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Contributing Editor at The Nation: ‘I’ve Never Seen Media Malpractice Like This’

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 20:46:18 +0000

On Friday, Fox News’s Tucker Carlson interviewed Stephen F. Cohen, a contributing editor at The Nation. Given that it has leaned hard-left during its entire existence, it might stun readers here to know that Cohen, who is married to magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel, strongly believes, based on what he claims is his own extensive [...]

USA Today Reporter Falsely Claims NLRB Is Overturning ‘Worker-Friendly’ Rules

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 17:22:08 +0000

USA Today reporter Paul Davidson apparently doesn’t understand that policies which help workers get hired and keep their jobs are more “worker-friendly” than those designed to line trial lawyers’ pockets and help labor unions coerce companies into dealing with them. At least twice this year, Davidson, in his headlines and his content, has characterized moves [...]

Here is Reuters’ Definition of ‘Far-Right’

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:30:47 +0000

As Austria is putting together a coalition government, the wire service paraphrased the policies favored by the head of the Freedom Party, which it describes as “far-right”: Kurz, who at 31 is Europe’s youngest leader, told reporters on Friday his government’s focus would be on cutting taxes and security, including fighting illegal immigration. Obviously, the [...]

Positivity: Shasta County, California DA’s office finds four shootings were in self-defense

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 15:00:19 +0000

Yes, it’s good news that bad guys were stopped and good people with guns lived. The article in question has been copied in full below so we all can have a handy reference when gun-grabbers try to claim that self-defense shootings rarely or never happen. DA’s office finds four shootings were in self-defense Published 6:30 [...]

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121617)

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 11:00:17 +0000

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.

Barely News: Donut-Driven $1 Million Corruption Arrest of Democrat Legislator in Massachusetts

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 02:54:36 +0000

Former Massachusetts State Senator Brian Joyce was arrested a week ago and charged with accepting over $1 million in bribes. The story is getting very little coverage outside of New England, even though Joyce was quite creative in the forms of bribery he accepted, and even though Joyce’s arrest continues long trend of corruption among [...]

Ex-FBI Asst. Director on Strzok: He ‘Belongs in Leavenworth’

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 18:15:27 +0000

As of Wednesday evening, as Nicholas Fondacaro at NewsBusters observed, the Big Three broadcasting networks were not reporting the content of the most damning text messages exchanged between now-former Robert Mueller investigative team members Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page. Meanwhile, coverage seen Wednesday evening at the Associated Press predictably treated the matter as [...]

November 2017 Industrial Production: +0.2 Percent; October Revised Up From +0.9 Percent to 1.2 Percent; 12-Month Increase Greater Than Previous Four Years

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 15:10:09 +0000

I haven’t paid as much attention to this report as I should have this year, which is too bad, because the news in 2017 has been pretty good, especially compared to the previous four years. Here’s today’s news (bolds are mine): Industrial production moved up 0.2 percent in November after posting an upwardly revised increase of [...]

Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121517)

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 11:00:17 +0000

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: Couple — Our Child Wouldn’t Be Here Today if a Pro-Life Person Wasn’t Outside the Abortion Clinic

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 10:55:30 +0000

From Tennessee, via Life News: DEC 14, 2017, 7:48PM Kirk Barker and his wife, Chass, know that their son would not be alive today if a pro-life advocate had not been outside their local abortion facility 15 years ago. Abortion activists try to dismiss pro-life sidewalk counselors with claims that they are ineffective, at best, [...]

Adam Schiff, Unchallenged on CNN: Where Are the Anti-Hillary Texts?

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 04:37:00 +0000

In a Thursday interview with Wolf Blitzer, Democrat Adam Schiff inanely wondered why only anti-Donald Trump texts and no anti-Hillary Clinton texts from Robert Mueller’s partisan Democrat-dominated investigative team have been presented to Congress. Naturally, Schiff engaged in this pathetic misdirection on CNN, where he was confident he wouldn’t be challenged — and he wasn’t. [...]

November Retail Sales Up 0.8 Percent; October Revised Up to 0.5 Percent; Past 4 Months Have Averaged +0.8 Percent

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 21:49:02 +0000

From the Census Bureau: Advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for November 2017, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $492.7 billion, an increase of 0.8 percent (±0.5 percent) from the previous month, and 5.8 percent (±0.7 percent) above November 2016. Total sales for [...]

AP Treats Wisconsin’s Abusive John Doe Investigation As Just Another ‘Partisan’ Spat

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 20:00:35 +0000

NOTE: This post updates and replaces a post which appeared on December 12. ___________________________________ Last week, Wisconsin’s Attorney General issued a report recommending contempt charges against six former workers at the state’s now-defunct Government Accountability Board and three employees in the Milwaukee County prosecutor’s office for their involvement in or knowledge of illegal and criminal [...]

Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (121417)

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 11:00:17 +0000

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: Cashier stares down armed robber

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 10:55:15 +0000

This takes nerve — “Thief in Florida flees after store clerk stares back expressionless during armed robbery attempt” (the gun comes out at the 0:27 mark):