May 25, 2018

Mollie Hemingway on Tucker Carlson: Of Course, Obama FBI Spied on the Trump Campaign

There is a determined disinformation campaign by the establishment press contending — in the face of admitted evidence to the contrary — that Barack Obama’s FBI didn’t spy on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. Mollie Hemingway, senior editor at, appeared Thursday on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show to debunk that nonsense.



Friday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052518)

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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: OKC Police Say Armed Citizen Killed Restaurant Shooter (See Update: Make That TWO Armed Citizens)

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Oklahoma City (HT Twitchy):

Published: Thu, May 24, 2018 11:38 PM
Updated: Thu, May 24, 2018 11:39 PM

Oklahoma City police were working late Thursday to piece together what happened when a man shot people at a popular Lake Hefner restaurant, hitting at least two people and ending with the shooter dead by the hand of a passer-by.

Police were called to Louie’s Grill and Bar, 9401 Lake Hefner, at about 6:30 p.m. Capt. Bo Mathews said police were looking for information about the shooter and would not identify victims or the shooter Thursday night. The shooter was pronounced dead at the scene.

Dennis Will told a local television station that his daughter and granddaughter had been shot. He said they were at the restaurant for a birthday party for another granddaughter.

He said he would like to thank the passer-by who killed the shooter.

“I’m feeling good they’re both alive,” he said. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

UPDATE, 2 p.m.: Make that two armed citizens who took down the shooter (HT Twitchy):

A shooter armed with a handgun and shooting-range protective gear opened fire at random inside an Oklahoma City restaurant but was stopped thanks to the quick actions of two bystanders.

Shooting suspect Alexander Tilghman walked up to Louie’s Grill & Bar, a popular restaurant on the east side of Lake Hefner in Oklahoma City, around 6:30 p.m. local time Thursday and shot multiple times from the entrance.

He hit three people, including mother Natalie Giles, 39, her 12-year-old daughter and another child. Another person fell and broke his arm during the incident, police said.

Tilghman had on ear muffs like those supplied at shooting ranges and wore protective glasses. He was armed with a handgun, Oklahoma City police Captain Bo Mathews said Friday.

The shooting could have continued if it weren’t for two men who ran out to their vehicles and grabbed handguns locked in their trunks, Mathews said.

May 24, 2018

Very Few Old Media Outlets Note Reuters’ Generic Election Poll Favoring GOP

Earlier this week, Reuters/Ipsos reported that its generic “How Will You Vote?” poll ahead of November’s mid-term elections had swung into Republicans’ favor for the first time this year, erasing a double-digit lead Democrats had just four weeks ago. This kind of movement would certainly be news at the Associated Press, the New York Times, the Big Three networks, and other so-called mainstream media outlets if a strong GOP lead were to disappear so quickly. But as of Thursday afternoon, while scores of center-right blogs and news outlets noticed this seismic change, only a precious few less-than-major establishment press outlets had.



WashPost’s Philip Bump Won’t Let Go of ‘Trump Smears Immigrants’ Lie

Many in the press and on the left won’t let go of their disgraceful smear of President Donald Trump after he called MS-13 gang members “animals” last week. They continue to falsely claim that he was referring to all immigrants, or to all illegal immigrants. He wasn’t. But to columnists like the Washington Post’s Philip Bump, the truth obviously doesn’t matter.



Thursday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052418)

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Positivity: Family Of Adopted Daughter Reveals What Trump Privately Told Them Onstage While Honoring Their Story

Filed under: Life-Based News,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Washington, via the Daily Caller (HT Weasel Zippers):

1:35 PM 05/23/2018

Tuesday night, four-year-old Katharine Alexander was kissed onstage by the President of the United Staes in front of millions watching online and on television.

She was wearing a glittery pink dress.

How did this little adopted girl of a interracial couple end up in the arms of the president in front of a national television audience? The story is a beautiful one.

