February 13, 2012

Name That Party: Reuters, AP Fail to Tag Ray Nagin, Under Federal Investigation, as a Dem

Maybe there’s some unwritten guideline in the press relating to when a politician who is no longer holding office doesn’t have to have his party label applied if he gets into some kind of trouble — even if that trouble is related to when he was in office.

The suspicion here is that the rule only applies to past Democratic Party officeholders, and that the guideline period is unduly short. A recent example is former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin, a Democrat who is under investigation for bribery and kickbacks. Both the Associated Press and Reuters failed to tag Nagin or any other Democrat in their related reports; the AP report called him a “moderate.”

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Viguerie: ‘I Have Never Heard Anyone Other Than Governor Romney Describe Himself as ‘Severely’ Conservative’ (Update: Mitt Romney’s Real Legacy)

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 10:35 am

Nor have I, and it demonstrates how completely out of touch Romney AND his team are:

Richard Viguerie Says Mitt Romney is a Severe Conservative Impersonator

Richard A. Viguerie, the Chairman of ConservativeHQ.com, issued the following statement regarding Mitt Romney’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in which he described himself as “severely conservative”:

“In my 50 years in conservative politics at the national level, I have never heard anyone other than Governor Romney describe himself as ‘severely’ conservative.

“Romney has shown, once again, that he can mouth the words conservatives use, but he has no gut-level emotional connection with the conservative movement and its ideas and policies.

Also: “Rick Santorum is the only reliable conservative left in the race.”

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UPDATE: Note that “reliable” doesn’t mean “perfect.” As I noted in another context back in 2005, even Ronald Reagan was far from perfect.

UPDATE 2: I thought it would be a good idea to post the last portion (with minor revision) of a more detailed comment I put up last night after another gentleman tried to claim that my assertion that “On a composite basis, Romney is not and never has been to the right of McCain.”

It concern Romney’s lasting legacy as it currently stands. It’s not pretty, and it’s not deniable:

RomneyCare’s complete socialism of health care and the damage its extension to the rest of the U.S. is on the verge of doing to this nation, plus his proactive implementation of same-sex marriage, which has given that issue momentum in several states which never would have come about if he had merely followed his state’s constitution instead of serially violating it, make other matters relating to the “more or less conservative” argument relatively unimportant.

On these two critical issues, this nation’s legal makeup has moved significantly to the left, and Mitt Romney is indisputably the root cause of that movement in each instance.

I should add that the damage done by a governor who serially violated his constitution (and got away with it without being expelled from office, which is what should have happened) is now being inflicted at the national level. Part of the reason Barack Obama thinks he can do almost any damned thing he wants is the fact that Romney’s unilateral, unconstitutional, oath-breaking imposition of same-sex marriage without realtime national blowback has emboldened him.

A politician with this lasting legacy — legitimization of statist health care, serial constitutional violations, and the accompanying impression that same-sex marriage became “legal” in one state when it still isn’t — will never be objectively considered more conservative than John McCain or any other politician whose name is often associated with the word “RINO.” All of Washington’s RINOs as a group have not done the serious damage Mitt Romney did to this nation in four years as governor of just one state, and in five-plus years of defending the indefensible.

Monday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021312)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:15 am

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

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Positivity: Bone marrow recipient meets donor who gave him the gift of life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 5:56 am

From Boca Raton, Florida:

7:45 p.m. EST, February 12, 2012

A physician from Indianapolis met the woman who saved his life on Sunday morning, providing an emotional kick-off for the second annual Walk for Life, sponsored by the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation.

“It’s almost like a total out of body experience,” said Scott Savader, 53, moments after he embraced former Sunrise resident Jill Rubin, who provided the stem cells that were transplanted into Savader’s body nearly two years ago.

As the two met for the first time, about 300 people cheered before heading off on a 5K walk at Florida Atlantic University. The effort is part of a campaign to raise awareness and raise $100,000 for lab tests necessary to match donors and recipients.

Savader said receiving the transplant was “like being plucked from a fire or a sinking car. There is a bond there now that transcends just knowing somebody. If not for her generosity, I would have died.”

Each year, 10,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with a disease treatable with a bone marrow transplant. Yet only about half find the donor who could save them, according to Jay Feinberg, the Delray Beach resident who started the foundation after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia.

He received a transplant in 1995 and has since dedicated his life to making matches for others.

Savader, a radiologist, was diagnosed with myelofibrosis in 2008.

Rubin, 45, a physical therapist, said she registered as a bone marrow donor 10 years ago while attending a fair in Plantation. She and her family have since moved to Deland.

“This is very emotional for me,” said Rubin as she and Savader posed for pictures.

After spending a little time with Savader and his family Sunday, Rubin said she felt even better about her gift to him. …

Go here for the rest of the story.