon Writer Calls Michelle Malkin a ‘Right-Wing Rage Monkey’

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:57 pm

Poor Gary Legum at Salon.com. How dare supporters of the right to keep and bear arms as clearly defined in the Constitution’s Second Amendment push back against the gun control movement’s cynical exploitation of Thursday’s Roseburg, Oregon massacre?

Legum is outraged that “The right tells us (again) to ignore the elephant in the room.” He must mean the fact that the area in question at Umpqua Community College was a “posted” gun-free zone with only unarmed security guards, right? Of course not. Legum is upset over Americans’ “irrational attachment … to weaponry” — so upset that he descended into profanity and name-calling that would likely end his career forever if he were a right-wing commentator.

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September ISM Non-Manufacturing: 56.9 Percent, Down from 59.0 in August

Filed under: Economy — Tom @ 2:25 pm

From the Institute for Supply Management (bolds and most paragraph breaks added by me):

Economic activity in the non-manufacturing sector grew in September for the 68th consecutive month, say the nation’s purchasing and supply executives in the latest Non-Manufacturing ISM® Report On Business®.

The NMI® registered 56.9 percent in September, 2.1 percentage points lower than the August reading of 59 percent. This represents continued growth in the non-manufacturing sector at a slower rate.

The Non-Manufacturing Business Activity Index decreased to 60.2 percent, which is 3.7 percentage points lower than the August reading of 63.9 percent, reflecting growth for the 74th consecutive month at a slower rate. The New Orders Index registered 56.7 percent, 6.7 percentage points lower than the reading of 63.4 percent in August.

The Employment Index increased 2.3 percentage points to 58.3 percent from the August reading of 56 percent and indicates growth for the 19th consecutive month. The Prices Index decreased 2.4 percentage points from the August reading of 50.8 percent to 48.4 percent, indicating prices decreased in September for the first time since February of this year.

According to the NMI®, 13 non-manufacturing industries reported growth in September. There has been a cooling off in the rate of growth during the month of September. Also, the trend of lower costs and little pricing power continues as reflected in the contraction of the pricing index. Overall, respondents continue to remain positive about current business conditions.”

… The four industries reporting contraction in September are: Mining; Arts, Entertainment & Recreation; Retail Trade; and Other Services.

All three primary GDP drivers (Activity, Orders and Backlog, which came in at 54.5, down from 56.5) came in quite positive, but less so than in August.

Despite what some contrarians are saying there’s nothing worrisome in the overall result.

That said, it’s more than a little surprising that retail is in contraction; the widely touted but still mostly absent “consumer spending revival” was supposed to prevent that.

The 56.9 percent reading provides enough cushion against what I believe is the inherent bias in this and the ISM’s Manufacturing Index, namely that the survey responses they receive come disproportionately from those who are doing well with an under-representation of those who aren’t. Once the reading gets down to perhaps 52.0 or lower but still above the 50.0 breakeven threshold, I believe that one could make the case that Non-Manufacturing in the U.S. economy as a whole would be in contraction. But that’s clearly not the case now.

Positivity: Listen to your guardian angel’s advice – he is God’s messenger, Pope says

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 2:15 pm

From Vatican City:

Oct 2, 2015 / 04:47 pm

Each of us has a Guardian Angel who, acting on behalf of God, advises us and protects us from evil, if we only listen to him, Pope Francis said during his homily at Mass on Friday.

“May we ask the Lord for the grace of this meekness, to listen to the voice of this companion, to this ambassador from God who accompanies us in His name and may we be supported by his help,” the Pope said Oct. 2 during his celebration of Mass for the feast of the Guardian Angels, Vatican Radio reported.

He explained that when Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden, God could have left them to fend for themselves. But instead, as an act of love and mercy, the Lord sent with them an angel to guide and protect them.

The same is true for us today, Pope Francis said. Even when we feel alone or think that we can “hide so many things from God,” our Guardian Angels are by our sides, guiding us and trying to show us the right path.

“It’s like having God’s ambassador with us. And the Lord advises us: ‘Respect his presence!’ And when we, for example, commit a sin and believe that we’re on our own: No, (the Guardian Angel) is there,” he said.

Although we cannot see our angels, we can listen to them and heed their advice, the Pope continued.

“Show respect for (the angel’s) presence. Listen to his voice because he gives us advice. When we hear that inspiration: ‘But do this … this is better … we should not do that.’ Listen! Do not go against him.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100515)

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.