August 31, 2014

Terror-Supporting Islamist Finds ‘Humor’ in Saying ’9-11, 7-7, 3-11′ During Mic Check Before CNN Interview

When last seen in coverage at NewsBusters, Anjem Choudary was sparring with Sean Hannity while claiming that ISIS atrocities are a Western “falsehood” and that one day Islamic Sharia will be implemented “in the whole world one day.”

Before getting to his latest stunt on CNN’s Reliable Sources program with host Brian Stelter, it’s important to provide some context, simply because Choudary described at Wikipedia as a “Muslim social and political activist” has already said that “if you had a sense of humor, maybe you would have laughed” at how he conducted the mic check before his interview.

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Restricting ‘Choice’: California Dictates That Its Employers Cannot Refuse to Cover Elective Abortions

This “choice” thing with abortion is really the narrowest of one-way streets.

Seven robed men decided in 1973 that a woman has a “privacy” right to “choose” to take the life of a pre-born baby she is carrying, the God-given right to life of the baby be damned. But the radicals in Jerry Brown’s government in the State of California have now mandated that all employers in that state, even those with religious affiliations, do not have a choice as to whether they will cover abortions in their health plans. It’s funny, but certainly not in a humorous sense, how certain states’ attempts to limit the practice routinely make national news, while this blatantly coercive dictate by California has barely been noticed.

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Not News: Tens of Thousands of Illegal Immigrant ‘Children’ Dispersed Throughout U.S.

The “Office of Refugee Resettlement” in the government’s Department of Health and Human Services has released a county-by-county list of 29,890 unaccompanied children sent “to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members).” Year-to-date, the number, according to an HHS state-by-state list, is 37,477. This has occurred “while they await immigration proceedings.”

Now that they’re out in the general population, we’re still supposed to believe that the majority of these “children” (more on that later) will ultimately be deported. After all, that’s what White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on July 7, specifically:

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August 30, 2014

Arctic Ice Cap Expands by 41 Percent in Two Years; Al Gore Thought It Might Be Gone by Now

Ice, ice baby. That’s what they have a lot more of in the Arctic.

The UK Daily Mail, one of those British tabloids the left has despised going back to the Clinton administration and its paranoia about a right-wing media conspiracy, reports from authoritative sources — the kind the U.S. establishment press uses when it seems to support the hoax known as human-caused global warming — that the Arctic ice cap has expanded rapidly in the past two years. In doing so, it has made up all of what was lost between 2009 and 2012 with a slight margin to spare. Seven years ago, former Vice President and leading global warming false alarmist Al Gore predicted that “It could be completely gone.” Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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NYT: Here Come Those Government-Reimbursed ‘End-of-Life Talks’

In a Saturday evening story to appear on Page A1 in its Sunday print edition, Pam Belluck at the New York Times tells readers that “paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a comeback, and such sessions may be covered for the 50 million Americans on Medicare as early as next year.” This apparently blessed development is occurring “After Sarah Palin’s ‘death panel’ label killed efforts to include it in the Affordable Care Act in 2009.”

Belluck seems fairly pleased that “Bypassing the political process, private insurers have begun reimbursing doctors for these ‘advance care planning’ conversations as interest in them rises along with the number of aging Americans.” (But of course, “private insurers” have really become inside cronies in “the political process” since Obamacare’s passage; so their involvement may really prove that behind-the-scenes government pressure to reimburse those “services” is working.)

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Politico: Obama to Limit Campaigning to ‘States Where He’s Still Popular’; Make That ‘Less Unpopular’

A Friday afternoon dispatch at the Politico from Carrie Budoff Brown and Jennifer Epstein tells us that “The White House is putting the finishing touches on a post-Labor Day schedule that will send the president to states where he’s still popular.”

The list of states where the Politico pair alleges that’s the case is quite short: “Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Illinois and California.” That’s it. Obama, in a situation resembling that of Richard Nixon in the final months of his presidency, when “Tricky Dick” was mocked for being able to find friendly audiences in just a few Southern states, is apparently toxic everywhere else, just in time for midterm elections. Moreover, it didn’t take much research to show that the Politico’s pair’s claim Obama is “still popular” in most of those five states is either false or shaky — especially after considering that such polls are all too often overloaded with Democrat and liberal respondents.

