May 19, 2016

Camille Paglia on NY Times Trump Hit Piece: ‘Agenda Journalism’ ‘Caught Red-Handed’

In a Thursday morning column at, leftist and longtime social critic Camille Paglia found it amusing that the New York Times thought that its supposedly major exposé about “a boastful, millionaire New Yorker (who) liked the company of beautiful women” was going to be considered big, game-changing news.

In Paglia’s view, the fact that the people at the Times believed they had something newsworthy in light of, in her words, the “long record of crude groping and grosser assaults” committed by Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill, demonstrates “why NYT can’t lay a glove on Trump.”


AP’s Cynical ’2-for-1′ Hill-Bill Writeup Revises Political and Economic History

Three offensive elements pervaded the Associated Press’s Monday coverage of Hillary Clinton’s statement that she will put her husband “in charge of revitalizing the economy.”

The first was how AP reporters Lisa Lerer and Catherin Lucey decided to resurrect the infamous “2-for-1 offer” then-presidential candidate Bill Clinton campaigned on in 1992 — an especially weak move, given its real-world results during the first two years of his presidency. The second was the reporters’ implicit assumption that political beliefs are infinitely fungible if the old ones are getting in the way of a leftist’s march towards victory. Finally, the AP pair engaged in blatant historical revisionism in glorifying the economy of the 1990s.


Initial Unemployment Claims: 278K SA; Raw Claims (245K) Barely Above Same Week Last Year (244K)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:42 am

From the Department of Labor, a bit of a pullback from the brink:


In the week ending May 14, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 278,000, a decrease of 16,000 from the previous week’s unrevised level of 294,000. The 4-week moving average was 275,750, an increase of 7,500 from the previous week’s unrevised average of 268,250.


The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 244,797 in the week ending May 14, a decrease of 17,099 (or -6.5 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected a decrease of 3,230 (or -1.2 percent) from the previous week. There were 243,612 initial claims in the comparable week in 2015.

Today’s result is in the range of predictions found at Yahoo’s Economic Calendar.

The seasonal adjustment factors this year (88.1) and for the same week last year (88.3) were virtually identical.

Given where things were headed the past three weeks, as “(seasonally adjusted) initial claims soar(ed) by the most since 2005,” we’ll take it.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (051916)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:00 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: Polish rallies seek stronger protections for unborn children

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Warsaw:

May 17, 2016 / 04:02 pm

Thousands of Polish pro-lifers have called on parliament to pass a bill that would further restrict abortion in the country.

“Today we are calling on our state authorities to guarantee full legal protection of unborn children,” Pawel Kwasniak said to a Sunday rally of over 1,000 people in Warsaw.

Kwasniak heads the Support Center for Life and Family Initiatives, the Warsaw-based pro-life NGO that organized support for the proposal.

Rallies in favor of the proposed bill were held in 140 cities and towns across Poland May 15, organizers said. Backers of the bill include Jaroslaw Kaczynski, who heads Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, and Prime Minister Beata Szydlo.

The proposed citizen’s bill would allow abortions only to save a women’s life. It would increase the maximum prison sentence for unauthorized abortions from two years to five. Those who provide information about or arrange for a legal abortion abroad could be liable as an accessory to the act, Deutsche Welle reports.

In June 2011 backers of a similar proposal gathered over 500,000 signatures in support, but the bill was defeated by a majority of MPs. Citizens must gather over 100,000 valid signatures by the end of June to oblige parliament to proceed, Agence France Presse reports.

Since 1993, Poland’s abortion law allows abortions only for pregnancies that result from rape or incest, that pose a risk to the health of the mother, or that involve a severely deformed unborn baby. …

Go here for the rest of the story.