January 23, 2011

‘Bad’ Targeting, and ‘Good’ Targeting

Filed under: Business Moves,Economy,Health Care,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:26 am

At Investors Business Daily:

The union idea of civil discourse is to protest outside opponents’ private homes. Now union supporters are targeting a developer , with fliers showing a bull’s-eye and his home address.

Cue the chirping crickets. That will be the soundtrack for mainstream media reaction to the latest example of thuggery perpetrated by Wal-Mart opponents who are not happy that the non-union retailer wants to build a Wal-Mart-anchored development on the site of an abandoned Chevy dealership in Washington, D.C. The development would employ up to 1,200 people in a city with 10.2% unemployment.

A group calling itself Wal-Mart Free DC is organizing a protest, not at one of the proposed sites or at Wal-Mart headquarters, but at the private home of the developer. A flier produced by the group gives his name and home address and invites protesters to assemble on his front lawn. Oh, yes: There’s a smiley face centered on some cross hairs on the flier.

The group claims no formal union affiliation, yet prominently displayed on the group’s website are links to sites such as WalMartWatch funded by Service Employees International Union and United Commercial and Food Workers International Union. Certainly they are employing the thuggish tactics used before by the purple shirts of SEIU.

Sarah Palin’s position indicators (third item at link)? Bad. Cross hairs on a flier targeting a specific individual at his home? What’s the big deal?

There’s a larger lesson for Wal-Mart in all of this.

Wal-Mart supported Obamacare. If the company thought this would buy it any kind of peace, it was sadly mistaken. There is no appeasing the union thug-driven far left.

A Question for Justice Ginsburg

Filed under: Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:16 am

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, July 2009:

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of.

New York Times; January 23, 2011 (“Squalid Abortion Clinic Escaped State Oversight”):

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia district attorney, Seth Williams, indicted Dr. (Kermit) Gosnell on eight counts of murder in the deaths of seven infants and a Bhutanese refugee who died after a late-term abortion in 2009.

A grand jury report issued on the same day offered its own theory on why so little happened for so long.

“We think the reason no one acted is because the women in question were poor and of color,” the report said, “and because the victims were infants without identities, and because the subject was the political football of abortion.”

Does Ms. Ginsburg find the grand jury’s theory a bug or a feature?

Positivity: Sargent Shriver remembered for public service and pro-life stand

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 9:59 am

From Washington:

Jan 21, 2011 / 06:08 am

Catholic politician and public servant Robert Sargent Shriver died on Jan. 18 at the age of 95 in Bethesda, Maryland. He was remembered for his faith and leadership, his service to the poor and his prominent stand as a pro-life Democrat.

“Today we mourn the passing of one of America’s most beloved and respected citizens,” Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, commented.

Shriver was born to a prominent Maryland family on Nov. 9, 1915. He was educated in law at Yale University and served in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific during the Second World War. He married Eunice Kennedy in the early 1950s and served on the Catholic Interracial Council of Chicago. His brother-in-law, President John F. Kennedy, appointed Shriver to create the Peace Corps program which sends American volunteers to developing countries to teach and to work on community projects.

As head the Office of Economic Opportunity, Shriver led many government efforts to combat poverty. His office developed the Head Start program, the Volunteers in Service to America and Job Corps.

His political life included service as U.S. ambassador to France, a vice-presidential run in 1972 and a run for president in 1976.

He later became president and chairman of the Special Olympics, which his wife founded.

The last years of his life included a struggle with Alzheimer ’s disease. His daughter Maria Shriver, a former television journalist and former First Lady of California, published a children’s book on the subject.

Shriver leaves behind five children and 19 grandchildren. His wife Eunice died in 2009.

In a Jan. 18 statement, Cardinal O’Malley described him as a “champion” for millions of people and as a man dedicated to his family and public service.

Go here for the rest of the story.