September 10, 2014

Kirsten Powers Defends O’Reilly Against State Dept.’s Sexism Police

In recent days, the State Department has tried to paint Fox News’s Bill O’Reilly as a sexist monster because he characterized Jen Psaki as “out of her depth.” O’Reilly’s criticism has a great deal to do with how Ms. Psaki often appears to be, well, out of her depth. The other member of the non-dynamic duo then pounced. Marie Harf claimed that O’Reilly used “sexist, personally offensive language that I actually don’t think (he) would ever use about a man.”

O’Reilly recently defended himself quite well; that video is at the end of this post. On Tuesday, liberal Fox News contributor Kirsten Powers also weighed in. Her USA Today column asserted that O’Reilly “does not discriminate when it comes to expressing tough judgments,” and that Harf’s sexist accusation was “so irresponsible.” Excerpts follow the jump (links are in original; bolds are mine):



Latest PJ Media Column (‘Lowering the Bar’) Is Up

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:14 pm

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Friday morning (link won’t work until then) after blackout expires.

The column is a reaction to Moody’s economist Mark Zandi’s contention in the ADP jobs report conference call on Thursday, September 4 that “full employment” should now be defined as 5.5 percent unemployment.


Politico: N.Y. Governor Cuomo Has an ‘At-times Centrist Governing Style’

The Politico’s email Tuesday night announcing incumbent Andrew Cuomo’s primary victory in New York over a far-left opponent described the incumbent Democratic governor as having an “at-times centrist governing style.”

Surely that nonsense wouldn’t make it into the online publication’s actual story, I thought. But of course, it did. This about a governor who has openly advocated confiscating guns, and who has said that “extreme conservatives” who believe in the sanctity of life and understand the Second Amendment’s clear meaning “have no place in the State of New York.” Excerpts from Elizabeth Titus’s travesty follow the jump (bolds are mine):



NewsBusted (090914)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 7:50 am

Here we go:

– President Obama
– Andrew Cuomo
– Bill Clinton
– Senator Mary Landrieu
– Vice President Joe Biden
– Detroit Bankruptcy Trial
– Nude Celebrity Photos

Best Line:

  • “President Obama said ISIS must be destroyed, but then he said it can become a manageable problem. When asked if he;s sending mixed messages, the President said, ‘Yes, and no.’”
  • “New York Governor Andrew Cuomo told reporters that debates can be a disservice to democracy. Yes, Cuomo would much rather voters pick their candidates the old-fashioned way — by just voting for a familiar last name.”
  • “Former President Bill Clinton was in New Orleans Saturday campaigning for Senator Mary Landrieu. The two Democrats have a lot in common. For example, Clinton doesn’t live in Louisiana either.”

Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (091014)

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: Francis’ letter to Cubans — Imitate Mary’s joy, haste, perseverance

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Santiago de Cuba, Cuba:

Sep 7, 2014 / 10:00 pm

Marking the feast of the patroness of Cuba, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, Pope Francis on Monday sent a letter to Archbishop Dionisio Garcia Ibanez of Santiago encouraging the faithful of the island country to remain steadfast in their devotion to the Virgin Mary.

The Pope remarked particularly on three virtues that are seen in the account of Mary found in the Gospels: her joy, seen when she conceived Christ; her service, seen in her haste to aid her elderly cousin; and her perseverance, seen in her dedication to her son throughout her life. Pope Francis invited both the pastors and the faithful of Cuba to imitate these Marian virtues.

The Sept. 8 letter marks the Feast of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre, which is shared with the Nativity of Mary. Her statue is kept at the Basilica del Cobre, near to Santiago.

A statue of Our Lady of Charity was enthoned at the Vatican Gardens last month; it had been brought to the Holy See in 2008, at which time Benedict XVI had blessed it.

The original statue was discovered in 1612 by three fishermen during a storm in Nipe bay. In 1916, Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre was declared Patroness of Cuba by Benedict XV, and in 1998 St. John Paul II crowned her Mother of the Reconciliation of Cuba. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

September 9, 2014

Some ‘Compromise’: HHS Still Trying to Force Contraception Mandate on Little Sisters

On August 22 — a Friday, of course — the Obama administration’s Department of Health and Human Services issued a brand-new version of the Obamacare contraception mandate supposedly “accommodating” organizations with religious belief-based objections to providing such coverage.

