June 2, 2018

AP on Record-Low Black Jobless Rate: Employers Are ‘Taking Chances’ on the ‘Previously Ignored’

In his coverage of Friday morning’s stellar jobs report, the Associated Press’s Chris Rugaber came up with a couple of doozies aimed at curbing readers’ enthusiasm. The AP economics writer half-expected that employers would rein in their hiring over confrontational rhetoric President Donald Trump and other foreign leaders have recently engaged in over trade and tariffs. He also implausibly framed the record-low black unemployment rate of 5.9 percent merely as evidence that employers are just now finally “taking chances” with potential workers “they had previously ignored.”


Byron York: Key Claims in December NY Times Trump-Russia-Papadopoulos Story Are False

Friday evening, Fox News’s Martha MacCallum interviewed Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York. In that interview’s second half, the pair discussed new information which contradicts key contentions about “How the (Trump)-Russia inquiry began” made in a December New York Times story. That story claimed that the investigation began as a result of a May 2016 “heavy drinking” meeting between low-level Donald Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and Alexander Downer, Australia’s top diplomat in Great Britain.


Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (060218)

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: Family wants to thank man who rescued little girl at Avila Beach

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Avila Beach, California:

Posted: May 31, 2018 7:33 PM EDT
Updated: May 31, 2018 11:26 PM EDT

A mother is searching for a man who saved her daughter from drowning at Avila Beach over the weekend.

The woman says when it all happened, she went into shock and didn’t even have a chance to thank the man for pulling her four-year-old to safety.

Now, she’s hoping to meet him and thank him for being a hero.

Maria Camacho and her family were visiting Avila Beach for Memorial Day. She says everything was good until she looked away for a split second.

“I go and see my husband holding a little girl, he puts her on the floor and starts doing chest compressions,” she explained.

Maria said she initially had no idea who the little girl was. She just knew someone needed her help and as a trained lifeguard, she raced over.

“That’s when I realized, that’s my daughter! I couldn’t tell it was her because she was full of foam and she was purple already,” Maria explained.

She said her husband gave their daughter chest compressions, eventually making the water came out.

“She became conscious and I just grabbed her and didn’t want to let her go anymore,” she added.

Maria said she doesn’t know exactly how it all happened; she just remembers a man telling her how he went into the water and rescued her baby girl.

“He was trying to tell me but I was in shock. I could only hear something about him fishing and he saw a body floating and so he went in to go get her,” Maria explained.

The family rushed the little girl to the emergency room where she spent the night.

Today she is doing well, even enjoyed an ice cream her father promised her while in the hospital. …

Go here for the rest of the story.