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The shortage of labor has some low-skill employers in a bind. According to “Good Morning America” co-host Diane Sawyer, you can thank U.S. immigration officials for doing their job and cracking down on illegal border crossers. The shortage of labor has some low-skill employers in a bind. According to “Good Morning America” co-host Diane Sawyer, you can thank U.S. immigration officials for doing their job and cracking down on illegal border crossers. “And yet fueled by anger, the U.S. is cracking down, even building a 700-mile fence on the border at an estimated cost of $10 to $50 billion over... continue reading
Laurie Goodstein, the Times' religion reporter who is ever alert for signs of a crackup on the religious right, thinks she may have found it with the split among some conservative Christians over the acceptability of Republican presidential candidate (and pro-choice advocate) Rudy Giuliani. On three separate occasions in her Sunday Week in Review piece, " For a Trusty Voting Bloc, a Faith Shaken ," Goodstein found the religious right in a state of either "alarm" or "panic," along with other unflattering terminology sure to delight the Times' liberal readership. "After the 2004 elections, religious conservatives were riding high. Newly... continue reading
Recently, liberal think tank The Center for American Progress (CAP) put out a list of “ The Top 100 Effects of Global Warming.” As if the hysteria around global warming isn’t crazed enough, we can now add 100 more things to the list of supposedly doomed pastimes. So next time you want to drink a French wine, decorate a Christmas tree, or see a koala bear, and you can’t – just remember that the Center for American Progress warned you. Here are a few of the highlights, quoted directly from the Web site: “Say Goodbye to Baseball The ash tree... continue reading
One year to the week after the October 2, 2006 slaughter of five Amish girls by a crazed gunman, CBS's Cold Case aired an episode in which an Amish teenager is murdered. The murderer turns out to be a drug-addled Amish youth angry about being shunned by his community – so Cold Case manages to place the blame on the Amish themselves. Cold Case's October 7 episode featured Anna Granden, an Amish teenager who left her community to experience life in Philadelphia and decide whether to live according to Amish ways. Anna says to her friend Rachel, who was reluctant... continue reading
Are religious people more generous than secular people? Research says yes. In March 2007, the Culture and Media Institute presented the results of its National Cultural Values Survey, which found that religiously observant people are more committed to helping the less fortunate and giving back to their communities than people with secular philosophies. Two papers presented at an October 4 Heritage Foundation conference in Washington D.C. , “Religious Practice and Civic Life: What the Research Says,” complement these findings by reporting that attendance at religious services is an important indicator of commitment to volunteering. Dr. Carson Mencken and Dr. Christopher... continue reading
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told a group at the 2007 Society of Professional Journalists Convention & National Journalism Conference held in Washington , D.C. , on October 4 one of the things that made the SPJ great is its Code of Ethics. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) told a group at the 2007 Society of Professional Journalists Convention & National Journalism Conference held in Washington , D.C. , on October 4 one of the things that made the SPJ great is its Code of Ethics. He would have been disappointed if he had attended the hour-long October 5 program at the... continue reading
White House correspondent Sheryl Gay Stolberg forwarded a conspiracy theory on the Times' political blog "The Caucus": Apparently President Bushis so in thehabit of squelching dissent athis rallies that anyopposition voice that does pipe up is obviously nothing but a Bush plant. From Stolberg's Wednesday night posting " War Opponent Questions Bush ": "Coincidence? "President Bush's public appearances are usually polite affairs, held before friendly audiences. But when Mr. Bush appeared at a town-hall style meeting before a Chamber of Commerce group here in the Pennsylvania Dutch country today, the first question was hardly a softball. "It came from Gerry... continue reading
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's autobiography, "My Grandfather's Son," has certainly riled up his enemies in the liberal media.The Times took the trouble to write an editorial Friday, " The Angriest Justice ," bashing Thomas for the book's unprofessional display of "bitter grudges" (gee, what could Thomas possibly have to be angry about?) against Anita Hill and the left-wing groups that used unscrupulous tactics to attempt to deny him the Supreme Court nomination in 1991. "Justice Clarence Thomas's new autobiography dredges up his 16-year-old battle with Anita Hill and fulminates against liberal groups, Democratic senators and others who opposed his... continue reading
Patrick Healy set Republican presidential candidates up for failure in Friday's " G.O.P. Contenders Endorse Children's Insurance Veto ." "The four leading Republican presidential candidates have aligned themselves with President Bush's veto on Wednesday of an expanded health insurance program for children, once again testing the political risk of appearing in lock step with a president who has low approval ratings and some critics of the veto within their party . "It is yet another issue - like the Iraq war, North Korea's nuclear program and the management of the federal response to Hurricane Katrina - where the Republican contenders... continue reading
The “Road to Recession” lost its way. The latest job numbers show an increase of 110,000 jobs in September and a revision of the August numbers from a loss of 4,000 to an increase of 89,000. That means there have now been 49 straight months of positive job growth. Only a month ago, ABC was declaring the August numbers a sign of “new fears this morning about the state of our economy,” said Bill Weir on September 8. That’s how he lead off a downbeat “Good Morning America” story entitled “Road to Recession? Bleak Signals from Job Report.” “And now... continue reading