Lisa and Bruce Alexander already have three of their own children. However, they felt “compelled by the Holy Spirit” to adopt late into their parenting years. After what the couple refers to as a “miracle” happened, they were able to adopt Katharine Alexander, days after her birth.

“We had wanted to adopt, but we were both nearing our 50s,” the couple told The Daily Caller.

The couple described how they watched younger couples get calls for adoption and had essentially given up hope. Then, out off the blue, they received a call from their adoption agency.

“We were speechless,” Mr. Alexander said, “A lot of things lined up that were not coincidence. It was meant to be.”

Katharine’s birth mother was addicted to opioids and requested the adoption agency to find her a home. They called the Alexanders, and the couple was at the hospital within hours. The paperwork for Katharine’s adoption flew through the judicial system in a matter of days, a very uncommon thing. Days later, Katharine Alexander was home, in the loving arms of Bruce and Lisa.

The Alexanders have always been pro-life.

They planned on attending the Susan B. Anthony List gala in DC Tuesday night. The group had announced earlier in the month that President Trump would be speaking. The Alexanders sat in the front row. “We were told a couple days ago that Trump was interested in our adoption story, but we had no idea he would invite us onstage,” the couple said.

Trump introduced them and their story, and in typical fashion, asked the family to come onstage. The president said:

“Katherine is four years old, and she is full of incredible energy, spirit and talent. At the age of two — come on up, Katherine. She memorized ‘America the Beautiful.’ She recites poetry, and recently she announced to her dad that when she grows up, she wants to be a famous police officer and then when she gets tired of that, she wants to become president. That’s OK with me.”

Go here for the rest of the story.

May 23, 2018

AP Fails to Tag MS-13 Murderer Nicknamed ‘Animal’ As Illegal Immigrant

Tuesday, MS-13 gang member Joel Martinez was sentenced to 40 years in prison for the murder of a 15 year-old boy from a rival gang. The Boston Globe reported on May 14 that Martinez “was captured on video bragging about the slaying.” The Globe also noted that the killer’s nickname is the singular version of the word President Donald Trump used two days later to describe MS-13 members. In its story on Martinez’s sentencing, the Associated Press violated its own Stylebook rules when it failed to note that Martinez is in the U.S. illegally.



Wednesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052318)

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Positivity: Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI to be canonized October 14

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Vatican City:

May 19, 2018 / 04:19 am

Following a meeting between the Council of Cardinals and Pope Francis Saturday, the Vatican announced that Bl. Pope Paul VI and Bl. Oscar Romero will be canonized together on Oct. 14, 2018.

During an ordinary consistory May 19, Francis decreed that the two blesseds will be canonized alongside four others: Bl. Francesco Spinelli, a diocesan priest and founder of the Institute of the Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament; Bl. Vincenzo Romano, a diocesan priest from Torre de Greco in Italy; Bl. Maria Caterina Kasper, a German nun and founder of the Institute of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ; and Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus, founder of the Congregation of the Misioneras Cruzadas de la Iglesia Sisters.

As expected, the canonizations will take place during the 2018 Synod of Bishops on the topic of young people, the faith and vocational discernment, which is set to take place Oct. 3-28, 2018.

The Vatican had announced March 7 that Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Oscar Romero would be canonized following the recognition of a second miracle through their intercession.

Born Giovanni Montini in 1897 in the town of Concesio, Italy, the future Pope Paul VI was ordained a priest at the age of 22. He served as Archbishop of Milan prior to his election as Bishop of Rome in 1963.

As pope, he oversaw much of the Second Vatican Council, which had been opened by Pope St. John XXIII, and in 1969 promulgated a new Roman Missal. He died in 1978, and was beatified by Pope Francis Oct. 19, 2014.

Pope Francis himself unofficially confirmed the news of Paul VI’s canonization during his annual meeting with the priests of Rome Feb. 17.

