October 8, 2015

Cass Sunstein’s ‘Just Embarrassing’ Revisionist Second Amendment History

Did you know that the “The Gun Lobby Rewrote the Second Amendment”?

No, really. Even though not a single word contained in that amendment has changed in over 220 years, you should believe it because former Obama administration official Cass Sunstein said so at Bloomberg View on Wednesday.



Initial Unemployment Claims (100815); 263K SA; Raw Claims (228K) 12 Pct. Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:38 am

From the Department of Labor:


In the week ending October 3, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 263,000, a decrease of 13,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised down by 1,000 from 277,000 to 276,000. The 4-week moving average was 267,500, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised down by 250 from 270,750 to 270,500.


The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 227,659 in the week ending October 3, an increase of 12,543 (or 5.8 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 24,608 (or 11.4 percent) from the previous week. There were 257,545 initial claims in the comparable week in 2014.

So far, initial claims aren’t showing any evidence of picking up. This situation combined with the clear slowdown in net hiring seen in the past two months’ employment reports (especially in the raw data) tells us that employers are in wait-and-see mode — largely sticking with the people they have and not taking on as many new employees as they were previously.


Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100815)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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: Here’s what it was like when Pope Francis visited the homeless in DC

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Washington:

Oct 6, 2015 / 12:16 am

Pope Francis’ visit to homeless men and women in Washington, D.C., was “life-changing,” said the head of Catholic Charities in the nation’s capital.

He added that many of those who met the Pope described the event as validating their dignity and showing them the presence of God.

Along with every major speech to a political body during his U.S. visit, Pope Francis also paid a visit to the poor or vulnerable, noted Monsignor John Enzler, CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., who hosted Pope Francis.

This was “a juxtaposition of, if you will, power and richness and big voice and money and prestige versus no voice, no money, no prestige, powerless,” he told CNA.

Yet the Pope treated both audiences “exactly the same,” and he even “seemed to be more engaged with those who did not have than with those who did.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 7, 2015

Update: ESPN’s Ratings Down 9 Percent in Prime Time in Third Quarter

In a September 23 post (“Impending Layoffs at ESPN Aren’t Only About the ‘Media Landscape’”), I argued that ESPN’s impending decision to lay off hundreds of employees is at least partially due to its determination to stuff political correctness down viewers’ throats.

I noted that the network’s ratings suffered a nearly 30 percent decline from August 2014 to August 2015 — a sea change which begged for an explanation beyond cable industry turmoil. A commenter observed that the network’s ratings were up during a recent week in September, so I said I would look at ratings for entire third quarter when they became available. ESPN’s primetime audience loss spread over the entire quarter was over 9 percent — a result nowhere near as awful as August alone, but certainly nothing to crow about:



AP Taylor Touts ‘Improved’ Fiscal 2015 Deficit, Ignores Record Taxes, Spending

Over at the Associated Press, Andrew Taylor, contrary to the wire service’s usual practice, referenced a pre-official Congressional Budget Office report to tout the federal government’s “improved” budget deficit. The CBO estimates that the deficit, which won’t become official until the Treasury Department releases its final Monthly Treasury Statement of the fiscal year in the next week or two, will come in at $435 billion.

Predictably, Taylor didn’t disclose three facts he could easily have relayed in his brief report’s available space, instead choosing to create artificial drama over deadlines which are three weeks and two months away, respectively:



Press Ignoring Unsettling News For Global Warming’s True Believers

On Saturday, conservative Australian columnist Miranda Devine revealed that an Australian engineer claims to have “fixed two errors” in “the basic climate model which underpins all climate science.”

The person making this claim was a “climate modeller for the Government’s Australian Greenhouse Office,” and has “six degrees in applied mathematics.” What he found is that “the new corrected model finds the climate’s sensitivity to carbon dioxide (CO2) is much lower than was thought.” While some U.S. blogs have begun to relay the news (examples here, here and here), the nation’s establishment press is ignoring it.



Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100715)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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: Roseburg grandma’s gun shop gives all profits to homeless charity

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Roseburg, Oregon:

10:17 a.m. PDT October 5, 2015

While the killing power of firearms is inevitably the focus in the wake of tragedies such as the mass shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College, 86-year-old Carolyn Kellim is living proof that, in the right hands, guns also can contribute to acts of kindness.

Kellim is a white-haired grandmother who runs KC’s Exchange gun shop out of her home in a quiet residential neighborhood in Roseburg, Oregon.

But she donates all the profits from her business to Casa de Belen, a local charity that provides transitional housing for homeless families with adolescents and homeless teens.

“I’m doing the best I can to make as much money as I can to give to a charity that works with kids and families,” Kellim told NBC News, standing behind the counter in her one-room shop crammed with rifles, handguns, ammunition and hunting accessories.