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August 29, 2014

Establishment Press Late to Two Stories: Nidal Hasan Wants to Join ISIS, and the ISIS Southern Border Threat

If there is a terrorist attack on U.S. soil by ISIS, we had better hope that Fox News or New Media outlets don’t report it first. Because if they do, based on behavior seen in two stories during the past day, Americans who depend on the establishment press to deliver their news won’t find out for hours, if not longer.

The first story concerns news tonight from three different sources — Judicial Watch (HT National Review’s The Corner), Breitbart, and Fox News — is that “Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices.” The news is six hours old. As of 9:25 EDT, the Associated Press has nothing on these developments, not even the Obama administration’s heated denials. The New York Times also had nothing, not even in its “evening briefing.” The second concerns Nidal Hasan, the convicted 2009 Fort Hood mass mass murderer.

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NYT Op-Ed Goes After Richard Dawkins’ Down Syndrome Abortion Advocacy

Apparently, Richard Dawkins’ aggressive advocacy for aborting babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome and the potential damage it could inflict on the pro-abortion movement was too much for even the New York Times to handle.

On August 20, Matthew Balan at NewsBusters covered Dawkins’ vile position and his equally vile way of expressing it (“Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice”). Several NewsBusters commenters noted that the presence of Down Syndrome in pre-born babies can be and has been misdiagnosed in babies born perfectly healthy. In a Thursday New York Times op-ed published in Friday’s print edition, Jamie Edgin and Fabian Fernandez conveyed the results of studies finding that Dawkins’ assumption that families with a Down Syndrome child are predominantly miserable is (excuse the pun) dead wrong.

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Politico’s Gerstein: Obama’s ‘No Strategy’ Statement Just a ‘Misfire’

Politico’s Josh Gerstein was in top keister-covering mode last night in dealing with President Barack Obama’s latest stated indication that U.S. foreign policy is adrift.

To him, the President’s admission that “We don’t have a strategy yet” was just an “awkward choice of words” and an “inartful phrase.” (By the way, over six years after after one of Obama’s flaks first used it to defend the then-candidate’s flip-flop on DC’s strict gun ban, something he originally believed was constitutional until the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Heller decision, “inartful” is still not a recognized word. Yet its use continues to spread.) Excerpts from Gerstein’s grief-stricken groaner follow the jump (bolds and numbered tags are mine):

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Following Obama’s Lead, AP Story on Ukraine Avoids Describing Russian Actions As ‘Invasion’

On Thursday, an impatient Terry Moran at ABC News tweeted the following (HT Twitchy): “Say it: Russia has invaded Ukraine. Any other description is just weasel words.”

Clearly, both President Obama and the folks at the Associated Press, aka the Administration’s Press, haven’t been sympathetic to Moran’s plea, instead opting for “weasel words.” Obama, when directly asked if he “considered today’s escalation in Ukraine an invasion,” wouldn’t characterize it with that word. At AP, a trio of reporters — Dalton Bennett, Jim Heintz, and Raf Casert — also labored mightily to follow their president’s lead in avoiding the “I-word” in a late Thursday story (bolds are mine):

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August 28, 2014

AP Headline Describes 160 Syrian Soldiers Massacred by ISIS as ‘Dozens’

I struggle to come up with a reason, other than an irresponsible attempt to minimize the impact of the horror, why the headline at a Thursday evening Associated Press story by Zeina Karam and Ryan Lucas about “more than 160 Syrian government troops” massacred by ISIS is “JIHADISTS KILL DOZENS OF CAPTURED SYRIAN SOLDIERS.”

But that’s how the wire service is presenting it:

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‘Americans Could Die!’: Megyn Kelly Goes Off On Obama’s Friday Fundraising Plans

Wednesday night, Megyn Kelly, perhaps the best host on the air today at responding and adapting to new information, did a double-take when Fox News White House correspondent Ed Henry told her that President Obama would be traveling to Rhode Island on Friday for a Democratic Party fundraiser.

