March 31, 2018

AP: Dem ‘#MeToo’ House Member Who Paid Off Harassing, Violent Chief of Staff Is in ‘Awkward Position’

A Democratic House member has, by her own admission, failed to protect female staff members who said they were harassed and treated violently by her former chief of staff. Congressman Elizabeth Esty has also admitted that she gave the chief of staff a $5,000 payoff when he left, along with a favorable job recommendation. In her Friday evening report on the situation, the Associated Press’s Susan Haigh played defense — for Esty, describing her as “an outspoken advocate for the #MeToo movement” who is now in an “awkward position.” Haigh also tried to help her salvage her political career by describing her outreach to groups involved with “issues affecting women” when she knew the news was about to go public.

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Media Virtually Ignores Hundreds of Sheriffs Demanding Tightened Border Security

Filed under: Immigration,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 2:35 pm

On March 21, The National Sheriffs Associated released a letter signed by 380 of its members demanding that Congress pass legislation “tightening border security” and “support(ing) the replacement and upgrades to current barriers and fencing and construction of barriers along the U.S. and Mexico international boundary.” The press has virtually ignored this effort.

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NPR Journalist and Catholic University Grad Botches Description of Easter

Filed under: MSM Biz/Other Bias — Tom @ 12:08 pm

In an example of stunning ignorance exhibited by an experienced journalist, an NPR reporter told readers Friday that Easter is “the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere at all, but rather arose into heaven.” Good grief.

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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (033118)

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: Son shoots robber to protect mom

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Fulton County, Georgia (video at link; HT Bearing Arms):

POSTED: MAR 13 2018 09:38PM EDT
VIDEO POSTED: MAR 13 2018 05:35PM EDT

A Fulton County woman came face to face with an armed robber Thursday afternoon.

“I was taking my grandson to doctor’s appointment and had one foot in the car when suddenly a car was blocking my driveway,” the woman said.

The woman doesn’t want to be identified but told FOX 5 News, the driver immediately got out and rushed to her.

“He said ‘Whose car is this? Give me the keys,” the woman said.

Fulton County Police have identified the robber as Trystan Delk.

“I started screaming so loud that my son who was inside at the time heard me and came out to help,” the woman said.

Police said the woman’s son fired shots at Delk, hitting him multiple times.

“He still managed to drive himself to a nearby fire station where he tried to play the victim,” the woman said. “He told them that he was the victim of an interstate shooting.”

The woman said shortly after police put two and two together. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

March 30, 2018

CNN’s Toobin: Accusations Against FBI Are Mostly ‘Lunatic Conspiracy Theories’

On Thursday, shortly after Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that he would not appoint a second special counsel, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin agreed with the decision, claiming that “as far as I could tell, most of the accusations against the FBI are lunatic conspiracy theories.” That would lead one to question why Toobin didn’t complain about having an inspector general and federal prosecutor John Huber look into these matters. The fact is that there is enough evidence of a conspiracy and coverup to justify some form of inquiry — and Toobin, in his heart of hearts, should know that.

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Initial Unemployment Claims: As a Percentage of the Workforce, the Lowest on Record

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:00 pm

Thursday’s initial unemployment claims release from the Department of Labor reported that seasonally adjusted claims for the week ended March 24 came in at 215,000.

DOL dutifully tells us that’s the lowest absolute figure since 214,000 reported for the week ended January 27, 1973. To find an even lower weekly figure since weekly claims reporting began in 1967, one has to go all the way back to December 6, 1969.

The lowest seasonally adjusted weekly figure on record is 162,000 during the week ended November 30, 1968.

Though unDOL first began reporting on the size of the covered workforce eligible for unemployment benefits if laid off or let go without cause in 1971. From then until the end of 1973, the covered workforce ranged from 50 million to 62 million.

Thursday’s figure of 215,000 is 0.152 percent of the current covered workforce of 141 million. Even if the covered workforce was 50 million during that lowest-ever week in 1968 (it was probably lower), that would work out to 0.32 percent of the workforce.

Thursday’s seasonally adjusted result for weekly claims was the lowest percentage of the workforce ever.

Funny how no one’s noticed that.

