April 15, 2008

Per Rev. Wright: Jefferson a Pedophile AND Rapist, Washington Also Fathered a Slave Child

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:50 pm

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Another Church Bulletin Barack Obama Must Not Have Read (Uh-huh)

I noted yesterday that in a Saturday eulogy, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright, “retired” pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ (TUCC) in Chicago and acknowledged 20-year mentor of presidential candidate Barack Obama, stated that Thomas Jefferson had committed pedophilia because of his supposed relationship with 15 year-old slave Sally Hemmings. The historical veracity of that alleged relationship, and who the actual father of Hemmings’s children was, remain subjects of significant dispute.

Wright’s Saturday contention was not a one-off, as a visit to the treasure trove of roughly 100 church bulletins downloaded by yours truly from TUCC’s web site a few weeks ago has revealed.

Specifically, the Rev. Wright played the pedophilia card against Thomas Jefferson, and went further — much further — on Pages 7 and 8 of TUCC’s November 6, 2005 bulletin.

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Positivity: Caldwell teen risks life to rescue child

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 10:49 pm

From Caldwell, Idaho:

Friday, April 11th, 2008

If one had asked Brooke Garcia on Thursday if she thought of herself as a hero, there might have been a doubtful pause.

But by Friday, the courageous acts of this Caldwell teen spoke for themselves: Brooke has hero written all over her.

It started out as a normal Thursday night. Around 9:30 p.m. Garcia was just getting on Interstate 84 to head over to Boise. As she merged with traffic, a dark-colored sport-utility vehicle zoomed by her in the left-hand lane.

“I was barely up to speed and I remember her flying past me,” Garcia said, thinking the 1996 Chevrolet Blazer must have been traveling around 75 mph.

Garcia got into the left lane behind the SUV, and noticed its brake lights flash suddenly.

“I saw her brake really fast,” Garcia said. “I remember seeing her swerve a little bit to avoid hitting someone in front of her, and that’s when she overcorrected and started to roll.”The teen could barely believe what she saw in front of her: The car rolled no less than four times, sending the vehicle across the median and both westbound lanes of traffic. The SUV landed right-side up and then the already grave situation grew even more chilling: The front of the car burst into flames.

Garcia instantly reacted.

“When I saw the wreck, there’s no way I could have kept driving,” she said. “It happened right in front of my eyes. I don’t remember thinking should I stop or not stop, I just stopped. I just pulled over and got out and ran over there.”

She sprinted across the freeway and immediately began looking for victims. Peering in the front seat, Garcia couldn’t see anyone. Smoke was already starting to fill the passenger compartment of the car. Then Garcia checked the back seat.

“I saw this little boy,” she said. “I saw the smoke and thought I had to get this boy out.”

Teen breaks window

Garcia tried to unlock the doors, but the power locks had failed. She tried jerking the rear-seat door open, but it wouldn’t budge. With smoke building inside, Garcia knew she had to rescue the young boy.

Looking around, Garcia initially only saw one other person who had stopped to help.

“I knew I had to jump in; I had to do something to help him. I was the first one there. The other lady was on the phone with dispatch, and I just knew it was me that was going to do it.”

Garcia used her elbow to break the back seat window, then crawled part way through and started to unbuckle the car seat.

“I remember holding my breath trying not to breathe in that smoke,” she said.

In a few seconds, Garcia emerged from the car holding the child.

“I don’t even remember looking at him in the face except for when I saw him in the back seat,” Garcia said. “Once I got him out of the seat and out of the car, that’s when he started crying.” …..

Go here for the rest of the story.

Even in Puff Piece, Today Article Brings Up Bush Twin’s 2001 Law Brushes

Filed under: General,MSM Biz/Other Bias,MSM Biz/Other Ignorance — Tom @ 9:01 pm

So I’m reading what is supposed to be a puff piece by Mike Celizic in the Today Show section at MSNBC about Jenna Bush’s upcoming wedding to Henry Hager on May 10.

It seems to do a serviceable job of describing their upcoming nuptials, what the attendants will wear, where it will be (an informal affair at the Bush family Crawford, Texas ranch), where they met, where he proposed. All nice stuff.

It’s only slightly annoying that a picture caption at the article reads, “Jenna Bush, 25, and her fiance Henry Hager are scheduled to be married on May 10 in Texas.” Cold feet on the part of the bride or the groom is always a possibility, but “will be married” seems more appropriate. But really, not a big deal.

But towards the end, Celizic drops in this:

Jenna Bush, 26, is a 2004 graduate of the University of Texas, where she was twice charged with misdemeanors for alcohol-related offenses.

What? He’s kidding, right?

No, he’s not. Not only did the classless Celizic decide to bring forth news of minor misdemeanors that is almost seven years old (note how he omitted 2001, the year of the offenses, when Ms. Bush was 19), he brought up nothing else about her time at UT.

So, for the record, Mike, here is what Wikipedia has that you didn’t have the decency to include:

She attended the University of Texas at Austin where she was a legacy member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority (her mother, First Lady Laura Bush, is also a Theta).

….. Jenna graduated from UT with a degree in English in 2004.

