November 19, 2015

IBD: Islamist Organization Involved in ‘Screening’ U.S.-Bound Refugees

Add the what follows to the long list of items we should be reading about in wire service reports but instead must find in the editorial sections of the nation’s two leading business newspapers.

An Islamist organization tied to the Muslim Brotherhood is involved in the screening potential Syrian refugees allegedly receive before being allowed to come to the United States. Investor’s Business Daily revealed this information, which is in stark contrast what U.S. government officials are telling the nation, in a Tuesday evening editorial (bolds are mine):

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Sharyl Attkisson: Obama Will Not Read Intelligence on U.S.-Recognized Terrorist Groups

Several times in the past, we’ve heard President Barack Obama, and occasionally his press secretary, tell America that the nation’s commander-in-chief learned about certain events the same way many of the rest of us did: by seeing them on TV or reading newspaper accounts. A Republican or conservative president hauling out this excuse even once would face endless outrage and ridicule, respectively, from the news and entertainment divisions of the establishment press’s networks.

Former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson has revealed one reason why Obama’s level of claimed ignorance has been so high. It’s because he won’t look at information he doesn’t like, or which doesn’t conform to his preconceived notions — even in very serious matters relating to national security. It seems highly unlikely that Attkisson is the only reporter in the nation who has learned this.

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Initial Unemployment Claims (111915): 271K SA, Down from Previous Week’s 276K; Raw Claims 8 Pct. Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:47 am

From the Department of Labor:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending November 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 271,000, a decrease of 5,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 276,000. The 4-week moving average was 270,750, an increase of 3,000 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 267,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 263,427 in the week ending November 14, a decrease of 27,633 (or -9.5 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 22,113 (or -7.6 percent) from the previous week. There were 286,115 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014.

There’s not any bad news here or in last week’s report. The Associated Press’s take, for once, seems sort of right, except for one word: It’s “fresh evidence that companies are confident enough in the economy to hold onto their workers.” I’d says it’s more like “Companies don’t want to lose the people they have to ensure that they can meet current business needs, but they’re not eager to hire a lot more people permanently.”

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (111915)

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: Groom Gifts Bride With Second Wedding When She Can’t Remember The First

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Marion, Virginia (HT Daryn Kagan):

PUBLISHED: 20:19 EST, 2 August 2015 | UPDATED: 02:51 EST, 3 August 2015

Amnesiac bride who forgot her wedding after car crash ties the knot a SECOND time so she ‘will never be able to forget’

  • Justice Stamper, 20, and Jeremy Stamper, 21, of Virginia had a second wedding held at Hungry Mother State Park on August 1
  • The bride was in a car crash in Bristol, Tennessee last August
  • The accident, which occurred 19 days after her wedding, left her severely injured and suffering from mild form of amnesia
  • One month after the crash, she told her husband, Jeremy, 21, she could not remember their wedding
  • He set up a Go Fund Me page and raised money to put on a second wedding which took place on their day of one-year wedding anniversary

Go here for the full story.