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (033018)

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: Good Friday Gospel

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From The Gospel of Matthew 27:35-37, 45-53:

And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, They parted my garments among them, and upon my vesture did they cast lots. And sitting down they watched him there; And set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS.

Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Some of them that stood there, when they heard that, said, This man calleth for Elias. And straightway one of them ran, and took a spunge, and filled it with vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink.

The rest said, Let be, let us see whether Elias will come to save him. Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.

Cathy Areu to Fox’s Carlson: Let’s Allow Immigrants and Foreigners to Vote

The Trump presidency has driven many leftists to expose their true beliefs — radical, loony, or both. Cathy Areu was quite a bit of both in her appearance on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show Thursday evening, as she advocated non-citizen voting, “contributing” foreigners voting and resident foreign diplomats voting, and even cross-U.S. state voting.

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March 29, 2018

Boston Globe Fails to Tag Scandal-Plagued State Senate Leader As a Dem

The Boston Globe has published at least three reports about Bryon Hefner, the husband of now-former Massachusetts State Senate President Stanley Rosenberg, culminating today in coverage of Hefner’s indictment on “multiple charges of sexual assault, criminal lewdness, and distributing nude photographs without consent.” None of the stories reviewed directly tagged Rosenberg as a Democrat.

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Time Gives Jeff Sessions the OJ Simpson Photo Treatment

In June 1994, a Time Magazine cover photo of O.J. Simpson after his arrest generated heated controversy because his photo had been significantly darkened. The magazine’s latest issue treats Jeff Sessions similarly, even though the Trump administration’s Attorney General hasn’t been accused of murdering anybody or credibly accused of any crime.

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AP January Fact Check: ‘Where’s Trump’s 3 Percent Growth?’ Wednesday’s Answer: ‘Right Here’

In January, the government released its first estimate of fourth-quarter 2017 economic growth, reporting that the economy’s gross domestic product grew at an annualized 2.6 percent. In short order, the Associated Press’s Christopher Rugaber and Calvin Woodward published a snotty “Fact Check” (“So where is Trump’s 3 percent growth?”) ridiculing that result.

Wednesday’s third estimate of fourth-quarter GDP growth came in at 2.9 percent, bringing the average during Trump’s first three full quarters in office to just over 3 percent. To answer the AP reporters’ question: It’s right there under your noses. Naturally, the wire service hasn’t yet recognized that its January taunt was erroneous and premature.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (032918)

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: Meet the good guy with a gun who stopped a mass shooting at Nashville-area church

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From one of the original stories about the heroics of Robert Engle, who received the Congressional Medal of Honor (HT Weasel Zippers) on March 23:

Sep 25, 2017 3:02 pm

Robert Caleb Engle is just 22 years old, but his life changed forever on Sunday.

What happened?

While Engle was sitting inside the sanctuary of Burnette Chapel Church of Christ in Antioch, Tennessee, Sunday morning, 25-year-old Emanuel Kidega Samson stormed inside and began shooting people. Samson had already murdered a woman in the church parking lot before bursting inside.

That’s when Engle sprung into action and “physically engaged” Samson, according to authorities. After a “significant struggle” ensued, Samson laid injured from a single gunshot from his own firearm to the chest and Engle was injured from being pistol-whipped.

But that didn’t stop Engle. He raced to his car and retrieved a firearm so he could protect the church and its congregation from Samson before authorities arrived. He later had to go to the hospital for injuries sustained when he was pistol-whipped.

Who is Engle?

According to Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson, Engle is a “hero.”

“He’s the hero. He’s the person who stopped this madness,” Anderson said Sunday.

Engle’s friend, Blake Langford, echoed Anderson, according to the Tennessean: “He’s just a great guy. Just one of the kindest human beings you’ll ever meet.”

Engle has attended the church since he was a kid. According to posts on his Facebook page, Engle loves his family and his faith. He is also a strong supporter of the Second Amendment and has a license to carry concealed firearms, police said.

What did Engle have to say about it?

In a statement, Engle said he did not want to be called a hero and that he just hoped people would come to know Jesus through the incident …

Go here for the rest of the story.