The new version is a facile variant of the subterfuge the Obama administration failed to slide by the Court in the recent Hobby Lobby case. It now says that organizations which oppose providing their employees abortifacient contraceptive coverage can notify the government of their objections; previously, objectors informed their insurers. The government will then tell the insurance companies to pay any claims involved. Anyone can see that nothing has substantively changed, and that affected employers are still associating themselves with practices they believe are abhorrent. Nevertheless, CNBC’s Dan (“Obama-who-cares“) Mangan described the administration’s move as a “compromise.”



CNBC’s Mangan Spins Bad-News Obamacare Poll Into ‘Obama-Who-Cares’

CNBC’s Dan Mangan, last seen at NewsBusters claiming that the American people want politicians to just “shut up about Obamacare,” is out with a column today reacting to the Kaiser Family Foundation’s latest Affordable Care Act-related polling effort.

Sarah Ferris at the Hill also reviewed the poll, and has two primary messages for readers. First, “support for ObamaCare continues to fall.” Second, “Healthcare remains one of the most important issues in midterm elections, ranking only behind the economy and jobs as voters’ top issue.” To be clear “the economy and jobs” is considered one issue. So it’s really pathetic how Mangan twisted the same poll Ferris covered (bolds are mine):



In 4-1/2 Years, 10 Million Private-Sector Jobs — and 7 Million More on Food Stamps

The press is good at putting the most positive spin possible on the monthly job-market news. But at the same time, many of its members still claim that food stamp enrollment remains as high as it is because of the lingering effects of the (Bush did it) recession.

On Friday, following the release of August’s employment numbers, Obama administration Labor Secretary Tom Perez celebrated how “businesses have added more than 10 million jobs over the last four and a half years,” and have done so for “54 consecutive months of private-sector job growth, the longest streak on record.” All true, though average job growth during that time has resembled an underperforming baseball player who somehow manages to go 1-for-5 or barely better every day. Meanwhile, food stamp enrollment has increased by 6.8 million.



NewsBusted (090514)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 8:01 am

Continuing the catch-up campaign, here goes:

– Race Relations
– President Obama
– Mexicans
– Senate Races
– CNN Layoffs
– IQ Scores
– Obama Marriage
– Fidel Castro
– NBC TV Series “Bad Judge”

Best Lines:

  • “Recent polling indicates that only 10 percent of Americans believe race relations have improved under President Obama. And pollsters believe that many of these 10 percent were being sarcastic.”
  • “Speaking of polling, a new survey shows that 34 percent of Mexicans want to move to the United States. As for the other 66 percent … they’re already here.”
  • “President Obama will not be visiting at least four states with tight Senate races during the upcoming campaign season — which means the President will have to restrict his travel to the other 53 states.”

Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (090914)

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: RIP, Truett Cathy

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From the obituary:

Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy died Monday

S. Truett Cathy, who turned a humble hometown restaurant featuring a boneless fried chicken sandwich into the Chick-fil-A juggernaut, died Monday at 1:35 a.m. He was 93.

Cathy, who died at home surrounded by loved ones, was known as much for his Christian principles — Chick-fil-A’s are closed on Sundays — as he was for his business acumen. He lived long enough to see his company rise from a local grill to the No. 1 U.S. chicken chain this year.

… Cathy began tinkering with boneless chicken at his hamburger haven, the Dwarf Grill (now Dwarf House) in Hapeville, which opened in 1946 largely to serve nearby Ford plant workers. He spent four years devising the ingredients for his famous sandwich, which he began selling in 1961 before the ultimate formula was settled.

The motorcycle-riding, God-fearing Cathy resisted the temptation to take the company public. He was afraid a board of directors would unload him for not maximizing profits. And he wanted free rein on charitable ventures, which included sponsoring foster homes, summer camps and academic programs.

Cathy also didn’t want to change his policy of closing on Sundays. That started when he drew the shades at the Dwarf Grill once a week to preserve time for courting the woman he would marry.

“If it took seven days to make a living with a restaurant,” he once said, “then we needed to be in some other line of work.”

It is a policy embraced by his children — Dan, Don “Bubba” Cathy and Trudy Cathy — and is being passed to his grandchildren.

