December 31, 2011

AP Approves of Obama’s 2012 Strategy of Virtually All Campaigning, All Executive Branch Overreach All the Time

On December 31, 2003, looking ahead to the upcoming 2004 election year, an Associated Press reporter — I think it would have been Jennifer Loven at the time — wrote about how George W. Bush was going to spend as much of the next 10-plus months as possible figuring that “he no longer needs Congress to promote his agenda.” Therfore, he would use “aggressive campaign fundraising and use executive action to try to boost the economy.” Thus, his “re-election year will focus almost exclusively on executive action” at the rate of “at least two or three directives per week.” Sadly, this meant that Bush’s “election year retreat from legislative fights means” that his “term will end without significant progress on two of his … campaign promises.”

Oops, I’m sorry. That AP report never happened. The high-handed, non-governing, non-legislating, campaign-driven agenda is what Barack Obama, his White House apparatchiks, and his reelection campaign have said they will do in 2012 — and Julie Pace at the Associated Press seems to heartily approve (bolds repeating what was quoted in the first paragraph above are mine):

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AP Wrongly Claims Palin’s Figurative ‘Death Panels’ Contention ‘Now Widely Debunked’

There are quite a few problems with Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar’s December 28 coverage (“New fee coming for medical effectiveness research”) concerning a new fee (i.e., tax) which will imposed on health insurance companies for each person they cover starting tomorrow.

Several times (twice in the body and once as seen above in the headline), the story refers to the assessment as a “medical effectiveness research” fee (without quotes). Just once, in the eleventh paragraph, does Alonso-Zaldivar call it by its far more widely-known name (written as indicated): “comparative effectiveness” research. But the item which stuck out like a sore thumb with me, and should also do so for anyone else who closely followed how the stimulus bill got enacted into law as well as the Obamacare discussions later that year, was the following paragraph:

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Stacy McCain Notes Rick Santorum Calling Out Ann Coulter

Filed under: Immigration,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 8:08 am

Yesterday: “Rick Santorum to Ann Coulter: ‘I Mean, Ann, Should I Have Voted for Amnesty?”

Excerpt:

Santorum explained to the Iowa folks that he voted against “E-Verify” when it was part of John McCain’s amnesty bill in 2006 — a bill that Coulter and every other American with a shred of honesty, intelligence or patriotism also opposed. And what he said next was Tweet-worthy:

“Tell @AnnCoulter, next time you see her, get her facts straight.”

Wow. It’s takes a lot of confidence to throw down with Chairman Ann and, even though I’m having a hard time figuring out her pro-Romney turn in recent weeks, I could imagine the MSM headlines:

REPUBLICAN TELLS COULTER TO ‘GET HER FACTS STRAIGHT

Well Stacy, it also takes a lot of confidence (better word in this paragraph’s example: “courage”) to break a virtual seven-year blackout in a nationally televised debate over how the same-sex marriage saga in Massachusetts really went down, i.e., that Mitt Romney made it happen all by himself when he didn’t have to. What Rick didn’t also add it that Mitt Romney did it because he promised that he would.

As to Stacy’s claim that Ann has had a “pro-Romney turn in recent weeks,” it’s quite a bit longer than than that. Her mid-January 2008 column was correctly interpreted as a virtual Romney endorsement — “My thinking was that Romney would be our nominee because he is manifestly the best candidate” is a pretty clear statement of support.

In 2009, Coulter was already hanging up on interviewers who dared to try to bring up Mitt Romney’s real abortion and same-sex marriage records. So Ann’s fandom of the Mittster is no recent phenomenon.

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Previous related posts:

  • Dec. 29 — Ann Coulter Endorses Rick Santorum (Update: Santorum Ran on E-Verify in 2006)
  • Dec. 30 — Ann Coulter Endorses Rick Santorum: The (Sort of) Abbreviated Version

Latest PJ Media Column (‘Ten 2011 Examples of Major Media Malfeasance’) Is Up

It’s here.

It will go up here at BizzyBlog on Monday (link won’t work until then) after the blackout expires.

2011 was far worse than 2010 for media malfeasance. Go to the column and see the completely underappreciated reason why.

In the next couple of days I’ll have a chance to lay out ten or more other media malfeasance items which didn’t make the cut, but which are still quite awful. Part of the difficulty will be the fact that I have several dozen from which to choose.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (123111)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:30 am

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

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Positivity: Desperate Craigslist Ad for Kidney Donor Saves Woman’s Life

Filed under: Life-Based News — Tom @ 7:00 am

From Florida:

Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 09:21 AM

Craigslist’s reputation for connecting strangers looking to buy or sell items vaulted to the near-miraculous stage when a 28-year-old Florida woman’s last-ditch plea saved her life with a donated kidney. For free.

Doctors couldn’t find a match for Selina Hodge after searching for more than a year. Her health was deteriorating after three years of daily kidney dialysis, so she posted her plea on the online want-ad site in July, according to the Sun Sentinel in Fort Lauderdale.

The ultimate irony: The woman who matched, 23-year-old Stephanie Grant, out of more than 800 respondents lives only a few miles from Hodge’s Palm Beach Gardens home.

After months of preparation, doctors performed the surgery on Tuesday, and Hodge and Grant are recovering at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami.

The women, who grew close during trips to Miami for physical and psychological tests to prepare for the procedure, are alert and talking to family and visitors, hospital officials told the Sun Sentinel.

“It’s just amazing that somebody would actually lay down their life for a complete stranger,” the newspaper quotes Hodge’s mother, Gina Evans, as telling WPTV-Ch. 5 in West Palm Beach. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

AP Writer Marvels at Omnipresence of Kim Jong Il Images, Never Notes Country’s Communist Tyranny

Jean H. Lee’s Friday afternoon report at the Associated Press on the omnipresence of images of the late Kim Jong Il throughout North Korea reads more like an audition to be the communist nation’s next propaganda minister than a wire service report.

Not once does she call the late tyrant a tyrant, or for that matter even a Communist. If you didn’t know any better, you would think you’re reading about some idyllic place where people are happy, content, and well-off — not a place where oppression rules, hundreds of thousands starve, and millions more would but for the kindness of foreigners. Though there is no substitute for reading the whole relatively short thing, here are several paragraphs indicating just how bad Lee’s report really is (saved here in full as a graphic for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes; HT to an NB tipster):

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