May 6, 2017

Press Finds New Use for ‘Unexpectedly’ in April Jobs Report, Nearly Ignores Large Full-Time Employment Gains

On Friday, the government reported that the economy added a seasonally adjusted 211,000 jobs, and that the unemployment rate dropped to a 10-year low of 4.4 percent. The day’s press coverage had three noticeable highlights. The first was the headline at the Associated Press’s coverage — “US JOBS DATA SHOW SOME SCARS FROM RECESSION FINALLY HEALING.” The second was the use of the word “unexpectedly” in connection with better-than-expected instead of worse-than-expected economic news. The third was the media’s collective failure to recognize huge full-time employment gains.

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Carlson Grills Obsessed Dem Strategist Who Believes Media Defeated Hillary Clinton

Democratic Party strategist Peter Daou is among the sorest of all the sore losers having a hard time handling Hillary Clinton’s November electoral loss to Donald Trump. He has been ranting for weeks on Twitter about how sexism hurt Mrs. Clinton, how “THE PLAYING FIELD … (was) TILTED AGAINST HER” (yes, the original was in all caps), and even that the media “helped Trump win.” Friday, he took his act to Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, where, as would be expected, Carlson made valid points, while Daou had nothing but tired excuses and spin.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (050617)

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: Science, compassion, adoption – why Mike Pence says ‘life is winning’ in America

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington:

May 4, 2017 / 06:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- “Life is winning in America,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence told attendees at a pro-life gala on Wednesday evening in Washington, D.C.

“Life is winning through the steady advance of so many areas of science” that provide a glimpse at the unborn baby in the womb, the vice president said, “through the generosity of millions of adoptive families,” and “through the compassionate caregivers and volunteers at crisis pregnancy centers and faith-based organizations, who minister to women in cities and towns across America.”

“Compassion is overcoming convenience, hope is defeating despair,” he said.

Pence delivered the keynote address at the 10th annual gala of the Susan B. Anthony List on May 3rd in Washington, D.C.

The pro-life group honored Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) with the Marilyn Musgrave Defender of Life Award, and Leonard Leo, the executive vice president of The Federalist Society, with the 2017 Distinguished Leader Award.

SBA List president Marjorie Dannenfelser, in a statement, praised Black’s “tireless efforts to investigate and defund Planned Parenthood, the nation’s #1 abortion business, and redirect their taxpayer dollars to real, comprehensive health care for women.”

Black sponsored a joint resolution, ultimately signed by President Trump, that nullified an Obama administration rule which pro-life leaders had called the President’s “parting gift to the abortion industry.” Black’s resolution allowed states to, once again, block clinics from receiving federal Title X grants if they performed abortions.

Vice President Pence had cast the tiebreaking vote in the U.S. Senate to ensure the passage of the resolution.

Leo, meanwhile, was credited for his work to help the Trump administration nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, a pick that pro-life leaders applauded.

SBA List highlighted Pence’s past pro-life record as a U.S. congressman and as governor of Indiana, sponsoring “more than two dozen pro-life bills in the U.S. House of Representatives” as well as signing pro-life legislation into law in his state.

He also became the first sitting vice president to address the March for Life, this past January. …

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