June 14, 2018

Guest Tags Carlson As Racist, Won’t Discuss Md. Middle School Under MS-13 Siege

Filed under: Immigration,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:53 pm

Tucker Carlson attempted to interview Jose Aristimuno on his Tuesday Fox News program. The effort quickly degenerated into a shouting match. Carson asked his guest to comment on the frightening situation at William Wirt Middle School in Prince George’s County, Maryland. A grimly detailed Monday Washington Post investigative report described it as “a ticking time bomb” where MS-13 members have committed violent crimes, creating a pervasive climate of fear as school administrators engage in shocking denial. Rather than respond substantively, Aristimuno played the racism card.

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May 2018 Retail Sales: Up 0.8 Percent, Doubling Expectations; April Revised Up to 0.4 Pct. from +0.2 Pct. (UPDATES: 4.0 Pct. 2Q17 GDP Growth Looking Likely)

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:28 am

From the Census Bureau:

Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for May 2018, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $502.0 billion, an increase of 0.8 percent (±0.5 percent) from the previous month, and 5.9 percent (±0.5 percent) above May 2017. Total sales for the March 2018 through May 2018 period were up 5.2 percent (±0.5 percent) from the same period a year ago. The March 2018 to April 2018 percent change was revised from up 0.2 percent (±0.7 percent)* to up 0.4 percent (±0.2 percent).

Expectations were for a 0.4 percent increase, per Reuters.

Ex-autos and gas, May’s increase was 0.5 percent.

Increases in total retail sales during the past 9 months have totaled 5.2 points, which annualizes to almost 7 percent.

These are genuinely strong numbers.

The comprehensive revision of seasonal factors described last month resulted in a net increase of 0.3 percentage points from January 2017 to March 2018. Revisions to 2015 and 2016 resulted a net increase of 1.1 points — but there was no net adjustment to that two-year period’s final six months.

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UPDATE: Today’s stronger-than-expected May and upwardly revised April retail sales figures should lead to upward revisions of second-quarter economic growth estimates, which before this report were as follows —

UPDATE 2: CNBC reports that J.P. Morgan is now predicting 4.0 percent.

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (061418)

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.

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8:30 a.m.: People who should know better are framing the lowest level of food stamp enrollment in 8 years as some kind of accomplishment. It’s not; it’s a disgrace. enrollment is still 40.1 million, despite low unemployment and a pretty strong economy. The average in 2007, the last calendar year before the Pelosi-Obama-Reid economy’s recession driven by the Democrat policy-caused housing and mortgage-lending debacle, was 26.3 million, and was only 17 million at the turn of the century.

Enrollment has only dropped by 2.9 million since the end of 2016. By contrast, even though it was only about half of what it is now, average enrollment dropped by a combined 5.8 million in both 1997 and 1998.

Positivity: A teen tried to rape his friend’s mother at a sleepover — until she pulled a gun, police say

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

From Arlington, Tennessee (ignore the bogus statistical grandstanding in unexcerpted material at the link):

June 6, 2018

An 18-year-old, reportedly just out of high school, has been charged with trying to rape his friend’s mother during a sleepover in Tennessee.

Police said Jordan Corter and other “boys” showed up about 8:30 p.m. at the woman’s home in Arlington, outside Memphis. In an interview with WREG, one resident compared the leafy neighborhood to the fictional suburbia of Mayberry, where nothing goes wrong.

The mother, whose name police did not release, may have had a different intuition. About 10 minutes after her son’s friend arrived, a sheriff’s investigator wrote in an affidavit obtained by WREG, she collected all the alcohol in the house and locked herself in her bedroom.

She was “awaked at 0230 hours to Jordan Corter knocking on her bedroom door.”

The woman answered the door, thinking something was wrong. “Jordan forced himself into the bedroom and locked the door behind him,” she later told police.

She said he pushed her to the bed and put a hand down her shorts. In a subsequent interview, the affidavit continued, Corter wept and told police “he basically forced her to do something she didn’t want to do,” and “should not be forgiven.”

[An FBI agent did a back flip in a club, dropped his gun and accidentally shot someone, police say]

He allegedly tried to rape the woman, Fox 13 in Memphis reported, but she broke free, giving herself a black eye in the struggle. She told investigators she kneed Corter in the groin and got to a pistol she kept in the bedroom.

“Police said the woman then placed the gun in the man’s face and told him to leave,” Fox 13 reported.

According to the affidavit, the woman’s boss noticed her condition when she went to work the next day and persuaded her to phone the authorities.

Corter was subsequently arrested, charged with sexual battery and attempted rape and released on bail. He could not be contacted, and a spokesman for the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office told The Washington Post no details would be released while the case is investigated.

A man who answered the door at Corter’s house told WREG he had just graduated from high school and was “a good kid.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.