August 18, 2016

LA Times Poll Narrative Ignores Over 10-Point Black Voter Shift to Trump

The USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times “Daybreak” poll released Thursday has a stunning finding: Donald Trump’s support among African-Americans has increased by over 10 points virtually overnight.

Armand Emamdjomeh and David Lauter, who wrote the narrative accompanying that poll, have predictably ignored it, but they did even more. Readers here will see that their verbiage in the section specifically addressing “By race/ethnicity” pretended that the shift hasn’t even occurred (HT Gateway Pundit; dashed box around the “Black” box added by me):

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Initial Unemployment Claims (081816): 262K SA; Raw Claims (220K) 4 Pct. Below the Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 9:14 am

The DOL report is here. There’s nothing dramatic in it.

I would only caution those who cite the weekly initial claims data as evidence of an “incredible” job market that the low volume of layoffs may reflect a reluctant willingness by employers to hang on to the people that they have, even if they’re not particularly strong workers, because the pool of what’s otherwise available is so weak.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081816)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:30 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: A fall in the 5,000 delivers an uplifting moment

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Rio de Janeiro (video at link):

4:34 p.m. EDT August 16, 2016

Perhaps the most moving parcel of time that these Games will see happened at Olympic Stadium on Tuesday morning, in the heats of the women’s 5,000 meters.

It was a moment that forged a friendship between two athletes who had never previously met, an accident that preceded an extraordinary gesture to warm the hearts of a global audience and spoke to everything that is good and righteous about international sports’ grandest competition.

Nikki Hamblin of New Zealand and Abbey D’Agostino of the USA didn’t know each other and had never spoken before they stepped onto the track, both seeking a place in the final amid stiff competition.

With 4½ of the 12½ laps remaining, confusion struck. D’Agostino fell while running amid a pack of athletes, causing her to clip Hamblin, just ahead of her. The pair tumbled spectacularly. It was an ugly, disappointing mess.

Until something beautiful and uplifting, literally, happened.

“When I went down I was like ‘Why am I on the ground’ and suddenly there was this hand on my shoulder,” Hamblin said.

It was D’Agostino, who had stopped, and was lifting her rival to her feet. “Come on, get up,” the American was saying. “We have to finish this race.”

The problem was, that D’Agostino’s knee had been battered in the fall. It was badly damaged and looked out of place. As she helped Hamblin it buckled beneath her. The New Zealander then returned the favor, lending physical support, and waiting until D’Agostino was able to move under her own speed that she carried on. The pair continued.

Hamblin finished in 16:43:61, D’Agostino 17:10:02. Both times, understandably, were way outside their personal bests. They didn’t matter. It could have taken an hour for them to finish and they would still have triumphed as emphatically as any gold medal winner.

This is how sports should be. Competition is important and entertaining but humanity is more so. Abbey D’Agostino knows. So too does Nikki Hamblin.

“I am so grateful to Abbey for doing that for me,” Hamblin said. “That girl is the Olympic spirit right there. I am so impressed and inspired. …

Go here for the rest of the story.