September 28, 2016

Howard Dean Doubles Down on Trump ‘Using Coke?’; Chris Cillizza Says ‘We Should Be Talking More’ About It

During Monday night’s presidential debate, former DNC chairman and 2004 presidential candidate Howard Dean tweeted: “Notice Trump sniffing all the time. Coke user?” Even the tabloid site TMZ described Dean’s tweet as a “low blow.”

Unbowed, Dean doubled down at MSNBC on Tuesday, to the point where a clearly uncomfortable Kate Snow tried to maneuver him into backing away a bit. He wouldn’t, which is fine with Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post, who told the network’s Peter Alexander on Wednesday that “we should probably be talking more about” Dean’s speculation.

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Media Mostly Ignoring Trump ‘Sexism’ Critic Alicia Machado’s Sordid Past

At Monday night’s presidential debate, Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton made a big deal of how Republican nominee Donald Trump supposedly treated Alicia Machado after the 1996 Miss Universe winner gained a significant amount of weight during the year she held the title. Mrs. Clinton alleged that Trump called her “Miss Piggy” and “Miss Housekeeping.” Trump denies it, and I could find no news account from that time showing that he used either nickname publicly.

Especially since the Clinton campaign is now actively using Machado to promote Mrs. Clinton’s candidacy, even including her “story” in commercials, it’s fair game to consider far heftier matters relating to Machado’s history. The, uh, weight of the evidence leads one to seriously question Team Clinton’s judgment in associating so closely with Ms. Machado. They appear to have been so tantalized by what they thought was low-hanging fruit demonstrating alleged sexism that they clearly failed to adequately investigate their newfound heroine. Now it’s up to the establishment press to protect them.

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Durable Goods: The Slide Continues

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:18 am

From the Census Bureau:

New Orders

New orders for manufactured durable goods in August decreased $0.1 billion or virtually unchanged to $226.9 billion, the U.S. Census Bureau announced today. This decrease, down three of the last four months, followed a 3.6 percent July increase. Excluding transportation, new orders decreased 0.4 percent. Excluding defense, new orders decreased 1.0 percent.

Shipments

Shipments of manufactured durable goods in August, down following two consecutive monthly increases, decreased $0.8 billion or 0.4 percent to $231.7 billion. This followed a virtually unchanged July increase.

Transportation equipment, down three of the last four months, drove the decrease, $0.9 billion or 1.1 percent to $79.9 billion.

Inventories

Inventories of manufactured durable goods in August, up two consecutive months, increased $0.5 billion or 0.1 percent to $383.7 billion. This followed a 0.4 percent July increase.

July’s 3.6 percent increase is a downward revision from an originally reported 4.4 percent.

Year-to-date orders are down 0.6 percent; year-to-date sales are down 0.9 percent.

Today’s results beat negative expectations, but a goose egg is nothing to brag about, especially with a big-prior-month revision.

Zero Hedge: “Core Durable Goods Orders Contract For 20th Straight Month – Longest Non-Recessionary Streak In US History.” This is durable goods less the volatile transportation category.

Looking ahead to tomorrow’s final second-quarter estimate for Gross Domestic Product, the consensus is apparently that it will come in at an annualized 1.3 percent, up from last month’s reported 1.1 percent.

Meanwhile the Atlanta Fed and Moody’s still think that the third quarter will come in at 2.8 percent. Sure it will, guys.

NFL Ratings Down Again in Week 3, and It Wasn’t Just the Monday Night Presidential Debate

Filed under: Business Moves — Tom @ 10:15 am

Since Monday night’s presidential debate muddied the comparative waters a bit, I’m not going to post in detail on the NFL’s week three ratings decline compared to last year, except to know that there was one, it was big, and not even the presence of the Dollas Cowboys in the Sunday Night game could stem the tide.

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (092816)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 8:40 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: This priest, martyred in a concentration camp, is now a blessed

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Würzburg, Germany:

Sep 26, 2016 / 02:29 pm

Fr. Engelmar Unzeitig, a priest of the Mariannhill Mission society who was interred in the Nazi’s Dachau concentration camp and has been recognized as a martyr, was beatified during a Mass on Saturday.

Bishop Friedhelm Hofmann of Würzburg said during his homily for the Sept. 24 Mass at the city’s cathedral that Fr. Unzeitig, known as the “Angel of Dachau”, brought the light of God’s goodness to the place where his presence “is least expected.”

Fr. Unzeitig lived under a “dehumanizing dictatorship,” Bishop Hofmann noted, saying, “we can learn from him not to subject ourselves to a dictatorship, even a dictatorship of opinions.”

The following day, before leading pilgrims to Rome in the Angelus, Pope Francis made note of the beatification, saying that “Killed in hatred of the faith” Fr. Unzeitig “opposed hatred with love, and answered ferocity answered with meekness. May his example help us to be witnesses of charity and hope even in the midst of tribulations.”

Fr. Unzeitig was born in what is now the Czech Republic in 1911, and he joined the seminary at the age of 18 and became a priest for the Mariannhill Mission Society, whose motto is: “If no one else will go: I will go!”

He was arrested by the Nazis in 1941, when he was only 30 years old and had been a priest but two years, serving in Germany and Austria.

His crime was having preached against the Third Reich from his pulpit, particularly against their treatment of the Jewish people. He encouraged his congregation to be faithful to God and to resist the lies of the Nazi regime.

As punishment, Fr. Unzeitig was sent to what has been called the “largest monastery in the world”: Dachau concentration camp, which became renowned for the number of ministers and priests within its walls.

The camp housed some 2,700 clergy, roughly 95 percent of whom were Catholic priests from Poland, making it one of the largest residences for priests in the history of the Church – hence the name.

While imprisoned at the camp, Father studied Russian in order to be able to help the influx of prisoners from Eastern Europe, and had a reputation at the camp as a holy man.

For several years, Fr. Unzeitig was able to remain in relatively stable health despite the poor treatment he received. However, when a wave of the often-fatal typhoid fever swept through the camp in 1945, he and 19 other priests volunteered to do what no one else wanted to – care for the sick and dying in the typhoid barracks, an almost-certain death sentence in and of itself. He and his companions spent their days bathing and caring for the sick, praying with them, and offering last rites.

Despite his bleak circumstances, Fr. Unzeitig found his hope and joy in his faith, as evidenced in letters to his sister from the camp …

Go here for the rest of the story.