November 10, 2015

Despite No Publicly Available Proof, Press Treats Mizzou Feces-Swastika Incident As Fact

Name the missing word in the following sentence from tonight’s Associated Press report on the current situation at the University of Missouri: “On Friday, the now-former chancellor issued an open letter decrying racism after a swastika smeared in feces was found in a campus dormitory.” The obviously missing word is “allegedly,” as in, “was allegedly found.” That word is also missing in sentences found in three separate reports at the New York Times. On October, 24, the Washington Post unskeptically accepted the recounting of the incident in a report shortly after it — ahem, allegedly — occurred.

There’s a really big problem here. Sean Davis at The Federalist was unable, after exhaustive efforts, to locate any evidence that the incident really took place. Additionally, he found that a photograph supposedly representing what was done has been present elsewhere on the Internet for a year. While Davis’s work doesn’t conclusively show that the incident is a hoax, it should be far more than enough to convince establishment press journalists with integrity covering events at the university to surrender their clearly expressed assumption that the incident actually occurred.


Positivity: Supreme Court to hear HHS mandate case for Little Sisters, other non-profits

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:00 pm

From Washington:

Nov 6, 2015 / 12:20 pm

The Supreme Court will hear legal challenges to the federal contraception mandate, brought by numerous non-profit groups, including the Little Sisters of the Poor.

The court made its announcement Nov. 6. It will take up seven cases representing numerous schools, dioceses, and charitable organizations.

At the center of the controversy is a federal rule announced by the Obama administration that requires most employers to provide employee health care plans that cover birth control, sterilizations, and drugs that can cause early abortions.

Employers that do not comply with the mandate may face crippling fines as a penalty. In the case of the Little Sisters – an order that cares for the elderly poor and dying – this could mean up $2.5 million per year in fines, or 40 percent of the annual amount they beg for.

After the initial outcry that the rules violated the religious freedom of employers who conscientiously objected to providing such coverage, the administration announced revised guidelines in the form of a religious “accommodation.” Religious organizations and non-profits that opposed the mandate are instructed to sign a form directing the government to notify their insurer of their objection. The insurer will then have the burden of providing the coverage.

While the government has argued that this coverage will ultimately be free because contraception provides “tremendous” health benefits and lowers costs that would otherwise arise from bearing children, critics contend that the costs of the coverage will still eventually be passed on to the objecting employers themselves.

Many religiously-affiliated organizations – including employers, non-profits, hospitals, and universities – still objected to the revised guidelines. They said the rules still force them to cooperate in actions that they believe to be immoral. In total, more than 300 plaintiffs have filed lawsuits challenging the mandate. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

AP’s Crutsinger Treats Increase in Already-Bloated Inventories As Positive

Today’s “I’m just making stuff up on the fly” award nominee is Martin Crutsinger at the Associated Press.

The AP reporter, named by National Review’s Kevin Williamson as America’s “Worst Economics Writer” in 2013, lived down to his designation in a Tuesday report on the Census Bureau’s September Monthly Trade Inventories and Sales release. He described a sales increase which didn’t come close to offsetting the previous month’s decline as “robust,” failed to note that the reported increase in inventories will likely increase third-quarter GDP while perhaps depressing the fourth quarter, and described a “major effort to work down an overhang” in inventories not found in the report he was covering. His most important miss, though, was failing to note that trade inventories remain dangerously bloated.


IBD Fights Back As Politico and MSNBC’s Scarborough Smear Its Historically Accurate Polls

The folks at Investor’s Business Daily are more than a little tired of seeing their IBD/TIPP (TechnoMetrica Institute of Policy and Politics) polls smeared by establishment press publications and pundits.

No similar torrent of criticism has been directed at other polls which have been horribly inaccurate predictors of actual election outcomes. A large majority of them seriously and oh-so-predictably underestimated support for conservative and center-right candidates and causes in 2014 and 2015.


Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111015)

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.