“That’s so important in today’s world. We have to take care of people that have had a bad luck stroke.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 6, 2015

AP’s Borenstein Uses Tortured ‘Analysis’ to Estimate ‘Likely’ Deaths From VW’s Emissions Cheat

A story by Seth Borenstein at the Associated Press (“AP ANALYSIS: VW EVASION LIKELY LED TO DOZENS OF DEATHS”), originally published on Saturday but currently carrying a Monday morning time stamp, claims that “Volkswagen’s pollution-control chicanery” has been responsible for “killing between five and 20 people in the United States annually in recent years.” Those results, based on an AP “statistical and computer analysis,” “cleverly” recast the effort’s raw results of “somewhere between 16 and 94 deaths over seven years.”

Given how poorly supposedly sacrosanct computer models have done in predicting “global warming” trends, and how gullible journalists, especially Borenstein, have been all these years about them, it seemed quite wise to treat his VW “analysis” with caution. In an op-ed at Investor’s Business Daily yesterday, Michael Fumento has demonstrated that such skepticism was warranted, and that the outrage over VW’s ruse, though wholly justified, is wildly out of proportion to the damage it has done.



NewsBusted (100615)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:15 am

Here we go:

– Government Corruption
– Joe Biden
– Lying Teenagers
– Hillary Clinton
– Facebook
– The Kardashians

Best Lines:

  • “A possible presidential campaign by Vice President Joe Biden now enjoys 90 percent support — among television comedy writers.”
  • “According to a new study, the average teenager lies five times in a day — or as Hillary Clinton calls them, amateurs.”
  • “There’s more bad news for Hillary Clinton. Facebook is adding a ‘Dislike’ button.”
  • “The National Enquirer is reporting that the Kardashian family is falling apart. But unfortunately, they’re not going away.”

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (100615)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 6:05 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: Hero doctor performs ‘MacGyver’ rescue of asthmatic child mid-flight

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From the skies over the Atlantic Ocean:

September 29, 2015

The asthmatic toddler was having a hard time breathing and without his medications — trapped on a transatlantic flight from Spain to the U.S.

That’s when Dr. Khurshid Guru, director of Robotic Surgery at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute, sprang into action, fashioning a makeshift nebulizer to deliver oxygen and asthma meds to the toddler, saving his life.

The New York doctor made his “MacGyver” device with an odd assortment of items he scrounged aboard the Air Canada flight: a plastic water bottle, a cup, oxygen mask and a small oxygen tank.

The 2-year-old boy was having trouble breathing and his parents told the physician they had put his asthma medication in checked luggage, according to ABC news.

“The child had developed a cold,” Guru told the station. “We were three or four hours into the flight. I think the cold and popping of the ears and crying… He got worse.”

As the young boy’s oxygen level dropped dangerously — 87 or 88 percent — Guru faced a dilemma, there was only an adult inhaler on the plane. That’s when the robotic expert fashioned his improvised device, which delivered lifesaving oxygen and medication to the child.

To create the nebulizer, the surgeon cut up a water bottle and added oxygen to one end and the adult inhaler through a small hole in the bottle. That way the oxygen and medication could be delivered through the bottle’s opening directly to the child.

“As the bottle went near to the child’s face, he pushed it away,” Guru reported to ABC. “I got a water cup and made a hole in the bottle and focused it to his face… told [the parents] to keep it there. Within about half an hour and two treatments he was sounding much better,” and his oxygen level was at 94 or 95 percent. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

October 5, 2015

Not News: Obama’s Planned Visit to Roseburg, Ore. ‘Not Welcome’ There

Items found at the Associated Press, the New York Times and the Washington Post, in reporting that President Obama plans to visit Roseburg, Oregon later this week, have all failed to report that community leaders have said that his visit is not welcome.

The 4:10 p.m. PT (7:10 PM ET) entry at a running timeline at AP announced that “Barack Obama will travel to Oregon this week to visit privately with families of the victims of last week’s shooting at a community college.” None of the four previous items in the timeline as of 9:00 PM ET tonight (saved here for future reference) mentions that town leaders, who believe they are appropriately expressing the community’s sentiments, would prefer that he stay away.



Salon Writer Calls Michelle Malkin a ‘Right-Wing Rage Monkey’

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Activism,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 3:57 pm

Poor Gary Legum at Salon.com. How dare supporters of the right to keep and bear arms as clearly defined in the Constitution’s Second Amendment push back against the gun control movement’s cynical exploitation of Thursday’s Roseburg, Oregon massacre?

Legum is outraged that “The right tells us (again) to ignore the elephant in the room.” He must mean the fact that the area in question at Umpqua Community College was a “posted” gun-free zone with only unarmed security guards, right? Of course not. Legum is upset over Americans’ “irrational attachment … to weaponry” — so upset that he descended into profanity and name-calling that would likely end his career forever if he were a right-wing commentator.