It also appears that Celizic’s chronology of Jenna’s work career thus far is incomplete. He writes:

On graduation, she worked as a teacher for a charter school in Washington, D.C. She took a leave of absence from the job to work as an intern for UNICEF in Latin America. Her book about the experience, “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope,” was published last year.

Along with her mother, Jenna Bush has written a second book — “Read All About It!” — to encourage children to read.

But the Wiki entry adds this:

After her internship for UNICEF, she returned to her teaching position at the charter school in Washington, D.C., where she is again currently teaching.

Ms. Bush may or may not be currently teaching, but, unless there’s an error in the admittedly less-than-perfect Wikipedia, Celizic appears to have missed the fact that she returned to teaching after her UNICEF internship.

Additionally, the intro tease at a feature article in the November 2007 edition of Texas Monthly (“Girl Gone Mild“; only the tease and the first four paragraphs are available without registration, which probably requires a subscription) says this:

Today, the president’s daughter is all grown up, teaching in an inner-city public school, soon to be married, and even sooner to be the best-selling author of a serious book about AIDS.

Apparently, in Mike Celizic’s world, telling readers about the noble things a daughter of George Bush has done is less important than citing the minor blemishes in her past — even in a puff piece.

Shame on you, sir.

Cross-posted at NewsBusters.org.

TILTPAT, BIDHAT4 (041508, Evening)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 5:57 pm

“Things I‘d Like To Post About Today; But I Don’t Have Any Time ‘4‘”:

  • Here’s yet another question about the presidential candidate I refer to as Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters), and his association with terrorists and/or terrorist sympathizers — Who is Rashid Khalidi? IBDeditorials.com, doing the job in its opinion section that Old Media won’t do with all of its assembled reporters, also looks into “Obama’s Terror Ties.” Patrick Poole picks up a Toledo connection, in “Terrorist Fundraisers 4 Obama.”
  • Another big oil discovery in Brazil (HT to Captain Ed at Hot Air).
  • OK, it’s not the best headline the Pajamas guys could have formulated, but I hope this is as true as advertised, and that it will continue — “Muslims Leaving Islam in Droves.”
  • Last Friday, in the UK Times Online — “Athletes who take Tibet stand ‘face Olympic cut.’” The IOC may not like hearing this, but they are acting as Chicom enablers.
  • Last Friday, this New York Times article seemed to yearn for the “good old days” of Welfare, pre-reform.
  • I’m sorry this is ridiculous, outrageous (“Liver transplants for illegal aliens”) — and a whole bunch of other words I won’t type. Alternative title: “Some Taxpayers Dying While Those Here Illegally Are Saved.”
  • Oh, brother (HT LGF), a fishing expedition — “Obama would ask his AG to ‘immediately review’ potential of crimes in Bush White House.” Kossacks unite.
  • From the “Get a Clue” Department — “Farley Wants to Break ‘Pattern of Apathy’ Toward Ford.” Here’s a concept, Mr. Farley: Make a special effort to court the 12-20 million or so who decided not to buy a Ford during the two years of the now-concluded American Family Association boycott. The predictable response of a boycott participant after a long campaign like AFA’s is the very apathy Farley decries. If those who were boycotting stay apathetic, Ford is in a world of hurt.

TILTPAT-BIDHAT4 (041508, Morning)

Filed under: TILTpatBIDHAT — Tom @ 11:17 am

“Things I‘d Like To Post About Today; But I Don’t Have Any Time ‘4‘”:

  • One Hot Air commenter’s response (as relayed by Allah) to the news that the presidential candidate I refer to as Mr. BOOHOO-OUCH (Barack O-bomba Overseas Hussein “Obambi” Obama – Objectively Unfit Coddler of Haters) says that Jimmy Carter shouldn’t meet with Hamas –”….. if they’re good enough for the church bulletin they should be good enough for Jimmy Carter.”
  • Jim Abrams at AP whines that “Fewer Large Corporations Audited by IRS.” It’s at least somewhat likely that the mostly odious Sarbanes-Oxley legislation passed six years ago has enabled companies to improved their tax information systems and tax reporting. If so, the need for less but more focused audit coverage of the big cahunas would make sense — as would the idea of putting more resources towards medium- and smaller-sized companies that are less likely to have those systems and controls in place.
  • This story at Hot Air re-opens a question that I have never heard a satisfactory answer to — “Why does Planned Parenthood receive any taxpayer money?”
  • From the “You’ve Got to Be Kidding Me” Department — “US Seeks Own Drug Inspectors in China.” Is there any other country producing pharmaceuticals for US patients that has kept US inspectors out?
  • From Scientific American last Thursday — “Are Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs Dangerous?” Answer: Very dangerous, when they break.
  • Betrayal of the month (HT Captain Ed at Hot Air) — “Zimbabwe is not in crisis, says Thabo Mbeki (of South Africa).”
  • Another from Captain Ed, From the “How Does Anyone Keep Up with All of This?” Department — “A firm that has donated to ….. (former president Bill Clinton’s) charity is accused of collaborating with the government in its crackdown on Tibetan activists.” Mr. Clinton’s wife, the presidential candidate I refer to as HR4C (Hillary Rodham Cackling Crying Complaining Clinton), has criticized that crackdown.