Apart from his role in the council, Paul VI is most widely know for his landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae, which was published in 1968 and reaffirmed the Church’s teaching against contraception in wake of the sexual revolution. This year marks the 50th anniversary the historic encyclical.

Both miracles attributed to Paul VI’s intercession involve the healing of an unborn child.

Bl. Oscar Romero, who was beatified by Pope Francis May 23, 2015, in El Salvador, was the archbishop of the nation’s capital city of San Salvador. He was shot while celebrating Mass March 24, 1980, during the birth of a civil war between leftist guerrilla forces and the dictatorial government of the right. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

May 22, 2018

Daily Beast Columnist Lamely Likens ‘Rituals’ of Royal Wedding to ‘Rituals’ of U.S. School Shootings

On Friday, the Daily Beast’s Michael Daly posted “The All-American Ritual of a School Shooting, This Time in Santa Fe.” In it, he failed to follow through on a promise to draw a comparison between the then-imminent “rituals” involved in British royal weddings” and Friday’s school shooting in Texas.



Thanks to Brian Flood at Fox News …

Filed under: General — Tom @ 12:49 pm

… for noticing and commenting on the revised NewsBusters version of a post which appeared here in its original form on the four embarrassing corrections the New York Times had to make to reporter Gardiner Harris’s article about Mark Dubowitz of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies think tank.

Flood even included a nice highlight quote:



AP Reveals Contempt For Texas in Post-Santa Fe Shooting Coverage

Two recent Associated Press dispatches have exposed how out of touch two of its reporters are with the dominant Second Amendment-defending views of voters and politicians in Texas. They also are flummoxed that most of the students who survived Friday’s school shooting in Santa Fe haven’t turned into rabid gun-control advocates.



Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (052218)

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Positivity: Grandmother shoots, injures home invasion suspect

Filed under: 2nd Amendment,Positivity — Tom @ 5:55 am

From Philadelphia (video at link; HT NewsBusters):

POSTED: MAY 05 2018 01:48PM EDT
UPDATED: MAY 07 2018 12:03PM EDT

An elderly woman woke up to noises of glass breaking and footsteps inside her home near Poplar and Watt Streets, May 5, according to Philadelphia police officials.

“This is where he was trying to get in at,” said Maxine Thompson.

She saw a man and drew her gun, police said. The woman shot at the man several times and he fled the scene. The 70-year-old homeowner said that the intruder used backyard furniture to hoist himself inside her home.

Thompson is as calm as can be as she shows her now busted dining room window and chunks of glass scattered on the floor.

“I have people that will come and fix this. It’ll be fixed in no time,” Thompson stated.

It was Thompson who fixed things overnight. Police say a 43-year-old man broke into her home around 4:30 a.m. May 5. Now that man is in the hospital.

“First I thought I was dreaming and then I looked out the window, outside. I was still hearing the banging, banging, banging, so I yelled to whoever, ‘Who’s that on my door? Get off my door, get off my door,’” Thompson explained.

She offered fair warning, with the security alarm sounding, but the brazen burglar didn’t pause. Instead, Thompson said he smasher her window and used backyard furniture to hoist himself inside her home. In the heat of the moment, the 70-year-old grandmother grabbed her late-mother’s handgun and opened fire for the first time.

“I shot at him. He turned around and he ran and when he ran, I ran down the steps behind him and shot at him some more,” Maxine said.

Thompson, whose son happens to be a Philadelphia police officer, said she was in survival mode.

“Kill him before he killed me. That’s what was going through my mind,” Thompson explained.

A real-life terror played out for about 10 minutes. It took a little while to set in.

“After everything was over, then I did get a little shaky. He could’ve killed me,” said Thompson.

She is okay. Her grandchildren helped her clean up the mess and she took a little time to reflect.

“I hope I taught him and the rest of them a lesson. Stay the hell out of people’s houses,” Thompson stated.

Ms. Thompson did hit the suspect, who “was to be taken into custody for home invasion.”

Go here for the rest of the story.