August 16, 2014

NewsBusted (081514)

Filed under: NewsBusted — Tom @ 11:20 am

Here we go:

Topics:
– National Debt
– Jewish Voters
– Democratic Party
– Impeachment
– PF Chang’s
– Thomas Sowell
– San Antonio Spurs
– Laura Ingraham
– NFL Super Bowl 50

Best Lines:

  • “Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham is hinting she may run for office. And Democrats are already coming up with hundreds of sexist things to say about her.”
  • “The NFL announced it will not use Roman numberals to signify Super Bowl 50. They figure with (that) with Common Core, nobody knows how to read Roman numberals any more.”
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Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081614)

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.

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Positivity: Pope Francis: Peace in Korea benefits entire world

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Seoul, South Korea:

Aug 14, 2014 / 02:18 am

In his first public address after arriving in South Korea, Pope Francis called government officials to work for an authentic and far-reaching peace, which requires forgiveness and cooperation.

“Peace is not simply the absence of war, but ‘the work of justice,’” the pontiff said Aug. 14, alluding to the words of the prophet Isaiah.

“And justice, as a virtue, calls for the discipline of forbearance; it demands that we not forget past injustices but overcome them through forgiveness, tolerance and cooperation,” he continued. “It demands the willingness to discern and attain mutually beneficial goals, building foundations of mutual respect, understanding and reconciliation.”

After an initial private Mass and a welcoming ceremony, the Pope met at the “Blue House” in Seoul with government and civil authorities – including South Korean president Park Geun-hye – as well as members of the diplomatic corps.

He thanked those present for their warm welcome and expressed his joy in coming to Korea, with its natural beauty, as well as the beauty of its people, culture and history.

“This national legacy has been tested through the years by violence, persecution and war,” he lamented. “But despite these trials, the heat of the day and the dark of the night have always given way to the morning calm, that is, to an undiminished hope for justice, peace and unity.” …

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August 15, 2014

In Covering Perry Indictment, AP Mischaracterizes Tom Delay Case’s Result, Focuses on Cost of Defending Him

Texas Governor Rick Perry, who, in the oddest of coincidences (that’s sarcasm), just so happens to be considered one of the Republican Party’s stronger potential contenders for the 2016 presidential nomination, was indicted in Austin today by a Travis County grand jury. The charges are “abuse of official capacity and coercion of a public servant” in connection with a veto “threat” he carried out — thus making “promise” a better word to describe his original stated intentions.

“Threatening” a veto and then carrying through on that “threat” is obviously a pretty routine occurrence in governmental jurisdictions through the country, from the President on down. As to initial press coverage, Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert at the Associated Press predictably misstated the results of another politically motivated prosecution of a major GOP elected official, namely former Congressman Tom “The Hammer” Delay, and focused on how expensive it might be to defend Perry by quoting an hourly legal representation rate which may or may not be accurate. Excerpts follow the jump (bolds are mine):

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AP’s Coverage of July Deficit Again Ignores the Impact of the Largest Tax Increase in the Past Two Decades

The federal government reported a $94.6 blllion deficit in July, only marginally better than the $97.6 figure posted in July 2013.

As has become its habit, the Associated Press’s coverage of that result contained omissions, spin and half-truths about government tax collections, spending and the origins of the Obama administration’s first four years of consecutive trillion-dollar deficits. Particularly annoying is the wire service’s insistence on ignoring the large tax increase in two decades as a factor — in the interest, of course, of supporting the Obama administration’s call for more of the same. Veteran Martin Crutsinger was responsible for this month’s rendition. Excerpts follow the jump:

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Latest PJ Media Column (‘Nixon’s Resignation, 40 Years On’) Is Up

It’s here.

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

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Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081514)

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.

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Positivity: En route to Korea, Pope prays for journalists killed in Gaza

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:01 am

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Aug 13, 2014 / 12:23 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Aboard the papal flight to South Korea today, Pope Francis led an impromptu moment of silence to pray for a photojournalist who was killed in Gaza, and thanked journalists for their work.

Simone Camilli, a 35-year-old Italian working for the Associated Press, and his freelance Palestinian translator, Ali Shehda Abu Afash, died Aug. 13 along with four Gazan bomb disposal offficers who were trying to dismantle an Israeli missile.

The missile exploded in Beit Lahiya as they tried to neutralize it. Four additional persons, including AP photographer Hatem Moussa, were gravely injured by the explosion.

Fighting between Israel and Hamas since July 8 has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, and 67 Israelis.

“These are the consequences of war,” Pope Francis told reporters after learning of the death of Camilli, Afash, and the others.

“Thanks for your service,” the Pope told the journalists on his flight. “Thanks for all that you do.”

Pope Francis asked for a moment of silence to pray for those who died in Beit Lahiya; the moment lasted about 30 seconds. …

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August 14, 2014

Politico Pity Party: Obama Is on a ‘Vacation From Hell’

Does anyone remember a media report expressing sympathy for former President George W. Bush when adverse events happened during his Crawford, Texas “vacations”? (Given that he and Laura lived there, calling a visit to your place back home hardly seems to qualify as some kind of “vacation”)

Well, this evening, Politico’s Carrie Budoff Brown took pity on President Obama for his “vacation from hell.” Excerpts follow the jump.

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Barely News: Teachers Union Head’s Promise to ‘Punch’ Common Core Opponents ‘in the Face’

Give the New York Daily News credit for surfacing a video which originally appeared at Ed Notes Online, a publication whose “about” page says it opposes “the education corporate-based reforms … undermining the public school system” and exposes “the motives behind the education deformers.”