Former President Jimmy Carter, a Cathy friend, described the restaurateur’s faith: “In every facet of his life, Truett Cathy has exemplified the finest aspects of his Christian faith… . By his example, he has been a blessing to countless people,” Carter said in a statement. “We are fortunate to be among those whose lives he has touched.”

Named after preacher-evangelist George W. Truett, Samuel Truett Cathy was born on March 14, 1921, sixth in a family of seven children.

His dad was a struggling insurance salesman. The family made ends meet with Mom renting out beds at their modest home on Oak Street. Her work ethic was such that Cathy claimed the first time he saw her eyes closed was when she lay in a casket.

He got this start in the food business at 8, with her help. He erected a Coke stand in the front yard and chilled the bottles with frozen chunks of ice bought from an ice man who came by on a horse-drawn carriage. He would buy a six-pack of “Co’colas,” as he called them, for a quarter and sold them for 5 cents each, netting him a nickle for every six-pack. He was at the time a poor boy wearing shoes stuffed with cardboard, according to his book, “Eat Mor Chikin: Inspire More People.”

Winters, when demand for a frosty soft drink waned, he switched to magazine subscriptions.

He served in World War II and came home to build, with his brother, Ben, the Dwarf Grill between the Ford plant and Candler field, which became Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Cathy continued running the restaurant, named for its petite size, after Ben’s untimely death and began experimenting with the “chicken steak” sandwich that has become the chain’s beloved hallmark.

He was an early entrant into newfangled shopping centers called malls, and opened his first free-standing restaurant in 1986 on North Druid Hills Road. The rest is Chik-fil-A history.

He made no bones about structuring his operation around biblical principles. Monday mornings at corporate offices begin with optional devotionals.

“I see no conflict whatsoever between Christianity and good business practices,” he said in 2006. “People say you can’t mix business with religion. I say there’s no other way.”

“People appreciate you being consistent with your faith,” he told an AJC reporter . “It’s a silent witness to the Lord when people go into shopping malls, and everyone is bustling, and you see that Chick-fil-A is closed.”

In later years, Cathy shifted his energies to charity — mainly foster homes and home for abused and neglected children. And he launched the WinShape scholarship program at Berry College, mostly bestowed to young Chick-fil-A employees.

The family torch has been passed to a second generation of Cathys. In early 2006, grandson Andrew Cathy began operating a franchise in St. Petersburg, Fla.

At the grand opening, the family and business patriarch said, “It was the best day of my career.” He expressed the wish that his other grandkids would carry on his vision.

“I feel confident they will make it work for the next generation,” said Cathy, 84 at the time. “I’m not going to be around forever.”

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jeannette McNeil Cathy; sons Dan T. and Don “Bubba” Cathy; daughter Trudy Cathy White; 19 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

Chick-fil-A said the public will be able to pay respects to Cathy at two public viewings and a public funeral service. The times and dates for those events have not be finalized.

In lieu of flowers, the family asked that donations be made to the WinShape Foundation, which was founded in 1984. Donations can be sent to: WinShape Foundation, 5200 Buffington Road, Atlanta, GA, 30349.

Go here for the full story.

September 8, 2014

AP Howler: ‘Job Market Has Improved by Pretty Much Every Gauge Except Pay’

The Obama administration-prepared koolaid delivered to the Associated Press’s economics writers on Monday must have been extraordinarily concentrated.

How else can you explain how the AP’s Christopher Rugaber could have written the following — “The U.S. job market has steadily improved by pretty much every gauge except … Pay” — without doubling over with laughter? No, Chris. The reason pay hasn’t improved is because a whole lot of other “gauges” aren’t where they should be.



NewsBusted (090214)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 6:45 am

Continuing the catch-up campaign, here goes:

– Labor Day
– Obama Job Approval
– Russia invades Ukraine
– No Strategy for ISIS
– Obama Economic Advisors
– Nightly News
– Spike Lee

Best Lines (among many):

  • “This past Monday was Labor Day, or as millions of Americans no longer in the workforce call it: Monday.”
  • “President Obama’s job approval rating is at the lowerst point of his presidency. And to give you an idea of how unpopulaor Obama is — his new Secret Service code name is Ebola.”
  • “In response to the Russian invasion of the Ukraine, President Obama is threatening to hit back. He threatened to impose the same economic sanctions that he imposed on America back in 2009.”

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (090814)

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.