May 14, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (051407)

Glory Daze — A year ago yesterday, truthout.org’s Jason Leopold ran with this headline: “Karl Rove Indicted on Charges of Perjury, Lying to Investigators.”

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Somebody needs an editor (besides me) — Got this e-mail from CNN Friday:

April core producer prices and retail sales were unchanged, weaker than analyst projections.

What a mishmash. Weaker? Last time I checked, lack of inflation isn’t “weak,” but rather a good thing. Retail sales? They fell 0.2% after a revised 1.0% rise (from 0.7%) in March. Hard to lose a lot of sleep about it, as Easter was earlier this year, and the two-month average is acceptable — though gas going to $4 might make a more lasting dent.

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NOW’s humiliation over its attempt to hang RICO on anti-abortion protesters is complete.

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Susette Kelo has a month to move her house.

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Patterico’s blog had three posts late last week that illustrate why the Los Angeles Times, which lost 9.4% of its readers in the two years ended March 31 — all while the population of the LA Metro area has continued to grow — is from all appearances intent on replicating that non-performance:

  1. It ignored an important police-community event (i.e., Guest blogger Jack Dunphy says that the Times did not devote a single word to the event) — “The Los Angeles Police Department’s annual Medal of Valor luncheon was held Thursday in the ballroom at Hollywood’s Kodak Theater. The Medal of Valor is the department’s highest honor, recognizing bravery or heroism above and beyond the normal demands of police service. Nineteen medals were awarded, including thirteen presented to officers for their role in rescuing more than 80 residents of a burning senior citizens’ home.”
  2. It refused to run a correction when caught red-handed (even when being contradicted by other newspapers covering the same subject).
  3. While not covering news stories and failing to correct errors made in the ones they do cover, it gave roughly 275 excruciatingly painful words over to the topic of Paris Hilton’s possible prison accommodations.

Sam Zell may not fully appreciate the trouble he has bought, even at a deeply depreciated price.

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Seriously, how can a presidential candidate’s frequent fables about her childhood (here’s the latest) and other oh-so-obvious examples in lack of genuineness (the Wiki entry on her controversies has at least four others that would doom a conservative in a millisecond) not cause her to be laughed off the national stage?

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Beyond Parody

UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Zimbabwe, a country suffering from acute food shortages and rampant inflation, won approval to lead the important U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development despite protests from the U.S., European nations and human rights organizations.

Surprise (Not): Look Who’s Suppressing Free Speech and Expression

Instapundit has made six (at last count) valid, related, and satirical points in just four days about who’s really responsible for recent efforts to suppress free speech and free expression (external links he had elsewhere in his posts were added by me within his quotes):

(Point 1) “You know, people told me that if George W. Bush were reelected we’d see professors fired over trumped up charges of ideological nonconformity. And it looks like they were right!”

(Point 2) “They told me that if George W. Bush were reelected we’d see Americans punished for expressing their ideas. I guess they were right!”

(Point 3 – a BHOO bonus) “They told me that if George W. Bush was reelected we’d see objectionable paintings taken down. And they were right!”

(Point 4) – “They told me that if George W. Bush were reelected our universities would be run by theocrats who wouldn’t brook criticism of religion. And they were right!”

(Point 5) – “It seems to me that more people are trying to silence bloggers all of a sudden. Well, they told me that if George W. Bush were reelected, people who criticized the powerful would suffer. And they were right!”

(Point 6) – “They told me that if George W. Bush were reelected, people who dared criticize the government would find themselves roughly silenced. And they were right!”

Of course, Old Media and the ACLU are, for all practical purposes, AWOL on all of these.

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UPDATE: Yet more relating to Point 2, as reported by Captain Ed — The student involved was suspended and required to undergo a psychiatric evaluation before he can return to school. His offense? Sending out e-mails protesting his college’s gun-free zone policy and “diversity” initiatives. I, kid, you, not.

UPDATE 2:Shut Yo Moufindeed.

UPDATE 3: No chronicling of attempts at suppressing free speech and expression would be complete without taking note, as John Fund has, of the restrictions Congress is attempting to place on grass-roots (read: predominantly, but not entirely, conservative) “lobbying” — while essentially leaving the professional lobbyists alone (earning yet another “and they were right” from Instapundit).

UPDATE 4: The American Spectator’s Prowler is noting today that Congressional Democrats are intent on reinstating the hopelessly misnamed “Fairness Doctrine.” The theory is that they’re only going after Talk Radio. Don’t bet the ranch on it; they’d like nothing better than to silence Internet critics by forcing them to provide “equal time.”

Positivity: Superheroes save a boy’s birthday

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Metro Atlanta (HT QandoBlog via Triticale e-mail):

Dan Peterson wanted to do something special for his son’s 10th birthday Friday, and who could blame him?

His son, Justin, had endured three years of chemotherapy, and then his leukemia returned last fall. A bone marrow transplant in February brightened his long-term prospects but left Dad in a quandary as the birthday approached.

The boy’s immune system is so weak that just being around other people leaves him vulnerable to infection. He doesn’t go outside his Marietta house much, and when he does he has to wear a mask. That put a crimp in his parents’ plans for his birthday.

“Can we play miniature golf?” Justin asked as the big day approached.

Too risky, doctors said.

Could some friends drop by from Fellowship Christian School in Ros-well?

Sorry.

“Well what can we do?” he finally asked.

Then his dad got an idea. Maybe —- somehow —- he could arrange for his son to see “Spider-Man 3.”

Justin loved the first two Spider-Man movies. He dressed up as Spider-Man a few Halloweens ago. Snapshots show him crouching on a living-room table in his red-and-blue Spidey suit, ready to pounce.

He really, really wanted to see “Spider-Man 3.”

“But what about the crowds?” his father thought. “The risk?”

Dan Peterson drove to the Georgia Theatre Company’s Park 12 Stadium Cinemas in Marietta to ask an extraordinary favor of assistant manager Sarah Martinez.

Justin’s mom, Michele, already had told the boy that they probably would have to wait for the DVD, but his father figured there was no harm pitching his idea to Martinez.

“Do you think there’s any way my boy might be able to see ‘Spider-Man 3′?” he asked. “And could you make sure there’s no one else in the theater? He can’t be in crowds. It’s dangerous.”

Martinez asked her boss, Christopher James, the theater’s general manager.

James didn’t blink.

“We knew he’d always remember this, and we wanted to create that memory,” James said. “It was the least we could do.”

Go here for the rest of the story.