The video shows Michael Mulgrew, the president of New York City’s United Federation of Teachers, threatening to “punch you in the face and push you in the dirt” if you oppose the nationally imposed and controlled Common Core standards, and from all appearances laying claim to America’s children as the property of its teachers. Give the rest of the establishment press — which routinely pounces on inflammatory statements coming from the right and distorts others into making them appear to be — demerits for almost completely failing to expose an education tyrant. Video and excerpts from the Daily News’s coverage follow the jump.

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Initial Unemployment Claims (081414): 311K SA; Raw Claims Only 5% Below Same Week Last Year

Filed under: Economy,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:26 am

Predictions:

Seasonal Adjustment Factors:

  • Week ended August 9, 2014 — 86.4
  • Week ended August 10, 2013 — 85.9

Raw Claims:

  • Week ended August 2, 2014 — 247,133
  • Week ended August 10, 2013 — 282,756

To achieve or beat the predictions, raw claims will need to be 255,000 or lower (255K divided by .864 is 295K, rounded).

If things are moving along swimmingly, that’s what we’ll get.

We’ll see here at 8:30.

HERE IT IS (permanent link): Well, well, a little trouble in paradise —

SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending August 9, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 311,000, an increase of 21,000 from the previous week’s revised level. The previous week’s level was revised up by 1,000 from 289,000 to 290,000. The 4-week moving average was 295,750, an increase of 2,000 from the previous week’s revised average. The previous week’s average was revised up by 250 from 293,500 to 293,750.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 268,837 in the week ending August 9, an increase of 20,960 (or 8.5 percent) from the previous week. The seasonal factors had expected an increase of 2,317 (or 0.9 percent) from the previous week. There were 282,756 initial claims in the comparable week in 2013.

That’s a bit of a surprise, but last week seemed artificially low, so maybe this week averaged out last week.

A lot was made of how supposedly wonderful the JOLTS report a day or two ago was in showing so many open jobs, which are at a 13-year high. The logical question would be, “Why aren’t they being filled?”

Today’s news puts a bit of a damper on that.

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Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (081414)

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.

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“Europe is a big zero,” as in no econommic growth during the most recent quarter. According to a video report at the Wall Street Journal, the Eurozone economy is still 2.4 percent smaller than it was before the financial mess-driven recession began near the end of last decade.

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Positivity: Be guardians of hope, Pope Francis tells Korea’s bishops

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Seoul, South Korea:

Aug 14, 2014 / 03:35 am

On the first day of his historic papal visit to South Korea, Pope Francis urged local bishops to not only remember their rich history of martyrdom but look to the future with hope and missionary zeal.

“As pastors, you are responsible for guarding the Lord’s flock. You are guardians of the wondrous works which he accomplishes in his people,” the Pope said in his Aug. 14 address to the country’s Catholic Church leaders.

“Guarding is one of the tasks specifically entrusted to the bishop: looking after God’s people,” he noted in his prepared remarks, adding that Korea’s bishops are charged in particular with being “guardians of memory and guardians of hope.”

Announced by the Vatican in March, the Pope’s Aug. 13-18 trip follows an invitation from the president of the Korean Republic, Park Geun-hye, and the bishops of Korea.

During his time, the Pope will travel from the capital city of Seoul to Daejon, where he will celebrate the Sixth Asian Youth Day with thousands of young people expected to attend. He will also visit the rehabilitation center for disabled persons in Kkottongnae, as well as a shrine in Haemi for a closing Mass with Asian youth.

Speaking to the Korean bishops’ conference on Thursday, the Pope encouraged them to live their guardianship of memory by recognizing how the “seeds sown by the martyrs” have “brought forth an abundant harvest of grace in this land.”

“You are the children of the martyrs, heirs to their heroic witness of faith in Christ,” he emphasized. “You are also heirs to an impressive tradition which began, and largely grew, through the fidelity, perseverance and work of generations of lay persons.”

In this vein, the “great legacy handed down from your forefathers” can be seen today in active parishes and ecclesial movements, effective catechesis and outreach to youth, as well as Catholic schools and seminaries, he said.

The Pope strayed from his prepared comments on several occasions, stressing that bishops should not be distant from priests, but should be available and attentive to their needs. He also warned them to beware of the temptations that accompany prosperity. …

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August 13, 2014

Publisher Rejects Fellow Soldiers’ Book on Bowe Bergdahl, Because ‘the Right’ Might Use It

Remember all those books that the publishing houses rejected during the eight years before Dear Leader took office because they might get used by “the Left” to hurt George W. Bush? No you don’t, because it didn’t happen.

But now, things are different. Fellow soldiers of released 5-year Taliban captive Bowe Bergdahl are trying to publish a book on their side of the “he was a deserter” controversy. A divison of publishing giant Simon & Schuster has rejected their submission. That isn’t necessarily unusual, but the contents of a rejection letter from one of the publisher’s representatives certainly is.

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Retail Sales Flatlined in July; AP Deadpans That Americans With No Money ‘Are Hesitant to Spend’

This morning, the Census Bureau, in its advance report on retail sales, revealed that seasonally adjusted July sales were “virtually unchanged” from June. Expectations were for a 0.2 percent gain, supposedly with “solid upside” potential. Oops. June’s result stayed at its previously reported 0.2 percent increase.

Reuters did the “U-word” honors this time out: “U.S. retail sales unexpectedly stalled in July, pointing to some loss of momentum in the economy early in the third quarter.” Someone needs to tell the wire service’s Lucia Mutikani that no increase means no momentum. Over at the Associated Press, Josh Boak tried the deadpan approach.

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