Having been so informed, she then made those plans the first topic of discussion with each of her next two guests: Marc Tiessen of the American Enterprise Institute and Democratic Pary strategist Penny Lee. Along the way, it because obvious that White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest’s claim that the administration has “a comprehensive strategy” for dealing with ISIS is a load of rubbish. Video and transcribed highlights follow the jump (HT Fox News Insider via The Blaze and Mediaite):

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AP Relays Left’s Charges That Health Insurace Cos. Still Discriminate in Coverage

The Golden Age of Obamacare has apparently not led to the Golden Age of access to medical care anywhere, any time its promoters promised. Thanks to non-payments, the true enrollment numbers aren’t what we’ve been told. The networks patients can access — approved by government regulators — are often highly restricted. Sky-high-deductibles are present in most Obamacare plans before any kind of reimbursed coverage kicks in. Finally, since this is for the time being a country where people usually can’t be forced to provide money-losing service, many doctors are refusing to see Obamacare-”covered” patients.

Since things aren’t working out as wonderfully as planned, the left and the Obama administration are on the prowl for scapegoats. The easiest targets are the insurance companies, some of whom foolishly thought that being on the Obamacare team would buy them immunity. According to a Wednesday Associated Press story by Tom Murphy, they’re being charged with chasing sick people away — even though it appears, from a sentence eight paragraphs into the dispatch, that it’s not financially advantageous for them to keep such patients out (bolds and numbered rage are mine):

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2Q14 GDP, 1st Revision (082814): An Annualized 4.2%, Up From 4.0%

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:05 am

Predictions: They’re barely exist. As of 6:30, I couldn’t find one that was specific. Early Monday, in a rundown on the upcoming week’s reports, I found a Bloomberg prediction of 3.9 percent, down only slight from the initial 4.0 percent. An article this morning at Bloomberg containing mentions of upcoming reports doesn’t even mention GDP. This AP dispatch, which will be revised when the data comes out, carries no prediction. UPDATE: Business Insider has 3.9%.

Things have been awfully quiet since that 4.0 percent initial report in late July. That could either be because nothing has happened which would cause one to expect a revision, or that there are expected downward revisions that haven’t been disclosed. It probably doesn’t indicate any realistic chance of a significant write-up.

We’ll see here at 8:30.

HERE IT IS: It went up, but not significantly —

Real gross domestic product — the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States — increased at an annual rate of 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2014, according to the “second” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP decreased 2.1 percent.

… The increase in real GDP in the second quarter primarily reflected positive contributions from personal consumption expenditures (PCE), private inventory investment, exports, nonresidential fixed investment, state and local government spending, and residential fixed investment. Imports, which are a subtraction in the calculation of GDP, increased.

Here is how things changed from the original estimate:

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There was more fixed investment, the inventory increase shrunk, and net imports were less of a drag.

This beats expectations, and isn’t bad. But we need about 10 more quarters like to this to make up the $2 trillion GDP vs. historical trend gap the Obama bare-recovery has created.

Initial Unemployment Claims: 298K SA; Raw Claims 9% Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:03 am

Prediction: Bloomberg predicts 300,000 seasonally adjusted claims, up a bit from last week’s 298,000.

Seasonal Adjustment Factors:

  • Week ended August 23, 2014 — 83.4
  • Week ended August 24, 2013 — 83.2

Raw Claims:

  • Week ended August 16, 2014 — 248,759 (before likely revision)
  • Week ended August 24, 2013 — 279,803

For today’s report to come in at 300K or below, raw claims will need to be 250K or below (250K divided by .834 is 300K, rounded. That looks like an even bet to occur.

We’ll see what happens here at 8:30. I’ll cover it after I look at the GDP report which is coming out at the same time.

HERE IT IS:

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 23, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 298,000, a decrease of 1,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 298,000 to 299,000. The 4-week moving average was 299,750, a decrease of 1,250 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 300,750 to 301,000.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 248,622 in the week ending August 23, a decrease of 841 (or -0.3 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected no change from the previous week. There were 279,803 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

The result is in line with expectations. We’ll have to wait a week to see if these low claims numbers translate into a lower unemployment rate.