November 6, 2011

‘A Chill Descends On Occupy Wall Street’

Filed under: Activism,MSM Biz/Other Bias,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:47 pm

Fritz Tucker is clearly a bigtime lefty obsessed with skin color, but he’s smart enough to recognize a movement descending into Animal Farm-like tyranny — and that is what has happened at Occupy Wall Street Central in New York’s Zuccotti Park.

Read Tucker’s full rundown of OWS’s descent into what is essentially tryanny (it’s painful to get through some of the claptrap, but still worth it) — and watch the tortured narratives of OWS’s “democracy movement” defenders evaporate. It would be funny if it weren’t so sad and all so predictable.

If you want to spare yourself the trudge-through, Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has distilled it down as well as anyone probably can.

I can virtually guarantee you’ll never see it in the Associated Press.

What Ohio Newspapers’ Endorsements Prove About Issue 2

Filed under: Activism,Ohio Economy,Ohio Politics,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:58 am

As I noted in a column earlier this week (“‘No’ on Ohio’s Key Ballot Issues = ‘Yes’ to Obama’s Agenda”) — “(Keeping) Issue 2 is so obviously superior to business as usual that most of Ohio’s newspapers, which on the whole lean decidedly left, have endorsed it.”

Given that three clearly left-leaning outfits have weighed in with support of Issue 2 (albeit with some reluctance), it is fair to say that if the ballot issue were truly a match-up of Buckeye State voters’ philosophies and political convictions, the results would come in as follows:


(Update, 10 p.m.: Link to Hoffa/Teamsters Occupy movement endorsement and support of “No” on Issue 2; Link to story on Jesse Jackson’s Toledo appearance in support of “No” Issue 2)

But Issue 2′s opponents’ dishonest arguments have without a doubt changed the electoral landscape. The only question is how much impact the blatant falsehoods, scare tactics, and appeals to uninformed emotions will cause the results to vary, i.e., how many Ohioans who would instinctively support Issue 2 if presented to them without the noise and distortions will see through the lies (Update, 6 p.m.: and of course if they turn out at the polls). In 2005, when a George Soros-inspired effort attempted to radically alter Ohio’s elections and governance, they saw through it all, defied the polls by staggering amounts, and routed the four Reform Ohio Now initiatives by whopping margins. Will they this time?

Regardless of the electoral result, the left-leaning editorial support for Issue 2 proves that the philosophical breakdown graphed above is accurate; 30-70 is the margin by which the two most egregious Reform Ohio Now proposals went down to defeat six years ago.

Here’s a roundup of the referenced endorsements (bolds are mine):

Sunday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (110611)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:05 am

Rules are here. Possible comment fodder may follow later. Other topics are also fair game.


Positivity: High school football player dedicates senior season to his late mom

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:00 am

From Indianapolis:

Nov 5, 2011 / 01:16 pm

He thought of his mother again on Senior Night as he walked across the football field with his father.

When his accomplishments as a high school student-athlete were announced to the crowd, he knew that his mother would have hung on every word as she also held onto his arm.

Indeed, if he could have had one wish granted in that moment, he wouldn’t have hesitated in making his choice. It would have been for her—his biggest fan—to be there with him and his dad.

“It was hard,” said Casey Moorman, recalling the Senior Night on Sept. 30 for the football team of Cardinal Ritter High School in Indianapolis, Ind.. “I tried to stay focused on the game, but I definitely was thinking about her a lot that night.”

He thought about the story she told him about his birth—how he was born without a hip socket on his right leg, and how doctors told his parents that he may never walk.

He recalled how she had always been there for him through the surgeries, how she had always encouraged him to never give up, and how she always had cheered loudly in the stands for him and his teammates.

He also remembered Feb. 3, 2011, when Shiela Moorman died unexpectedly in her sleep a few days after the mother of three had undergone surgery.

And just before he ran on the field as a starting linebacker for Cardinal Ritter’s football team, the 5-foot, 7-inch, 175-pound Casey did what he has done for every game this season: He dedicated the game to his mother.

The bond of a parent and child

The story of high school sports frequently focuses on the deep bonds that often form between players and coaches, and between players and their teammates. Yet, it can also be the story of the deeper connections that are created between children and their parents during a time when those bonds are changing and being challenged.

The story of Casey and Shiela Moorman began with the challenge of Casey being born without one of his hip sockets. But the true story starts with Shiela’s belief that the youngest of her three sons would overcome any limitations and any doctor’s lack of expectations.

“She was such a driving force in his life,” recalled Deb Swintz, a longtime friend of the Moorman family whose son, Matt, is a senior teammate of Casey. “She never saw him as a boy who needed to be coddled and treated as different. She told him to just try, keep pushing and never give up. And if it didn’t work out, keep trying again. When he didn’t do something right, she’d yell from the stands, ‘Casey Moorman, you pick up your feet and move.’ ”

Swintz’s voice softened as she added, “She couldn’t wait for this season to start. This would have meant everything to her to see Casey playing. This would be her time to watch Casey shine because he’s worked so hard.”

That work ethic has made Casey the person and the player he is, according to Ty Hunt, the head coach of Cardinal Ritter’s football team. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

AP Likens Police in Occupy Atlanta Arrest Story to Insects

According to an unbylined Associated Press report out of Atlanta tonight, when police move in to arrest members of a crowd which won’t move when ordered to move, they “swarm.” Nice insect comparison, eh? And in case readers didn’t get the negative connotation the first time, the AP report used the word again in its final paragraph.

Here are several paragraphs from the report, including an unchallenged reference to Martin Luther King’s “Poor People’s Campaign” by the “Rev.” Jesse Jackson (bolds are mine):