February 14, 2012

Deace and Jackson: ‘Taking a Closer Look at How Left Romney’s Record Is’

Filed under: Activism,Life-Based News,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 11:14 pm

Tongue-in-cheek … barely (bolds are mine; links added by me):

And the beat goes on in the Republican primary, as Romney continues to pound his head against the 30 percent glass ceiling, unable to pull away from the pack because he just can’t rally the conservative base.

It leaves conservative pundits like Gregg Jackson and Steve Deace, coauthors of the new book “We Won’t Get Fooled Again,” with no other choice but to believe that, if voters weren’t being told Romney is the GOP’s best chance of beating Obama, the former Massachusetts governor would’ve been out of the race a long time ago.

And why? Because in this mock letter from Jackson and Deace to Mitt himself, the two authors outline why a general Obama–Romney election will be more like a liberal runoff.

Mitt, if you want to be President, we have some brief friendly advice for you…

Why are you going through all this trouble running as a self-styled “pro-life,” “pro-family,” “limited government” Republican, when your actual record clearly shows you are even further to the left than McCain…and nothing more than Barack Obama in a Reagan costume?

Hey, Mitt, why don’t you just challenge massively unpopular B. Hussein Obama to get the Democrat nomination and run as the Massachusetts liberal socialist Democrat you are?

Guaranteed, you would have no problem getting the pro-abortion, pro-homosexual, pro-socialist Democrat base to back you. And as you surely must know by now, you can’t win a national election (or even state primary/caucus for that matter) without your base on Election Day.

After all, not even Barry H.O. has been able to sign in free and $50 abortions and implement same-sex “marriage” as you have been able to do. He’s even tried to recently emulate your precedent of forcing Catholic hospitals to issue abortion pills.

But neither he, nor Hillary, nor any other potential rival you may have in the Dem Party has ever been able to force Catholic charities to place children with same-sex couples like you did as the governor of Massachusetts, falsely claiming you were legally obligated to do so—an argument that even arch conservative, former Massachusetts Governor, Mike Dukakis disputes!

Let’s face it. No Democrat has been able to achieve anywhere near the far left-wing social and fiscal record fully documented and never refuted by you in just four short years!

Can’t understand why you would be running away from it when it could be your strongest asset if you ran as a liberal Democrat.

Really, Mitt. Obama could have used a primary challenge.

AP Goes Completely to the Dogs in Covering Anti-Romney Westminster Show Protest

Those who believe that the establishment press has gone completely to the dogs can cite support for that contention in an Associated Press story about an anti-Mitt Romney demonstration at the Westminster dog show in New York earlier today.

The story is about how “a dozen demonstrators … plus a few pooches” showed up to demonstrate against something Romney allegedly did 29 years ago. Really. This story is sooooo important that as of 2:46 p.m., it was the second item listed at AP’s Top Sports News (saved here for future reference, fair use and discussion purposes):

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A GOP Establishment Attitude Giveaway

Filed under: Taxes & Government — Tom @ 12:31 pm

This updates a finding two weeks ago by Alo at Brain Shavings.

A search a few minutes ago at the Weekly Standard on “Ameritopia,” the title of Mark Levin’s New York Times list bestseller (#2 this week after two weeks at #1) returns nothing. If there were results, they would be shown below the search after hitting the Enter key. There’s nothing.

There’s nothing in publication-specific Google and Google News searches either.

Alo: “The silence speaks volumes.”

Indeed. It’s hurting my ear drums.

Media Matters As Journolist II — With White House Coordination

Thanks to recent reports at The Daily Caller, anyone out there who still contends that the establishment press is fair and balanced — or even tries to be — can officially STFU, i.e., Stifle The False Utterances. Excerpts follow.
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ABC’s Farnham: 2008 Was Last Time U.S. ‘Saw’ $4-a-Gallon Gas

ABClogo2012Everybody, including yours truly, makes mistakes. But a major news organization should be able to catch whoppers like the ones readers will see shortly, or at least fix them in short order if they get posted.

A Google search on the title of an ABC report on gas prices (“Bumpy Ride Ahead: Gas Prices May Soon Hit $4 a Gallon”) at about 8:10 a.m. ET indicates that the story went up at about 6 p.m. last night, so the pathetic verbiage readers will see after the jump has gone unrepaired for 15 hours, and counting:

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Tuesday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (021412)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 7:55 am

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

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Positivity: Gymnast refuses to let heart transplant stop her from competing

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 7:45 am

From Taylorsville, Utah (video at link; HT Daryn Kagan):

February 3rd, 2012 @ 6:18pm

Maya Fullmer Silvera moved effortlessly on the balance beam.

She performed graceful handsprings, backwards and forwards, during her floor routine and she nailed the vault — twice. The 13-year-old gymnast wasn’t strong enough Friday to handle the high bars, but she’s getting there.

“It’s a hard thing to accept and we’re still coming to grips with it. She didn’t have a heart condition since she was born,” said Joe Fullmer, Maya’s dad.

Just six months ago, the heart that doctors removed from Maya’s chest actually stopped beating on the table next to her. Maya was one of four teens who received an unexpected heart transplant at Primary Children’s Medical Center during the same month last year.

“She’s been a competitive gymnast and in great shape and then this comes out of the blue,” Fullmer said. Through the initial illness and the transplant procedure that followed, Maya lost 20 pounds. It was 20 pounds that most gymnasts, including the South Jordan teen, can’t really afford to lose.

And it has been a gradual process getting her back to her old self.

“When she came back into the gym, I was terrified,” said Mary Wright, owner and head coach at Olympus Gymnastics in Sandy. “Every day, her only love was just to come back and do gymnastics.”

Wright put Maya to work, doing basic moves at first.

“She would do maybe 10 minutes of working out and her muscles just hurt all over because she had been lying in a bed for three or four months,” Wright said. “Never once, not once did she complain. She would always say, ‘I want to do more.’ ‘I can do more.’”

Maya still has a bumpy road ahead, as her new heart continues to beat faster than is normal, but as usual, she’s determined to be better.

“My heart’s been doing arrhythmias, but they’re going to fix that,” she said. An ablation procedure, the third since the transplant, is scheduled for next week. Maya pushed the date for the surgery back so she could compete during Friday’s annual Crystal Cup gymnastics meet at Salt Lake Community College.

“She’s not using (her transplant) as an excuse for stopping what she loves,” Fullmer said. “She’s been doing gymnastics since she was 4 ½ and she loves it. A little heart transplant is not going to slow her down.” …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Obama’s New ‘Truth Teams’ and Related Web Sites Aren’t News at AP, NYT (Update: ‘Truth Team Comics’)

ObamaTruthTeam2012One web site devoted to “fighting the smears” (i.e., pretending that what is true really isn’t) apparently isn’t enough for Barack Obama’s reelection campaign. There are now three, plus so-called “truth teams” of activists whose mission it will be to serve as rapid-response purveyors of what will likely heaping helpings of fabricated refutations.

This news is now officially 24 hours old; its first appearance, at least per Google News, came via the Washington Post and appeared at the web site of the Minneapolis Star Tribune shortly after midnight Monday morning. To no one’s surprise, a search of the Associated Press’s national site on “Obama truth” (not in quotes) returns nothing relevant, as does an advanced search at the New York Times on “Obama truth team” (also not in quotes). Here are key paragraphs from David Nakamura’s story as it appeared at the Washington Post:

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